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    University of Brighton Panel Approves BA in Hospitality at Wittenborg, Paving the Way for Double Degree
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:10 AM
     

    University of Brighton Panel Approves BA in Hospitality at Wittenborg, Paving the Way for Double Degree

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/university-brighton-panel-approves-ba-hospitality-wittenborg-paving-way-double-degree.htm

    This week an approval panel from the University of Brighton in the UK, led by Dr Paul Frost, Director of the Hastings Campus of the University of Brighton, visited Wittenborg University in Apeldoorn for an approval event of the Bachelor International Hospitality Management.

    University of Brighton Panel Approves BA in Hospitality at Wittenborg UniversityThe programme, already validated by the University of Brighton leads to a UK Bachelor Hons degree. The programme is a 3-year programme, and is offered in Apeldoorn as part of the IBA Hospitality Management Bachelor programmes, accredited by the NVAO and the German, Austrian and Swiss FIBAA.

     The Panel fully approved Wittenborg to offer the programme, both in the form of a joint delivery, where students spend the first semester of the final year in the UK and the second at Wittenborg in Apeldoorn, and for a shared delivery format in which the full final year is studied in Apeldoorn. This means that both regular IBA Hospitality Management students and the EuroBA students will be eligible for the double degree, if they pass the full 240 credits of the normal programme.

    The panel only had one condition, regarding the date by which teaching staff should be planned into the programme, and a number of recommendations, including a specific HRM staff retention policy.

    Furthermore, the panel had a list of commendations about the facilities, the staffing policy, the student support and the very positive atmosphere they found within Wittenborg. The panel who toured the new Spoorstraat building, still under renovation, were extremely impressed by the new facility.

    The double degree in International Hospitality Management will start on 31st August.

    The two institutes’ current partnership involves joint ...

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    Young Entrepreneurs Bursting with Big Ideas at Wittenborg Bootcamp in Amsterdam
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:45 AM
     

    Young Entrepreneurs Bursting with Big Ideas at Wittenborg Bootcamp in Amsterdam

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/young-entrepreneurs-bursting-big-ideas-wittenborg-bootcamp-amsterdam.htm

    A good idea can change the world, so young entrepreneurs attending Wittenborg University’s Bootcamp for prospective IBA-students in Entrepreneurship & Small Management were swinging for the fence when they pitched their ideas.

    Young Entrepreneurs Bursting with Big Ideas at Wittenborg Bootcamp in Amsterdam!

    Up for grabs were scholarships ranging from €5 000 to €10 000 to study for an IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Management at Wittenborg’s new Amsterdam location from September 2015.

    Ideas ranged from a web and app development business to making shoes with diamonds and sweat-free shirts. The Bootcamp was held in the new location, the UP Building in Piet Heinkade, featuring spectacular views over the Ij waterway and Dijksgracht. Though newly renovated, the building is already buzzing with start-ups.

    Young Entrepreneurs Bursting with Ideas at Wittenborg Bootcamp in Amsterdam!The energetic session was also attended by Wittenborg alumni who are looking to start their own businesses and perhaps the opportunity to work closely with the university’s incubator UP companies.  Not only did attendees gain exciting entrepreneurship experience for a day but also got to meet experts in the field of starting their own company.

    The three scholarship winners were:

    • Coen van Hees (€10 000)
    • Eric Kyere (€7 500)
    • Anouk Slabbers (€5 000)

    Van Hees, who already runs his own web and app development company AMS Design said he enjoyed the Bootcamp very much and was excited to win the main prize. “The guidance we got before presenting our own ideas to the group was very helpful.”

    Young Entrepreneurs Bursting with Big Ideas at Wittenborg in Amsterdam!Eric Kyere, the runner-up, went for gold – literally – proposing to make shoes decorated with gold and diamonds for an elite client-base like celebrities and footballers. However he fielded difficult questions on his plan to produce these shoes in China instead of an established, ...

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    Healthcare in the Region - those receiving care will not only be 'charged' but also 'be in charge' of what care they receive.
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:55 PM
     

    Healthcare in the Region - those receiving care will not only be 'charged' but also 'be in charge' of what care they receive.Healthcare in the Region - those receiving care will not only be 'charged' but also 'be in charge' of what care they receive.

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/healthcare-region-those-receiving-care-will-not-only-be-charged-also-be-charge-what-care-they.htm

    Yesterday's seminar on the future of health care in the region, held at Wittenborg University, was very well attended; at least 80 people and listened to the results of a preliminary paper on a survey conducted at De Goede Zorg, a Dutch health care provider.

    Important results from the research that was done were presented and discussed. All those present, researchers and those with hands-on experience, agreed that health care (client) must be patient-centered. Guus van Montfort, president of ACTIZ, took this idea further by stating that those receiving care will not only be 'charged' but also 'be in charge' of what care they receive.

