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    Dutch Election 2017: Everything you Need to Know
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:24 AM
     

    Dutch Election 2017: Everything you Need to Know

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    Dutch prime miniter, Mark Rutte from the VVD, addressing students at the Wittenborg building in 2014Foreign students cannot vote in the coming Dutch Election on 15 March 2017, but that does not mean they should not care. The outcome of the election might have an effect on government policy affecting international students. 

    Also, let’s not forget this election is probably the most exciting one the Netherlands has had in years! So, pass the popcorn.

    The Dutch Election System in a Nutshell
    Since 1918, no party in Holland has ever won enough seats to gain an outright majority. As such, governments are usually formed by coalitions of two or more political parties. The current Dutch government is ruled by a coalition of the VVD and the PvDA. 

    Dutch minister for education, Jet Bussemaker from the PvDA with Wittenborg chair, Peter Birdsall. The Dutch have a list proportional system. That means the electorate vote for parties - not individuals like in the recent US presidential election. The number of seats a party gets in parliament is in proportion to the votes cast for it. The party determines who will represent them in parliament by way of a pre-determined candidate list.

    The Front Runners
    Far-right politician Geert Wilders from the PVV has been dominating polls, riding a wave of far-right sentiments in Europe. He is up against centre-right prime minister, Mark Rutte, who is leader of the VVD party.

    Nicknamed the “Dutch Donald Trump”, Wilders is known for his anti-immigration views and isolationist manifesto, including calls for the Netherlands to leave the EU. Even though Wilders is a serious contender to win the popular vote, his party will battle to find coalition partners among the mainstream parties. Rutte has reiterated in the press that the VVD will not form a coalition with the PVV.

     

    The Election in Numbers

    • 28 – the number of political parties that will compete in the election
    • 150 – the number of seats up for grabs in the House ...
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    Wittenborg Top Student is from Africa
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 24 February 2017, 12:15 PM
     

    Wittenborg Top Student is from Africa

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    Wittenborg Top Student is from AfricaThis semester Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ top Bachelor student is from Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa.

    Despite some personal setbacks, Asfaha Fanuel managed to pass with honours.  He obtained his degree diploma on Friday at Wittenborg’s 2017 Winter Graduation Ceremony. He did an IBA in Economics & Management.

    According to Fanuel, he chose to study in the Netherlands because it has many of the best English-taught universities in Europe. “The cost of studies is also fairly cheaper than in many other European countries. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good education in a beautiful environment with friendly people. I stayed in Apeldoorn and found it to be a clean and peaceful city.”

    One of the reasons he came to Wittenborg is because it is well-accredited and has an international study environment. “I loved all the modules I studied because they were all interesting and prepare students for a (professional) life experience. I found the teachers to be hard working and good at transferring knowledge. They were an inspiration to me.”

    Wittenborg Top Student is from AfricaAt the same time, it was not all smooth sailing for Fanuel in the Netherlands. “This was my first experience in an international environment. At first I had some difficulties in communicating and interacting with people. It was also difficult to find a part-time job to cover some of my financial problems.”

    Next, he would like to find a job in an international company. “For now, I plan to stay in the Netherlands and look for a job which suits my field of study. After some work experience I would like to do an MBA.”

    WUP 24/2/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    MSc Students Visit Two Tourism Operators in Gelderland
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 11:36 AM
     

    MSc Students Visit Two Tourism Operators in Gelderland

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    MSc Students Visit Two Tourism Operators in GelderlandMaster's students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences enjoyed not one, but two company visits last week to give them insight into the various approaches of tourism operators in the Gelderland region.

    The students visited a commercial bungalow park, Landal Miggelenberg - which employs a very Dutch concept of holidaying, and is part of the Landal Greenparks Group. This was followed with a visit to Parc Spelderholt, which encompasses a hotel, castle and estate in the beautiful Veluwe area. What makes the latter unique is its social responsibility approach to tourism by employing special needs students.

    The Wittenborg students all follow MSc programmes in either International Hospitality Management, Event Management or Tourism Management. It was their first external trip for the year. They were accompanied by Wittenborg’s work placement coordinator, Adrianne
    Jonquière-Breure.

