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    Wittenborg's IBA Programme Approved for Another 7 Years – Level of Internationalism "Remarkable" says Panel
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 27 July 2017, 1:55 PM
     

    Wittenborg's IBA Programme Approved for Another 7 Years – Level of Internationalism "Remarkable" says Panel

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    Wittenborg's IBA Programme Approved for Another 7 Years – Level of Internationalism "Remarkable" says Panel

    All Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ IBA specializations has just been re-accredited for the next 7 years by the German, Austrian, Swiss Accrediting body (FIBAA) following a rigorous assessment process earlier this year. That means that accreditation of its IBA programmes is valid from 30 June 2017 until 29 June 2024.

    The international composition of its staff and student body was described as “remarkable” by the assessment panel.

    “We are ecstatic,” Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said in reaction to the news which he announced at the university’s recent Summer Graduation Ceremony. Wittenborg is also expected to get the same stamp of approval from the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) – hopefully in autumn, Birdsall said.

    Wittenborg's IBA Programme Approved for Another 7 Years – Level of Internationalism "Remarkable" says PanelIn addition, Wittenborg was audited for an award entitled the Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation by the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) - an association of recognized accreditation and quality assurance agencies in Europe. The FIBAA assessment document was clear in its praise of Wittenborg's internationalisation strategy, and the award will be applied for together with the NVAO accreditation later this year.


    According to FIBBA's report for the ECA, “The learning environment regarding international and intercultural aspects is clearly above average in the view of the panel,” the FIBAA report reads.  “The international composition of WUAS teaching and administrative staff as well as the international composition of WUAS student body are remarkable and have a clear impact on the university’s international profile and the quality of studies. Staff and ...

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    British Council Ranks Dutch International Education Policy Among the Best
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 1:04 PM
     

    British Council Ranks Dutch International Education Policy Among the Best

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    British Council Ranks Dutch International Education Policy Among the BestThe Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia are among the countries with the most supportive policies when it comes to International Higher Education, a report by the British Council has just found.

    These countries show strong government support for the mobility of students, academics and study programmes, the report explains. For instance, the Dutch parliament recently approved a bill which allows Dutch universities to offer full degree programmes abroad – alluding to the growing interest in Transnational Education (TNE).

    The initial British Council study carried out in 2016 focused on 26 countries. Now a further 12 have been included. The Netherlands emerge as having the strongest national policy and regulatory environment to support international student mobility.

    It also comes up repeatedly in the top 3 countries in terms of sustainable development policies, openness of its higher education systems, quality assurance and degree recognition.

    “The research shows that the majority of national governments are preoccupied with student mobility. As a result, streamlined visa policies and generous funding for student mobility have been put in place.”

    Researchers looked at what infrastructures countries have in place which facilitate the mobility of students and researchers, the ability of institutes to offer TNE as well as student and academic visas. Almost two-thirds of the studied countries (28 countries out of 38) performed strongly in this category.

    “Nearly all nations (37 out of 38) have streamlined their student visas in an attempt to attract international students to their countries. Visa application is, in most cases, the students’ first encounters with the host education country.”

    WUP 25/7/2017

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    Wittenborg Writer, Ben Birdsall, Welcomed with Great Enthusiasm by Irish Distilleries for Upcoming Book
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 22 July 2017, 11:45 AM
     

    Wittenborg Writer, Ben Birdsall, Welcomed with Great Enthusiasm by Irish Distilleries for Upcoming Book

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    Wittenborg Writer, Ben Birdsall, Welcomed with Great Enthusiasm by Irish Distilleries for Upcoming BookBy this week Wittenborg writer Ben Birdsall will be almost halfway through his tour of the whiskey distilleries of Ireland – as research for the sequel to his well-received travelogue to the distilleries of Scotland, “Whisky Burn” which was published by Wittenborg University Press (WUP).

    Wittenborg Writer, Ben Birdsall, Welcomed with Great Enthusiasm by Irish Distilleries for Upcoming BookAs before, Birdsall, is traveling with his trusty 1979 Vespa scooter. He embarked on 15 July from Dublin on a journey of about 1600km and will end again on 4 August in the Irish capital, following more or less a coastal route.

