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    Wittenborg Beefs Up Tutor System - More Resources
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 27 August 2016, 12:59 PM
     

    Wittenborg Beefs Up Tutor System - More Resources

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-beefs-tutor-system-more-resources.htm

    Wittenborg will strengthen its current tutor system in the new academic year by dedicating more resources to its operation, relieving time pressures impacting especially undergraduate students.

    Lucy OmwohaDr Abdul RaufEsther Gitonga

    Adrianne Jonquière-BreureMyra QiuRenske Goedhart

    George BosireDaniel O'ConnelArjen Hemelaar

    While tutors’ top priority remains assisting students to make sound academic choices that will ensure they obtain their programme degree at the end of their studies, several new measures will be introduced to improve students’ overall experience at the institution.

    For starters, the tutor-to-student ratio will be increased – in other words, there will be more tutors available to see students.

    While academic tutors supervise students’ Final Graduation Project and their Work Placement Report, process tutors will assist with information on:

    • Student and study support facilities
    • All front desk information
    •  Library and resource facilities
    • Sports and leisure facilities
    • The EEG – content and how it works
    • The European Credit (EC) system, retakes, exam regulations etc.
    • Wittenborg as an organization

    The new Process Tutor Team will be led by Lucy Omwoha. The rest of the team will be Dr Abdul Rauf (MBA students), Esther Gitonga (MSc students), George Bosire (IBA students), Adrianne Jonquière-Breure (IBA), Myra Qiu (IBA), Renske Goedhart (IBA), Daniel O’ Connell (Foundation Phase students) and Arjen Hemelaar (Amsterdam students).

    All students will have 2 formal process tutor meetings per year, but there will also be scheduled walk-in slots each weekday from 1pm - 2pm in a common room for quick sessions with the tutor on duty.


    WUP 27/8/2016

    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press

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    Meet our Orange Tulip Scholarship Recipients!
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:28 PM
     

    Meet our Orange Tulip Scholarship Recipients!

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/meet-our-orange-tulip-scholarship-recipients.htm

    The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (OTS) gives talented students in several non-European countries the opportunity to study in the Netherlands.

    Meet our Orange Tulip Scholarship Recipients!

    This year, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences awarded OTS scholarships to 7 international students of which 3 are doing a Master of Science programme and 4 Bachelor studies.

    The 3 master's students are Min Zhou from China (MSc in Tourism Management), Ekaterina Sivkova from Russia (MSc in Event Management) and Lily Rubio from Mexico (MSC in Event Management). The IBA students are Mariana Góes from Brazil, Andrea Archundia from Mexico, Jose Miguel Lopes from Brazil and Tamine Medeiros also from Brazil. 

    At Wittenborg, master's OTS recipients received a fee waiver of €7500, and bachelor's recipients €5000.Meet-our-Orange-Tulip-Scholarship-Recipients-Mariana-Góes

    One of the recipients, Mariana Góes, said she applied for the OTS because the scholarship offered the opportunity to study abroad. “Wittenborg was on the list of universities which offered the scholarship and I chose it because of the modules available in relation to marketing.”

    Mariana graduated this summer after doing an IBA in Marketing and Communication. Things she likes about the Netherlands is that the country has a good infrastructure to live comfortably and it possesses a very “international culture”. She intends to look for a job in the Netherlands or perhaps follow through with a master's degree.

    Meet-our-Orange-Tulip-Scholarship-Recipients-Jose-Miguel-LopesJose Miguel Lopes, who is doing an IBA in International Trade and Logistics, arrived at Wittenborg in February this year. “I researched different countries to study, like the UK, but in the end chose Holland because it is more affordable. Apeldoorn (where Wittenborg is located) is not a big city but the living is easy! I would like to find a job here after my studies – perhaps in the ...

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    Brexit woes, or opportunities?
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 20 August 2016, 12:53 PM
     

    Brexit woes, or opportunities?

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/brexit-woes-or-opportunities.htm

    Transnational higher education and international students seem to be central themes to the discussions in UK higher education circles at this moment. 'Times Higher Education' has published numerous articles on the subject since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Of course, research funding is also a hot topic, however changes in the movement of degree programmes and students across international borders will have direct economic impact on institutes, but also on the overall economy as a whole.

