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    "International Students Not Crowding out Dutch Job-seekers"
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 2:59 AM
     

    International graduates are not crowding out local jobseekers on the Dutch labour market, research unit Blaauwberg has found. In fact, it warns that without international talent, the Dutch economy will suffer a serious loss in wealth.

    "International Students Not Crowding out Dutch Job-seekers"

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/international-students-not-crowding-out-dutch-job-seekers.htm)

    International graduates are not crowding out local jobseekers on the Dutch labour market, research unit Blaauwberg has found. In fact, it warns that without international talent, the Dutch economy will suffer a serious loss in wealth.

    Researchers wrote a progress report on the “Make it in the Netherlands” programme which was launched in 2013 with the goal of binding top international graduates to the country’s job market.

    “It is not a question of having to divide the cake among more people, but rather about the fact that internationals enlarge the cake. Without internationals the resourcing and expansion of existing companies and the growth of start-ups are seriously impeded or even impossible,” the research which was made public last month has found.

    Who employs internationals?

    According to Blaauwberg there are two types of companies explicitly looking for international talent:

    • Big, international companies focused on export, multilingual and often requiring technical skills – companies like Philips, DSM, Shell and Siemens. “Many internationals only realize after their arrival that these big names only make up a small percentage of the Dutch economy.”
    • Start-ups and young, fast growing companies – often found in the creative sector who are not only interested in the multiculturalism of internationals but also their performance-driven attitude and flexibility.

    International graduates are not crowding out local jobseekers on the Dutch labour market, research unit Blaauwberg has found. In fact, it warns that without international talent, the Dutch economy will suffer a serious loss in wealth.According to Blaauwberg the question is whether internationals feel welcome in the Netherlands and whether SMEs are adequately encouraged to employ them. “Parliamentary debates indicate that the majority of politicians support internationalization of the higher education sector and the labour market. However, ...

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    Keep Reinventing Yourself, like David Bowie, Wittenborg Graduates Told at Winter Ceremony
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 6 February 2016, 9:12 AM
     

    Keep Reinventing Yourself, like David Bowie, Wittenborg Graduates Told at Winter Ceremony

    Keep Reinventing Yourself, like David Bowie, Wittenborg Graduates Told at Winter Ceremony

    The excitement in the air was palpable on Friday as Wittenborg University celebrated its latest cohort of graduates during the 2016 Winter Graduation Ceremony held at the Apeldoorn City Hall.

    Keep Reinventing Yourself, like David Bowie, Wittenborg Graduates Told at Winter CeremonyA total of 21 graduates, splendid in their traditional black ceremonial gowns and caps, received their hard-earned diplomas in front of family, friends and academic staff. Among them two received Master of Science degrees and 19 their Bachelor degrees in various specializations.

    Dr Jacques Kaat giving his life is too short speech at the winter graduation of Wittenborg University 2016The graduates were given a tremendous send off by Wittenborg's Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat, who told them that the significance of the event should not be underestimated. "There are a number of formative moments in a person´s life and this is one of them. The day you left home, and for some of you, decided to go and study in a strange country was another huge decision and a life changer. I bow to you out of respect for having the guts to do that. Can you imagine where you would have been today if you haven´t done that? Where you go after this and what you will do I don't know but I know it will determine the rest of your life. Some of you might end up in a great career, some may have already started one, some may not be sure while others will go on to do a Master degree or a PhD. But whatever you do, don't stop creating these moments when things change. These moments do not just happen. They happen because you create them. Don't get stuck in a rut, don't get bogged down in a boring job or a boring relationship or in a place where people tell you what to do.''

    Wittenborg graduates February 2016 listening to Dr Jacques KaatJacques Kaat gave an example of the late David Bowie as an example of someone who kept reinventing himself. ''He created more than 9 different personas. Yet, he always managed to stay true to himself. If I could have my life over again, I would insert more of those ...

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    More than 40 New Students to Start in Block 5!
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 4 February 2016, 5:16 PM
     

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on Monday

    More than 40 New Students to Start in Block 5!

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on Monday. Today about half of those attended the first day of Introduction Week activities which will continue tomorrow. The rest is expected to arrive over the weekend and at the start of next week.

