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    Wittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project week
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 19 December 2014, 11:59 PM
     

    Wittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project week Wittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project weekWittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project week

    This week, a group of around 50 international students representing more than 40 nationalities, were given a tour the Smurfit Kappa factory in the nearby town of Deventer. This global company welcomed Wittenborg’s students with a tour and some lectures about the company and its sustainability policies.

    Smurfit Kappa Zedek in Deventer employs around 250 staff and produces high quality, full colour printed cardboard displays and packaging.

    The factory is part of one of the world’s most prestigious producers of paper-based packaging, and employs around 41,000 people worldwide at over 350 factories in 32 different countries. Its yearly turnover was almost 8 billion euro in 2013.

    During the visit, students were also given a lecture on the company’s history, activities and future prognosis, as well as an additional lecture on the issues of sustainability that concern the organization and sustainable practices carried out by Smurfit Kappa.

    Wittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project weekWittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project week

    Wittenborg University students visit manufacturing company in Deventer as part of their 3rd project week

    WUP 19/12/2014

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    Wittenborg Alumni represented at a Neso event for Alumni of Dutch Universities, held in Ho Chi Minh City last Friday
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:23 PM
     

    Wittenborg Alumni represented at a Neso event for Alumni of Dutch UniversitiesWittenborg Alumni represented at a Neso event for Alumni of Dutch Universities, held in Ho Chi Minh City last Friday

    Wittenborg University was represented by its former students Ben Visser and Miss Tran Minh at a meeting of Alumni who had studied in Holland.

    The event, held by representatives of the Dutch Neso offices, now merged with the Dutch embassy due to recent austerity cuts, was co-hosted by Wittenborg's visiting lecturer Mr Loek Hopstaken.

    Wittenborg Alumni represented at a Neso event for Alumni of Dutch UniversitiesMr Hopstaken is based in Vietnam, however visits the Netherlands, and Wittenborg regularly, and often represents Wittenborg University in Vietnam.

    Dutch graduate Ben Visser has lived and worked in Vietnam since graduating from the Bachelor of International Business Administration in 2012.

    WUP 16/12/2014

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    Wittenborg Alumnus Lasantha de Silva Continues Distinguishing Career in Sri Lanka
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:00 PM
     

    Wittenborg Alumnus Lasantha de Silva Continues Distinguishing Career in Sri Lanka

    Alumni from Wittenborg University who have carved out brilliant careers for themselves can be found all over the world. A case in point is Lasantha de Silva who graduated at the top of his class in 2008 and is now serving as Director Higher Studies at one of the largest private education institutes in Sri Lanka. Anesca Smith talks to Lasantha about his time at Wittenborg and his experiences since graduation.

    Before studying at Wittenborg University Lasantha worked in the Middle East Banking sector and after graduation became Wittenborg’s first Education Operations Manager after starting as a junior lecturer.  In an interview he explains what value studying at an international university added to the quality of his education and what ambitions he still has for himself.

    Lasantha, what made you decide to study abroad?

    Before migrating to the Netherlands, I was an expatriate in the Middle-East Banking sector. The exposure I could gather in Europe, one of the promising economies in the world, especially being born to a traditional Sri Lankan family, was understood to be enormous. Thus, foreign education was sought.

    Why did you choose Wittenborg?

    When seeking a degree in finance, a small university in the Netherlands caught my eye. The friendly approach when I was a prospective student, the spontaneous support and the specialization attracted me to Wittenborg.

    Wittenborg Alumnus Lasantha de Silva Continues Distinguishing Career in Sri Lanka

    Which degree did you earn?

    International Business Administration specializing in Financial Services Management with Honours (GPA 8.0/10.0)

    How did your study and career path develop since graduating from Wittenborg?

    Upon my graduation I was offered to stay at Wittenborg and start my career as a junior lecturer. At this juncture, it was a crucial decision to make, having over 6 years of work experience in the finance sector. The decision ...

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    Joining Wittenborg's Alumni Network - why it should matter to you!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 14 December 2014, 9:52 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Graduates celebrate outside the Apeldoorn City HallJoining Wittenborg's Alumni Network - why it should matter to you!

    Today Wittenborg published its first Alumni Newsletter, planned as a quarterly and is reaching out to all the students who have graduated since Wittenborg University (formally Hogeschool Wittenborg) went "International" in 2003!

    Wittenborg University will be doubling its efforts in 2015 to create an active Alumni Network!

    First, we would like to know how your experience and education at Wittenborg served your long and short term ambitions and are also curious about your current status and career development.

    Therefore we would like to urge all our former students to make contact with the university by emailing alumninetwork@wittenborg.eu . We would also like to encourage you to complete our Alumni Survey which you will find here.

    It is very easy to lose track of most graduates after they embark on their various career paths - even more so if they studied at an institute like Wittenborg with its international student base! We do however believe alumni have much to gain from actively staying in touch with their alma mater and they also have much to offer current students.

    Wittenborg University Graduate Summer 2007

    Why your participation matters

    ·         An active Alumni Network can serve as a platform for potential business relations to interact.

