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    Wittenborg University Welcomes its First Academic Dean
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:14 AM
     

    Wittenborg University Welcomes its First Academic DeanWittenborg University Welcomes its First Academic Dean

    Wittenborg University of Applied Science is delighted to welcome its first Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat (PhD), whose appointment will be effective as of 1 March 2015. Before joing Wittenborg, Dr Kaat was the Academic Director at Webster University. He has broad experience with American, British and European higher education and accreditation systems.

    One of his key tasks at Wittenborg will be to expand the reputation of the university through the development and consolidation of its academic programmes, and the enhancement of quality in education and (applied) research.

    To this end he will work closely with Wittenborg’s directors in setting targets and rolling out initiatives for teaching innovation and programme enhancement. He will also develop and maintain strong working relations with colleagues in Wittenborg’s 5 current and forthcoming schools to ensure effective operational management. In addition, Dr Kaat will lead accreditation and validation projects and maintain Wittenborg’s compliance with national and international regulations and accreditation requirements.

    In his free time Dr Kaat, who has an interest in culture and natural history, enjoys traveling and watching films. He translated two major works on wildlife, including one of the titles by BBC naturalist Sir David Attenborough (The Trials of Life). He is married and has two daughters (21 and 17).

    Education and Qualifications

    Dr Kaat obtained his MA in English Literature and Linguistics from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in 1984 in addition to his Teacher Training Certificate. In 1988 he attained his PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, specializing in comparative literature and reception aesthetics. 

    Wittenborg University Welcomes its First Academic DeanPrevious Positions

    Before joining Webster University in 2000, Dr Kaat held positions at various ...

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    Wittenborg Gets Overwhelming Response to Holland Scholarship
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 27 February 2015, 10:52 AM
     

    Wittenborg Gets Overwhelming Response to Holland Scholarship

    Wittenborg Gets Overwhelming Response to Holland Scholarship

     “An explosive, positive reaction.”  This is how Wittenborg’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, describes the huge number of enquiries the university has received from prospective students since registration for the Holland Scholarship programme aimed at international students was opened less than two weeks ago.

    Wittenborg’s admission team has been inundated with applications. “Our inbox are overflowing,” says Wittenborg admission officer and marketing sales assistant, Florian Oosterberg. “This week alone we estimate to have received almost 200 applications. She assured applicants that all requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

    If you are interested in applying for the Holland Scholarship or Wittenborg University's MBA scholarship, click here to fill in the application form. Oosterberg said once students have filled in the form, they will receive an email listing the documents they need to send. “Remember, for the process to start, we need those documents as soon as possible.”

    Wittenborg University offers:

    ·         20 x €5 000 – Holland Scholarships available to study a Bachelor or Master degree

    ·         10 x €5,000 – MBA Scholarships

    There is no deadline for application – students can apply all year!

    According to Oosterberg enquiries about the scholarship has not only been coming in fast, but also from far and wide – this includes traditional markets like Asia and Africa, but also “new” territories like Peru, Georgia, El Salvador and Costa Rica. More than 60 nationalities are already represented at Wittenborg among its students and staff.

    Information about other scholarships available to Wittenborg students can be found here.

    Wittenborg is one of almost 50 Dutch universities participating in the Holland Scholarship programme announced by the Dutch government last year.  ...

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    Wittenborg University Appoints New Commercial Director for the Netherlands
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 5:11 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Appoints New Commercial Director for the NetherlandsWittenborg University Appoints New Commercial Director for the Netherlands

    There is a new face in the management team of Wittenborg University. Dr Jan Waalkens has been appointed as Wittenborg’s new Commercial Director (Netherlands) as of 1 March 2015. Some of his main responsibilities will be enlarging and maintaining the university’s external business network in the region with the emphasis on seeking internships placements for its largely international student component and forging business relations.

    He will also play a role in tailoring the university’s curriculum in line with company-specific needs. According to him a big part of the job will be about enhancing brand Wittenborg and making it a serious player in the landscape of Dutch international education.

    “For a number of years I have been looking for a small, international university to work with and Wittenborg fits the bill. I also like its ambition and entrepreneurial drive in particular.”

