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    Spanish Hotel Wants More Wittenborg Students After Nepalese Intern Makes Huge Impression
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 10 December 2016, 9:49 AM
     

    Spanish Hotel Wants More Wittenborg Students After Nepalese Intern Makes Huge Impression

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    Struggling to find an internship?
    Spanish Hotel Wants More Wittenborg Students After Nepalese Intern Makes Huge Impression Then take heart from Nepalese student, Sarita Chhetri, who applied for almost 100 jobs before finally landing a position at a Spanish hotel, where she did both her internship and in-company training this year - despite speaking no Spanish.

    In fact, Chhetri did so well at the 4-star Los Jameos Playa Hotel on the Spanish island of Las Palmas, that she has been invited back for a full-time position after she graduates next year. The management at the hotel, which has 530 rooms, was so happy with her that they want more students from Wittenborg to apply for internships.

    As a EuroBA student, Chhetri did her first year at Wittenborg and her second year at the ANGELL Akademie in Germany. She speaks Nepali, German, Dutch, English and is tackling Spanish next.

    "I had to bake 200 pancakes"

    At Los Jameos she worked in guest relations and management. Daily duties ranged from playing host at the hotel’s clubhouse, checking reservations, checking cleanliness around the pool area and even once baking 200 pancakes on one shift! Another time she had to teach the hotel’s chef how to make curry dishes for an Indian guest.

    Good communication is key in hotel industry

    “I learned that the most important skill at a hotel is good communication, because if there is a miscommunication it can lead to many problems,” Chhetri says. “Trust and loyalty is also important in the hotel industry. I adopted very quickly to the system, but not knowing Spanish made things challenging in the beginning.

    “During the summer the hotel was fully booked – I suspect because there were less people going to Turkey and Egypt - and tourist numbers are expected to keep ...

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    New Students at Wittenborg from 13 Different Countries
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:09 PM
     

    New Students at Wittenborg from 13 Different Countries

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    New students from 13 different countries started their studies at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this week - including its first student from Syria.
    New Students at Wittenborg from 13 Different Countries
    For the undergraduate and MBA programmes, it is possible to start and graduate six times a year at Wittenborg.

    The university now boasts about 600 students from 80 different nationalities, growing continuously.  The past year it has also seen slight increases in students from countries like Australia and South Africa.

    New Students at Wittenborg from 13 Different Countries

    The new students are from China, Nepal, South Africa, Vietnam, Syria, Iran, Tanzania, Egypt, Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Sierra Leone. Most of them arrived last week, just in time for Introduction Week activities to help them get their bearings and help them settle into their new study environment, including meeting academic and support staff as well as current students.

    Most of the new students will start in the first phase of their studies while a handful got direct entry into the second or third phase of their studies, and others will do foundation phase studies. The most popular programmes remain Wittenborg’s IBA & BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management, as well as its IBA in Economics & Management, IBA in International Tourism, IBA in Marketing & Communications and IBA in Information Management.

    The next entry date for new bachelor's students is 13 February, 2017.  Non-EU students are advised to apply at least 6 - 8 weeks before the next entry date. EU students must apply 2- 4 weeks ahead. 

    WUP 8/12/2016

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg MBA Students Gain from Plenty of Industry Exposure
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 5 December 2016, 3:26 PM
     

    Wittenborg MBA Students Gain from Plenty of Industry Exposure

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    Wittenborg MBA Students Gain from Plenty of Industry ExposureWhat makes for a good MBA programme? At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences class activities such as lectures, discussions and case studies are combined with industry exposure through visits to companies.

    The coordinator of Wittenborg’s School of Business, Dr Rauf Abdul, said industrial visits provide students with an insider view on the internal workings of companies. “It is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the practical side of business and not just the theory as provided in the classroom.”

    Another element of Wittenborg’s MBA programme is to invite innovative guest lecturers such as Marjon van Opijnen.

    Van Opijnen has vast experience in social sustainability and justice in the Europe, Africa and Asia. Among others she has worked for Doctors Without Borders and Triodos Bank - one of the most sustainable banks in the world.

    In her students she wants to instill a sense of responsible business practices and has taught at Wittenborg since 2015, guest lecturing MBA students on new ways of doing business in the economy of tomorrow and IBA students on Leadership in the Business Environment and Managing Diversity during Project Weeks. “I once worked for a company who was preaching sustainability but not practicing it at all. That was a turning point for me."

    After she co-founded the programme Leaders for Economic Change, she started developing programmes to equip young professionals with the skills to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s economy.

