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    Wittenborg Lecturer, Muhammad Ashfaq, Honoured with Research Grant from Turkish University
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:47 PM
     

    Muhammad Ashfaq, a finance lecturer at Wittenborg University, was recently honored with the Young Scholar’s Grant (1,250 TRL) by Bilkent University, Turkey, for his outstanding research in the area of Islamic Banking and Finance in Europe and Turkey.Wittenborg Lecturer, Muhammad Ashfaq, Honoured with Research Grant from Turkish University

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-lecturer-muhammad-ashfaq-honoured-research-grant-turkish-university.htm

    Muhammad Ashfaq, a finance lecturer at Wittenborg University, was recently honored with the Young Scholar’s Grant (1,250 TRL) by Bilkent University, Turkey, for his outstanding research in the area of Islamic Banking and Finance in Europe and Turkey.

    His researched centered on Regulatory and Legal Challenges which he presented during the 2nd International conference on Law and Economics held on 8-9 May 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

    In his reaction to the achievement Ashfaq said: “I am really delighted to receive this Young Scholar’s Grant awarded by the Bilkent University. I would like to thank all the colleagues at Wittenborg University who always supported me in such research activities”.

    Ashfaq has been working as visiting lecturer at Wittenborg University since June 2014 and teaches both undegraduate (IBA) and MBA modules.

    In a previous interview he said he was attracted to Financial Studies because he was always interested in numbers: to interpret them and to make them meaningful. "To find a short method and convey it in purposeful information for decision-making. That is the role of managers and which is what I did when I was working in the industry."

    Ashfaq also juggles juggles a lecturing job at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, with his duties at Wittenborg and is a visiting faculty member of Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

    Prior to joining Rhine-Waal University he was a team member of the Finance & Controlling Department at Schock GmbH and was employed as a specialist in finance at the Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH Germany, a subsidiary of Pfizer U.S. Corporation.

    "This is but a few of the various positions I’ve...

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    Wittenborg Scores High in 2015 National Student Survey: Students Especially Pleased with Internship Experience
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 22 May 2015, 8:36 AM
     

    Wittenborg Scores High in 2015 National Student SurveyWittenborg Scores High in 2015 National Student Survey: Students Especially Pleased with Internship Experience

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-scores-high-2015-national-student-survey-students-especially-pleased-internship.htm

    Results from the 2015 National Student Survey (NSE) measuring students’ satisfaction shows Wittenborg University once again did well with its study programme in general, scoring 7.68 out of 10 – improving on last year’s score of 7.5.

    The national average for universities of applied science, like Wittenborg, on their general study programme is 7.66 while it is 8.08 for research universities.

    On the whole, the results indicate that students in the Netherlands are more satisfied with their studies than ever before, according to a press release from Studiekeuze123 who organized the survey.

    Wittenborg  also managed to outscore the national average in 13 of the 17 categories in which it was rated – including the content of its programmes, the expertise of lecturers, study information, study load, the quality of care its students receive at the university and study facilities.

    Students were particularly pleased with their internship experience at WittenborgStudents were particularly pleased with their internship experience at Wittenborg. The scale of the scores ranged from 0 to 5 (best). By converting the scores to a scale of 1 to 10, the university scored 8.32 as far as internship experience is concerned compared to last year’s 7.22.

    Students awarded a score of 9.0 to the supervision they received at their internship company, while also giving high marks for the preparation they received from the university for their internship, what they learned from the internship and the link between the internship and their chosen study programme.

    Though the university is doing excellent on the academic front, it was clear that the city where it is located, Apeldoorn, should become more student-savvy and take better care of the needs of its ...

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    Wittenborg University reacts strongly against an attempt by the Dutch Minister of Education to regulate use of the term "University"
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:21 PM
     

    Wittenborg University reacts strongly against an attempt by the Dutch Minister of Education to regulate use of the term "University"

    A University of Applied Sciences is a University? Of course it is!

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-university-reacts-strongly-against-attempt-dutch-minister-education-regulate-use-term.htm

    Wittenborg University reacts strongly against an attempt by the Dutch Minister of Education to regulate use of the term "University"Earlier this month, Dutch Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker announced plans to protect the degrees and titles of Dutch Higher Education in a proposed change the Act of Higher Education. Wittenborg supports the general regulation, however has now reacted strongly against one of the suggestions included in the proposal that limit the use of the singular term ''University".