    Among other topics discussed were leadership in self-organising teams, and working together with other organisations while competition is increasing.
     
    Event chair, Wittenborg University's Dr. Teun Wolters led the evening to discuss the practical implications of this, where organisations and those working in them will have to overturn the way they work, transitioning from top-down policies to bottom-up. A large change will be necessary to achieve this.

    Healthcare in the Region - those receiving care will not only be 'charged' but also 'be in charge' of what care they receive.For many, his speech was a sort of eye opener. The client will be more and more in charge, as the one who directs, chooses and pays. This is an overriding development, stronger than whatever government policy.

    After lively discussions in small groups (they were asked to discuss what for De Goede Zorg were crucial things to do and not to do), there was an animated interchange with the panel. Among the topics discussed were leadership in self-organising teams, and working together with other organisations while competition is increasing.
     
    The event was ...

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    Wittenborg Students Survey More than 400 Visitors at the Apeldoorn Drakenboot Festival
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 9:57 PM
     

    Wittenborg Students Survey More than 400 Visitors at the Apeldoorn Drakenboot FestivalWittenborg Students Survey More than 400 Visitors at the Apeldoorn Drakenboot Festival

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-students-survey-more-400-visitors-apeldoorn-drakenboot-festival.htm

    Summer has officially arrived and students from Wittenborg University were out in force this weekend at the annual Grolsch Drakenboot Festival in Apeldoorn where they surveyed more than 400 festival-goers.

    Wittenborg Students Survey More than 400 Visitors at the Apeldoorn Drakenboot FestivalThe survey has officially been commissioned by the organizers of Drakenboot-festival. Donning Wittenborg T-shirts, students – who were divided in 5 teams - asked participants various questions about their experience of the 3-day festival and behavioral patterns. This included questions about participants’ motivation for attending the 3-day festival, how many hours or days they plan to spend at the festival, favourite activities and suggestions for improving the festival next year. Demographics such as age, gender and country of origin was also duly noted.

    Wittenborg Students Survey More than 400 Visitors at the Apeldoorn Drakenboot FestivalThe survey counts as an extra Project Week activity for students from Phase 1 and Phase 2. The data from the survey will be analyzed by the organizers to compile an idea of who attends the festival and what attracts them.

    Wittenborg Students Survey More than 400 Visitors at the Apeldoorn Drakenboot FestivalOther questions focused on measuring attendees’ satisfaction level, to what extend they explored other tourist attractions and hospitality services in Apeldoorn, how they found out about the event and how accessible the premises were.

    The festival usually draws around 100 000 visitors every year. It kicked off on the Friday evening with a concert. Saturday and Sunday it was time for the excitement of the boat races. According to Chinese tradition about 100 teams, with an estimated 2500 participants, compete for various titles, cheered on by spectators and fans from the canal banks.

    As if that is not exciting enough, there were also be a number of street theatre acts, performances by DJ’s as well as bands and last, ...

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    International Students can Now Learn Dutch Online with "Quick and Easy" App - Even Before they Arrive in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 29 June 2015, 2:14 PM
     

    International Students can Now Learn Dutch OnlineInternational Students can Now Learn Dutch Online with "Quick and Easy" App - Even Before they Arrive in Holland

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/international-students-can-now-learn-dutch-online-quick-and-easy-app-even-they-arrive-holland.htm

    International students can now learn basic Dutch online to smooth their transition to the Netherlands - even before they arrive in the country!

    As part of a drive to bind more international students to the Dutch economy, the “Hoi Holland!” app was recently launched, allowing students to learn the basics of the Dutch language quickly and easy.

    According to Nuffic, the agency promoting Dutch education abroad, Holland hosted 90 500 international students in the 2012-2013 academic year. However, a report by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) drew attention to the fact that while 70% of international students would like to remain in the Netherlands following graduation, only 27% actually do.

    The report led to the minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, launching a programme called Make it in the Netherlands in 2014 aimed at making it more attractive for top international talent to start a career in the Netherlands – especially in priority sectors. The strategic recruitment plan serves not only to strengthen the international knowledge economy of the Netherlands, but also to raise the quality of education and success rate of both Dutch and international students and improve the study experience of international students.

     One of the lines of action proposed in the plan to maximize international students’ chances in the job market is ensure they have a basic, but good grasp of Dutch. “English is often not sufficient to find a job in the Netherlands, particularly in the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. An early introduction to the Dutch language can ease the path of international students as they find their...