    Wittenborg and University of Brighton Flags fly at the Spoortstraat Building, Apeldoorn CampusIn an article back in June 2016, THE reported on UK university vice-chancellors fearing a fall in 'continental' recruitment, stating that 'at some universities nearly one in five students is from an EU country'. The main issue is, of course, access to the student loans system - the UK having the highest public university fees of around 9000 pounds per academic year. At present, EU students are treated like their UK counterparts and awarded the loan automatically, unless they decline, which few do. After 'brexit' they would most probably have to pay the fee themselves, and may even have to pay general international student fees which are considerably higher still.

    This presents an opportunity to universities in EU countries such as the Netherlands that has so many degree programmes offered in English, and where public university fees are much lower, and even the private sector is often cheaper than the UK. As a privately funded institute, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) even offers a double degree with its publicly funded UK counterpart, allowing EU students to gain a Dutch and a UK bachelor's for almost half the fees charged for the same degree in the UK.

    Another theme is transnational education, where universities export their programmes abroad, generally in partnership with other ...

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    Wittenborg Congratulates Honor Students!
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 9:42 AM
     

    Wittenborg Congratulates Honor Students!

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-congratulates-honor-students.htm

    Achieving an honours degree can really kick-start your career as it demonstrates to future employers you are a dedicated student and outstanding performer.Wittenborg Congratulates Honor Students!

    This summer, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recognized two honours-graduates – in other words, students who achieved a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 8.0 or higher. They are Maria Schmakova from Russia and Dutch student Desneige Kronenburg.

    Maria says she chose to do a Bachelor IBA in Real Estate Management at Wittenborg because it is the only university in the Netherlands that provided the specialization she wanted in English. She also wished to study at a university of applied sciences because of the assistance it gives in securing an internship. She did her internship at the Gemeente Enschede, a Dutch municipality.

    Her plans for the future includes finding a job in the Netherlands to determine her professional interests before moving to Germany. At some point she would also like to do a Master degree. Her advice to students in achieving your study goals is to “define your priorities and take responsibility”.

    Dutch star student, Desneige, has more practical advice to international students coming to the Netherlands. “Make sure you can cycle and bring an umbrella.”

    Desneige did a Double Degree European Bachelor in International hospitality Management (the so-called EuroBA that allows students to do part of their studies abroad).

    “I’m glad the EuroBA allowed me to have a double degree from both Wittenborg and the University of Brighton in the UK,” she says about her study choice. Desniege did her internship at the Hilton hotel Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. She will now pursue a Master degree.,

    WUP 16/8/2016

    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press

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    Graduate from Rwanda Sets off for Career in Publishing
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 14 August 2016, 2:37 PM
     

    Graduate from Rwanda Sets off for Career in Publishing

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/graduate-rwanda-sets-career-publishing.htm

    Wittenborg graduate, Pacific Mongi, is pursuing his dream of becoming a book publisher in his home country, Rwanda, in the east of Africa.

    Graduate from Rwanda Sets off for Career in Publishing

    Described by his lecturers as a quiet, courteous student, Pacific graduated earlier this year with a Bachelor IBA in Economics and Management from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. “After graduating I want a career in the publishing industry and would certainly consider doing a Master degree.”

    He says he would recommend the Netherlands as a study destination despite suffering some discrimination and having a little difficulty with the language barrier, although he admits that getting by in English was relatively easy in Holland. “I stayed in Apeldoorn which is a small, quiet city that can be a bit boring for some students, but on the other hand it also helps you to concentrate on your studies.”

    He singled out Dr Saskia Harkema (Senior Lecturer) and Wittenborg’s Student Administration Officer and Management Support Officer, Tineke van der Leer, for “their endless love and support to people who need their help”.

    “The advice I can give to current students is to remember why you came to the Netherlands and make the very best of your time here.”