    Aside from visiting distilleries Birdsall will also give a talk on the morning show of a local Irish radio station, Dundalk FM, on 1 August when he passes Dundalk town which is halfway between Belfast and Dublin.

    Wittenborg Writer, Ben Birdsall, Welcomed with Great Enthusiasm by Irish Distilleries for Upcoming BookThe distilleries showed great enthusiasm about his visit and his book. “What a great project and wonderful way to spend the summer in Ireland. It would be great to get a hard copy of your book!” was the response from one Sally-Anne Cooney, the director of Harvest Distilling and Brewing Ltd.

    Some of the towns Birdsall will cover include Cork, Limerick, Galway and Belfast. “I’ve been making Vespa trips like this for years now - in Italy, Switzerland, last time in Scotland, and now Ireland, so it has become a sort of tradition,” Birdsall explains his preferred mode of travel.


    Wittenborg Writer, Ben Birdsall, Welcomed with Great Enthusiasm by Irish Distilleries for Upcoming Book “Also, I paint landscapes along the way and the Vespa suits me in two ways for that – I can park up pretty much anywhere, and it goes so slowly (max. 42 kmph) that I don’t miss anything.  I always bring along a tent, so accommodation is never a problem.”

    WUP 22/7/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc Degree
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:45 AM
     

    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc Degree

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    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc DegreeDoing a master's degree and working full-time is not for the fainthearted!

    Yet, Wittenborg MSc-graduate Myra Qiu managed to balance work, study and life perfectly the past two years. On Friday, she reaped the rewards when she attained her MSc in International Event Management at Wittenborg’s 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony. She will receive her formal degree on 28 July from the University of Brighton in the UK, who offered the programme in conjunction with Wittenborg.

    Myra, who is from China, has worked at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences since 2014, and is currently the institute’s event coordinator, a process tutor and lecturer.

    So, how did she manage to balance her life so perfectly?
    “Time management is of course important, but I also learned to concentrate on one task at a time and give it my full attention. I find this is a more efficient way of working.” She also stresses the importance of making time to switch off. “Weekends were for relaxing. No studies or work.” During weekdays she would then work and study in the evening.

    Why did she decide to study in the Netherlands?
    “The Netherlands is a well-developed country with properly structured and quality higher education. It is quite peaceful, safe and clean. In addition, it has a strong economy and a stable political environment, which is good for career development and planning. All-in-all, the Netherlands is an ideal destination for international students who want to study abroad.”

    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc DegreeAccording to Myra, her master's studies helped her apply theories to practical work and do it more efficiently and properly. “Meanwhile, I got to know many very nice and kind colleagues who guided me and helped me in my career and day-to-day life.”

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    German Student Vicky Roth is Top Wittenborg Graduate
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 2:04 PM
     

    German Student Vicky Roth is Top Wittenborg Graduate

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    German Student Vicky Roth is Top Wittenborg GraduateWittenborg’s top IBA-graduate this semester is German student, Vicky Roth, who passed her degree with honours. In the Netherlands, the highest number of international students come from Germany – in the 2016-2017 academic year there were almost 22,200 German students in the country.

    Though Vicky could not attend the 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony, she answered some questions about her time in the Netherlands and how she realises her goals in life. She completed an IBA in Marketing & Communication.

    Why did you decide to study in the Netherlands?
    A former student at my old university recommended the programme, because I was able to complete a second bachelor's degree in only one year. There was also a cooperation agreement between Wittenborg and my former university (ANGELL Academy in Freiburg, Germany).

    How did studying at Wittenborg change your life?
    I met a lot of international students, and therefore I got insight into different cultures, habits and traditions, which was really inspiring for me.

    How do you define success?
    Success for me is to reach the goals I have set for myself in life. It is about doing what I love and at the same time being able to earn money so I can travel and discover the world. Moreover, it is the privilege to go to work each day, only it doesn’t seem like work because I love what I’m doing and I like my colleagues.