    “New Economy as well as sustainability are not clear in their meaning and how they should be applied in business and society. Even though almost everyone feels the need for change, few have an idea about how to make the required push to ...

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    International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:19 PM
     

    International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury

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    International students who continue to work in the Netherlands after graduation contribute €1.57 billion annually to the Dutch treasury.

    International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury

    This is the amount concluded by EP-Nuffic, based on new figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics and a calculation model by the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) as part of a study into the revenue generated by international students who study in Holland.

    Ambassadors for the Netherlands

    EP-Nuffic estimates that at least 25% of international graduates will continue to live in the Netherlands after their studies. On the other hand, students who choose to return to their home country often serve as ambassadors for the Dutch education system and industry.

    In the 2015-16 academic year, there were 14,900 exchange students in the Netherlands and 61,300 international degree-seeking students – they represent respectively 2.2% and 9.2% of the total student population in the Netherlands. These numbers were released about a month ago by the 2016 Landelijke Monitor Studentenhuisvesting. About 60% of all international students study at a university – significantly higher than their Dutch counterparts (37%).

    Of the international students who graduated in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively 42%, 38% and 36% remained and continue to live in Holland after 5 years. They work just as often and earn the same salary as their Dutch counterparts.

    The majority of students who choose to remain in the Netherlands after graduating are from Germany, China, Indonesia, Poland and Belgium. Students studying at an institute of higher professional education (HBO) – like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences – are more likely to stay in the Netherlands.
     

    Source: EP-Nuffic

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    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 28 November 2016, 4:35 PM
     

    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

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    Dust off your dancing shoes because Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.  
    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
    The university’s management has announced it will be hosting several special events during the whole of next year leading up to a magnificent gala dinner to be held for staff, students and friends of Wittenborg on 10 November, 2017.

    Peter Birdsall, chair of the executive board, said there will be academic workshops, seminars, partnership events and research projects kicking off from the beginning of 2017. Another highlight will be the launch of a new study location in the heart of Vienna, the capital of Austria.

    The 30th anniversary will be on an even bigger scale than the 25th celebrations in 2012, which saw the launch of the university’s 10-year plan, a glamorous party with a big band and international students invited to dress in the national attire of their country. That was also the year the university started offering its first international Master of Science programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK.

    The coming 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 past 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, it will give a glimpse of what is in store for the next few years. More importantly, it will give the opportunity to connect not only with alumni, students and staff, but also the broader education, government and economic network it has fostered over the years.  

    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary



    WUP 28/11/2016

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    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 24 November 2016, 3:31 PM
     

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna

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    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step closer to setting up a branch campus in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

    The memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in ViennaThe memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    The signing took place at the notary office in Deventer, the original birthplace of Wittenborg and the city it operated from for 23 years before moving to Apeldoorn in 2010. It was attended by the two directors of the Vienna campus, Tim Birdsall and Dr Alexander Bauer, as well as Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall.

    Wittenborg will offer its range of BBA and MBA programmes in Vienna, following exactly the same curriculum and planning as in Apeldoorn, from where the programmes will be administrated. It will partner with one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria, EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien).

    Peter Birdsall said earlier: "This is a completely new market for us. Austria has a vastly different international student market from the Netherlands. We hope to open new frontiers by attracting students from countries like China, which has so far not been hugely attracted to Austria. But also from a host of other countries like Slovenia, Russia, Poland and Germany. We think there will be a big interest."

    WUP 24/11/2016
    by Anesca Smith
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    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 24 November 2016, 3:31 PM
     

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/rapid-progress-opening-wittenborg-campus-vienna.htm



    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step closer to setting up a branch campus in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

    The memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in ViennaThe memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    The signing took place at the notary office in Deventer, the original birthplace of Wittenborg and the city it operated from for 23 years before moving to Apeldoorn in 2010. It was attended by the two directors of the Vienna campus, Tim Birdsall and Dr Alexander Bauer, as well as Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall.

    Wittenborg will offer its range of BBA and MBA programmes in Vienna, following exactly the same curriculum and planning as in Apeldoorn, from where the programmes will be administrated. It will partner with one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria, EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien).

    Peter Birdsall said earlier: "This is a completely new market for us. Austria has a vastly different international student market from the Netherlands. We hope to open new frontiers by attracting students from countries like China, which has so far not been hugely attracted to Austria. But also from a host of other countries like Slovenia, Russia, Poland and Germany. We think there will be a big interest."