    She said the aim of the visit was to give students a broader view on hospitality and tourism. “We visited two very different organisations – a commercial company and one where social responsibility features strongly. Landal holiday bungalows is a very Dutch concept which is now also expanding to the UK. Students need to know the hospitality industry does not only mean the hotel business.”

    At both facilities students were given an introduction to the business, a tour around the premises and were also allowed to ask questions.

    One of the students on the trip was Gabriela Padilla from El Salvador who spoke enthusiastically about the visit to Landal. “The manager explained really well how the operation works, what they do to stay ahead of the competition and their plans to grow by 3% in the next 3 years.”

    MSc Students Visit Two Tourism Operators in Gelderland

    WUP 21/2/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg Student Does Internship at Luxury Brand Sotheby's
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 17 February 2017, 6:29 PM
     

    Wittenborg Student Does Internship at Luxury Brand Sotheby's

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    Wittenborg Student Does Internship at Luxury Brand Sotheby's How do you snag an internship at one of the top luxury brands in the world?

    Just ask Wittenborg student, Maggie (Yujing) Zhang, who recently did her work placement at Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the world’s largest brokers of real estate, jewellery, art and collectibles.

    Maggie worked at Sotheby’s Dutch franchise that offers luxury real estate and homes for sale. In case you didn’t know, Holland has some of the most precious heritage properties in the world – including the stately canal houses in Amsterdam and the authentic windmill properties sprinkled all over the countryside. The company’s offices are based in Hilversum.

    Maggie, who hails from a Chinese province close to the Mongolian border, is doing an IBA (Bachelor) in Marketing & Communication. She was introduced to the company by a friend – stressing the importance of establishing a good professional and social network.

    At Sotheby’s she worked in the marketing department and was involved in developing a social media strategy for the company and maintaining its social media presence, including taking photographs of properties. The company is also interested in rooting Dutch Chinese relations and being Chinese was an advantage for Maggie.

    “The biggest challenged I faced was not being able to speak Dutch – which was a problem in meetings. Working in a Dutch company was also a bit of a culture shock because the Dutch are very direct! Nonetheless, Holland is a great country with innovative people.”

    The Wittenborg modules that were most useful in her internship were Business English and drawing up a Business Plan. She loves the international atmosphere at Wittenborg and describes the university as “quite well organised”. She came to Holland in 2013. After her ...

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    Wittenborg Whisky Book Attracts International Media Attention
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 17 February 2017, 9:00 AM
     

    Wittenborg Whisky Book Attracts International Media Attention

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    Wittenborg University Press’s latest publication has been attracting coverage in the international press.  Ben Birdsall’s Whisky Burn – Distilleries of Scotland by Vespa was released last year at a gala launch at the Amsterdam campus, in the heart of the city’s business district, and has been ‘flying’ off the shelves ever since.

    Wittenborg Whisky Book Attracts International Media Attention
    Whisky Burn tells the tale of one man’s quest around Scotland on a classic Vespa 50 to explore the whisky distilleries: camping, 'soaking' up the atmosphere, and doing a spot of oil painting along the way.

    The Glasgow Herald magazine’s article entitled Do the Ride Thing, opens with a conversation from the book on the Isle of Islay:
    Birdsall arrived on his loaded-up Vespa and met a couple of strangers sitting outside a hotel. They fell into conversation, Birdsall explaining that he had arrived from Switzerland to tour the distilleries scattered across the Highlands and Islands.  The strangers’ curiosity was, perhaps understandably, stirred. 
    “Are you an alcoholic?” one asked. 
    “No,” Birdsall replied. 
    “Are you wanted by the police?” asked the other.
    To which Birdsall could only reply, “Not yet.”

    Wittenborg Whisky Book Attracts International Media AttentionThis January’s edition of Scootering.com magazine has the author pootling across the front cover.  In the interview, the journalist asks: “The trip combines 3 passions, scooters, whisky and painting.  Which one most influenced your route?” 
    Birdsall replies: “My Vespa journeys all start out as painting trips, this one was no exception.  As a landscape painter, I was more enticed by the dramatic Highlands and Islands scenery rather than the Lowlands, and decided to head north.  Then I planned visits to the best-known distilleries, so Islay, Skye and Speyside were in my sights from the off.  Having a ...

