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    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng Shares Experience of Spoorstraat Development with Apeldoorn City Council
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 30 September 2016, 4:12 PM
     

    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng Shares Experience of Spoorstraat Development with Apeldoorn City Council

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    The CEO of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Maggie Feng, joined the Mayor of Apeldoorn, John Berends, and other members of the city council, when they toured the city centre this week, stopping at the newly developed education hub near the railway station where Wittenborg is also located.

    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng Shares Experience of Spoorstraat Development with Apeldoorn City Council

    Wittenborg opened its new Spoorstraat building in September, 2015, situated next to the Fotovakschool and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Apeldoorn is proud to have a visible location for higher education institutes around the train station. The development was facilitated by the city council by making certain adaptions to the public space in the area.

    The project leader, Huub Selen, gave more information about the development to the group, while Feng gave her perspective on Wittenborg’s experience of the first year being situated in the area.

    Feng told the group: “We are happy to be together with fellow colleagues. The development of this area has brought young faces into the foreground, you can see them chilling outside right next door to the railway. You can almost call it a facelift for the image of Apeldoorn, and we believe this will attract more students and even more institutions.”

    More development in the area around the railway station is underway.


    WUP 30/9/2016
    by Anesca Smith
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    Netherlands has 4th Highest Number of Top Universities
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 10:53 AM
     

    Netherlands has 4th Highest Number of Top Universities

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    The Netherlands once again boasts the 4th highest number of top universities in the world!

    Netherlands has 4th Highest Number of Top Universities

    The British education weekly, The Times Higher Education (THE) has just released its Top 200 university rankings for 2016-2017.

    The Netherlands has 13 institutions in the Top 200, up from 12 last year. The country is only surpassed by the US (63), the UK (32) and Germany (22). Meanwhile, Oxford University has become the first British institute to top the THE in the table’s 12-year history, knocking five-times leader the California Institute of Technology off its top spot.

    The publication writes: “Studying in the Netherlands is becoming more and more popular among international students, partly because of the ample choice of world-leading Dutch universities that teach in English. As more and more international students choose to study at a top Dutch university, the number of degrees taught in English has increased.”

    The chairman of the Association for Dutch Universities (VSNU) said in a statement: “This is a world class performance that we are very proud of.”

    VSNU warns, however, that Holland shouldn’t take its good position in the rankings for granted. “Growing investment in education and research in Asia will lead to a rise of Asian universities in the rankings, while universities in Western Europe will drop.”


    WUP 28/9/2016
    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press


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    Mexican Student Writes Thesis on Cats after Leaving Behind Job Interviewing Hollywood Celebrities
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 26 September 2016, 9:11 AM
     

    Mexican Student Writes Thesis on Cats after Leaving Behind Job Interviewing Hollywood Celebrities


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    Mexican student Ana Mariá Villalobos is proving that academic research can be far more eclectic then one might assume – her final research topic explores why cats are the most commonly used animals in commercials.

    Mexican Student Writes Thesis on Cats after Leaving Behind Job Interviewing Hollywood CelebritiesAna joined Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in 2015, gaining direct entry into the final phase of the IBA programme in Marketing & Communication.  Before coming to the Netherlands, she had a colourful career in Mexico, including being an entertainment writer interviewing celebrities like Bradley Cooper and Robert Pattinson on the red carpet!

    Why did you choose to study in Holland?
    I like the education system a lot. The Dutch are very open-minded, always prepared to do things differently and think outside the box. They are known throughout the world for being innovative.

    How does the education system differ from the one in Mexico?
    In Mexico there is always someone guiding you closely through your studies, someone holding your hand so to speak. Holland is more individualist. What you put in is what you get out. Here you need to do things through the proper channels and on time!

    What do you think about life in Apeldoorn?
    If you want to experience the real Holland, Apeldoorn gives you the perfect opportunity. If you stay in Amsterdam, half of the city is international. Apeldoorn is also quiet, so it’s the perfect place to focus on your studies. I want to graduate in February 2017. My heart says I will.