    ·         Alumni can act as role models for current students. Not only do they inspire but also encourage present students to stay involved with the university after graduation.

    ·         The Netherlands is serious about retaining international talent for its economy. Therefore, detailed information on international graduates from Dutch institutes are sorely needed.

    ·         Interacting with alumni and gaining their insight helps to ensure continued excellence at Wittenborg University.

    ·         A loyal base of alumni suggests a university has much to offer, thereby boosting its reputation ...

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    Master of Science Students Enjoy a Christmas High Tea
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 11 December 2014, 10:49 PM
     

    Master of Science Students Enjoy a Christmas High TeaWittenborg University Master of Science Students Enjoy a Christmas High Tea

    Master of Science Students Enjoy a Christmas High Tea

    Wittenborg University Master of Science students were joined by their tutors, Esther, Karin and Rauf, front office manager Eva and Director of Education Peter Birdsall for a High Tea in one of Apedoorn's central coffee and tea houses.

    Wittenborg University Master of Science Students Enjoy a Christmas High TeaThe event marked the end of the 2014 lesson timetable - with only a week to go before then Christmas break! The theme was tea, cakes and sandwiches - many cakes and sandwiches : -)

    Cheers! Wittenborg University Master of Science Students Enjoy a Christmas High TeaSee facebook: Master of Science Students enjoy a Christmas High Tea (23 photos)

    WUP 11/12/2014

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    Interview with Wittenborg Lecturer Emiel Schiphorst and his tips for growing a company
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 9:50 PM
     

    Interview with Wittenborg University Lecturer Emiel Schiphorst and his tips for growing a companyWUP 10/12/2014 -Anesca Smith - Interview with Wittenborg Lecturer Emiel Schiphorst and his tips for growing a company

    What distinguishes Wittenborg University staff are not only their diverse cultures, but also the fact that all boast impressive academic backgrounds and range of skill. One of them is marketing professional, Emiel Schiphorst, who is an entrepreneur, author and Qualified Examiner for the Dutch Institute for Marketing (NIMA). Wittenborg recently signed an agreement with NIMA to become one of its education partners

     Emiel has over 12 years’ experience in Marketing, Sales and New Product Development.  He studied Economics and Management Science and obtained an International Executive MBA in France and the US. He has been lecturing part-time at Wittenborg since mid-2013 and teaches International Marketing for SME's and Process Management.  In an interview he gave tips on how to grow your own business and also tells us what inspires him. 

    How would you describe the experience of teaching at Wittenborg so far?

    Teaching feels like being a "family member". We consist of a small team, there are short lines in communication and the students are willing to grow and learn, which is very powerful.

    What is fulfilling about teaching international students?

    International students are more "interested" to realize their targets. They are more willing to learn from you as a practical teacher rather than from textbooks and theory. Many students have contacted me over LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Facebook and so on. They know how important networking is. I also receive many questions about entrepreneurship from students who are struggling with problems in starting their own business. 

    Being a Dutch national, what advice do you have for international students on adapting to life in the Netherlands?

    Read books and articles about Dutch companies such as Heineken, Shell, Blokker and Hema that...

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    New Dutch Student Loans System to Start in 2015
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 5 December 2014, 11:37 PM
     

    Despite continued protests, it’s becoming evident that new Dutch students starting with their bachelor or master studies in September 2015 will most likely not receive a basic grant from the Dutch government like it was done in the past.

    New Dutch Student Loans System to Start in 2015

    Despite continued protests, it’s becoming evident that new Dutch students starting with their bachelor or master studies in September 2015 will most likely not receive a basic grant from the Dutch government like it was done in the past.

    However, the good news is that they - along with students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland - will still be eligible for a study loan from the department of education (DUO) with lenient repayment terms. The loan can cover their full study fee as well as maintenance costs – even when they choose to study at a private, but fully accredited university, like Wittenborg University.

    Chinese students at Wittenborg University cooking lamb kebabs August 2012

    The majority of parties in the Dutch government’s Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) this week voted for the abolition of the basic grant for students and the introduction of a new loan system.

    The last hurdle in pushing through the legislation will be getting the Eerste Kamer (First House) to approve the changes, but it is unlikely that the majority of parties will vote against it. The Dutch minister of education, culture and science, Jet Bussemaker, has urged members of the house for a speedy process. The bill has already been adapted several times with concessions such as a lowering of the minimum amount former students has to repay monthly should they take a loan as well as having access to financing from the first day of study.
    How does the new student financing work?

    As of 1 September 2015 the basic grant will no longer be available to students who are starting their studies, whether on bachelor or master level. Instead, students will be able to take a loan from about 980 euros maximum per month (you determine the amount yourself according to your fee and living expenses). Repayments must be done within a period of 15 to 35 years. Students are also entitled to only start with the repayments once they start ...

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    Calling all Vietnamese alumni who studied in the Netherlands!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 1 December 2014, 11:45 PM
     

    Networking Event for Vietnamese Alumni! - Calling all Vietnamese alumni who studied in the Netherlands!

