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    Caribbean Student Tells of Devastation as Family Caught in Hurricane on St Maarten
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 10:03 AM
     

    Caribbean Student Tells of Devastation as Family Caught in Hurricane on St Maarten

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    Caribbean Student Tells of Devastation as Family Caught in Hurricane on St MaartenBarely two weeks after Kamicha Gumbs left her home in St Maarten to study at Wittenborg Amsterdam, Hurricane Irma hit the Dutch-French Caribbean island, wreaking havoc and leaving thousands destitute.

    She couldn’t make contact with her family for 4 days and was left sick from worry. “I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat. Really, it was terrible.”

    When she finally did make contact she was relieved to find that her family was unharmed.

    “They told me to relax, they are ok and to concentrate on my studies. My grandmother had some water damage to her house and had to relocate. But I spoke to her in the meantime and she reminded me that we should be grateful because we still have life. She said houses can be rebuild but lost lives cannot. I feel a lot better now.

    “I talk to them every day, even though mobile coverage on the island is still poor, and I hope to go home at Christmas.”

    According to Kamicha, who was raised on St Maarten, the island suffered hurricanes before but not on the same level as Irma. It was classified as a Category 5 storm. She said her lecturers and class mates at Wittenborg Amsterdam were extremely helpful. “One lecturer told me to think positive and reminded me that I probably couldn’t make contact with my family immediately because the lines were cut off.”

    Kamicha is doing an IBA in Entrepreneurship and SME Management at Wittenborg Amsterdam. She chose Holland for its focus on business and Wittenborg because of its international approach.

    WUP 20/9/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg Ahead of the Pack as Dutch Student Union Calls for More Student Housing
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 18 September 2017, 1:40 PM
     

    Wittenborg Ahead of the Pack as Dutch Student Union Calls for More Student Housing

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    Wittenborg Ahead of the Pack as Dutch Student Union Calls for More Student HousingWhile the Dutch student Union LsVB has made an urgent call that more accommodation be made available for international students in the Netherlands, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step ahead – it has just announced more rooms for its international students in the city centre of Apeldoorn.

    The first students have already moved in, just before the start of the new academic year.

    Last week the LsVB called on universities, municipalities and housing corporations to do more in providing decent accommodation for incoming international students in the Netherlands. “Hundreds of international students still did not have housing at the start of the academic year. They are forced to sleep in hostels, in camping sites or even their cars. Some even abandon their studies,” a press release from the LsVB reads.

    “Universities actively recruited these students who are now left on the street. They (the universities) have to take responsibility as soon as possible by coming up with a solution,” the chairman of the LsVB, Tariq Sewbaransingh said.

    Meanwhile, as student numbers at Wittenborg grows, so does its student accommodation.

    On Wednesday, Wittenborg announced the purchasing and renovation of a former office building in De Ruyterstraat, in the heart of Apeldoorn city. The development was also reported in de Stentor newspaper on Wednesday.

    According to Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, the building can accommodate 34 students. Wittenborg acquired the property in partnership with Van der Leij Vastgoed, a project developer specialising in re-purposing office space into living quarters.

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    Wittenborg Offers More Housing for International Students in Former Office Building in Apeldoorn
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 16 September 2017, 10:29 AM
     

    Wittenborg Offers More Housing for International Students in Former Office Building in Apeldoorn

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    Wittenborg Offers More Housing for International Students in Former Office Building in ApeldoornGood news! Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is making more student housing available for its international students in the Netherlands after renovating a former office building in the heart of Apeldoorn and transforming it into spacious student accommodation.

    Student Numbers Set to Top 700

    Student numbers at Wittenborg are set to rise to more than 700 in the next year – the university has locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna, Austria.

    Unlike many institutions in the Netherlands, Wittenborg provides all its international students with accommodation for the first few months upon arrival to make sure they are not stranded.

    On Wednesday, Wittenborg announced the purchasing and renovation of a former office building in De Ruyterstraat, in the heart of Apeldoorn city. The development was also reported in de Stentor newspaper on Wednesday.

    According to Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, the building can accommodate 34 students. Wittenborg acquired the property in partnership with Van der Leij Vastgoed, a project developer specialising in re-purposing office space into living quarters.

    Given the growth in the number of students over the past few years, the demand for housing has outstripped supply and the school had to consider acquiring more living quarters for its incoming students, Feng said. The university is one of the most international in the Netherlands, boasting more than 80 different nationalities among students. The diversity is also reflected in its staff component.

    With the new acquisition Wittenborg now offers housing for around 70 students. “Even so, there is still a shortage,” Feng told de Stentor.  “The past few years we have steadily ...

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    Dutch Make a Splash in Spain - Out in Full Force at EAIE Education Conference
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 14 September 2017, 5:10 PM
     

    Dutch Make a Splash in Spain - Out in Full Force at EAIE Education Conference

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    Dutch Make a Splash in Spain - Out in Full Force at EAIE Education ConferenceThe Dutch made their presence felt at the 2017 EAIE conference for international education in Seville this week – of the 5,750 participants about 10% are Dutch!