    Mexico is often portrayed by Hollywood as a type of Wild West. How true is that image?
    Of course it is not like that! In most parts of the country people just go about their daily lives peacefully.

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    Wittenborg's International Reputation Reaches Dutch Parliament: Direct Praise from Minister of Education
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 22 September 2016, 12:37 PM
     

    Wittenborg's International Reputation Reaches Dutch Parliament: Direct Praise from Minister of Education

    (Original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborgs-international-reputation-reaches-dutch-parliament-direct-praise-minister-education.htm)

    Wittenborg's International Reputation Reaches Dutch Parliament: Direct Praise from Minister of EducationIn a letter to parliament, the Dutch minister of education, Jet Bussemaker, has singled out Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences as a good example of an institute with an unequivocal international character.

    Wittenborg is one of the most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands, boasting 80 different nationalities among its 600-strong student population this year.

    In Bussemaker's letter, addressed to parliament's House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), she states that "internationalisation must become the norm".  The 13-page letter is an update on her vision statement from 2014 about internationalisation in Dutch higher education for the period until 2025.

    Wittenborg's International Reputation Reaches Dutch Parliament: Direct Praise from Minister of EducationThe minister says that while many educational institutes have made concrete efforts towards promoting outward mobility among students, Wittenborg is one step ahead. "Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has even taken it a step further and has an international character across the board," Bussemaker wrote. A footnote explains that two-thirds of management at Wittenborg have an international background, 50% of its academic and support staff comes from abroad, and more than 75% of its students are international.

    Bussemaker visited Wittenborg's headquarters in Apeldoorn two years ago, where she got first-hand experience in talking with management and meeting international students.

    Wittenborg's International Reputation Reaches Dutch Parliament: Direct Praise from Minister of Education

    "I am convinced that the Dutch education system should produce citizens who are self-aware, out-of-the box thinkers and doers who bring change through their guts and ambition. That means that we will expect more from our students - more from their academic and ...

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    Vienna is the "Perfect" City, says Programme Head of EWS, Wittenborg's New Partner School in Austria
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 19 September 2016, 6:09 PM
     

    Vienna is the "Perfect" City, says Programme Head of EWS, Wittenborg's New Partner School in Austria

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    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recently announced its partnership with the vocational institute EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien) in Vienna, Austria - signifying its first transnational move. We spoke to Thomas Lung, Head of Educational Programmes at EWS, about what makes Vienna a “perfect” city for international students. He is on a 2-day visit to Wittenborg this week.

    Vienna is the "Perfect" City, says Programme Head of EWS, Wittenborg's New Partner School in Austria

    What do you like about Vienna?
    Vienna was named the best city in the world to live in earlier this year. According to research done by Mercer it offers the best quality of life. Once it was the heart of the Austrian-Hungarian empire- a melting pot of ideas.  Around 1900 it was considered the most important city in the world

    What is the city’s attitude to internationals?
    Vienna is very open-minded. Not the whole of Austria is like that of course.  We are the second largest German-speaking city in the world after Berlin.

    How long have you been at EWS?
    I have been at EWS for 25 years. The first 6 years was only part-time because I was also working in the import-export business. I started teaching on Fridays and Saturdays and then in 1997 I started working fulltime at EWS. I took over lectures in business administration management and economics before proceeding to my position as head of educational programmes. In respect of my own educational background I had two periods of study. The first one was in commercial sciences or business administration at Vienna University of Business and Economics. I then did translation studies: Italian and English.

    Why Italian?
    I started Italian at school. I went to a commercial high school and had to choose between French and Italian. I was very good at ...

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    .EAIE President Under Fire About Turkey at Liverpool Conference attended by Wittenborg Management
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 16 September 2016, 6:04 PM
     

    EAIE President Under Fire About Turkey at Liverpool Conference attended by Wittenborg Management

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/eaie-president-under-fire-about-turkey-liverpool-conference-attended-wittenborg-management.htm

    The president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), Laura Howard, has come under fire for remarks she made about Turkey at the opening of EAIE’s annual conference in Liverpool. Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences also attended the 3-day conference that ended on Friday, after having held many successful meetings with partners and higher education representatives.

