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    WUAS awarded European Accreditation for Quality in Internationalisation
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 7:48 AM
     
    WUAS awarded European Accreditation for Quality in Internationalisation

    Proud Day as al Wittenborg's IBA Programmes Awarded ECA Accrediation

    It was a proud day for Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this week when all its International Business Administration programmes (IBA) received the Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation by the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA).

    The accreditation is valid until 29 March 2024.

    The ECA is an association of recognised accreditation and quality assurance agencies in Europe. Their assesment report praised Wittenborg’s international and intercultural learning environment, calling it “above average”.

    “The international composition of WUAS teaching and administrative staff as well as the international composition of the WUAS student body are remarkable and have a clear impact on the university’s international profile and the quality of studies. Staff and students together create a truly international and intercultural atmosphere at WUAS, which benefits all university members."

    WUAS awarded European Accreditation for Quality in Internationalisation

    “The teaching methods are such that the students are enabled to achieve the intended learning outcomes, and the assessment possibilities allow the lecturers to check adequately on the modules' specific international learning outcomes. Job positions of IBA graduates prove that the WUAS’ internationalisation strategy for the IBA programme is successful. "

    “Hence, the international and intercultural content in the programme fall on fruitful ground, as both lecturers and students ...

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    Wittenborg Students Visit UN Office in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 17 June 2018, 10:36 AM
     
    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit UN Office

    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit UN Office


    Students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences' campus in Vienna, Austria, recently visited one of the United Nations' many offices in the city as part of Project Week activities.  

    Vienna serves as one of the UN's four headquarter cities where it has a couple of offices. The largest one is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    Students, accompanied by Wittenborg administrator Doris Napetschnig, first got a guided door at the UN offices, followed by a presentation from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - which is also situated in Vienna. Afterwards there was an interactive question and answer session.

    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit UN Office

    For their Project Week presentations, students will have to write about the UN, its history, and in particular about the UNODC and the issue of human trafficking, and how the organisation is dealing with it.

    Besides the IAEA and UNODC, other UN offices in Vienna are the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

    WUP 17/6/2018

    by James Wittenborg
    ©Wittenborg University Press


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    My Time as an Intern at the Ritz-Carlton
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 15 June 2018, 12:37 PM
     
    My Time as an Intern at the Ritz-Carlton

    What it is like to work at the Ritz-Carlton - Wittenborg student speaks about her internship at legendary 5-star hotel


    What is it like to work at the Ritz-Carlton – the luxury hotel chain synonymous with glamour, refinement and legendary service?

    Vietnamese student, Ngan Huynh, recently found out when she worked for 6 months at the Ritz-Carlton in Barcelona, which has more than 200 members of staff. One thing she learned was they value and take their staff seriously – whether you are an intern or a manager.

    “The first two weeks, as an intern at the Ritz-Carlton, was really overwhelming and I questioned whether I should continue working. After that things got a lot easier. Still stressful, but in a good way. In fact, I worked in the Club Lounge – which is for VIP guests and has its own front office, restaurants and concierge – and it became the happiest place of all the departments in the hotel. Hospitality is about people – guests, yes, but also your colleagues. The hotel really empowers its staff – whether you are an intern or a full-time worker. They create an environment which is condusive for a positive mindset where you really believe in yourself.”

    Ngan, who plans to graduate this summer, joined Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in 2014 where she is doing the EuroBA programme – a double degree hospitality programme Wittenborg offers with the University of Brighton in the UK. This gave her the opportunity to study, work and live in four countries: The Netherlands, Germany, the UK and finally Spain where she did her internship. Spain was also her favorite. “The lifestyle is so free and I really made good friends ...

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    Wittenborg Students Enriched after Shanghai Trip
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 15 June 2018, 12:24 PM
     
    Wittenborg Students Enriched after Shanghai Trip

    Wittenborg students came back enriched after a 10-day visit to Shanghai


    Ten students from 5 different countries took part in Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences' annual field trip to Shanghai this month, returning with a new appreciation of Chinese business culture and way of life. The trip counted as an extra International Project Week.