    Dr Waalkens is currently a senior lecturer in Media & Entertainment Management at Stenden University’s campus in Leeuwarden and responsible for a program for students whose studies have a longer duration. Previously he was a professor in Entrepreneurship at Stenden’s campus in Emmen.

    Wittenborg University Appoints New Commercial Director for the NetherlandsHe speaks Dutch, English, German, Italian and has a basic grasp on French. His wife, Beatrice Montesano, is an architect from Italy. The couple has an 11-year old son and a 15-year old daughter. Dr Waalkens spends his free time with his family and catching up on reading. “My ideal day off is reading all the Saturday papers with a huge pot of coffee, something my wife labels as doing ‘nothing’ and that is exactly what I like on such a day.”

    Education and Qualification

    Dr Waalkens graduated in Economic Geography in 1992 before he obtained his PhD (in absorptive capacity of SME’s in architectural and engineering agencies) much later in his career, in ...

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    Interview with new Wittenborg University lecturer Muhammad Ashfaq
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 23 February 2015, 11:27 AM
     

    Interview with new Wittenborg University lecturer Muhammad Ashfaq

    Interview with new Wittenborg University lecturer Muhammad Ashfaq

    Teaching at universities in Germany as well as the Netherlands means a lot of early mornings and time spent on the road for new Wittenborg lecturer, Muhammad Ashfaq. Yet the energy and enthusiasm he exudes doesn’t give you any clue about his draining schedule.

    He currently 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. In an interview he gave advice about personal development and explains why no one should be intimidated by numbers.

    Welcome to Wittenborg University, Muhammad. Where are you from?

    Pakistan.

    Was education important in your family growing up?

    I am the first person in my family to enter college and to graduate from a university even in Pakistan and abroad. So yes, they are very proud.

    What was it like growing up in Pakistan?

    Pakistan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The differences between Pakistan and Germany (or the Netherlands) is that here my mind was broadened. I worked for many companies and met amazing people from different backgrounds. That way your personality grows.

    Can you say something about your experiences as an immigrant in Europe?

    The first couple of months were very hard. I was looking for accommodation and couldn’t find any near university campus. Eventually I found a place 10 km away and traveled...

    By public transport?

    By public transport of my two legs (taps on his knees)… it was September and October and sometimes I only got home at almost midnight during heavy rains and strong winds blowing. At the time it seems very, very difficult but now when I go back to Coburg for teaching I remember it as the most valuable experience I could have had.

    Which modules do you teach at ...

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    High Rise in International Students for The Netherlands
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 19 February 2015, 10:02 PM
     

    High Rise in International Students for The NetherlandsHigh Rise in International Students for The Netherlands

    The number of international students coming to the Netherlands has risen with 8.3% in the 2014-2015 academic year with a “spectacular” growth of almost 23% in the Technology sector, the Association for Dutch Universities (VSNU), said in a press release. Wittenborg University, having established its school of Business and Hospitality, aims to set up a school of Art and Technology in 2015 which will be developed in close cooperation with the industry.

    The most popular area of study among international students remains the economy sector, attracting 27% of students admitted. Wittenborg offers an IBA in Economics and Management which is one of the pathways students can choose within the spectrum of the university’s Broad Bachelor model (the Bachelor of International Business Administration). The other pathways include an IBA in Hospitality Management, Marketing & Communication and Financial Services Management.

    According to a press release from the VSNU 12 680 international students came to The Netherlands in the 2014-15 academic year compared to 11 712 the previous year and 11 155 in the 2012-13 academic year.

    Popular among German, Chinese students

    The top 5 countries supplying international students to The Netherlands are Germany (3103), China (1072), Italy (690), Greece (679) and Britain (619). Italy has overtaken both Greece and Britain in numbers compared to the previous year. Wittenborg's top student at its recent graduation ceremony, Maike Nuyken, is from Germany.

    The chairman of the VSNU, Karl Dittrich, said the growth in international students is encouraging. “It says something about the appeal and quality of our higher education system. We come close to the much-sought after ideal of a true ‘international classroom’.”

    After Economics, the most popular study areas for international students are the Social Sciences, ...

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    As Wittenborg University Master students pick up their prestigious MSc degrees at the Dome in Brighton, it is announced that International students can now apply for Holland Scholarships!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 16 February 2015, 11:09 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Master students pick up their prestigious MSc degrees at the Dome in BrightonStudy a British Master of Science in Holland with a "Holland Scholarship"!

