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    Wittenborg University at the ICEF Moscow Workshop 2015
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 27 March 2015, 7:53 AM
     

    Wittenborg University is pleased to be attending the ICEF Workshop in Moscow this weekend and its CEO, Mr Peter Birdsall, has a full schedule booked to speak to agents from around the world

    Wittenborg University at the ICEF Moscow Workshop 2015

     - see the Wittenborg Moscow ICEF 2015 Newsletter - 

    Wittenborg University is pleased to be attending the ICEF Workshop in Moscow this weekend and its Director of International Relations, Mr Peter Birdsall, has a full schedule booked to speak to agents from around Russia and its neighbouring countries in the region. “We are a private international University with more than 60 nationalities working and studying together in one of the most exclusively intercultural study environments in the Netherlands. We offer Bachelor and Master programmes in the School of Business and the School of Hospitality & Tourism and are looking forward to working with new agencies and partners to continue the growth of the current student body, as well as re-establishing and maintaining links with existing representatives”.

    The use of agents for the recruitment of students in the Dutch higher education sector is not widely documented, although the National Commission, responsible for the Code of Conduct for International Students in the Netherlands, tries hard to monitor Universities’ use of study abroad agencies.

    The Higher Education Workshop facilitates targeted, pre-scheduled, one-to-one business meetings between educators, quality higher education focussed agents and international education service providers.In the past 10 years, Wittenborg has built a good network of agencies in many of the key recruitment countries, such as China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal and Nigeria, however in the past three years has been working hard to develop many contacts in new countries, such as Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia and South Africa, as well as closer to home, for instance in Germany and the UK.

    Wittenborg attended its first ICEF Moscow workshop last year and the outing has immediately resulted in an increased interest from Russian-speaking students.

    “We are hoping to further increase our internationality through these events” says Birdsall. “We reached our target of 50 different nationalities at any one time, two years ago and are now aiming at the next ...

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    Wittenborg Research: What stops SME's from Adopting Sustainable Energy Solutions?
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:14 PM
     

    Wittenborg Research: What stops SME's from Adopting Sustainable Energy Solutions?

    Wittenborg Research: What stops SME's from Adopting Sustainable Energy Solutions?

    What are the obstacles and the barriers preventing SME’s from adopting sustainable solutions for renewable energy?
    Wittenborg University, one of the Dutch partners of the GREAT-project, recently explored this question by doing small-scale research among SME’s in Belgium and the Netherlands in conjunction with its Belgian counterparts, leading to interesting results. Senior Wittenborg lecturer, Dr Saskia Harkema, was involved in the research.

    SME's indicated one of the main reasons why they would adopt and implement "green energy" is to improve their company's image. Tax advantages and attracting new customers was also cited as good reasons to invest.

    On the downside, high costs associated with the implementation of such a policy was mentioned as one of the main barriers for shying away from sustainable solutions. Though, in the Netherlands this is seen as less important than in Belgium. However the biggest barriers for SME's not investing was listed as not finding appropriate personnel and the low impact of organizational activities on the environment.
    Nonetheless, the majority of SME’s agreed that the investment in the long term is worth more than the initial costs in the short term. All of them indicated they wanted more information environmentally friendly plans that could have a positive impact on the performance of the their organizations.

    Return on investment is the most important indicator to determine the level of possible investments that should be made. Most companies define that in terms of  pay-out time, instead of effectiveness and efficacy. Companies want to see results within 5 years, sometimes even after 1 year.
    When speaking to SMEs and intermediate organizations that work with SMEs, they indicated to researchers that investing in sustainability is not a priority and this may have to ...

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    Students Who Go Abroad are More Creative and Independent, says Nuffic Chair
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 22 March 2015, 9:36 PM
     

    Students Who Go Abroad are More Creative and Independent, says Nuffic Chair

    Students Who Go Abroad are More Creative and Independent, says Nuffic Chair

    People who spend at least part of their studies abroad are more creative in solving problems, find a job quicker and often their starter salaries are higher than that of their peers. This is according to Freddy Weima, chairperson of EP-Nuffic’s board of directors. EP-Nuffic is the Dutch organization promoting internationalization in higher education.

    Weima recently expressed concerns about the fact that there are less Dutch students doing an internship or studying abroad compared to their contemporaries in other European countries. This came to light in a study done by ResearchNed which showed young Dutch people prefer to stay close to their families in Holland rather than seek adventure and experience abroad.

    “Spending part of your studies abroad carries so much value. You meet new people and become more independent because you have to rely on your own wits to survive in a foreign environment.

    The majority of students at Wittenborg University are from abroad while its Dutch students made a conscious decision to study in an international environment.

    According to the ResearchNed study the biggest obstacle preventing Dutch students from studying going abroad is a reluctance to be separated from family, friends or a partner (39%). One respondent said: “I am currently living with my parents and leaving them is already a big step. To leave them and the country will be too much for me.”