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    Wittenborg Welcomes New Students from 21 Countries
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 13 February 2017, 8:31 AM
     

    Wittenborg Welcomes New Students from 21 Countries

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    Wittenborg Welcomes New Students from 21 CountriesMore than 50 new students from at least 21 nationalities will start their classes at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences on Monday.

    On Wednesday the early arrivals enjoyed lunch with members of staff, including registrar Santosh Aryal who welcomed them as part of Introduction Week activities, which continued on Thursday.

    Introduction Week is designed to familiarise new students with the wide array of academic, intellectual, leadership, cultural, and social experiences available at Wittenborg.

    The new students are from Serbia, the Ukraine, Italy, Nepal, South Africa, Mexico, Bangladesh, Russia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, China, Morocco, Iran, Algeria, Eritrea, India, Syria and Indonesia.

    Aryal said: “We are pleased with the latest group of international students. There was definitely a rise in the number of students compared to February last year. This is a great start to the new year.”

    Phia Klopper from South Africa gained direct entry to the 3rd phase for the IBA programme in Marketing & Communication. Before coming to Holland, she studied Financial Planning in South Africa and worked as a financial advisor. “I took a gap year in Holland and just fell in love with the country.” After her Bachelor she wants to do a Master degree and look for a job.

    Romeissa Laib from Algeria says she chose to study in the Netherlands because she heard the country has one of the best education systems in the world. She is following an IBA in Marketing & Communication. Before coming here she did a language course in Germany for one year and, before that, lived for 2 years in Canada. After her studies she would like to go back to Canada.

    Olanrewaju Oluwaseun David from Nigeria says he came to study in the Netherlands because he wanted a ...

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    Latest Wittenborg Graduates Urged to be "Ambassadors of Internationalism"
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 11 February 2017, 4:22 PM
     

    Latest Wittenborg Graduates Urged to be "Ambassadors of Internationalism"

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    Latest Wittenborg Graduates Urged to be "Ambassadors of Internationalism"The latest group of graduates from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences were urged to be “ambassadors of internationalism and tolerance” during the 2017 Winter Graduation ceremony on Friday.

    Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, told graduates that, considering what’s happening in the world and the anti-reaction to internationalism, they were a beacon of hope. “It is important that you are ambassadors of internationalism in a world where people seem to struggle in coping with the concept.”

    Almost 40 bachelor's and master's students, from some 13 different nationalities, graduated from Wittenborg on Friday.

    Guest speaker, Alderman Johan Kruithof from the Apeldoorn city council, said students are living in challenging times, but urged them to not let themselves be defined by others. “As international students you have already been brave enough, in a manner of speaking, to ‘cross the water’ and study in a different country, and thereby proving to yourself that fear does not define you. To the Dutch students: You have had the courage and curiosity to study at an international university and leave your comfort zone behind and expose yourself to different cultures.”

    Latest Wittenborg Graduates Urged to be "Ambassadors of Internationalism"He also said he believed in the concept of life-long learning, and hoped that the international students found the city stimulating and welcoming.

    Wittenborg’s interim Academic Dean, Dr Regina Kecht, who was also in attendance from Vienna, told the graduates that Wittenborg took pride in having created a completely international environment at the level of students, staff and faculty. “I’m sure you have discovered lots of fascinating things about other cultures, countries and perspectives inside and outside the classroom at ...

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    Data Shows Wittenborg is the Most International Institute of Higher Education in the Netherlands
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 9 February 2017, 12:31 PM
     

    Data Shows Wittenborg is the Most International Institute of Higher Education in the Netherlands

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    With international students making up 89% of its student body, is Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences the most international institute of higher education in the Netherlands? 

    Data Shows Wittenborg is the Most International Institute of Higher Education in the Netherlands

    New data by Nuffic - the Dutch agency promoting internationalism – certainly seems to back up this bold statement.