    Bussemaker is suggesting that Universities of Applied Sciences cannot describe themselves as a University, and that if they do refer to themselves as a University rather than a University of Applied Sciences they risk a very hefty fine! According to Wittenborg's British Chair of the Board, Peter Birdsall "This notion of a Dutch Minister trying to regulate the English language like this is complete madness. If you are a University of Applied Sciences, you are a University, just like if you are a bird of prey you are still just a bird"

    This week, Wittenborg University has sent a letter to the Minister, expressing its serious concerns and clearly stating that it will not refrain from using the term "University" as a singular description.

    A copy of the letter can be found below.

    "If the Netherlands wants to clearly promote its binary higher education system, then it can easily do so through the strict accreditation processes and mechanisms currently in place, as well as internationally through Code of Conduct for International Students in the Netherlands" Birdsall adds.

    (in Picture) Minister Bussemaker visited Wittenborg University in March 2014.

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    Hello London! Wittenborg Master Students Enjoy a Glorious Trip to the British Capital
    by Peter Birdsall - Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:20 PM
     

    A Visit to London and to meet tutors at the University of BrightonHello London! Wittenborg Master Students Enjoy a Glorious Trip to the British Capital

    A Visit to London and to meet tutors at the University of Brighton.

    Master of Science students from Wittenborg University yesterday ended their four-day trip to London with a visit to Wittenborg’s partner in the UK, the University of Brighton, at its Eastbourne campus where they met with professors and other students.

    Master of Science students from Wittenborg University The students were accompanied by the head of Wittenborg’s School of Hospitality, Esther Gitonga. The trip is set to become an annual feature on the university calendar.

    Myra Qiu, Master-student in International Event Management and Wittenborg intern, said: “We had a Marketing Strategy class with Brighton students on Monday morning. We also had a great lunch with Brighton teachers.”

    The group left the Netherlands on Friday and mostly enjoyed pleasant weather in the British capital - a city where a rained-out summer is nothing out of the ordinary!

    The first few days of the excursion was spent taking in most of the famous sights in London, starting with a walkabout in Eastbourne and a wonderful dinner.The first few days of the excursion was spent taking in most of the famous sights in London, starting with a walkabout in Eastbourne and a wonderful dinner.

    Saturday started with a trip to what is probably the city’s most iconic attraction, Big Ben, followed by Parliament Square and Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately there was no sign of the latest addition to the British Royal Family, Princess Charlotte!

    Then it was time for a proper British pub lunch, followed by (oh-joy-of-joys!) a shopping trip to Oxford Street crammed with shops featuring everything a girl or fashionable boy’s heart desires.

    After the crowds of Oxford street, even more crowdedness was piled on top of that with a visit to the West End of London - simply referred to as the West End by Londoners. This area of central London contains many of the city’s major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings and entertainment venues - of which the famous ...

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    International Business Administration (IBA) is Hottest Study Choice for Dutch Students at the Start of 2015
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 15 May 2015, 6:03 PM
     

    International Business Administration (IBA) is Hottest Study Choice for Dutch Students at the Start of 2015

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/international-business-administration-iba-hottest-study-choice-dutch-students-start-2015.htm

    International Business Administration (IBA) is Hottest Study Choice for Dutch Students at the Start of 2015

    Bachelor programmes in International Business and Administration seem to be the hottest study programmes among prospective students in the Netherlands – IBA programmes have received more online-traffic in the first quarter of 2015 than any other course of study!

    This is according to Studiekeuze123, the Dutch foundation which supports prospective students in making the right choices when it comes to their studies. The foundation reported in its March Newsletter that its website received 86 356 visitors in the first months of the year and that International Business and Administration (IBA) received the most clicks.

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences offers undergraduate students a uniquely-structured broad Bachelor (IBA) degree, accredited since 2006! IBA – that means, a Bachelor in International Business Administration (IBA) with various pathways such as:

    • Economics & Management
    • Marketing & Communication
    • Hospitality Management
    • Entrepreneurship & SME Management
    • Logistics & International Trade
    • Financial Service Management
    • Information Management

    Wittenborg - a small, private University of Applied Sciences which is one of the most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands – is situated in Apeldoorn. From September 2015 it will offer its IBA in Entrepreneurship & SME Management in its new Amsterdam location.