    Weima said many people, once they enter the job market, regret not going overseas while they were studying. From the study it appears that 70% of parents encourage their children to take a gap year between high school and university, instead of standing in their way. A further 57% even stimulate their children spend their undergraduate studies abroad.

    Source: www.nuffic.nl

    WUP 22/3/2015

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    Students can Now Apply to Join Wittenborg's Shanghai Business Field Trip 2015
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 1:40 PM
     

    Students can Now Apply to Join Wittenborg's Shanghai Business Field Trip 2015

    Students can Now Apply to Join Wittenborg's Shanghai Business Field Trip 2015

    Students wishing to experience life in China can join Wittenborg’s annual Shanghai Business Field Trip which will take place from 5 – 14 June 2015. Bachelor, Master and MBA students are all welcome to come along - the deadline for applications is 6 April.

    The trip counts as an extra, International Project Week and those who join will receive 1EC. It will combines cultural experiences with educational activities. Those wishing to partake can email myra.qiu@wittenborg.eu

    The trip might even give students enough of an appetite for China to do an internship there or seek employment after graduation.

    Frank Lenhardt, founder of InterChina, recently had students at Wittenborg spellbound with a presentation on how to best navigate life in China if you’re a foreigner and the differences in business culture between China and the West.

    Lenhardt is like the pied piper. Listening to him makes you want to up your life and follow him to China where you will find an internship and live happily ever after. He somehow manages this without sugarcoating the problems in the country. His company, InternChina, specializes in facilitating internships and jobs for foreigners in China.

    Frank Lenhardt, founder of InterChina

    “Normally in a country of this size there would be at least 7 different time zones. In China there is one language, one time zone and one political party,” Lenhardt, who has been living in China for 8 years, told students.

    According to him huge income gaps in China persists – about 100 million of its 1,4 billion inhabitants live on less than one dollar a day – but it is very much possible for foreigners to find jobs in Chinese or multinational companies there.

    Paid internships are not allowed by the government, but some companies will cover accommodation and some other expenses of students.. “In a Chinese company you will not only ...

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    Korean Student Lands Internship after Project Week Presentation Impresses Company Manager
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 13 March 2015, 11:11 PM
     

    Korean Student Lands Internship after Project Week Presentation Impresses Company Manager

    Korean Student Lands Internship after Project Week Presentation Impresses Company Manager

    When Korean student, Jungmin Yu, prepared for her Project Week presentation on Friday, little did she know it would land her a possible internship.

    Martin van der Have, sales & marketing manager at ABB Robotics, was in the audience when Jungmin did her presentation along with the rest of her group Friday morning at Wittenborg. He was so impressed with her presentation and thorough research into robotics and how to make people aware of its advantages, that he walked up to her afterwards and gave her his business card, inviting her to apply for an internship at the company.

    Korean Student Lands Internship after Project Week Presentation Impresses Company Manager

    Two weeks ago Van der Have kicked off Block 5 Project Week with a fascinating lecture on the use of Robotics in industry.

    Jungmin (also known as Erin) is a first-phase IBA student specializing in Marketing and Communication. She jumped from joy when her group – comprising of herself, Qiulei Du and Siya Huang – was announced as the best presentation of the day.

    In total 4 groups from Phase 1 presented in the Block 5 and 5 groups from Phase 2. Students received valuable feedback from both Wittenborg’s new Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat, and lecturer Dr Alexander Bauer. Bauer said its important for group members to all participate in the Project Week presentations as it give them a chance to practice their presentation skills which is a valuable asset in the business world.

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    Wittenborg Unveils New Website, Complements Bold Plans for the Future
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 11:05 PM
     

    Wittenborg Unveils New Website, Complements Bold Plans for the FutureWittenborg University Unveils New Website, Complements Bold Plans for the Future

    - Wittenborg University’s launched its new website on Monday, featuring stylistic changes that reflect its vision for the future and highlighting how far the university has come since its modest beginnings in Deventer to what it is today: A modern learning

    Wittenborg directors, Maggie Feng and Peter Birdsall, said the digital look complements its bold development plans with improved navigation and functionality throughout.

    “Our new site is more than an electronic folder on the internet,” said Feng and Birdsall. “We have lots to offer on the educational front along with with the fact that our university attracts interest from all over the world.”

    Truly International

    The students and staff at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn represent more than 60 different nationalities. “Continual maintenance and updating of the website is therefor paramount. Quick and easy access to relevant information about studies, accommodation and costs will receive priority.”

    New Sections, Better Information

    Working with a professional team of web designers and using the latest technology to ensure it is compatible with modern devices, the new homepage features an image slider which allows multiple pieces of relevant information a prominent space on the page.

    This includes information about studies for prospective IBA and Master students, scholarships, internships, the latest news from Wittenborg and all you need to know about upcoming events.

    Also featuring is information about Wittenborg’s educational partners such as the University of Brighton, as well as its business partners, Research Centre, Alumni and accredition updates. 