    EAIE President Under Fire About Turkey at Liverpool Conference attended by Wittenborg Management

    Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, was at the conference along with the university’s dean in Amsterdam, Timo Timmerman, and the coordinator of its School for Hospitality and Tourism, Esther Gitonga.

    EAIE President Under Fire About Turkey at Liverpool Conference attended by Wittenborg Management

    Howard addressed delegates on Wednesday. However, the Turkish Higher Education Business Council (EEIK) - and organising body of "Study in Turkey" - issued a statement the next day, condemning Howard for the “negative image” she portrayed about Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempted against state institutions in July.

    “I would like to draw your attention to the points that the president of the EAIE, Laura Howard, made during her talk in the opening session on September 14,” the chairman of EEIK, Dr Mustafa Aydin, said. “I feel I need to correct those points. There is no restriction for any academics to travel or take part in EAIE or any other educational event.

    “Without doubt – albeit a small number – there were academics and individuals who endorsed and were involved in the failed coup attempt. As a result, restrictions on those individuals have been implemented.

    “Everywhere around the globe, individuals and groups who are involved in any act to interrupt the democratic system and those involved in any kind of violence and acts of ...

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    Wittenborg's Student Society, SWIFT, wants to Help International Students Feel at Home in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 15 September 2016, 4:22 PM
     

    Wittenborg's Student Society, SWIFT, wants to Help International Students Feel at Home in Holland

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    Making new friends in a foreign country can be a daunting experience. But not to worry. At Wittenborg University, the student society, SWIFT, organises many interesting and fun activities for international and Dutch students to meet and mingle.

    Wittenborg's Student Society, SWIFT, wants to Help International Students Feel at Home in Holland

    Their latest event was the end-of-summer barbeque which was attended by a large number of students and staff at Wittenborg’s Spoorstraat location in Apeldoorn last week.

    Currently, the organisation has about 10 executive members who organise activities. It is led by Michelle Haminga, Shadi Jongstra and Erik Coerver. In an interview, Michelle explained what the organisation will focus on in the new academic year and how students can join:

    How is SWIFT organised?
    We rely a lot on teamwork. I am the secretary, but we also have people doing promotions, posters and helping out on event days. We meet about once a week and more frequently when we have upcoming events.

    How did the society come about?
    We approached Wittenborg’s office manager in December of 2015 and she referred us to the CEO, Maggie Feng, who supported our proposal and from there on we started organising events. The barbeque was our third big event.

    What is SWIFT’s goal?
    To enhance the student experience in general and to help internationals make new friends. We are all from different countries and many of us don’t have friends and family here. We don’t want people to get lonely or homesick. Also, we want to promote Wittenborg and Apeldoorn in a positive way.

    What will you focus on in the new academic year?
    A lot of students want to do sport, so getting together a sports team from Wittenborg will be one of our priorities. We also want to get involved in ...

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    Wittenborg in Liverpool at the ICEF Workshops and EAIE!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 12 September 2016, 8:23 AM
     

    Wittenborg in Liverpool at the ICEF Workshops and EAIE!

    Wittenborg in Liverpool at the ICEF Workshops and EAIE!

    (Original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-liverpool-icef-workshops-and-eaie.htm)

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is in Liverpool this week at the ICEF Workshops and at EAIE (European Association of International Educators)!

    This week Wittenborg is attending the ICEF Higher Education Workshops in Liverpool and the EAIE, and Board Member, Peter Birdsall, has a full schedule booked to speak to agents, partners and representatives of colleague institutions.

    He has been joined at the ICEF Agent Workshop by Tim Birdsall, who is representing the new initiative to launch programmes in Vienna next year. Together they are concentrating on promoting programmes such as a the double degree in hospitality management, which uniquely allow students to spend time in three different countries during their studies.

