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    Wittenborg alumnus now sales engineer in Vietnam
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 31 January 2015, 9:57 AM
     

    Wittenborg alumnus now sales engineer in Vietnam

    Wittenborg alumnus now sales engineer in Vietnam

    As part of an interview-series with alumni from Wittenborg University, we caught up with Ben Visser, a Dutchman who is a sales engineer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ben regularly hangs out with old classmates from Wittenborg who also live and work in the city.

    Chào ông Ben. Where in the Netherlands do you come from?

    The Rotterdam area!

    Which year did you graduate from Wittenborg University and which degree did you earn?

    I graduated in 2012 and graduated with an IBA in Economics and Management.

    Why did you choose to study at Wittenborg?

    Before my studies at Wittenborg I followed a UK BTEC program (Dutch MBO level) at the Albeda College in Rotterdam. This BTEC diploma granted a first year exemption for the IBA program at Wittenborg. Besides that, I was drawn by the international character of the school. To me Wittenborg was the best choice.

    How did your study and career path develop since graduating from Wittenborg?

    Since my graduation I moved to Vietnam where I work for a Dutch company called Eriks/Econosto. Here I am responsible for internal sales handling. This involves a lot of co-ordination and communication worldwide.

    What has been the extent of your involvement with Wittenborg since you graduated?

    I recently joined an alumni event of Vietnamese students who graduated in The Netherlands.  I met some former students and one of my former teachers from Wittenborg  gave a seminar. Other than that there has been little contact with other students and teachers or the school.

    Do you think it is important to be involved, or at the very least, keep some contact with one’s alma mater after graduation?

    I think that to a certain extent it is good to remain in touch, albeit occasionally. People should never forget where they came from and how they got where they are now.

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    Wittenborg students & staff to run Apeldoorn 'marathon'
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 31 January 2015, 9:47 AM
     

    Wittenborg students, staff to run Apeldoorn marathon

    Wittenborg students & staff to run Apeldoorn 'marathon'

    Several students and staff members of Wittenborg University will take part in the Apeldoorn  Midwinter Marathon on Sunday and they need your support!

    More than 13 700 people are expected to take part in the race which features several courses. If you don’t want to miss Wittenborg’s winter warriors – who will take part in the 8km course - look out for participants wearing t-shirts bearing the university’s logo. Remember, participants from abroad can collect their race number on the day itself at Orpheus Theatre & Conference Centre

    Although 8km may not sound like a lot to the rest of us coach potatoes, doing any kind of running in winter is not easy – weather reports predict icy conditions for Sunday – which is they need all the support they can get.

    The details of the programme are as follows:

    14:00 - Wittenborg runners and fans amass at the Big Church on the corner of Loolaan and Kerklaan, Apeldoorn. Participants can pick up their T-shirts at this point.

    14:15 – Group photo

    15:00 – Start of Marathon in Loolaan

    Supporters can cheer runners on at the following points:

    ·         At the AGOVV traffic circle (at the end of Kennedy Laan)

    ·         At the corner of Wildernislaan and 2de Beukenlaan

    ·         De Naald

    What motivated these runners to take part in the marathon?  Wittenborg lecturer, Alexander Bauer, says he thinks it’s fun to run in a group.  “In Vienna I did a couple of city runs where people from different companies take part. You make a lot of business contacts that way and meet people in the industry. You have to train because you want to have a decent time. It’s not so much about the timing, but more about the social aspect. I had a very irregular schedule, but I tried to run at least once a week this winter – depending on the weather and in the last two weeks it becomes more intensive.”

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    Cleantech Tomorrow Event: Wittenborg to Present Opportunities in International Energy Sector
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:07 PM
     

    Cleantech Tomorrow Event: Wittenborg to Present Opportunities in International Energy Sector

    Wittenborg University at CleanTech Tomorrow 2015

    Experts from Wittenborg University will present a workshop at the second annual Cleantech Tomorrow Event on 2 and 3 February in Apeldoorn. The event focuses on the use and production of clean technology by companies, the public sector and individuals. This year the emphasis will be on natural resources and food production.