    And of course, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is in attendance, represented by the chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, and the international sales manager, Tim Birdsall. Wittenborg has locations in Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and Vienna.

    Dutch Make a Splash in Spain - Out in Full Force at EAIE Education ConferenceReporting from the conference, Peter Birdsall said: “EAIE is vibrant and very busy. I have five slots for my meetings at the ‘Study in Holland’ stand and also visited the ‘Study in Austria’ stand where I spoke to the housing providers in Vienna who are facilitating our students there. ‘Study in Turkey’ had one of the biggest stands.”

    EAIE stands for the European Association for International Education.  The conference started on Tuesday and will continue until Friday. It was preceded by the 2017 ICEF Workshop, also in Seville, Spain.

    Among the Dutch stands was that of Nuffic – the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education.

    The Dutch were represented by a mixture of research universities and universities of applied sciences, such as Wittenborg and its neighbour institute in Apeldoorn, Saxion University of Applied Sciences. There was also a good mix of private and public institutions.

    Dutch Make a Splash in Spain - Out in Full Force at EAIE Education ConferenceWittenborg had discussions with partner universities in Spain, India and the UK, as well as European marketing agencies, the Austrian housing organisation OEAD, Indian student representatives abroad and international student insurance company, AON.

    WUP 14/9/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop promoting a diverse mix of international agents
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 11:13 PM
     

    Wittenborg attended the ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop and the Higher Education Forum, that brought together over 60 higher education institutions in discussions about partnerships and university collaboration.

    ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop promoting a diverse mix of international agents

    Wittenborg attended the ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop and the Higher Education Forum, that brought together over 60 higher education institutions in discussions about partnerships and university collaboration.
     
    Wittenborg attended the ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop and the Higher Education Forum, that brought together over 60 higher education institutions in discussions about partnerships and university collaboration.With agents from  over 75 countries represented at the workshop, Iran and Morocco were amongst the countries showing a lot of interest in Study in Holland! South America and Eastern Europe (non-EU) were also well represented at this week's ICEF Higher Education Workshop, attended by around 100 institutes and 150 ICEF certified agents from around the world.
     
    Wittenborg attended the ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop and the Higher Education Forum, that brought together over 60 higher education institutions in discussions about partnerships and university collaboration. For two days, WUAS was represented at the workshop by Peter & Tim Birdsall, who led the discussions with agents from over 30 different countries.
     
    On day three, WUAS also presented its own unique partnership with the University of Brighton, at the ICEF Higher Education Forum. University of Brighton lecturer and partnership programme coordinator, Pete Odgers, and WUAS chair Peter Birdsall gave an in-depth insight into the relationship and strategic partnership between the two institutions.
     
    The presentation was entitled 'Strategic International Public-Private Partnership as a Growth Model' and resulted in a lively discussion between institutes looking for partnership models.

    WUP 12/9/2017

    by James Wittenborg

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    Netherlands a Top Performer in THE Ranking
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 11 September 2017, 9:36 AM
     

    Netherlands a Top Performer in THE Ranking


    Netherlands a Top Performer in THE Ranking The Netherlands is once again one of the top performing countries in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings with the 4th highest number of universities in the Top 100.

    However, with many Asian countries closing in for the top spots there has been a call on the incoming cabinet for more investment in Dutch higher education and research.

    The US has the highest number (41) of institutions in the Top 100, followed by the UK (12), Germany (10) and the Netherlands (7).

    In addition, all 13 of the Netherland’s research universities feature in the Top 200.

    “It is a great performance,” said Karl Dittricht, the chairman of the Association for Dutch Universities (VSNU). “As with all top achievements this was only possible with great input and dedication. However, if we want to maintain this level of performance, more investment is necessary.”

    For the first time in the ranking’s history, the list is topped by two UK institutions – the University of Oxford (1) and the University of Cambridge (2). In the Netherlands, the top three institutes are the University of Amsterdam, Delft Technical University and Wageningen University and Research.

    The VSNU has made a call on the new cabinet to increase funding for education and research. “A strong position in (world) rankings influences the international attraction of universities. A good position is associated with excellent research and good performance in education. That is why investment is paramount. From these new THE figures it is clear that a number of Asian countries who invest in education are making tremendous progress in the rankings.”

    Dittrich said that while Dutch universities perform well despite a drop in finance, other countries are hot on their heels. The VSNU calls on the new cabinet to invest in research and education.

    WUP 11/9/2017

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    Wittenborg Updates EEG, Including Tighter Exam Rules
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 8 September 2017, 4:19 PM
     

    Wittenborg Updates EEG, Including Tighter Exam Rules

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    Wittenborg Updates EEG, Including Tighter Exam RulesStudents neglecting to register for exams and those who regularly skip classes will have to face the music in the new academic year.

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has just published its Education & Examination Guides (EEG) for the 2017-18 academic year, containing several updates - including tighter measures against students who shrug off policies meant to assess their study progress. This pertains to Wittenborg’s Bachelor IBA, EBA and HBA programmes.