    Business Administrators are key to all today’s successful companies and organization. A fully-trained Business Administrator can be found at the heart of any successful enterprise, whether in the international finance industry, the hospitality and tourism sector or in an international import and ...

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    Why the Netherlands is a Great Country to Study and Live
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 4:53 AM
     

    Even the Brits agree: Holland is a great country to study and to live!Even the Brits agree: Holland is a great country to study and to live!

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/why-netherlands-great-country-study-and-live.htm

    Britain’s leading liberal newspaper The Guardian recently published an article singing the praises of studying in the Netherlands, written as a first account by a female British student.

    In the article Phoebe Dodds describes how she turned down a place at Cambridge in the UK – recently polled as the second most prestigious university in the world – to study in Amsterdam and not regretting it for one bit.

    “The Netherlands is a very relaxed country and this laid-back vibe is central to the student experience,” Dodds writes.

    At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences we could not agree more. In fact, from September 2015 Wittenborg will open a new location in Amsterdam offering a Bachelor IBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, adding a new dimension of flexible, international education to the city. In the meantime, Apeldoorn, will remain Wittenborg's headquarters.

    So what makes the Netherlands such a great country for international students?

    Prestigious universities

    The Netherlands was recently named as one of the top six countries in the world with the most prestigious universities. Results of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings showed the country has increased its share of institutions in a global ranking of universities who enjoys the most respect and admiration from leading academics around the world. Recent Wittenborg graduate and one of its top students, Marius Zürcher, said he would definitely recommend the Netherlands as a study destination. “It is a nice country with good, comparably affordable universities. “

    You cycle everywhere

    Without a doubt, Holland is the bicycle capital of the world.  “The idea of jumping on your bike on a summer’s day to cycle down Amsterdam’s canals is pretty idyllic. But...

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    African Business Success Attributed to International Education
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 9 May 2015, 4:19 PM
     

    African Business Success Attributed to International Education

    African Business Success Attributed to International Education

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/african-business-success-attributed-international-education.htm

    Researchers credit the increasing number of successful start-ups in Africa to the education many of its owners acquire abroad.

    In a recent article published in The Conversation – an online academic news source – associate professor of Strategic Management Christian Stadler from the University of Warwick’s Business School and Florence Karaba, PhD student at the University of Bath, share their research findings on what makes a successful business in Africa.

    “Western-educated returnees thrive in Africa’s cities,” the two researchers write. “Savings brought back can give workers the means to buy a house, while their new-found expertise can give them a foot in the door at the biggest African companies.”

    Wittenborg University, one of the most international institutes for higher education in the Netherlands, boast an impressive number of students and graduates from African countries - notably Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just recently the university successfully hosted a Business-to-Business Africa Event to showcase the continent’s investment potential featuring acclaimed speakers – among others from the Netherlands-African Business Council and Rabobank's Africa Desk.

    Stadler also told Business Life – a British Airways supplement – that the continent “is buzzing with graduates from the world’s top universities coming back to their homeland to put into practice what they have learnt”.

    “In South Africa, an estimated 359 000 highly skilled workers have returned in the past 7 years. They are able to overcome three of the biggest obstacles: access to property, capital, and global networks. Loans are notoriously expensive in Africa. A 20% interest rate is not an exception. Property ...

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    Shanghai Business School in drive to move towards applied sciences
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 8 May 2015, 6:04 AM
     

    Shanghai Business School in drive to move towards applied sciencesShanghai Business School in drive to move towards applied sciences

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/shanghai-business-school-drive-move-towards-applied-sciences.htm

    During this week's Wittenborg University visit to the Shanghai Business School, education development was discussed, including the up-coming visit by a group of Shanghai students and lecturers to the Netherlands. The main discussions focused on the Wittenborg - SBS partnership in relation to the developing nature of applied sciences programmes at SBS. Wittenborg is a University of Applied Sciences.

    Discussed was the possibility to involve the SBS hospitality students in an applied science research project, to be run during the summer. The visiting lecturers would join a teacher-training programme, in which they would learn about accreditation processes in the Netherlands and the positioning of a University as a University of Applied Sciences, rather than a research based University.

