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    Equality the Norm at Wittenborg, says Chair Peter Birdsall
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:21 PM
     

    Equality the Norm at Wittenborg, says Chair Peter Birdsall

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    Equality the Norm at Wittenborg, says Chair Peter Birdsall"Equality and internationalisation is the norm, not the exception at Wittenborg," the university's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said at its 30th anniversary gala this weekend.

    Birdsall thanked the university's multi-cultural staff who are as diverse as its international student body and said their drive and dedication is what moves the institution forward.

    "A higher education institute such as ours - with a focus on management - is not made through prestigious scientific advances or competing with the country’s best and most acclaimed universities. It is made by people. Normal people studying, learning and working together in an exciting and diverse environment, embracing internationalisation, equality and an ethical way of being, not as the exception but as the norm. We can excel in this way."

    Equality the Norm at Wittenborg, says Chair Peter BirdsallBirdsall recounted some of the highlights of Wittenborg’s early years. “The seeds of our internationalisation were sown in the 1990s in Deventer, and coupled with the entrepreneurship of higher education, led to the exciting but sometimes bumpy ride that many of us providing English-taught higher education degrees have faced.”

    “We learnt that a good student experience was one of the most important aspects of study abroad, notwithstanding the study programme, and we were determined to try and provide this in every way we could.

    "I am so pleased that a number of the first graduates of 2005 are here today, Michael having travelled here from Shanghai and Alex from Hong Kong, where they both enjoy good lives and hold good jobs.

    Equality the Norm at Wittenborg, says Chair Peter BirdsallIn 2010, Wittenborg moved from Deventer to Apeldoorn, forming a close relationship with the municipality of the city over the years. Today it has locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna and this year ...

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    Education a Major Export for the Netherlands but it Needs to Import Young Talent
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:14 PM
     

    Education a Big Export for Holland according to NVAO Director

    Education a Major Export for the Netherlands but it Needs to Import Young Talent

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    Higher education is one of the Netherlands’s major exports, but it has to import young talent and that is why educators like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences are so important.

    This is according to Paul Zevenbergen, an executive board member of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization NVAO, who was the guest speaker at Wittenborg’s 30th anniversary gala last Friday.

    “The Netherlands is well-known for exporting cheese and flowers, but we have something else, something very powerful to export: higher education. And exporting higher education means importing young talent. This is what makes (the work) that educators like Wittenborg do, so important.”

    Zevenbergen said the Netherlands is making good progress in achieving its higher education goals, however there is still a long way to go in terms of international orientation although business education is performing well in this regard. “Education should become more student-centred and not have the one-size-fits-all-classrooms approach.”

    Zevenbergen congratulated Wittenborg on being ranked as one of the top 4 higher education institutions in International Business Administration (IBA) and on 30 years of making a meaningful contribution to higher education in the Netherlands. “Also congratulations on expanding your activities to Vienna and Amsterdam. This is a confident sign that Wittenborg is doing well and is ready for at least another 30 years!”

    Zevenbergen spoke about the “magic of education” and asked guests at the gala to think about how education has changed their lives.

    “Education enables us to find our way in life and to help others to do the same. It emancipates in terms of providing opportunities to everyone, broadens our perspective ...

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    Wittenborg Adds Value to Dutch Education System says Head of Nuffic, Freddy Weima
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:16 PM
     

    Wittenborg Adds Value to Dutch Education System says Head of Nuffic, Freddy Weima

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    Wittenborg Adds Value to Dutch Education System says Head of Nuffic, Freddy Weima'Wittenborg proves that private universities and internationalisation play a very important role in the Dutch higher education system', the director-general of Nuffic, Freddy Weima believes.

    Weima was a guest speaker at Wittenborg's 30th anniversary celebration at the Apeldoorn City Hall on Friday. Nuffic is the Dutch agency for the promotion of internationalisation in higher education.

    Weima, in congratulating Wittenborg said that international experience adds an invaluable dimension to a student’s training. “International cooperation can really help international relations and peace processes. I think we have to meet the world to understand the world.

    Wittenborg Adds Value to Dutch Education System says Head of Nuffic, Freddy Weima"You look at internationalization these days and I think we are doing quite well. For instance, this year for the first time in history the Netherlands welcomed over a 100 000 students – many of them here (at Wittenborg) by the way! The Netherlands is still the non-English speaking country with the most English study programmes.

    "Given these realities, I think it is very important that we have institutes like Wittenborg. Wittenborg proves that private universities can also be very important to the Dutch higher education system and internationalisation.

    Wittenborg Adds Value to Dutch Education System says Head of Nuffic, Freddy Weima"I am pleased to say that Wittenborg and Nuffic has a very good relationship. For instance, Wittenborg is an enthusiastic participant in our Study in Holland campaign and a welcome guest at the pavilion of the biggest European Fair on internationalization EAIE and an active participant in the Orange Tulip Scholarship. Many more reasons to congratulate Wittenborg again. But I am not only looking backward at those 30 years, but also looking forward to the years to come and cooperating with ...