    WUP 24/11/2016
    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press

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    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking Country
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:47 PM
     

    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking Country

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    The Dutch have overtaken Sweden as the most proficient English speakers in the world outside the Anglosphere.

    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking CountryThe 6th annual EF English Proficiency Index which ranks countries by the English skills of its inhabitants was released this week. For the first time, the Netherlands has come up on top after years of playing second fiddle to Nordic countries like Sweden and Denmark.

    “Our research has shown that better English correlates with higher incomes and better quality of life,” the report reads. Almost a million people in 72 countries were surveyed. In nearly all of them women have stronger English skills than men.

    The regions performing the best in the Netherlands were South Holland, North Holland and Gelderland-Overrijssel – the area where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ is located. The Dutch scored high across all ages, particularly young adults in the 21-25 age bracket. Men fared slightly better than women.

    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking CountryThe Netherlands got an overall score of 72.16 – a whole point higher than second-placed Denmark (71.15), followed by Sweden (70.81), Norway (68.54) and Finland (66.61). Singapore jumped from 12th to 6th place this year, overtaking countries like Luxembourg, Austria, Germany and Poland. The Middle East and North Africa has the lowest level of English proficiency in the world.

    “English is becoming a basic skill for the entire global workforce, in the same way that literacy has transformed in the last two centuries from an elite privilege into a basic requirement for informed citizenship. On the individual level, English has the potential to generate opportunities, strengthen employability, and expand horizons,” the report comments.

    “There are clear reasons why countries with strong English proficiency tend to thrive in the innovation sector....

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    International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 18 November 2016, 7:43 PM
     

    International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong

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    Wittenborg alumnus, Alex Gu, has built a highly successful career in Hong Kong – testifying to the value multinational companies place on graduates who have an international education.International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong

    Gu, who was one of the first international students to graduate from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, returned to the Netherlands this week for a visit to his alma mater.

    He obtained his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Wittenborg in 2005, when it was still situated in Deventer, and seemed pleasantly surprised at how much the university has since grown. He was particularly impressed with the new Spoorstraat building in Apeldoorn where he was welcomed by Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng.

    He currently works for the British ADM Group, one of the largest independent marketing services businesses in the world. Before that he worked for an international trading company Li & Fung as a product developer.

    Gu has many fond memories of the Netherlands and even contemplates a return, citing the high quality of life the Dutch enjoy. “People are friendly and I really like the lifestyle – lots of space, barbeques, hot chocolate met slagroom (with whipped cream) and fishing.”

    Is there aInternational Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kongnything he did not like about Holland? “The Dutch eat a raw fish called haring (herring) – you tilt your head back and put it in your mouth. I really hated the taste of that fish in the beginning, but after trying it a few times I fell in love with it!”

    Why did he decide to study in Holland. “Since I was a boy of about 7 years in Shanghai, I wanted to study abroad. I applied first to the UK, but the visa process was complicated, which is how I ended up in Holland.”

    According to Gu there ...

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    EU-Student Numbers in UK Fall in the Wake of Brexit
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 2:15 PM
     

    EU-Student Numbers in UK Fall in the Wake of Brexit

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    While it is feared that a Donald Trump presidency in the US will drive international students away, there are signs that Brexit is already doing that in the UK.

    EU-Student Numbers in UK Fall in the Wake of BrexitThe BBC reports that the numbers of EU students applying for the most competitive UK university courses have dropped sharply in the wake of Brexit – the British referendum held in June on whether the UK should remain in the EU.

    The higher education platform Wonkhe released data on which universities in the UK recruit the highest number of international students. In 2014-15 almost a third of postgraduate students in the UK were international (29%), and they made up 10% of all undergraduates.

    The universities with the highest proportion of international undergraduates were the University of Buckingham (41%), London School of Economics and Political Science (38%), and the University of St Andrews (32%). Universities with the highest number of international postgraduate students were Cardiff Metropolitan University (64%), Coventry University (57%), and London School of Economics and Political Science (56%).

    The website also pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, international students are mainly based in areas that voted “Remain” in Brexit – debunking the idea that many British citizens who voted “Leave” based their decision on experience with foreigners like international students.

    “The Prime Minister’s fixation with cutting international student numbers as part of a wider cut-down on immigration has been primarily justified by the Brexit vote, which researchers have shown to be overwhelmingly to do with dissatisfaction with immigration," an article on the website reads.  "However, as you may have already observed from the tables, large numbers of international students are primarily in areas that ...

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