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    Excitement and Celebration as Internationally Orientated Wittenborg University Opens its Second Apeldoorn Location
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 29 August 2015, 9:03 AM
     

    The opening of the Spoorstraat 23 Wittenborg University Campus - Peter Birdsall, Maggie Genf and John Berends, Mayor of Apeldoorn

    Excitement and Celebration as Internationally Orientated Wittenborg University Opens its Second Apeldoorn Location

    Wittenborg University celebrated the opening of its magnificent new building, Spoorstraat 23, in Apeldoorn on Friday (28 August 2015), proudly showing off the renovated building to students, staff and a league of distinguished guests, including the Mayor of Apeldoorn, John Berends, and many figures from the Dutch education sector and business world.

    Berends, who was the keynote speaker, congratulated Wittenborg and said education is important to every city and as mayor he made a pledge to do everything possible to attract more students to Apeldoorn. “Young people bring energy to a city and that is what Apeldoorn needs. “In some way, the opening of this building puts Wittenborg on the map! With its proximity to the railway station it has now literally become visible to thousands of train passengers commuting through here every day.”

    The opening of the Spoorstraat 23 Wittenborg University Campus

    Berends also said that coordination between education and business is vital if you want to have an advantage in the ever-changing global economy. “This cooperation is what is happening at Wittenborg today.”

    Almost 200 people attended the opening ceremony, touring the facilities and enjoying the refreshments and entertainment featuring a band and a choir. 

    The new building dates from 1922 but got a complete face-lift the past few months turning it into an unmissable sight close to the Apeldoorn railway station where it forms part of a new education hub in the city along with Saxion University of Applied Science who is basing their new location across from the Wittenborg building as well as the Apeldoorn Fotovakschool which have recently attained higher education status. Paul Akkermans, director of the Stichting de Nederlandse Fotovakschool, was also one of the special guests at the event as well as Ellen Marks, director of ROC Aventus. ...

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    Student Numbers at Wittenborg Expected to Jump with Almost 40% as University Starts New Academic Year with a Bang
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:55 AM
     

    Student Numbers at Wittenborg Expected to Jump with Almost 40% as University Starts New Academic Year with a Bang

    Student Numbers at Wittenborg Expected to Jump with Almost 40% as University Starts New Academic Year with a Bang

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    Wittenborg University is gearing up for another exciting academic year, anticipating an almost 40% increase in the number of new students for 2015 while raising its international profile even higher.
    As one of the most diverse institutes of higher education in the Netherlands, the university’s student and staff component now represents 70 different nationalities!

    On Tuesday, Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, welcomed academic and support staff back at school while giving a brief overview of new, exciting plans in store for the university this year as well as changes and challenges that lay ahead. Birdsall started off with thanking Wittenborg’s Admissions Team for the sterling work in ensuring continuous growth in student numbers.



    The university’s Registrar, Santosh Aryal, said while Wittenborg has maintained a steady year-on-year growth of between 20 – 25%, it is this year aiming to reach an increase of 37%, in student numbers, citing a strong online presence as one of the factors driving success as well as outreach activities such as education fairs. “I am very happy about this development and am confident we will reach this target.  The longer you are in the market, the more goodwill you build,” Aryal said. He also believes that when students graduate from Wittenborg they act as ambassadors for the university, leading to higher enrollments.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     





    True to Wittenborg’s international character, the new cohort of students come from all over the world including Russia, Mexico, South-Korea, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, China, Nigeria, Brazil as well as a ...

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    Buzz of Excitement as Wittenborg University Gears Up for Opening of its New Spoorstraat 23 Location
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 5:24 PM
     

    Buzz of Excitement as Wittenborg University Gears Up for Opening of its New Spoorstraat 23 Location

    Buzz of Excitement as Wittenborg University Gears Up for Opening of its New Spoorstraat 23 Location

    It’s all systems go as in less than a week Wittenborg University will celebrate the opening of its second location, Spoorstraat 23, in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn on Friday 28 August 2015.

    The new building, which dates from 1922, is only a 2-minute walk away from the Apeldoorn railway station and has undergone extensive renovation the past few months to make it compliant with building regulations for institutes of higher education. Only a 5 minute walk separate it from the other campus building on the south side of the railway.

    Friday’s grand opening will commence at 16:00 carried out by Apeldoorn’s mayor, John Berends. Also in attendance will be the former mayor, Fred de Graaf, councilor Johan Kruithof and several special guests from the business and education seector, staff and students. There will be lots of entertainment, including live music, tours of the new building and a speech by Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall. There will also be snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy.

    Director Maggie Feng in a classroom at the new Spoorstraat location of Wittenborg UniversityThe event marks another milestone in Wittenborg’s growth as one of the most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands. Management wanted to make sure the building is ready by the official start of the new academic year in September.

    Wittenborg University Spoorstraat CampusThe Spoorstraat 23 location will provide teaching facilities for Wittenborg’s Master programmes, host a splendid new media and library centre as well as provide a base for the Research Centre. From October, Wittenborg’s admission team and registrar’s office will also be located there.