    According to Professor Jiang Hong, vice director a the Shanghai Busines School, there is currently a shift in much of Chinese higher education towards more applied sciences approach within the Bachelor programmes.

    Shanghai Business School in drive to move towards applied sciencesThe drive towards applied science is triggered by the move towards a binary system  of research universities and universities of applied sciences, promoted by the current Chinese minister of education, who is looking to increase the employability of graduates.

    Shanghai Business school has traditionally been an institute that is closer to employers and has now been given a clear mandate to further develop itself into a University of Applied Sciences, including work placement, active applied projects, and in company applied research projects.

    However, Professor Jiang explained that research remains important and SBS is eager to learn more on how a research centre can best serve an applied sciences curriculum.

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    International Education Community Holds Breath over Outcome of British Election
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 7 May 2015, 5:47 PM
     

    International Education Community Holds Breath over Outcome of British Election

    British voters went to the polls today, but the outcome of this election will have long-lasting implications that reach well beyond the country’s borders – including for Wittenborg and other universities in Europe.

    Whichever party wins today’s elections will determine Britain’s policy on education and immigration, which holds ramifications for international students as a British education is still one of the most highly regarded in the world, though its high tuition fees and controversial student visa system are seen as drawbacks. However, many political experts predict a hung parliament – where none of the parties win an outright majority of the 650 seats up for grabs in the House of Commons.

    Wittenborg University of Applied Science is proud to offer its students a British education in the Netherlands!

    Under partially British-management, Wittenborg which is a private institute, has been exclusively teaching English-taught Bachelors since 2007. Around that time it also started working closely with the University of Brighton, mainly with the School of Service Management and Sport. The partnership has developed from what was initially a possibility for students to do their final year in the UK, to Wittenborg offering dual-taught Master of Science programmes in Apeldoorn, and developing joint research projects with its counterparts in the UK.

    Wittenborg has promoted the use of research literature and the writing of essays and papers from the outset, allowing individuals to excel whilst also working in groups. The institute combines this very British approach to its education with the more exam-based style common to European higher education institutions.

    Besides its academic links with the UK, Wittenborg has, and continues to, draw many British students.

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    Why study business and entrepreneurship in Amsterdam?
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 7 May 2015, 5:42 PM
     

    Why study business and entrepreneurship in Amsterdam?Why study business and entrepreneurship in Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is the Netherlands central hub for entrepreneurship. Its international characteristic and allure make it the one place for Dutch entrepreneurs to initiate their innovative business from; it also is a magnet for budding international entrepreneurs!

    Why study entrepreneurship at Wittenborg? - as a Private University of Applied Sciences, Wittenborg University is owned by international entrepreneurs and managed by a team that has years of experience in starting new business.

    A degree in entrepreneurship? Why bother, many young business professionals ask! Well, the truth of the matter is that not enough Dutch or international would-be entrepreneurs ever get the start they need to try out their ideas in a controlled way. That’s where a BBA (Bachelor) in Entrepreneurship and Small Business can offer a budding entrepreneur the opportunity to try out their ideas, but get an internationally recognised degree at the same time.

    Wittenborg's unique internationally focused, English spoken Bachelor programme, combines the concept of entrepreneurship incubators with the content of the programme. During the degree, students will start at least 12 small "BBC Apprentice-Style" entrepreneurial projects, set out at least 3 Business Plans and start at least 2 companies under supervision.Wittenborg's unique internationally focused, English spoken Bachelor programme, combines the concept of entrepreneurship incubators with the content of the programme. During the degree, students will start at least 12 small "BBC Apprentice-Style" entrepreneurial projects, set out at least 3 Business Plans and start at least 2 companies under supervision. The third and final company start-up can be the final project. Don't worry - for the "intrapreneurs" there is the possibility to graduate with a consultancy plan, or a good old fashioned academic dissertation!

    Wittenborg's NVAO accredited IBA Bachelor, in Entrepreneurship & Small Business was separately accredited in 2013 by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) under the name Entrepreneurial Business Administration. In September 2015, Wittenborg will launch the programme exclusively at a new location in the heart of...

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