    The workshop is entitled: Sustainability and Innovation: A window for international market opportunities, by Wittenborg University and Oost NV. The event will be at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn. Details about the full programme can be found here.

    Wittenborg and Oost NV are partners in the cross-border, EU-funded GREAT-project which 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.

    Cleantech Tomorrow Event: Wittenborg to Present Opportunities in International Energy Sector

    In this project, Wittenborg is developing economic tools to inform and encourage SME’s to get further engaged in the use of green energy, stimulating investment in human capital, essential for the regional and national economy. Besides the Netherlands, the other partners in the GREAT-project are from Ireland, the UK and Belgium.

    The workshop seeks to inspire innovative business opportunities in the clean energy field but also serve as a matchmaking session between companies and those who have experience in the international energy market or looking for access to the market.

    The workshop will be opened by Jan Jonker from Oost NV who will introduce the GREAT project as a way of stimulating internationalization and renewable, sustainable energy area in North West ...

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    Wittenborg to expand its campus this summer in line with rapid growth – Staff Visit the New Building at the Spoorstraat!
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 9:59 PM
     

    Wittenborg to expand its campus this summer in line with rapid growth – Staff Visit the New Building at the Spoorstraat!

    Wittenborg University Staff Visit the New Building at the Spoorstraat 23

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    Wittenborg University is growing! Due to a steady rise in student numbers and rapid program developments, Wittenborg University will expand to a new building this summer, mere minutes away from its current location near the Apeldoorn railway station.

    The Spoorstraat 23 building was originally constructed in the 1950's as a junior boys’ school and, although not large at just over 800 square meters, it has an excellent, visible location overlooking the central bus station and clearly visible from the railway lines running into the central railway station.

    Wittenborg to expand its campus this summer in line with rapid growth – Staff Visit the New Building at the Spoorstraat!Guests, students and staff were able to get a preview of the new facilities, which are to house the university’s new research campus, when they treated to a special tour by Wittenborg management recently. “We are working on having it ready by early summer,” Wittenborg director, Maggie Feng said.

    Staff were immensely impressed with the new facilities, which features high ceilings and airy, light-filled rooms, when they visited. The program coordinator for Wittenborg’s School of Hospitality, Esther Gitonga, enthused: “I can’t wait to start working from here. There is plenty of space and the building will be entirely our own.”

    Since its move from Deventer in 2010, Wittenborg, with its distinct international character, has been located in the right wing of the ROC Aventus building. However, even before 2010 the development of a higher education hub on the city side of the railway station stood central in Wittenborg’s long term policy plans.

    The Spoorstraat building, is intended to house Wittenborg's developing research centre, its library and media facilities and will provide teaching facilities for its MBA and Master of Science degree programmes

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    Spoorstraat 23 - Wittenborg University expands to a new building, also near the railway station
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:13 AM
     

    Spoorstraat 23 - Wittenborg University expands to a new building, also near the railway station

    WUP 23/1/2015 - In an announcement today, Wittenborg University showed off the artist impressions of what is to be its new research campus on the opposite side of the railway.

     
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    WUP 23/1/2015 - Spoorstraat 23 - Wittenborg University expands to a new building, also near the railway station - In an announcement today, Wittenborg University showed off the artist impressions of what is to be its new research campus on the opposite side of the railway.

    The Spoorstraat 23 was originally built in the 1920's as a junior school and, although not large at just over 800 square metres has an excellent, visible location overlooking the central bus station and clearly visible from the railway lines running into the central railway station.

     

    Wittenborg University - new location at Spoorstraat 23 ApeldoornSituated next to the recently accredited University of Applied Sciences for Photograpghy, known in Dutch as the Fotovak School, and near the site on which the new Saxion University campus will be built, Wittenborg has positioned itself in the centre of what will develop into Apeldoorn's higher education campus.

     

    The Spoorstraat building, is intended to house Wittenborg's developing research centre, its library and media facilities and will provide teaching facilities for its MBA programmes and Master of Science degree programmes.

     

    Head of the Wittenborg Business School, Abdul Rauf comments, "Although we will have to get used to opening and closing a building ourselves, a great advantage of owning our own 'front door' is that we can have more variable opening and closing times, especially in weekends. For instance, its planned to run some of the MBA modules at weekends, and into the evenings".