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    Wittenborg Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Style
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 13 November 2017, 9:44 PM
     

    Wittenborg Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Style

    Wittenborg Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Style

    Wittenborg Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Style

    Wittenborg’s 30th anniversary gala went down a blast with guests, alumni, students and staff this weekend at the Apeldoorn City Hall. It was a celebration of all the institution’s successes, the past 30 years and the countless students who have graduated from its programmes.

    There was dancing, heart-pounding African music, meeting up with old friends, making new friends, breathtaking gala dresses, snacks, drinks and even a photo booth where more than 700 photos were taken in the end!

    Most of all there was dancing.

    Students from different nationalities also showed of traditional attire which was a hit with the crowd.

    The guest list included the 'who’s who' of the Netherlands’ international higher education sector, among others Freddy Weima, the director-general of Nuffic (the Dutch agency for the promotion of internationalization) and Paul Zevenbergen, managing director of the 

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    Dutch Flamish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). Also in attendance was the ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal. Guests were welcomed at the city hall 

    by local councilor, Johan Kruithof.

    Wittenborg Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Style

    Guests were entertained with a special Viennese Waltz performed by members of staff, including Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall and CEO Maggie Feng, who trained for weeks. Alumni came from as far as Hong Kong and Shanghai and students and staff from Wittenborg Amsterdam and Wittenborg Vienna was also in attendance.

    Weima, in congratulating Wittenborg, said that international experience adds an invaluable dimension to a student’s training. “International cooperation can really help international relations and peace processes. I think we have to meet the world to understand the world.”

    In his speech, Birdsall recounted some of the highlights of Wittenborg’s early years. “The seeds of our ...

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    Watch this: Wittenborg 30th Gala - 'Strictly Come Dancing' Video
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 12 November 2017, 4:43 PM
     

    Wittenborg 30th Gala - 'Strictly Come Dancing' Video

    A group of Wittenborg Students and Staff entertained guests at #WTBG30 – Wittenborg’s 30th anniversary gala with a magnificent attempt at the opening dance – a Viennese Waltz – to emphasis Wittenborg’s newly opened location in Vienna. See this wonderful video of the preparations – Wittenborg Strictly Come Dancing! Watch this:

     

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    Wittenborg University 30th Anniversary Gala! An event to remember!
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 11 November 2017, 7:55 PM
     

    Wittenborg University 30th Anniversary Gala! An event to remember!

     
    Wittenborg celebrated its 30th anniversary in style - a gala evening of speeches, entertainment, music and good company! Want to see more pictures? - go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wittenborg.university.eu/ 
     

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    Saxion Lecturer now MSc Student at Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:41 PM
     

    Saxion Lecturer now MSc Student at Wittenborg

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    Saxion Lecturer now MSc Student at Wittenborg New MSc student, Theo Nagel, is a shining example of lifelong development.

    Nagel has worked for about 40 years in the tourism industry and for almost 10 years as a lecturer to MBA students at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer. This autumn he enrolled at Wittenborg as a part-time student for its MSc programme in International Tourism Management, although he continues to guest lecture at Saxion and other institutions. In addition he owns a company TDI Travel & Incentives and works as an independent consultant for companies in the travel trade.

    Why did you decide to do a master's degree?
    “I wanted to combine the years of experience I have in the industry with academic excellence. I think there is a gap in understanding tourist behavior and responding to their needs as a sector. The key words for me are innovation and client understanding.”

    Why study at Wittenborg?
    “Pure luck! There are not many institutions that offer a master's degree in tourism management and even less that offer it part-time. I met with Wittenborg’s admissions officers over the summer and was impressed with their professionalism.”

    What is it like being a student after years of being a lecturer?
    “Obviously, I have a lot of experience so sometimes I have to bite my tongue and remind myself that I am here to learn!”

    What has been his impression so far after attending some lectures this week?
    “We have an international classroom so it is great to hear about other people’s experiences and what motivates them. The lecturers (from Brighton University in the UK) are also very open-minded – I had thought they would be too British!”

    What is his favourite travel destination?
    "I could go half-way around the world to a five-star hotel or visit a small bed-and-breakfast right ...

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    Dutch Student to Share her Experience of Studying at an International University at NXTLVL Education Fair
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 6 November 2017, 2:43 PM
     

    Dutch Student to Share her Experience of Studying at an International University at NXTLVL Education Fair

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    Dutch Student to Share her Experience of Studying at an International University at NXTLVL Education Fair From 13 - 15 November the NXTLVL Education Fair takes place in Apeldoorn. Wittenborg student Anne-Lotte Keijzer was interviewed for the NXTLVL newspaper about her experience as a Dutch student at an international institute of higher education. Wittenborg is one of the institutions that will showcase their degree programmes to prospective Dutch students on the second day of the fair, 14 November, in the ROC Aventus building where the university is located. 