    The group consisted of 4 Dutch students, 3 Ukrainian students, 1 Russian, 1 Turkish and 1 Bulgarian. They were led by Wittenborg’s Head of the School of Education, Bert Meeuwsen (MBA, MEd, PhD-candidate), who said that students gained lots of new insight into doing cross-cultural business and behaving in an international environment.

    Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, Shanghai is regarded as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology centre in East China. 

    Wittenborg Students Enriched after Shanghai Trip

    After arriving, students went about exploring the city for a day or two before visiting Wittenborg’s long-term education partner in China, the Shanghai Business School. One of the highlights was being lectured by a 77-year-old professor on modern business studies and ancient Chinese philosophy, and how the two relate to each other. He also connected the art of business to Sun Tzu’s famous military treatise The Art of War.

    Other highlights of the trip included a visit to the SAIC Volkswagen’s factory in Shanghai, enjoying the city’s nightlife as well as Wittenborg students being hosted by different Chinese students and ...

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    Wittenborg Lecturer Writes Book on Syria War Victims
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 9:46 AM
     
    Wittenborg Lecturer Writes Book on Syria War Victims

    Wittenborg Lecturer Hopes to Revive Interest in the Plight of Syria’s “Forgotten” War Victims with New Book.


    While the world has grown weary of the armed conflict in Syria, for ordinary Syrians the nightmare continues. To revive interest in their plight, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ senior lecturer, Dr Saskia Harkema, has just published a book detailing their struggles – something she hopes those far removed from the war will be able to relate to.

    The book “Blijven of Gaan?” (Stay or Go?) tells the story of 7 victims of war and looks at the awful choice they face: Whether to stay and “help” their country, or flee for their lives. You can order it here.

    What is the book about and what motivated you to write it?
    “The book tells the story of Syria from a very personal experience through the lives of 7 people I met more than 4 years ago through a Dutch NGO, who asked me to teach Syrian freedom fighters in the south of Turkey. We were 10 lecturers, teaching on topics such as Entrepreneurship for the reconstruction of civil society. There I met some of the people I describe in the book and that is where my journey started with Syrians.”

    What about them made such an impact on you?
    “At the time I had worked for many years with refugees, but never with people who are actually still at war. What touched me is that they said: “The world has forgotten us.” I did not know a lot about Syria, but...

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    MBA Enrolment Doubles Worldwide
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 11 June 2018, 8:56 AM
     
    MBA Enrolment Doubles Worldwide

    Wittenborg Part of Worldwide Doubling in MBA Enrolments


    After a 5-year decline, business schools around the world have recorded "double digit" growth in the number of applications to and enrolments on MBA programmes, Times Higher Education (THE) has reported.

    This is based on a study done by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) - a leading authority on postgraduate business education. Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences was recently granted membership of AMBA.

    The study found that the average number of applications per MBA programme had increased by 10% between 2015 and 2016, while the average enrolment per programme had risen by 24% in the same period. This is the second consecutive year of growth in applications following a 5-year decline.

    The findings are based on a survey of 223 AMBA-accredited business schools around the world.

    Meanwhile, Wittenborg also showed considerable growth in the number of enrolments for its MBA programmes. According to student registrar, Santosh Aryal, enrolments more than doubled between 2016 and 2017 with more growth expected by the end of 2018.

    AMBA research and insights manager, Will Dawes, told THE that business schools have previously suffered from the "period of considerable global economic uncertainty" but the recent growth reflected their "ability to innovate" and "adapt to the market".

    WUP 11/6/2018

    by James Wittenborg
    ©Wittenborg University Press

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    Wittenborg Gains AMBA Development Network Membership
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 10 June 2018, 3:54 PM
     
    Wittenborg Gains AMBA Development Network Membership

    Wittenborg Sets off on Journey for AMBA Accreditation after gaining AMBA Development Network Membership

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has recently been granted membership of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) Development Network. AMBA is considered one of the world's leading authorities on postgraduate business education

    According to Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, this paves the way for starting the AMBA accreditation process. The organisation has a rigorous assessment criteria - on its website it states that it is currently accrediting programmes from the top 2% of business schools in over 70 countries.