    During day one, the pair have spoken to representatives and study advisors from across the globe, and the Wittenborg programmes have been received positively. Especially the double degree in Amsterdam, focusing on Entrepreneurship and Small Business was highly popular, as was the news that students would be able to complete part of their studies in Vienna.

    During the rest of the week, Wittenborg will be joined by Amsterdam Campus head, Timo Timmerman and head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Esther Gitonga, as they continue meetings aimed at forming strategic partnerships internationally, both at the ICEF Partner forum on Tuesday and at EAIE from 14th to 16th September.

    If you’re in Liverpool - visit us at the EAIE - our stand is 603, and we are also helping out at the 'Study in Holland' Stand 600.

    WUP 12/9/2016

    by Wittenborg

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    Education Law Proposal Discussed as VVD Gelderland Pays Working Visit to Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 10 September 2016, 10:42 AM
     

    Education Law Proposal Discussed as VVD Gelderland Pays Working Visit to Wittenborg

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    Education Law Proposal Discussed as VVD Gelderland Pays Working Visit to Wittenborg Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences sought support this week from the Dutch conservative-liberal party, the VVD, against one of the proposals in a legislative draft that would limit the use of the word “university”.

    An amendment to this effect was introduced on 18 February this year by the minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker. It is up for debate in the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) next week. Holland has a coalition government and the VVD currently holds the majority of party seats in parliament.

    Members of the party’s provincial branch, VVD Gelderland, paid a working visit to Wittenborg’s Spoorstraat location in Apeldoorn on Wednesday where they met Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, and its CEO, Maggie Feng, as well as some of its international students from Cuba, Nepal, the Netherlands and Qatar. The students are all members of the Wittenborg Student Society (SWIFT).

    Education Law Proposal Discussed as VVD Gelderland Pays Working Visit to Wittenborg

    The VVD delegation was led by the VVD Gelderland chairman, Hans de Haan. MP Pauline Krikke (a member of the Eerste Kamer) was also part of the visiting group.

    Minister Bussemaker wants to prevent universities of applied sciences (hogeschool) from describing themselves as “universities” – which she deems “misleading”.  Should the proposal be signed into law, transgressors risk a hefty fine. 'University of Applied Sciences' would be the only legal term that can be used.

    Birdsall argues that although Wittenborg is in support of the proposed law to protect the words “Universiteit” and “Hogeschool” it will seriously hamper its ability to fairly compete in Europe, especially the UK. Wittenborg is partially British-owned owned institute - operating fully and solely ...

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    Wittenborg to Open Campus in Vienna in September 2017
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 11:23 AM
     

    Wittenborg to Open Campus in Vienna in September 2017PRESS RELEASE

    Wittenborg to Open Campus in Vienna in September 2017

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-open-campus-vienna-september-2017.htm)

    In its first transnational move, the management of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) has announced it will open a new study location in the heart of Vienna, the capital of Austria, in September, 2017. In this endeavour it will partner with one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria, EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien).

    Wittenborg has expanded rapidly over the past 6 years, last year opening a second facility in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn as part of the Spoorstraat Higher Education Campus, as well as a location in the capital Amsterdam. Wittenborg has many education partners in Europe, most notably its main partner, the University of Brighton in the UK. The Wittenborg Vienna Campus will be its first international branch.

    The announcement was made this week by Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, during the first general staff meeting. "This is a completely new market for us. Austria has a vastly different international student market from the Netherlands. We hope to open new frontiers by attracting students from countries like China, which has so far not been hugely attracted to Austria. But also from a host of other countries like Slovenia, Russia, Poland and Germany. We think there will be a big interest," Birdsall said.

    Wittenborg already has staff members located in Vienna, including Tim Birdsall, Wittenborg board member, who co-manages WiNet, the commercial "Brand Incubator" company associated with Wittenborg. Also situated in Vienna is Denis Schuh, the university's webmaster.

    Wittenborg lecturer and researcher Dr Alexander Bauer, who returned to his home city Vienna last year after spending 18 months teaching in Apeldoorn, will become head of academics at the ...

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