     

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    WUP 23/1/2015 PERSBERICHT - WITTENBORG UNIVERSITY GROEIT
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 23 January 2015, 7:58 PM
     

    PERSBERICHT 

    WUP 23/1/2015 -WITTENBORG UNIVERSITY GROEIT

    Apeldoorn-De groep studenten van Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences groeit per jaar met  15%. Inmiddels volgen ruim 400 studenten de colleges. Om die studenten goed op te vangen sluiten Wittenborg en de Gemeente Apeldoorn een overeenkomst om het voormalige schoolgebouw aan de Spoorstraat 23 zo snel mogelijk in gebruik te nemen.

     
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    WUP 23/1/2015 -WITTENBORG UNIVERSITY GROEIT - Apeldoorn-De groep studenten van Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences groeit per jaar met  15%. Inmiddels volgen ruim 400 studenten de colleges. Om die studenten goed op te vangen sluiten Wittenborg en de Gemeente Apeldoorn een overeenkomst om het voormalige schoolgebouw aan de Spoorstraat 23 zo snel mogelijk in gebruik te nemen.

    De uitbreiding past in de plannen van Wittenborg om in hoog tempo nieuwe programma’s te ontwikkelen. Sinds de komst naar Apeldoorn in 2010, is de instelling voor particulier internationaal hoger onderwijs gevestigd in een eigen vleugel van Aventus. Met de groei van het aantal studenten, breiden het programma-aanbod en de bijhorende onderzoeksprojecten zich uit.

    Wittenborg University - new location at Spoorstraat 23 Apeldoorn

    Nieuwe impulsen

    De Spoorstraat locatie van Wittenborg  maakt onderdeel uit van een nieuwe concentratie van hoger onderwijs in Apeldoorn. In de Nettenfabriek zijn zowel de Fotovakschool als Saxion Hogescholen gevestigd. De nieuwe locatie staat centraal in het aanbieden van Master of Science programma’s en het nieuwe MBA programma. Ook is er nu ruimte voor het research center. Dat research center kreeg vorig jaar een geweldige impuls omdat Wittenborg een  groot Europees project met de naam GREAT (Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies) binnen haalde. Een project dat past in de duurzaamheidsdoelen voor de komende jaren.

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    New loan system for Dutch students sails through parliament
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 22 January 2015, 8:00 PM
     

    New loan system for Dutch students sails through parliamentNew loan system for Dutch students sails through parliament

    From 1 September 2015 new Dutch and EU students who need financial assistance qualify for a study loan of up to €1 016 per month, with which they can pay their study fees. Wittenborg students pay around €525- a month in tuition fees, leaving €491- for housing and living expenses, generally topping up what they can earn with a part time job (around €500 a month).

    From 1 September 2015 new Dutch and EU students who need financial assistance qualify for a study loan of up to €1 016 per month, in accordance with new rules for study financing in the Netherlands. Students can already start applying from 7 April 2015.

    The Dutch education system is facing its biggest reform in decades: As per 1 September 2015 new Dutch Bachelor and Master students will no longer receive a basic grant from the government like in the past. Instead, those in dire straits will need to take out a loan – albeit with very lenient terms.

    The controversial proposal for a new study finance system sailed through the Dutch parliament on Tuesday with a majority vote, despite widespread protests since it was announced last year. The Ministry of Higher Education reckons it can save up to €1 billion which will be re-invested in education.

     As an international institute Wittenborg University enrolls many students from the Netherlands as well as students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland in its Bachelor and Master programmes each year. The costs for a typical Bachelor programme at Wittenborg amounts to €6 500 per year, which translates to about €542 per month – well below the maximum amount Dutch and EU students are allowed to borrow under the new system.

    Further good news is that those students who are already receiving the basic grant from the government will continue to get it until they finish their studies which means they will not have to take out a loan.

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    Wittenborg lecturer Teun Wolters' Working Paper series elicits lively debate among colleagues
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 11:34 PM
     

    Wittenborg lecturer Teun Wolters' Working Paper series elicits lively debate among colleagues

    Wittenborg lecturer Teun Wolters' Working Paper series elicits lively debate among colleagues

    This week Wittenborg University’s applied research professor in corporate sustainability, dr Teun Wolters, presented the first of a Working Paper series.