    New, and adding a personal touch to prospective students’ experience of the site, are testimonials from current and former students telling the stories about ...

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    Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 8 March 2015, 10:51 PM
     

    Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”

    Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007” 

    Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”  Wittenborg University has many alumni, and most graduates gain a job within a month of graduation, however Ray Yu and Cindy Chen from Wenzhou China were examples of students who knew where they were going before they even set pen to paper!

    Back in Holland, for a visit to their student town of Deventer, the couple, who married after graduation from Wittenborg in 2007, met up with directors Peter Birdsall and Maggie Feng, at home of former Wittenborg finance manager Marion Balke, and were also joined by former lecturer Tanya Dimitrova, who now teachers at Erasmus University. Tanya is still an external member of the Wittenborg University Examination Board.

    Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”

    Although Ray and Cindy first met in China, Cindy came to Holland first to study at Saxion University in Deventer. Once Ray started at Wittenborg a year later, Cindy switched and joined him, eventually for them both to become a successful Wittenborg University alumni duo!

    Talking about their experiences, Ray explained that he is still helping manage the family business, a large shoe manufacturer in China, something which he was “destined to do” He is currently talking to Scandinavian suppliers about a range of men’s shoe-wear.

    Cindy on the other hand, went straight into “China-Corporate” and currently working for a technology manufacturing company  - the reason for this particular trip, an international trade fair in Cologne, Germany.

    Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”

    The couple were accompanied by their 6 year old daughter, who amused the Sunday gathering with her English words, “Apple Juice” and “Coolies” being the most popular. “Jerry” was most impressed when she spotted a picture of her Mum from before she was born – Cindy was the :face of Wittenborg University” for 2 years from 2007 to 2009, shown on the...

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    Wittenborg University Lecturer Dr Saskia Harkema Now Also Teaching Company Executives in Paris
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 6 March 2015, 10:07 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Lecturer Dr Saskia Harkema Now Also Teaching Company Executives in Paris

     Wittenborg University Lecturer Dr Saskia Harkema Now Also Teaching Company Executives in Paris

    Dr Saskia Harkema, senior lecturer and researcher at Wittenborg University, now also teaches high-flying executives at the International School of Management in Paris, France. She says having taught at different European institutes not only reinforced how professional Wittenborg is, but also showed her that the educational market is changing and being part of the so-called Ivy League club is no longer the main consideration for students when choosing a university.

    Is Paris as an exciting place to teach as it sounds?

    Yes, Paris is certainly interesting and exciting. The university where I taught is near the Eiffel Tower and every morning I had the chance to see it on my walk to the campus. I did not have much free time because I taught from 9am to 6pm, but I think Paris is also a great place for students - which is why they are able to attract such an interesting and diverse group of people.

    Which modules do you teach at the International School of Management?

    At present I am teaching a module called “New Product Innovation: Managing the Innovation Process” for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and PhD students from all over the world. The modules take place during intensive 3-day lectures since people fly in from everywhere because they hold executive positions in companies. In addition I have developed an e-learning module “Managing the innovation process”. That means, over a period of 3 months and through Skype sessions, I tutor students individually to go through the chapters of the books they have to use, carry out the assignments they have been given and discuss different topics. At present my students are from Mexico, Finland, Ethiopia and Canada.

    How many students do you have and what is the profile of a typical student at the school?

    I had 14 students from 10 ...

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    Hurry! Deadline to Complete NSE-survey This Week
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 9:27 PM
     

    Hurry! Deadline to Complete NSE-survey This Week

    Hurry! Deadline to Complete NSE-survey This Week

    There are only 4 days left for students to fill in the 2015 National Student Survey! The deadline for the NSE-survey is on Sunday, 8 March. By participating, students provide valuable information to Wittenborg University which is used to improve services at the university. It also gives insight on how Wittenborg compares with other institutes - students can give their opinion on all sorts of matters such as the availability and affordability of accommodation in the city where they are located.

    Did we mention there are also awesome prizes to win from the NSE and exclusive tickets to a Wittenborg party for students who fill in in the questionnaire and inform the Front Desk via  frontdesk@wittenborg.eu.

    What is the NSE?

    The National Student Survey (NSE: Nationale Studenten Enquête) is a nationwide survey researching students’ satisfaction with the higher education course they pursue in The Netherlands. Nearly all students in Dutch higher education are invited to participate every year.

    How do students participate?

    Students are asked to fill out a questionnaire on various aspects of their course programme, including its content, the skills they acquire, how well they are prepared for a career, the lecturers, the information and materials provided, the study facilities offered, testing and assessment, their programme schedule, study load and academic guidance and counselling. Students who have lost the invitation from the NSE – sent via an email from info@nse.nl - can also access the survey here.

    Why participate?

    ·         By completing the survey, students directly help Wittenborg University improve the quality of its programmes and the student experience in general.

    ·         All data are collected anonymously.

    ·         All students in The Netherlands who participate inform the country’s higher education ...

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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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