    How do you put this philosophy into practice?
    I try to make the best out of every day and to appreciate it. I set goals for myself which I can reach in little steps, and I always try to remind myself to be happy for what I was given.

    What are your plans for after graduation?
    I will return to Germany and have already started applying for jobs. At this point, I would rather gain work ...

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    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 16 July 2017, 9:20 AM
     

    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for Graduates

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    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for GraduatesOn Friday 14 July Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences honoured its latest group of international graduates during the 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony at the Apeldoorn City Hall – the same venue where it will celebrate its 30th anniversary on 10 November later this year. 

    This semester there almost 30 undergraduates who received their hard-earned Bachelor degree as well as a MBA graduate and a MSc graduate. They are from countries as diverse as Mexico, Nigeria, Iran, China, Bangladesh, Germany, Canada the Netherlands , Vietnam, the DRC (Congo), Brazil, Israel, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Hong Kong, Nepal, Serbia and Pakistan.

    For some graduates it was also a celebration of making the impossible possible as many faced incredible odds along the way – from surviving as a refugee to juggling full-time jobs while studying.

    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for Graduates

    "Thanks to Wittenborg – you cared, listened, and helped us a lot," said, Nigerian IBA graduate Ivy Izedomnwen from Nigeria

    According to Pollob Skider from Bangladesh he learned a lot about himself at Wittenborg. "I learned that I can be independent and discovered so much about my own abilities." Almost all students thanked their parents – many of whom couldn't travel to Holland for the ceremony.

    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for GraduatesThe Mayor of Apeldoorn, John Berends, who was a guest speaker, urged graduates to maintain their spirit of adventure. "You did something extraordinary. As an international student you had the courage to move away from everything that is familiar to you: your country, your friends and family, your pet! Some of you might not have been home for years. Maybe you experienced loneliness, culture shock, financial insecurity, the Dutch language, the Dutch weather! But here you are today. You made it. Congratulations!"

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    Give International Students Free Public Transport, Canadian Graduate Tells Dutch Authorities
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 8:35 PM
     

    Give International Students Free Public Transport, Canadian Graduate Tells Dutch Authorities

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    Give International Students Free Public Transport, Canadian Graduate Tells Dutch AuthoritiesIn 2015, the Netherlands was ranked the most charity-friendly country in the world. This was the cue for Canadian graduate, Su Ha, to investigate in her bachelor's degree thesis to what extent non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the country have embraced social media to raise their fundraising game.

    Su, who came to the Netherlands in October 2015, is graduating this semester with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Wittenborg’s 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony is on 14 July at the Apeldoorn City Hall.

    Her tip to Dutch authorities to attract international students is to make travel on public transport free or at least offer a discount. “It gives students the opportunity to see much more of the Netherlands, which in turn is good for Dutch tourism. Holland is so much more than just Amsterdam.” Dutch authorities offers limited discounted fares on trains and buses to Dutch students as part of a student package. In Apeldoorn, Su lived with a Dutch family which gave her lots of insight in Dutch culture.

    According to Su, she fell in love with Holland during a holiday visit, hence the desire to study here. Her advice for international students wishing to integrate quickly into Dutch society is to learn the language.

    The Canadian native is considering a career in Holland’s non-profit industry, and said through her research topic she wanted a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities of social networking as a marketing tool for the NPO industry.  She conducted interviews with various professionals in the industry from organisations such as the Salvation Army and Amref Flying Doctors.

    Her study found that social networking to facilitate funds is ...

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    Why the Netherlands Packs a Bigger Punch than Germany in International Higher Education
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 10 July 2017, 5:33 PM
     

    Why the Netherlands Packs a Bigger Punch than Germany in International Higher Education

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    Why the Netherlands Packs a Bigger Punch than Germany in International Higher EducationThe Netherlands might be 9 times smaller than Germany, but it punches way above its weight in Europe’s international education arena, as just highlighted by the Times Higher Education's Europe University Rankings 2017.

    After the UK, the Netherlands has the highest percentage of international students and staff in Europe. Equally important, it occupies the top spot when it comes to research reputation, research productivity (papers to academic staff), industry income to academic staff, citation impact and research income to academic staff.