    The agency recently released a list of the top 10% of institutes in terms of international students. According to this data, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam has the highest percentage of international students (68%) in the Netherlands, followed by the Design Academy in Eindhoven (62%), and the University of the Arts in The Hague (55%).

    However, Wittenborg’s own data has shown that the university currently has an international student percentage of 89% - making it the most international institute of higher education in the Netherlands.

     Data Shows Wittenborg is the Most International Institute of Higher Education in the Netherlands

    A total of 70 different nationalities studied at Wittenborg in 2016 – currently there are 68. The biggest source countries were China, the Netherlands, Nepal and Nigeria. However, the university also received students from countries as diverse as Luxembourg, Australia, Georgia, Germany, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Turkey, the UK, Zimbabwe and Vi etnam.

    “International content is an integral part of the curriculum,” one of Wittenborg’s internal reports for 2017 accreditation processes reads. “Students are thus prepared for the challenges in an international working environment.”

    The report reiterates that the acquisition of intercultural competences and skills are at the core of the programmes’ learning objectives and are strongly promoted. All modules are English taught, and lecturers, as well as support staff, are a mix of ...

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    Wittenborg's Spoorstraat Building Gets a Facelift
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 4:07 PM
     

     Wittenborg's Spoorstraat Building Gets a Facelift

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    Wittenborg's Spoorstraat Building Gets a FaceliftIf you have recently visited Wittenborg’s Spoorstraat location in Apeldoorn, you might have noticed the front of the building is currently getting a major renovation which is close to completion.

    Despite the drab weather, workmen could be seen planting a hedge on the edge of the property on Friday, enclosing it from the road.

    Bas van Santen, internal researcher and financial administrator at Wittenborg, is leading the project. He said the idea is to make the building appear more green and inviting.  “The bricks we laid fit in well with the surroundings and the dark-grey basalt gives it a modern, playful touch. Keeping the area multifunctional was important. Now there will be enough parking for staff and visitors and place even to host a barbeque in the summer!

    “The original pavement was old and there was a big hole in the middle of the terrain for drainage. The new drainage system (between Wittenborg and the Fotovakschool) allowed us to flatten the surface.”

    Wittenborg opened its Spoorstraat location in August 2015. According to Van Santen, updating the front is the finishing touch on the building. “We will of course continue to make small improvements, for instance, by creating more storage for students, like lockers, and making it a comfortable place to take classes or hang out during breaks.”

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    WUP 07/02/2017

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    As Crucial Dutch Election Looms, D66 Political Party Expresses Support for International Students
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 5 February 2017, 9:00 AM
     

    As Crucial Dutch Election Looms, D66 Political Party Expresses Support for International Students

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    As Crucial Dutch Election Looms, D66 Political Party Expresses Support for International Students In just over a month, on 15 March 2017, the Dutch will go to voting polls – thereby kicking off a year of crucial elections in Europe amidst a rise in far-right sentiments on the continent, which could have far-reaching implications for international students.

    This week one of the main political parties in the election race, D66, hosted a discussion on lifelong learning at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

    Among the attendees was Kees Verhoeven, D66 member of the Dutch parliament, who has been quite vocal this week on fears that the election results might be compromised due to cyber hacking. Though the Dutch government has in the meantime announced it will not solely rely on election software as all results will also be counted by hand, Verhoeven still feels they could have acted sooner. He told the New York Times: “The elections will be held in 6 weeks and only now the minister sees that the software is not secure.” He nonetheless welcomed the move.

    On Monday evening, at a well-attended meeting, Verhoeven was part of a panel at Wittenborg debating the question of lifelong learning. He was joined by D66 Apeldoorn councillor, Marco Wenzkowski and Nicolet Theunissen (executive D66 member in Apeldoorn) who led the discussion as well as Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng.  Many Wittenborg students also attended.

    Wenzkowski said the goal of the discussion was to share information on lifelong learning and interesting ideas were presented, which will be used to inform D66 policy on the matter. “There is an ongoing discussion on how the content taught at universities and other institutes of higher education relates to the needs of commercial companies.”

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