    The new building is only 5 minutes away from Wittenborg’s current location at Laan van de Menserechten 500 which will continue to provide teaching facilities for the universities Bachelor programmes. It will also continue to serve as the student ...

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    Peter Birdsall
    SPOORSTRAAT 23 OPENING EVENT 28 August 2015 16:00 – 21:00
    by Peter Birdsall - Monday, 24 August 2015, 10:00 PM
     
    Reminder: Spoorstraat Opening at Wittenborg University
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    Wittenborg and Top-Ranked Wageningen University Jointly Supervise PhD Studies on Climate Change and Tourism in Africa
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 23 August 2015, 2:45 PM
     

    Wittenborg and Top-Ranked Wageningen University Jointly Supervise PhD Studies on Climate Change and Tourism in Africa 

    Wittenborg and Top-Ranked Wageningen University Jointly Supervise PhD Studies on Climate Change and Tourism in Africa 

    Wittenborg University has teamed up with one of the top research universities in the world, Wageningen University, in joint supervision of PhD student, Esther Gitonga, who is also the coordinator of Wittenborg’s School of Hospitality and Tourism.

    Gitonga, from Kenya, is pursuing a PhD in exploring climate change adaptation options for marginalized tourism dependent communities in Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in Leisure Tourism and Environment Management from Wageningen University after graduating with honors in Hospitality & Tourism management from Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

    Alongside a promotor and daily supervisor from Wageningen, Gitonga also has a third supervisor from Wittenborg, Dr Saskia Harkema.

    Harkema said not only is the collaboration with Wageningen an important one, but Gitonga’s topic is highly interesting. “What is noteworthy about Esther’s dissertation is that we are combining a very academic, scientific approach with a very practical perspective. The outcome will be very interesting. She is contributing to a specific body of knowledge while at the same time developing something that can be applied in Africa.

    “Also, it is not common practice for a research university like Wageningen to work together with a university of applied science like Wittenborg,” Harkema added. In the field of Agriculture and Forestry Wageningen is number 2 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings and number 8 for Environmental Studies. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks it at number 73 of the best universities in the world.

    As anyone who has ever pursued a PhD knows, the journey can be a long and arduous one littered with doubt and loneliness.

    Gitonga, who started in February with her research alongside teaching ...

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    Wittenborg University's New Buddy Programme Aims to Make International Students Feel at Home in the Netherlands
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 12:19 PM
     

    Wittenborg University's New Buddy Programme Aims to Make International Students Feel at Home in the NetherlandsWittenborg University's New Buddy Programme Aims to Make International Students Feel at Home in the Netherlands

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-universitys-new-buddy-programme-aims-make-international-students-feel-home-netherlands


    Moving to another country to pursue your studies can be an overwhelming experience. To ease international students’ transition from their home country to their host country, Wittenborg University has officially launched its own Buddy Programme which will reach out to new students before their arrival in the Netherlands and help them integrate into Dutch culture once they arrived.


    The idea was sparked by final-year Colombian student, Lina Arenas, who is doing an IBA in Hospitality Management. “At my previous university in Colombia I had the opportunity to be part of the local buddy programme which was aimed at making new students feel more welcome.” She felt a similar programme was needed at Wittenborg which has its main campus in Apeldoorn and will start offering an IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business at its new location in Amsterdam in September. “Dutch culture is quite different to that in many other countries. It is much more independent and that could make new students feel a bit lonely.”
     
    How does it work?
    The aim of the programme is to lessen the initial confusion and uncertainty of new students upon arrival in a new culture, new city and new academic institution.
    After students have been enrolled in the university, they receive a buddy request form which should be filled out if they are interested in having a buddy, meaning an established student - Dutch or international - who will assist with questions about their new home or direct them to resources. The buddies will be in contact with the new student before and as soon as they arrive in the country so they feel they already have a friend.
    There will be a campaign among ...

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    Continuous Training for Wittenborg Academic Staff in Keeping with Rapid Changes in Education
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 17 August 2015, 10:37 AM
     

    Continuous Training for Wittenborg Academic Staff in Keeping with Rapid Changes in

    Continuous Training for Wittenborg Academic Staff in Keeping with Rapid Changes in Education

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/continuous-training-wittenborg-academic-staff%C2%A0-keeping%C2%A0-rapid-changes.htm

    To connect and keep up with today’s tech-savvy students requires continuous learning from academics themselves. At Wittenborg University academic staff recently completed the first year of an intensive Teacher’s Training programme which will continue in the new academic year.

    The coordinator of Wittenborg’s School of Business, Abdul Rauf, said the purpose of the training was to improve the quality of teaching at the university. This includes widening lecturers’ repertoire of and competence in teaching and assessment methods, to foster the habit of reflective teaching and to increase knowledge and the effective use of digital learning aids.

    The training consisted of six sessions, making use of the expertise of international as well as Dutch contributors, including Wittenborg’s Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat. All have extensive experience in higher education teaching.

    The main area covered by the training was on assessment and evaluating. Particularly how academic staff develop their exams, how those are evaluated and what are the criteria in developing it. 