    Though the sheer number of foreign students in Germany is more than three times those in Holland, the percentage of international students in the Netherlands is estimated at 18% of all university students, while in Germany it is believed to be between 10 – 12%.

    Furthermore, Holland still reigns supreme in continental Europe when it comes to the number of English-taught programmes. Last year a survey by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant found that more than half (60%) of university programmes in Holland are now taught entirely in English.

    The newspaper looked at 1,632 programmes at 13 universities in the Netherlands. In less than 30% of the almost 1,200 master's degree programmes the language is in Dutch. The rest are all in English. More than half of all master's students last year did their degrees in English, a study by VSNU showed. With bachelor's degree students, it was about a fifth of all students.

    In contrast, universities in Germany continue to offer the majority of their degrees in German. Experts who spoke to THE said while some countries focus on attracting degree-seeking international students, Germany places a lot of emphasis on hosting overseas ...

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    Dutch International Education Hailed in Europe
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 8 July 2017, 12:08 PM
     

    Dutch International Education Hailed in Europe

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    Dutch International Education Hailed in EuropeIf you are looking for an international education, come to Holland! The country is being hailed as one of Europe’s strongest international education hubs in the esteemed British weekly, the Times Higher Education.

    When it comes to its percentage of international students and staff, Holland is second only to the UK. Even more impressive is that it beats every European country, even the UK, in terms of international co-authorship in research. Its success in this area is assisted by the country’s strong publishing culture, the mobility of Dutch scientists, and its strong emphasis on English-taught programmes.

    In addition, Dutch universities are some of the best in Europe – after the UK and Germany, the Netherlands has the highest number of institutes in the Top 20 of the best European universities, as ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.

    Dutch International Education Hailed in EuropeIn the Top 20, the University of Oxford takes the top spot, and the UK has 8 institutes followed by Germany (4), the Netherlands (3) and Switzerland (2). Holland beats Sweden, France and Belgium with 1 each.

    The 2016-2017 academic year was a record-breaking year for Holland in terms of the sheer number of international students who came to its shores. More than 112,000 international students studied here – the highest number ever recorded in the country’s history. 

    Last year, a survey by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant found that more than half (60%) of university programmes in Holland are now taught entirely in English. The newspaper looked at 1,632 programmes at 13 universities in the Netherlands. In less than 30% of the almost 1,200 master's degree programmes the language is in Dutch. The rest are all in English.

    WUP 8/7/2017

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    First Invitations Sent out for Wittenborg's 30th Anniversary Gala
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 6 July 2017, 8:35 AM
     

    First Invitations Sent out for Wittenborg's 30th Anniversary Gala

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    First Invitations Sent out for Wittenborg's 30th Anniversary GalaPreparations are on track for the celebration of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ 30th anniversary on 10 November, 2017.

    The gala event which promises an unforgettable night of live entertainment, dancing, drinks and snacks, will be held at the Apeldoorn City Hall.

    According to Wittenborg’s senior communication officer, Sinem Gülsen, the first invitations have been sent out asking invitees to save the date. Gülsen said the evening will have surprises in store, including an opening waltz by some of the members of staff.

    Besides students and staff, invites will also be sent to Wittenborg alumni, education partners like the University of Brighton in the UK, Nuffic, the Ministry of Education, NVAO, NRTO and FIBAA. As one of the most international of Dutch universities, it will also invite representatives from various foreign embassies in the Netherlands.

    Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said the event creates an opportunity for the university to look back and reflect on everything it has achieved the past 30 years – especially the fast-paced changes of the last 5 years, including the opening of a second location in Apeldoorn and another in Amsterdam, the launch and accreditation of several new programmes, and the continuous growth in student numbers.

    At the same time, the event will give a glimpse of what is in store for the next few years, such as the opening of the Vienna campus in September. Additionally, it will give attendees the opportunity to connect not only with alumni, students and staff, but also with the broader education, government and economic network Wittenborg has fostered over the years. 

    WUP 6/7/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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