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on MondayThree of the new students will follow an IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business at Wittenborg’s Amsterdam location. Two of them are Dutch. Also among the batch of new students are 5 exchange students from Korea who will study for about 6 months at Wittenborg before returning to Korea. Other nationalities include Russia, Nigeria and Chinese.

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on MondayOne of the new students is Sergiu Rue-ionita from Romania who will do an IBA in Tourism. Before moving to the Netherlands with his American wife and baby last October, Sergiu was an Arts teacher in Romania for about 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree but says studying tourism was always his big dream.

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on MondayAnother new student is Joseph Isiramen from Nigeria who will do an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Wittenborg. “You can study Entrepreneurship at lots of other universities, but what makes Wittenborg’s course special is that it also focuses on Innovation. That is the part that attracted me. Before coming to the Netherlands Joseph did an MSc in International Business in Birmingham in the UK and his BSc degree in Switzerland.

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on MondayToday students had the chance to introduce themselves, their plans and their hobbies before being introduced to the academic system at Wittenborg. They were also given a tour of the university’s two Apeldoorn locations by Wittenborg’s Office Manager, Eva van Herel. The group also had the chance to meet staff and get to know each other at an informal lunch.

    Wittenborg University will welcome more than 40 new undergraduate and postgraduate students from a whole host of countries in Block 5 when classes start on MondayWittenborg’s two programme coordinators, Ms Esther ...

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    Wittenborg First Support Partner in Education for Event16
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 31 January 2016, 9:24 PM
     

    Wittenborg First Support Partner in Education for Event16

    Wittenborg First Support Partner in Education for Event16

    Wittenborg University has been announced as the first institute of higher education to be a supporting partner of event 16 the biggest annual fair for stakeholders in the event industry, in the Netherlands.

    The fair takes place on 23 – 24 March at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. It gives professionals in event management, vendors and hospitality companies the opportunity to network. Training institutes, like Wittenborg, are able to showcase their programmes in the event sector.

    As with previous Event-fairs, Wittenborg will have an information desk in the exhibition hall. Krista Davelaar, project manager at event 16, said an agreement had been made with Wittenborg University as a supporting partner.  Davelaar said the main thrust of the agreement will be the exchange of information in the event sector. 

    Wittenborg Students Popular Worldwide

    Marc Liethof, CEO of Eventex which organizes the event, said he is delighted to have Wittenborg on board as a supporting partner and looks forward to working with the university. “The students of this international university are popular worldwide. Its English Master of Science in Event Management prepares students for a wonderful future anywhere in the world."

    The event, which was first held in 1999, attracts about 7 500 visitors annually. This year it will run from Wednesday 23 March to Thursday 24 March. Doors open each day from 11am to 7pm. This year the focus will be on the four fundamental elements of events:

    • Creation & Design
    • Knowledge & Content
    • Atmosphere & Taste
    • Visuals & Sounds

    One of the highlights of event 16 is the Young Professionals Programme on Thursday 24 March taking place in the afternoon at event 16. The programme has been compiled with 3rd and 4th year students from universities of applied science like Wittenborg in mind, as well as young starters in...

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    Wittenborg News
    Students Get to be "Traders" for a Day at Amsterdam Stock Exchange
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 9:27 AM
     

    Students Get to be "Traders" for a Day at Amsterdam Stock Exchange

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/students-get-be-traders-day-amsterdam-stock-exchange.htm

    Students from Wittenborg University recently had a unique opportunity to visit both the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and the Dutch Central Bank. They were accompanied by Wittenborg lecturer, Melike Almaz who teaches the Pension & Investment module.
    Students Get to be "Traders" for a Day at Amsterdam Stock Exchange
    Almaz explained that as a University of Applied Science, one of Wittenborg's core responsibilities is to help students understand how the theory they are taught interrelates with business in real life. "When I was assigned to teach the Pension & Investment module, I thought it would be a great experience for students to see the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and the Dutch Central Bank. Since these two organizations play such an important role in shaping the financial markets and economy, it is essential for business students to have a clear understanding of the main roles and activities of these organizations."







    Students Get to be "Traders" for a Day at Amsterdam Stock Exchange

     
    During a guided tour of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the group learned about the history and core values of the organization. Then they were briefed about the main stages of initial public offerings and some general information about the AEX Index, followed by an exhibition on tools and documents used in the past. Finally, students got to walk the trading floor, having loads of fun with interactive games, one of which allowed them to act as traders, while another tested one's appetite for risk.