    WUP 10/8/2018

    by James Wittenborg
    ©Wittenborg University Press

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    Wittenborg's Academic Staff Poster Presentation for PGCert Programme
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:06 PM
     
    Wittenborg's Academic Staff Poster Presentation for PGCert Programme

    The programme – to improve teaching quality and continuous professional development


    Initiated by Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, in collaboration with the institution's UK academic partner, the University of Brighton, the programme commenced in September of last year. It is a one-year programme offered by lecturers from the University of Brighton. The programme aims to bolster the quality of teaching and improve student experience in the classroom, while providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Wittenborg's academic staff - areas that are of the highest importance for Wittenborg and its goal of maintaining a position in the international market for quality education.  Wittenborg is, consequently, investing heavily in such programmes.

    The Presentation

    As part of their course module Education Enquiry, Wittenborg's academic staff were required to develop individual research topics and present findings in a poster presentation to the group on Monday, 4th June. There were eight participants during this week's presentation, supervised by two of Brighton's representatives.  Some interesting topics were presented such as "Improving students' engagement with scientific literature for final project research", by Dr. Rauf Abdul, and "Investigating how the individual process tutoring system motivates students to build up personal development plans to enhance students' study progress", by Myra Qui.

    When asked what were the challenging aspects encountered during this ...

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    Students & Staff invited to join the Wittenborg Online Football Pool
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:04 PM
     
    Students & Staff invited to join the Wittenborg Online Football Pool

    Students & Staff invited to join the Wittenborg Online Football Pool


    Join Wittenborg's free football pool on 'de Voetbalpoules WK Pool 2018'. On this site you can predict the outcomes of the World Cup 2018.

    With less than a week to go before the World Cup kicks off in Russia, Wittenborg has launched a football poll online for its students and staff to compete by predicting the scores and the winners.

    Join-up here: https://www.wkvoorspellen.nl/poule/111023/aanmelden

    You can change the language to English by clicking the flag. Make sure you fill in each prediction on time!

    Students & Staff invited to join the Wittenborg Online Football Pool

    Prizes

    To make it fun, Wittenborg will contribute 1 euro for every student and member of staff who signs up to participate and the 'pot' will be divided at the end over the Winner (50%), second place (30%) and third place (20%).

    Good luck and have great fun!!

    PS - the picture is from 2009, when Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences sponsored Deventer Chinese Students Union football team. During the Easter break that year, the Chinese Students Union of Deventer competed in a football tournament organized by the Netherlands Chinese Students Union. Students from the then still named 'Hogeschool Wittenborg' and from Saxion Hogescholen represented the town, and of course Wittenborg!

    WUP 8/6/2018

    by James Wittenborg
    ©Wittenborg University Press

    (Edited by Peter Birdsall - original submission Friday, 8 June 2018, 12:59 PM)

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    Doctoral College in Apeldoorn Approved
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 5:55 PM
     
    Doctoral College in Apeldoorn Approved

    Doctoral College in Apeldoorn and delivery of the MA in Education Approved during a Partnership Review


    At a Partnership Review Event, held yesterday at Falmer Campus of the University of Brighton, plans to launch a Doctoral College at Wittenborg University Apeldoorn were approved by a panel who also carried out a Partnership Review into the collaboration between Wittenborg and Brighton. The proposed Master of Arts in Education, to be delivered at Wittenborg from September, was also approved.

    The Partnership Review takes place every five years and uses UK QAA standards to ascertain if the partnership is strong and robust enough, to guarantee students the quality and experience they could expect at a UK university. The review panel looked at quality systems, Wittenborg's numerous accreditations, staffing, student support, and much more.

    Wittenborg was represented by a team from Apeldoorn and Vienna, including Nicolet Theunissen, Head of Research, Dr Rauf Abdul, Head of the School of Business, Dr Alex Bauer, Vienna Campus Director, Esther Gitonga Bakker, Head of the School of Hospitality & Tourism, Myra Qui, Head of Process Tutoring and Peter Birdsall, Wittenborg's Chair.

    Doctoral College in Apeldoorn Approved

    Doctoral College

    The Doctoral College will be a split site PhD programme, allowing students in Apeldoorn to complete a three year PhD doctorate programme awarded by the University of Brighton. The focus of these research programmes wil be in line with Wittenborg's 5 Schools, which have been in turn mapped to the ...

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