    WUP 16/2/2015 As Wittenborg University Master students pick up their prestigious MSc degrees at the Dome in Brighton, it is announced that International students can now apply for Holland Scholarships! Wittenborg University, part of programme has launched a special webpage for applications. Registration for the new scholarship programme offered by the Dutch government for international and Dutch students, opened today.

    Study in Holland with a Holland ScholarshipWittenborg is one of the 48 universities of applied science and research universities participating in the Holland Scholarship programme announced last year.  Every year 768 talented international students will receive the opportunity to do a Bachelor or Master degree in the Netherlands. Each will receive a financial contribution of €5 000 from the government towards their studies.

    The aim of the Holland Scholarship is to raise the profile of Dutch higher education and to encourage student mobility both into and out of the Netherlands.

    Wittenborg University offers:

    ·         20 x €5 000 – Holland Scholarships available to study a Bachelor or Master degree at Wittenborg

    ·         10 x €5,000 – MBA Scholarships

    ·         There is no deadline for application – you can apply all year!

    Why apply to Wittenborg?

    ·         All Bachelor and Master programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by European standards!

    ·         By combining research and practice, Wittenborg provides a solid base for our students to build a successful, exciting and secure career

    ·         Wittenborg is international - 20% Dutch and 80% International students from over 60 nationalities!

    ·         Double degree - from Wittenborg University of Applied Science and the University of Brighton, UK.

    ·         Wittenborg offers six entrée dates per year, which means six opportunities ...

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    Wittenborg University signs pledge on the sustainable use of natural resources
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 16 February 2015, 11:04 AM
     

    Wittenborg University signs pledge on the sustainable use of natural resources

    Wittenborg University signs pledge on the sustainable use of natural resources

    Wittenborg University has signed a pledge with 11 other parties in the public, private and higher education sector which promotes an agenda for the responsible use of natural resources, innovation and the production of clean technology in the Stedendriehoek region.

    The agreement was signed at the recently held Cleantech Tomorrow Event in Apeldoorn where signatories pledged themselves to the sustainable use of natural resources and the promotion thereof. 

    Wittenborg University signs pledge on the sustainable use of natural resourcesWhen it comes to the reduction of waste Apeldoorn, where Wittenborg University is located, is the top municipality in The Netherlands. The city has reduced waste to 149 kg per person per year, compared to the national average of 240kg per person.

    At the two-day Cleantech Event Wittenborg showcased the EU-funded GREAT-project in which it is a research partner. GREAT 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.

    Other signatories of the agreement included the Apeldoorn Gemeente – under which municipal jurisdiction Wittenborg falls -, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Circulus Berkel, Solid Pack and the gemeentes of Deventer, Zutphen, Bronkckhorst, Brummen, Doesburg, Epe and Lochem.

    Apeldoorn also has one of the highest waste sorting rates in The Netherlands. However, with the agreement, the region says it wants to aim even higher with the reduction of waste.

    The GREAT Project - Wittenborg University in Apeldoorn

    “There should be no wastage of perfectly re-usable resources. By using waste material as resource we can form a production chain that limits the utilization of primary...

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    National Student Survey (NSE / NSS) 2015
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 13 February 2015, 12:06 AM
     

    Netherlands National Student Survey (NSS) 2015

    National Student Survey (NSE / NSS) 2015

    Today sees the launch of the Dutch National Student Survey (NSE) 2015 at most Higher Education Institutions across the Netherlands. The National Student Survey gives all higher education students the opportunity to give their opinions on what they like about their study at the institution/course they are enrolled in, as well as things that they feel could be improved.

    Information about the National Student Survey (NSE / NSS) 2015

    What are the incentives for completing the survey?

    • 4 students will win a contribution of €953 towards their study fee 
    • 6 Apple Watches worth €400 are up for grabs 
    • 209 vouchers of €25 from bol.com 

    *Wittenborg students who take a selfie of them filling in the survey and send it to the Front Desk will receive tickets to an exclusive Wittenborg party on Friday, 13 March 2015.  

    What is the NSE?
    The NSE is a full-scale annual survey carried out for StudieKeuze123 (StudyChoice123). It invites all higher education students in the Netherlands, studying at participating institutions, to give their views about the various aspects of their learning experience.