    For the second leg of the tour, it was on to the Visitors' Center of the Dutch Central Bank. Almaz said: "We were all impressed with the high quality service and hospitality of the Visitors' Center. Initially we watched a short film about the main roles of the DCB, then we started to play some games which helped us to better understand the...

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    Wittenborg News
    Study Master in the Netherlands!
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 23 January 2016, 1:32 PM
     

    Study a Master in the Netherlands!

    Dutch Student Union Warns Universities Too Picky About Master's Students

    (Original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/study-master-netherlands.htm )

    Dutch Student Union Warns Universities Too Picky About Master's StudentsDutch National Student Union, LSVb, has warned Dutch universities have become too picky in admitting students to their master's programmes. The union has subsequently written to the Education Minister, Jet Bussemaker, and the Dutch universities’ association, VSNU.

    Many universities have strict requirements. For example, the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), has in recent months announced that even internal students with a bachelor's degree from RSM or from Erasmus University Rotterdam will need a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7.0 or higher to be eligible for any of its master programmes.

    In contrast, bachelor students who graduated from Witttenborg University automatically qualify for admission to one of its 4 Master of Science degrees related to their studies. Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, said: “We don’t feel the English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirement is sufficient, which is why we offer free English lessons at Wittenborg for those students who need additional support. For entry into Wittenborg's MSc programmes or its MBA programme students need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least a 6 in the writing component of the test.

    Meanwhile, Dutch News reports Bussemaker has pledged to intervene if it transpires that students are finding it hard to get a place to take a master's degree or that selection has had a negative impact on the quality of education. It is considered standard that all Dutch students go on to obtain a master's degree. By contrast, in Britain only around 25% of students (including foreign nationals) take a post-graduate qualification.

    Besides Rotterdam, students from the Vrije Universiteit wishing ...

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    More Wittenborg Students Working at World's Top Hotels
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 9:18 PM
     

    More Wittenborg Students Working at World's Top Hotels

    More Wittenborg Students Working at World's Top Hotels

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/more-wittenborg-students-working-worlds-top-hotels.htm)

    What is it like to work in a 5-star hotel with its lavish suites and immaculate service? A growing number of Wittenborg's hospitality students are doing internships at top hotels around the world. One of them is Thiago Silva, who recently completed a work placement at the 5-star Grand Hotel Amrâth in Amsterdam.

    Thiago is doing a Bachelor in Hospitality Management (BHM) programme - one of the latest accredited programmes at Wittenborg University. The BHM is a combined curriculum between the IBA Hospitality and the joint EuroBA programme, offered with Wittenborg’s British partner, the University of Brighton.

    The BHM requires students to do an extra 12-week work placement period – the so-called in company training – on top of the normal internship of around 5 months. They also have to do an additional 6 hospitality subjects in Year 1.

    Wittenborg is user-friendly

    Thiago, who hails from Sao Paulo, was one of the first BHM students to complete his in-company training. He will do his internship next year. He says he always wanted to study abroad and when some Dutch friends suggested he try the Netherlands he decided to follow their advice. “I chose Wittenborg because their application procedure was very user-friendly and other universities I applied to took a considerably longer time to respond.” He started his studies in September 2013 and is now between the 2nd and 3rd phases.

    Did Wittenborg live up to his expectations? “Yes, definitely. I also considered a hotel school, but they are very service-orientated and teach things that are nice to know, but I wanted to learn the business side of managing a hotel which is what Wittenborg offered. So I am very happy with my choice!”

    The 5-star world

    He worked at the Amrâth Hotel ...

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    Work after Study in Holland!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 17 January 2016, 8:31 PM
     

    International Students Continue Privileged Access to Dutch Labour Market in 2016

    Work after Study in Holland!

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/work-after-study-holland.htm)

    International Students Continue Privileged Access to Dutch Labour Market in 2016

    The 2016 salary criterion for highly skilled migrants has just been published by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). Salary is considered the most important condition for a highly skilled migrant to qualify for a residence permit.

    Highly skilled migrants 

    While highly skilled workers aged 30 years and older must earn a minimum gross salary of €4.240 per month (excluding 8% holiday pay) and those under 30 years €3.108, a separate arrangement applies to students who find work within a year of graduating. For such migrants a minimum gross salary of  €2.228 per month is required as of 1 January 2016. This is up slightly from €2.201 last year.