    Information added in the EEG 2017-18 under the General Assessment Policy (Part 5) includes the following statement: “Students have to register online for their examinations – separately for each module. If they fail to do so, they will not be allowed to take part in the examination.” In other words, no registration = no exam.

    Other rules demand a lesson attendance rate of at least 80%.

    Students should also note that if they register for exams but fail to show up, they will get zero marks for the exam.

    The rules have also changed for those who perform poorly in their exams. Students who get a score of 4 or lower for their exams will now be compelled to re-attend classes for a module in order to do an exam re-take. In the past, re-attendance of a class to re-take an exam was not compulsory. Only those who score higher than 4 will be allowed to re-take the exams without attending classes.

    Finally, latecomers should take note that they will not be allowed entry to the examination hall once the doors are closed. In other words, no student will be allowed after 08:55am for morning exams or 13:25pm for the afternoon exams.

    The latest Education & Examination Guides (EEG) can be found here.

    WUP 08/09/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg Alumnus Opens Boutique Hotel in Greece
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 4:53 PM
     

    Wittenborg Alumnus Opens Boutique Hotel in Greece

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    Wittenborg Alumnus Opens Boutique Hotel in GreeceArmed with a master's degree from Wittenborg and tons of experience in the hotel industry, Wittenborg alumnus Nikos Anthrakidis recently opened his own boutique hotel Be My Guest in the heart of Athens’ historic centre.

    Formerly he worked for big companies like Booking.com in Amsterdam where he was a customer service executive, Expedia in Greece as property assistant coordinator, the Citizen M international hotel chain, as well as various other boutique hotels.

    Not bad for a guy who once dreamed of opening a gym!

    Nikos was one of the first graduates of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences MSc programmes offered jointly with the University of Brighton in the UK. It was actually while doing his Master of Science (MSc) in International Hospitality Management at Wittenborg in 2013 that he hit upon the idea of opening his own hotel.

    Wittenborg Alumnus Opens Boutique Hotel in Greece“The MSc helped to broaden my horizon and I started thinking more business-oriented. I remember during Introduction Day at Wittenborg the tutor asked students about their future plans. All of them wanted to find a management position in the tourism and hospitality industry. My plans were quite similar. However, the tutor said she was surprised that none of us wanted to run our own businesses. She said: ‘Come on, guys! Think outside the box.’ Then, everything changed about my way of thinking. I started imagining how I can find the funds, how can I run and own a hotel. After 3 years of thinking and planning I opened my hotel.”

    In February 2017, he quit his job at Expedia and started on his dream-project: renovating an office building in Athens, Greece, into a chic city boutique hotel. It opened on 17 July, fully booked for a week by a group of international law students.

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    Interim Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Gert Meijer, Stands Down
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 11:01 AM
     

    Interim Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Gert Meijer, Stands Down

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    Interim Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Gert Meijer, Stands DownGert Meijer, the interim dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, will leave this position after his term ended this month . "We are very grateful for the help and assistance he has lent to Wittenborg Amsterdam during this period," Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said.

    Meijer took over duties from the dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Timo Timmerman, in April while Timmerman was recuperating from surgery following a heart attack. In the meantime, Timmerman has decided not to return, effective from 1 October.

    Meijer was the founding father and former dean of Nyenrode New Business School before he left in 2014 to start working independently. He also served as director of the Hogeschool Haarlem for 17 years.

    Effective immediately, Wittenborg Amsterdam will be fully integrated with Wittenborg Apeldoorn, led by the programme manager, Carol Tarr, and operations manager, Thomas Meijer.

    WUP 6/9/2017

    by James Wittenborg
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    Updated Education & Examination Guides - Welcome to a New Academic Year
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 3 September 2017, 12:39 PM
     

    Updated Education & Examination Guides - Welcome to a New Academic Year

    We are pleased to announce that the Education & Examination Guides for the bachelor's IBA, EBA and HBA programmes have been updated and published online.

    Updated Education & Examination Guides - Welcome to a New Academic YearWELCOME TO WITTENBORG UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES!

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and all returning current students to our institute, and am sure that the new academic year will be even more fruitful and successful than the last academic year.

    This year we are pleased to welcome students in both our main campus of Apeldoorn and at our campus in Amsterdam, and for the first time at our new location in Vienna.

    With 6 starts a year for most of our programmes, some of you will be reading this at the start entries of September, October and December, however some of you will only have started in February, April or even May. This dynamic approach to education will make your experience a ‘real life experience’, with students entering and leaving a phase at different times – just as in the real world of work.

    If you have just started your Master of Science degree, or a BSC / BA double degree programme with the University of Brighton, you will also be experiencing a unique blend of transnational higher education, that sees the benefits of public and private universities working together to offer top quality degrees in joint taught programmes.

    If you have entered into our MBA programme, you will be challenged by a double accredited intensive and rewarding experience. From this year we also plan to offer our MBA ...

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