    What topics does the NSE cover?
    The NSE is a wide-ranging survey on many issues and aspects of a student’s learning experience, such as the content and focus of the degree programme; teachers; information provision by the programme institute; learning and study facilities; study load; and assessment and grading.

    Why should Wittenborg University students take part in the NSE?
    The NSE is a key feedback tool for Wittenborg University. By taking part in the NSE, our students help us improve the academic experience for our current and future students.

    What will Wittenborg University do with the NSE results?
    Using the feedback given, Wittenborg will decide which areas to focus on in the year to come. So, by taking part in the survey, all ...

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    First Wittenborg MSc graduates to receive second degree from Brighton University in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 10:04 PM
     

    First Wittenborg MSc graduates to receive second degree from Brighton University in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015

    First Wittenborg MSc graduates to receive second degree from Brighton University in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015

    Master of Science graduates from Wittenborg University who received their MSc degree at the 2015 Winter Graduation Ceremony on Friday will get a second degree from the University of Brighton on 13 February 2015. Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, will accompany them to the Brighton ceremony.

    Master of Science graduates from Wittenborg University who received their MSc degree at the 2015 Winter Graduation Ceremony on Friday will get a second degree from the University of Brighton on 13 February 2015. Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, will accompany them to the Brighton ceremony.In September 2012 Wittenborg University admitted its first cohort of international Master of Science students, followed by another intake in September 2013. This winter they have finalized their studies and last Friday received their MSc degrees in respectively International Hospitality Management, International Event Management and International Tourism.

    Adding further value to the prestigious achievement is that due to Wittenborg’s partnership with the University of Brighton in the UK, these graduates have earned a double degree. This means that on top of the certificate they received on Friday from Wittenborg, they will also receive a degree from Brighton on 13 February in the United Kingdom.

    In total 8 students graduated on Friday at a ceremony held at the Apeldoorn Gemeentehuis where the mood swung from highly emotional to pure delight. 

    One graduate who inspired the audience is Lucy Omwoha who is from Kenya but lives with her family in the Dutch city Arnhem.  She completed her degree in International Event Management whilst balancing life as a wife, mother and working for an NGO.

    “One has to be a good planner, time conscious, dedicated, passionate to what you do. Reminding yourself of the end goal is a hands on motivation. It gives a lot more joy making it easier to attend to all without feeling them as burden.” She will now pursue a PhD degree. She chose Wittenborg because of its flexibility and its partnership with Brighton as well ...

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    A top Wittenborg University Graduate speaks to Anesca Smith
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 8 February 2015, 11:05 PM
     

    A top Wittenborg University Graduate speaks to Anesca SmithA top Wittenborg University Graduate speaks to Anesca Smith

    The secrets of a super achiever: Wittenborg's top IBA-graduate Maike Nuyken shares her study tips! What is the secret to graduating at the top of your class? One graduate who knows the answer to this question is German student, Maike Nuyken, who just managed to achieve the highest pass rate ever for a bachelor student at Wittenborg University. Her future plans include opening a small hotel in the Netherlands with fellow honors-graduate, Marius Zurcher, from Switzerland.

    Congratulations on your tremendous achievement, Maike. Which degree did you earn?

    An IBA in Economics and Management.

    What advice can you give other students on achieving your study goals?

    I think my secret was to prioritize my studies and focus clearly on them. Try to organize everything around your studies – after all it is three years of your life so it’s important to do well. Another tip is to maintain a good balance. Between studies take a break and go for a walk outside to clear your head.

    Your final score for your graduation assignment was 9.4. How did you tackle it?

    In the beginning it was really hard, I did not know where to start. I needed a lot of time to organize my thoughts around it before actually putting pen to paper. Then I collected the information I needed and structured it.

    Would you like to do you Master degree at some point?

    Yes, but because I’m starting my own business it isn’t really a necessity now.

    Tell me about your business plan.

    My plan is to start a hotel in Netherlands with (fellow honors graduate) Marius Zurcher. The concept has not completely been worked out, but we are looking at three locations at the moment. Our idea is create a place that is cozy and feels like home, but still modern and simple.  I like living in the Netherlands – people are friendly and open, the culture is appealing and the ...

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