    How old are you and where are you from?
    I am 18 years old and from Apeldoorn.

    What are you studying at Wittenborg?
    I am a first-year student at Wittenborg doing an IBA (Bachelor) in International Hospitality Management.

    Why did you choose to study at Wittenborg?
    I like the international character of the university and am happy with my chosen programme. The fact that the entire programme is taught in English is also a plus for me.

    What do you like about your studies?
    The number of nationalities found at Wittenborg means everyone has something interesting to tell about where they come from and bring a touch of their own cultures to the classroom.

    Dutch Student to Share her Experience of Studying at an International University at NXTLVL Education Fair What has your experience of Wittenborg been so far?
    Up to now I have liked it a lot. On Introduction Day I already met a few nice fellow students to hang out with.

    Would you recommend studying at Wittenborg?
    If you like an international student environment and have good English language skills, I would definitely recommend this institution.

    What do you think of Apeldoorn as a growing student city?
    I have lived in Apeldoorn my whole life and quite familiar with all its hotspots. It is not as lively as a big city, but very nice if you know the right ...

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    Wittenborg Meets Students, Educators in Indonesia
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 4 November 2017, 6:05 PM
     

    Wittenborg Meets Students, Educators in Indonesia

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    Wittenborg Meets Students, Educators in IndonesiaOn Tuesday 7 November, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will say goodbye to Indonesia after spending a packed week visiting high schools and education fairs, meeting educators, agents and officials in various parts of the country.

    We even met up with some of our Indonesian alumni, like Agung Gani, who helped man the Wittenborg booth at the European Higher Education Fair in Jakarta this weekend!

    Wittenborg was represented by senior admissions officer, Florian Oosterberg who flew to Indonesia almost two weeks ago. First stop was Surabaya - a port city on the Indonesian island of Java where the first Dutch Placement Days (DPD) took place. The DPD were organised by Neso Indonesia.

    Here Florian gave a presentation and also spoke to prospective students, helping them fill out application forms and answering all questions about studying at Wittenborg and in the Netherlands. She also met up with various education officials who attended the fair. Among them was Peter van Tuijl, director of Neso Indonesia, as well as Marrik Bellen, former director of Neso China.

    Wittenborg Meets Students, Educators in IndonesiaIn between, Florian managed to visit high schools, such as the Cita Hati High School where she met with Patrick Nieuwenhuyzen, head of the English department at the school, which is well-known in the city. She also visited the Singapore National Academy, a high school that teaches Cambridge curriculum, meeting school counselor Judith Angelina and academic counselor Silvia Arista.

    Furthermore, she met with agents such as Sun Education and encountered the manager and student counselors Galih Kusumawardhana, Karina Hadiwijaya and Athalia Veronica. “At both meetings we had fruitful discussions regarding promotion of studying in the Netherlands for Indonesian students.”

    Another agency she visited was...

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    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng a Finalist for Business Award: Her Advice to Young Female Entrepreneurs
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 2 November 2017, 9:52 AM
     

    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng a Finalist for Business Award: Her Advice to Young Female Entrepreneurs

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    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng a Finalist for Business Award: Her Advice to Young Female EntrepreneursWittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, is one of two finalists in the running for the Netherlands’ 2017 Ethnic Business Woman of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at a prestigious Gala Event on 25 November.

    The other finalist is Eveline Wu, chef and owner of the restaurants De Kreeftenbar, MOOD, Soho and Wynwood. Both women were born and raised in China – Feng in Beijing and Wu in a small town close to Shanghai.

    Were you surprised by the EZVN nomination?
    "Pleasantly surprised! It is not very common for entrepreneurs in the education sector to be recognised by the business community for distinguishing themselves. We could almost be mistaken for being part of the public sector! The culture in the west of the Netherlands is also very different from that in the east – in the east we don’t shout so much about our achievements."

    What do you see as the biggest achievement in your career?
    "The ability to keep on learning and innovating myself by constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills."

    What were the more challenging moments?
    "When we lost students who had their whole lives ahead of them, like Chinese student Debbie Kuang in 2012 and more recently Russian student Ekaterina Zhuravleva who passed away in September this year. Of course, it is also hard when we lose staff like lecturer Ton Willems who passed away in January."

    What advice would you give young female entrepreneurs?
    "Stay curious about the world, keep learning and gaining new knowledge. If you have a good story to tell, keep telling it, but make sure that you have done your homework."

    Gender equality seems to come very natural to you. Where does this confidence come from?
    "I think it comes from...

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