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    Calling all Vietnamese alumni who studied in the Netherlands! 

    Next Friday, on 12 December 2014, the Dutch Consulate General in Vietnam and NUFFIC is co-hosting a professional networking event for the Dutch business community in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnamese alumni who studied in the Netherlands. In the 2012-13 academic year there were almost 400 Vietnamese students studying in the Netherlands.

    At Wittenborg University, there have been a number of notable graduates from Vietnam during the past 10 years. In fact, the university's top student from 2013, Min Tran, was Vietnamese.  According to Wittenborg's registrar, Santosh Aryal, there are currently 7 students from Vietnam studying at the university of which the majority hail from Ho Chi Minh City.

    Networking Event for Vietnamese Alumni! - Calling all Vietnamese alumni who studied in the Netherlands!The aim of the event is to provide a platform for those wishing to expand their Dutch and Vietnamese business network and to stimulate contact between alumni who studied in the Netherlands. The  event follows a workshop for alumni with at least 4 years of work experience that was held recently.

    The guest speaker for next week's event is Mr Loek Hopstaken who has in the past guest-lectured at Wittenborg University.  For the last seven years Mr Hopstaken has worked extensively with Vietnamese companies - both private and state-owned - as well as a number of non-Asian multinationals operating in Vietnam. In the Netherlands he worked for Postbank and ING Bank. He has also conducted training for companies such Damen Shipyards, Philips and Heineken.

    Networking Event for Vietnamese Alumni! - Calling all Vietnamese alumni who studied in the Netherlands!A welcome speech will also be given by the Dutch Consul General in Vietnam and a representative from Nuffic's Neso in Vietnam.

    A year ago, faced with severe budgetary cuts, NUFFIC announced it will close three of its worldwide Neso’s (Netherlands Education Support Offices), including Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan. However, in May...

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    3 new IBA Bachelor specializations in Event Management, International Tourism and Sport Business & Management.
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 1 December 2014, 9:20 PM
     

    New IBA Bachelor specialization in International Event Management!3 new IBA Bachelor specializations in Event Management, International Tourism and Sport Business & Management.

    From September 2015, students will be able to choose from 3 new specialisations in the IBA Bachelor programme. Event Management and Tourism are already offered at Master, in a joint programme with the University of Brighton, that leads to the UK Master of Science award. IBA Sport Business & Management will look at both the commercial aspects of sports events, however also lay the link between sport and health, and sport promoting health - an issue that insurance companies are increasingly interested in!

    Wittenborg's Bachelor of International Business Administration is a unique programme concept that offers a BBA Bachelor pathway that starts broad, then becomes more specialized. It allows most students to decide their Bachelor specialisation in phase (year) 2 and results in fewer students drop out due to having chosen the wrong field of study, at least in terms of business and management! One of the current exceptions is the IBA Hospitality Management which is developing its own pathway, including two work placement periods instead of the normal single one in year 3.

    Wittenborg’s British-style higher education in Holland, means that three of the new IBA specializations can allow students to do a University of Brighton top-up programmes and a double degree. All three programmes will also allow students direct entry into the Master of Science programmes - MSc International Event Management, International Tourism Management, International Hospitality Management.

    Every IBA programmes has a set of core modules in the key areas of Management and Organizations, Accounting & Finance, Marketing, Communication & information Management, Business Law, and Personal Development. Accompanying these modules, project weeks, work placement and the final project are the series of modules that a ...

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    “GREAT-project will create thousands of jobs for young graduates.”
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 30 November 2014, 2:34 PM
     

    GREAT-project will create thousands of jobs for young graduatesGREAT-project will create thousands of jobs for young graduates.”

    After a series of successful campaigns to promote sustainable energy and encourage SME’s to get involved in the European GREAT-project, Wittenborg University which is a partner in the project, is now taking the message to potential students encouraging them to consider careers in technical services, engineering and science.

    Wittenborg director, Maggie Feng who is leading the research center team, said sustainable development, energy and the technical field are creating more and more jobs and the GREAT-project will open a world of job opportunities in various sectors like energy, engineering, sustainable development, environmental science and different technical services.

    This was also the message Feng had for students who attended the NXTLVL Education Fair in Apeldoorn recently. Wittenborg University had a special stand promoting the GREAT-project. NXTLVL Open Evenings are an opportunity for Dutch institutes of higher education to showcase what they offer potential students. Hundreds of Dutch students, eager for guidance to help them choose which further studies they should pursue, attended the fair.

    It is expected that the world market for sustainable energy technology will almost triple from 2008 ( € 340 billion) to  2020 (between  € 800 -  € 1 200). (Source: CleanTech Region 2020)

    GREAT is a cross-border EU-funded project which aims to encourage communities as well as small to medium size enterprises (SME’s) to develop technological solutions for Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Distributive Generation. It also promotes research and develop policy issues for regulatory authorities and provide structured co-operation opportunities between SMEs, research institutes and technology developers.

    In this project, Wittenborg University is developing economic tools to inform and encourage SME’s to get further engaged in ...

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