    WUP 14/8/2016

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg says Goodbye to Eva van Herel as she Moves on to Top UK University
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 11 August 2016, 9:25 AM
     

    Wittenborg says Goodbye to Eva van Herel as she Moves on to Top UK University

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-says-goodbye-eva-van-herel-she-moves-top-uk-university.htm

    This summer Wittenborg University bids farewell to one of its most familiar faces, office manager Eva van Herel, who is leaving the Netherlands for the UK.Wittenborg says Goodbye to Eva van Herel as she Moves on to Top UK University

    We are proud to say that from mid-August Eva will work as executive support officer at the University of Reading which is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Some of its students are also currently competing in the Olympic Games in Rio!

    Eva, who was born in the Netherlands but spent a large part of her childhood in New Zealand, started at Wittenborg in September 2013 as front desk and facility officer. The last part of her career at Wittenborg as officer manager involved more behind-the-scenes work around procedures and programmes.

    We caught up with her before her departure for England.

    Hi Eva. What will your new job entail?
    I will be directly under the people who run the Humanities Department. I will be an intermediary between back office staff, management and teachers.

    Will you miss the direct contact with students?
    I love students. On the other hand, students come and go so the job itself becomes a cycle, but meeting the students remain an interesting experience. I look forward to discovering  what it’s like to work in a university where there are 17 000 students and around 6 000 staff members with a completely new dynamic. I’m also looking forward to see how I can be a linchpin again. At Wittenborg people always seemed to think I know how to get things done and it will be the same at Reading – being sort of an information hub - except I will not be serving students, but professors of history, classic languages and philosophy.

    What drew you to your new job?
    I figure life is an adventure and sometimes you've  got to jump in and do ...

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    Dutch have Some of the Best ICT Skills in Europe
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 8:55 AM
     

    Dutch have Some of the Best ICT Skills in Europe

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/dutch-have-some-best-ict-skills-europe.htm

    A survey done by the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) in all 28 EU countries has revealed when it comes to Information and Communication Technology, only people from Denmark and Luxemburg are better than those in the Netherlands.

    Dutch have Some of the Best ICT Skills in Europe

    More than 40% of the Dutch between the ages of 16 and 75 years are well-versed in using PC’s and the Internet. The European average is 30%. Many eastern European countries, but also countries like France and Italy, scored lower than 30%.

    Dutch have Some of the Best ICT Skills in Europe

    The high scores in the top 3 countries are ascribed to the fact that almost everyone in Denmark, Luxemborg and the Netherlands have access to a computer and the Internet. The survey was done in 2015.

    However, when it comes to using software it seems the Dutch are less proficient. Only half have more than the basic skills to work with, for example, processing programmes and making presentations. A fifth of Dutch users have no software skills at all!

    The level of skills differ across age and the level of education. Among young people the percentage of people with more-than-basic ICT skills are six times higher than that of older users. Among those with a higher level of education it is three times higher than those with a lower level of education. There is little difference between male and female users.

    In the area of information – such as doing searches on the Internet, moving files and saving photos in the “Cloud” – about 80% of the Dutch have more-than-basic skills. Same goes for communication (emailing, social media, calling via the Internet) and online services such as shopping, installing apps and doing online courses.

    WUP 9/8/2016
    by Anesca Smith
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    Smarter Using Pen & Paper for Notes Instead of a Laptop
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 7 August 2016, 8:32 AM
     

    Smarter Using Pen & Paper for Notes Instead of a Laptop

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/smarter-using-pen-paper-notes-instead-laptop.htm

    Smarter Using Pen & Paper for Notes Instead of a Laptop

    Using good old-fashioned pen and paper to take notes instead of a laptop is a smarter choice for students.

    Dutch researchers at the University of Trondheim in Norway found that students using pen and paper to take notes remember their lectures better and longer than those using a laptop.

    Audrey and Ruud van der Weel, working at Trondheim for the past 21 years, measured the brain activity of students while they were typing notes and when they took notes by hand.  They found writing out notes stimulated greater brain activity.

    “You hold a pen and think about what you are going to write and draw a graphic or arrows,” Ruud van der Weel told Dutch broadcaster RTL News. “The brain is lazier if we type out what someone says on a keyboard.”