    Non-EU students are granted 12 months to look for employment after graduating in the Netherlands. This is the so-called zoekjaar or orientation year. International students have enjoyed privileged access to the Dutch labour market since 2007. Unlike in comparable countries such as Germany and Canada, the Dutch authorities primarily distinguish skilled labour from unskilled labour by looking at graduates' gross income.

    Orientation year

    During the orientation year, international graduates are free to work in any job without prior approval from the authorities. The orientation year ends precisely 12 months after graduation, so the IND recommends that graduates hand in their paperwork within 4 months of obtaining their Bachelor or Master degree. PhD students on the other hand can commence their orientation year anytime within 3 years of obtaining their degree from a Dutch institute  of higher education.

    International graduates can apply for permanent residency once they can prove 5 years of lawful residence along with sufficient Dutch ...

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    Wittenborg News
    Students Enjoy Chinese Cuisine Evening
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 8:33 PM
     

    Students Enjoy Chinese Cuisine Evening

    Wittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine Evening

    Wittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine EveningWittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine EveningWittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine EveningWittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine Evening

    Wittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine Evening

    Wittenborg's International Students Bridge Cultural Gap While Enjoying Great Food at Chinese Cuisine EveningWhat is the quickest way for international students to connect with each other? Over a great meal of course! The Chinese student organization ACSSNL certainly understood this logic when they arranged a Chinese Cuisine Evening with the help of Wittenborg University this week. Even Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, popped in!


    The ACSSNL's Apeldoorn branch is led by Wittenborg students. It is the largest volunteer organization representing Chinese students and scholars in the Netherlands and funded by the Chinese embassy in the Netherlands. The chairman of the Apeldoorn branch is Muxiang Liao, who is also a Wittenborg student.

    More than 40 students and members of ACSSNL showed up for the event which was hosted at the Aventus Brasserie Intermezzo in Apeldoorn. The latter kindly made their facilities available. Here guests enjoyed a wide variety of food, including China's most popular winter dish, the "Hotpot", prepared by Chef Leo and his team. This included not only traditional food which generated from Sichuan Cuisine, Shandong Cuisine, Jiangsu Cuisine and Hunan Cuisine, but also elaborate creative cuisine designs that based on theory of both eastern and western styles. "In China, different cuisine are distinguished from each other by way of the different areas they ...

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    Wittenborg University Celebrates 2015 as Most Successful Year Yet, While Quality will Stand Central in 2016
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 9 January 2016, 9:25 AM
     

    Wittenborg University Celebrates 2015 as Most Successful Year Yet, While Quality will Stand Central in 2016

    Wittenborg University Celebrates 2015 as Most Successful Year Yet, While Quality will Stand Central in 2016

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-university-celebrates-2015-most-successful-year-yet-while-quality-will-stand-central-2016)

    Wittenborg University Celebrates 2015 as Most Successful Year Yet, While Quality will Stand Central in 2016Wittenborg University can proudly look back at 2015 as its most successful year to date, the University’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, said at its annual New Year’s staff dinner. However, he promised that “2016 will be even better”!

    "Quality will be the driving force of 2016 - quality of teaching and classroom experience, quality of students and quality of their output , quality of the student experience," Birdsall said to about 82 guests who attended the dinner comprising of members of the university's Advisory Board, academic staff, support staff and invigilators of both Wittenborg Apeldoorn and Wittenborg Amsterdam. Among them was Wittenborg's Dean of Amsterdam, Timo Timmerman and the University's Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat. The dinner was held at the Hotel Apeldoorn - the Cantharel.

    Achievements in 2015

    Birdsall said Wittenborg is still very much on track with the business plan which was conceived in 2010 in preparation of its move from Deventer to Apeldoorn. "In January 2015 the big announcement was Wittenborg's second location, Spoorstraat 23, and during the months that proceeded we had a smooth ride from having an old sad run-down school building to the magnificent representative advertisement of a building we have now. The building was opened in August, by a party of local, provincial and national dignitaries which actually included two mayors - the current Mayor of Apeldoorn John Berends and the former Mayor Fred de Graaf, who is an Honorary Lector at Wittenborg." Since then, the university has hosted various business clubs, lobby groups, political parties and even EP-Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of ...

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