    As he explains, having Working Papers – which presents initial research outcomes and new ideas for further research – is common procedure in universities.

     “In other words, it gives researchers the opportunity to present their first ideas. It is part of the so-called ‘grey literature’ which can be developed later into fully-fledged journal articles.”

    Wolters presented the work to peers and colleagues at a special event on Monday. The paper reports on a research project executed last year in the Dutch health care sector involving a care organization in Apeldoorn, the city where Wittenborg is located.

    “The organization is undergoing a major transition as a result of external changes in Dutch long-term care policies,” Wolters says in his summary to the paper. “Wittenborg was asked to execute research to measure and interpret the ability and willingness of the organisation to turn the formulated vision on the needed change and new direction into reality. This year there will be follow-up research, which can be done now that the new organisational structure is clear and is being tried out.”

    According to Wolters one of the main objectives of the presentation is to promote the idea of doing working papers and applied research among other researchers at Wittenborg. Also to present his approach – one which includes low budget projects that makes sense, both academically and practically  “…as an example to colleagues encouraging them to also produce something – whether alone or in collaboration with others. For instance, they can use their own experience and knowledge to write 30 or 40 pages as a proposal for research which can perhaps ...

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    The 2015 Wittenborg University Address
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 18 January 2015, 11:47 PM
     

     The 2015 Wittenborg University AddressThe 2015 Wittenborg University Address

    More than 70 Wittenborg University staff and family enjoyed the annual Wittenborg New Year’s dinner on Friday, which included the traditional New Year’s “Address” by Chairman of the Board, Peter Birdsall, which looked back at the numerous achievements in 2014 and ahead to 2015.

    After listing achievements such as the start of the GREAT research project, the MBA accreditation, and the visits of Prime Minister Mark Rutte in February and the subsequent visit of Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Birdsall went on to praise Wittenborg’s back office staff and the admissions team for helping to make 2014, what he titled ‘the best year yet!”.

    Looking forward, Birdsall unveiled a new second campus, ready to open in May 2014 and to be announced to students and staff later this week. He also hinted at a breakthrough in the creation of a new student housing complex in Apeldoorn.

    The 2015 Wittenborg University Address

    On the education front, Wittenborg presented its plans to accredit a new Hospitality Management degree, as well as new Bachelor and Master degrees in Sport, Business and Management. September will also see the launch of a degrees in Business Administration and Technology Management, and a BBA in ICT Management – both aimed at students who want to gain as much work experience as possible.

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    Changes to income requirements for international students and workers in the Netherlands
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 16 January 2015, 2:42 PM
     

    ey also see the Netherlands as internationally orientated with a good quality education – 87% rates it as “good” or “very good”. Two thirds of respondents were of the opinion it is not necessary to speak Dutch to study in the Netherlands.Changes to income requirements for international students and workers in the Netherlands

    WUP 15/1/2015 - Changes to income requirements for international students and workers in the Netherlands - New changes to the income criteria for international students wishing to Study in Holland and migrants wishing to work in the Netherlands have kicked in from the 1st of January 2015.

    To be eligible for a stay permit in the Netherlands – whether for work or study – there are specific requirements pertaining to your level of income.  This is subject to change every six months.

    The requirements for a stay permit include proof of sufficient income for a given period. “The amount is determined by your personal situation and the type of permit you request. “

    Students

    For purposes of study, applicants have to they have access to an amount of at least €854,13 per month for living expenses – this  excludes study fees.

    2015

    2014

    2013

    €854,13

    €833,22

    €813,29

    Study in Holland at The International Classroom in Wittenborg UniversitySimplified residence permit

    In June 2013 the Dutch government adopted the Modern Migration Policy Act, thereby simplifying the applying procedures for international students wanting to Study in Holland. One of the real benefits of the new legislation is that residence permits can be granted for longer periods, which means less renewal procedures.  In other words, students no longer need to apply for a residence every year of their studies. However the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) still holds the educational institution responsible for keeping the students’ file updated. 

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