    Their findings confirm an earlier study - by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer from the universities of Princeton and California respectively – which found that students remember a lecture much easier if they take notes by hand.

    Students watched a video of a lecture or a talk and took notes on it either longhand or on laptops. Thereafter, participants took a quiz on the content and longhand note takers outperformed laptop note takers. Analysis of the student notes showed that laptop-users tended to transcribe a lot of the speaker’s words verbatim. The researchers suspect that this was because those who typed notes were inclined to transcribe lecturers rather than process them.

    The researchers concluded: “Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning. Prior studies have primarily focused on students’ capacity for multitasking and distraction when using laptops. The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may ...

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    Wittenborg Enters Property Market, Invests in New Student Accommodation
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 5 August 2016, 9:44 AM
     

    Wittenborg Enters Property Market, Invests in New Student Accommodation

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-enters-property-market-invests-new-student-accommodation.htm

    Wittenborg Enters Property Market, Invests in New Student AccommodationStrong growth in student numbers over the past few years at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn has now led to the university investing for the first time in student accommodation.
     

    Wittenborg is finalising the purchase of 5 apartments in the south of Apeldoorn - about 3km from its campus at 500 Laan van de Menserechten - which will be renovated and ready to move in to by this autumn. The sale is being realised in cooperation with Rabobank. 

    It is the first time the university is investing in property since its move to Apeldoorn from Deventer in 2010. Since then, it has seen international student numbers soar at about 20% annually. Currently, Wittenborg has about 500 students from more than 70 different nationalities.

    Wittenborg Enters Property Market, Invests in New Student Accommodation

    Traditionally not a student city, a number of institutes have in the past few years set up house in central Apeldoorn, boosting its economy and construction industry. For instance, a cluster of schools can these days be found on the city-side of the railway station including Wittenborg, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the Fotovakschool. On the other side of the station is Aventus as well as Wittenborg's primary location. Consequently, many investors have seized the opportunity with several ongoing developments for student accommodation. 

    Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, has said the university will be pursuing further property towards the end of the year, eventually hoping to secure a city centre campus in Apeldoorn. 

    "Investing in our own student accommodation means we can always guarantee beds for new students. This is especially important because we have new students coming in throughout the year."

    Until now, Wittenborg has ...

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    Good News! Accommodation for Wittenborg Students at New Sports Academy in Apeldoorn
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 1:57 PM
     

    Good News! Accommodation for Wittenborg Students at New Sports Academy in Apeldoorn

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/good-news-accommodation-wittenborg-students-new-sports-academy-apeldoorn.htm

    Let’s face it, finding student accommodation in a popular country like Holland can be a challenge! Ideally you would want to stay in the same city where your university is located.

    Luckily for students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences finding a good place to stay is about to get easier.

    Accommodation for Wittenborg Students at New Sports Academy in Apeldoorn Photo: Full Force Sport Academy

    Location
    The newly founded Full Force Sports Academy, a partner of Wittenborg, will soon open its doors in Apeldoorn and have modern apartments available for Wittenborg students near the centre of Apeldoorn. The campus opens 25 August 2016. However, spaces are limited so students are advised to act as quickly as possible!

    Wittenborg is to launch its new School of Sport & Health soon. From this autumn, the university will offer a full-time Master of Science in Sport Business Management at its main campus in Apeldoorn in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK. The new programme will be delivered alongside the other 3 Master of Science programmes, in International Hospitality Management, International Tourism and Event Management. In these endeavours it will team up with the Full Force Sports Academy.

    Facilities
    The rooms are between 10-21 m2 (square metres) and have a shared kitchen and bathroom. All students have full use of the facilities on the campus. Standard rooms (furnished) also include: water, gas, electricity, Internet, air-conditioning, maintenance, municipal tax. Students have the option to take the rooms with or without meal catering. 

    Rent
    Students should note that rental periods are fixed periods.
     
    Prices per single room:
    • ½-year contract: €2,400
    • 1-year contract:  €4,500
     
    Prices including 3 meals a day:
    • ½-year contract: €3,700
    • 1-year ...

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