    In addition, teachers also learned about academic research-based learning, student supervision and final project marking. Equally important was a session on critical self-reflection and personal development. The aim being able to engage in a professional dialogue with peers in a range of developmental areas. “We would like academic staff to think how they can continually improve themselves as professionals. How they can develop personally and professionally,” Rauf said.

    Digital Literacy
    Another session was on digital didactics and information literacy. “More and more we see how education is based on a digital learning ...

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    Report Bemoans Lack of Job Support for International Students
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 11:01 AM
     

    Report Bemoans Lack of Job Support for International StudentsReport Bemoans Lack of Job Support for International Students

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/report-bemoans-lack-job-support-international-students.htm

    Many international students are poorly informed about job opportunities in their host country, presenting one of the biggest hurdles for them to stay on post-study.

    This was one of the findings in an international study by the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration’s Research Unit. The study, entitled Train and Retrain, looked into the career support international students received in the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Sweden.

    The study also cited poor coordination between academic institutions, employers and local governments as contributing factors to international students’ struggle to find employment after graduation.

    It bemoaned the fact that while many institutions of higher education have experienced a rapid increase in the number of international students, student support services have not kept up with high enrollment numbers. In the Netherlands the average career service officer is responsible for 8 800 students. In Germany the ratio is 7300-1, in Sweden 5000-1 while in Canada it is significantly lower at 2900-1.

    “For most international students looking for a job, the local support landscape is a patchwork of occasional career fairs, job application training and chance encounters with service staff or company representatives who may or may not be able to help them in their search for employment. Rarely do institutions of higher education, business, local politics and public services collaborate in order to facilitate the study-to-work transition of international students,” the authors of the report states.

    In the Netherlands and Germany only 28% of institutions regularly team up with local businesses to organize mentoring programmes, internships and other forms of labour market exposure for ...

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    Wittenborg Showcases Economic Tool to Help SME's "Prioritise" Sustainable Energy at Turkey Conference
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 7 August 2015, 2:49 PM
     

    Wittenborg Showcases Economic Tool to Help SME's "Prioritise" Sustainable Energy at Turkey Conference

    Wittenborg Showcases Economic Tool to Help SME's "Prioritise" Sustainable Energy at Turkey Conference

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    At an international conference in Turkey this week, researchers from Wittenborg University highlighted the challenges in convincing SME’s to invest in sustainable energy solutions.

    “When speaking to SME’s and intermediate organizations, they indicate that investing in sustainability is not a priority. This may have to do with the fact that the relative advantage is not self-evident,” said Dr Saskia Harkema, one of the researchers who led small-scale research in the Netherlands and Belgium earlier this year to identify the barriers and obstacles preventing SME’s from participating in renewable energy projects. Another reason for the hesitancy might be that SME's are uncertain of the outcome in adopting sustainable energy solutions hence many wait to see how other companies  are dealing with the matter. 

    “When speaking to SME’s and intermediate organizations, they indicate that investing in sustainability is not a priority. This may have to do with the fact that the relative advantage is not self-evident,” said Dr Saskia Harkema, one of the researchers who led small-scale research in the Netherlands and Belgium earlier this year to identify the barriers and obstacles preventing SME’s from participating in renewable energy projects. Another reason for the hesitancy might be that SME's are uncertain of the outcome in adopting sustainable energy solutions hence many wait to see how other companies  are dealing with the matter.  

    “It seems that decision-making could be influenced positively if SME’s are approached as a group of companies, rather than on an individual basis,” reads a paper Harkema presented this week at the International Conference on Advanced ...

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    Shanghai Students Enjoying Summer School Experience at Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 6:27 PM
     

    Shanghai Students Enjoying Summer School Experience at Wittenborg

    Shanghai Students Enjoying Summer School Experience at Wittenborg

    Four students from the Shanghai Business School are currently following a packed Summer School Programme at Wittenborg University. The course aims to give students a first-hand experience of European education and culture.

    The 4-week course, held at Wittenborg’s Apeldoorn campus, will be a mix of academic content and social activities, including several trips to major Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the country’s administrative capital, The Hague, which is also home to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

    All the visiting students specialize in Hospitality Management. At least two students, Gerry Wang and Sam Wang, indicated that they would be interested in furthering their education at some stage in the Netherlands. “It is a beautiful country with kind people and lots of fresh air,” Sam enthused. Gerry said they were happy with the programme so far. “Everything is very good and we learn a lot about the cultural differences between Shanghai and the Netherlands.”

    Asked about her favourite aspect of the Netherland so far, Shanaah Wu, exclaimed: “The milk and yogurt! The waffles they make here are also delicious.” Students were also blown away by the beautiful Dutch landscape. “There are lots of trees. In China the trees are tiny,” Gerry said.

    The Summer School is led by Lucy Omwoha, an alumnus from Wittenborg and the University of Brighton in the UK who completed her Master of Science degree in International Event Management last year. Omwoha said in the beginning the Shanghai students were “a bit reserved” but are making big improvements in their studies. The academic part of the course focuses on improving students’ academic English skills as well as teaching them the basics of Research Methodology.

    The students have already visited the Royal Summer ...

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