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    Big Scholarships up for Grabs at Wittenborg's "Bootcamp" for Prospective Students in Entrepreneurship
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 25 June 2015, 9:27 AM
     

    Big Scholarships up for Grabs at Wittenborg's "Bootcamp" for Prospective Students in Entrepreneurship

    - the Bootcamp is also open for all Final Phase / 3rd Year Students and Alumni who wish to gain experience for a day and meet experts in the field of starting their own company! - Sign up here

    Sign up for the Bootcamp on Wednesday 1 July and experience entrepreneurship live for yourself!

    Big Scholarships up for Grabs at Wittenborg's "Bootcamp" for Prospective Students in EntrepreneurshipProspective students can win scholarships of up to €10 000 if they attend Wittenborg University’s “Bootcamp” on Wednesday 1 July for those interested in studying entrepreneurship and small business.

    From September 2015 Wittenborg’s IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business programme will be offered at its new Amsterdam location – in the creative heart of the capital city’s start-up scene. The programme is for students eager to start their own business but backed up with a solid degree and learning from experienced entrepreneurs while earning that degree.

    The Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Timo Timmerman, said the programme focuses on entrepreneurship so graduates can start their own business or opt for a career in the industry as a corporate entrepreneur. "A substantial number  will start their own business after gaining experience during the programme but can also be entrepreneurial in industry, work in a family business or start their own company later in their career. After the BBA continuing with your studies in a master programme is also of course a good option."

    During the Bootcamp potential students will work together in diverse teams or individually to come up with the next big business idea. Those who already have a big idea are also welcome to see how their studies can be tailored around that.

    Wittenborg’s team of entrepreneurs and coaches will be at hand to guide “bootcampers” through an interesting day of start-up self-discovery which will also see teams (or individuals) ...

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    Research that Calculates Return on Investment for Companies that Invest in Green Energy!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 22 June 2015, 9:08 PM
     

    Tool Developed by Wittenborg will Calculate Return on Investment for Companies that Invest in Green Energy

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/research-calculates-return-investment-companies-invest-green-energy.htm

    Tool Developed by Wittenborg will Calculate Return on Investment for Companies that Invest in Green EnergyThe economic tool developed by Wittenborg University to help SME’s determine their return on investment if they choose to engage in renewable energy projects is ready and will be rolled out to SME’s from this week.

    Wittenborg is one of the Dutch partners in the GREAT-project, an EU-funded initiative aimed at encouraging communities and SME’s in Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands to develop technological solutions for Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Distributive Generation.

    The University recently led small-scale research among SME’s in Belgium and the Netherlands to determine what are the obstacles and barriers preventing SME’s from adopting sustainable solutions for renewable energy. On Friday the results were presented to the international conference "New Trends in Sustainable Business and Consumption", organized by the Association for Quality and Innovation for Sustainable Business in Bucharest which was hosted by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies’ Faculty of Business and Tourism.  The presentation was done by Dr Saskia Harkema and Dr Mirjam Leloux from Wittenborg and Florentin Popescu from Bucharest University.

    Participating 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.

    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 their organizations.

    Return on investment is the most important indicator...

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    Netherlands is Top European Country for English-Taught Programmes
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 18 June 2015, 9:31 PM
     

    The Netherlands has the highest number of English-Taught Programmes in all of continental Europe.

    Netherlands is Top European Country for English-Taught Programmes

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/netherlands-top-european-country-english-taught-programmes.htm

    The Netherlands has the highest number of English-Taught Programmes in all of continental Europe.

    This came to light in a recent study published by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) which collected survey data from European education institutions to examine their use of programmes taught in English as a tool to increase student mobility. The study was done in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Empirische Studien (GES) and StudyPortals BV between October 2013 and November 2014.

    It shows that the number of English-taught bachelor and master programmes (ETP’s) in non-English-speaking European countries has more than tripled over the last seven years. From 725 in the year 2001 to 2 389 in 2007, and finally 8 089 in 2014.

    In absolute terms, the Netherlands has the most ETP’s with 1 078, followed by Germany with 1 030, and Sweden with 822. Germany has the largest number of institutions offering such programmes, at 154, followed by France with 113, and Poland at 59.

    In the Netherlands 42% of the programme respondents to the survey also said it was mandatory for academic staff to improve their English.

    Wittenborg University, one of the most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands, offers all of its Bachelor programmes in International Business Administration (IBA) in English as well as its Master of Science degree programmes and its new Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

    The effects of introducing ETP’s was mostly reported as positive by respondents, including:

    • An improved international profile/awareness of the institutions (84%)
    • The strengthening of cooperation with foreign partner universities/institutions (81%)
    • The improvement of assistance/guidance/advice for ...
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    High Permit Fees Deter Dutch Companies from Hiring International Graduates, Warns Report on Low Student Stay-Rates
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 7:59 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Master Graduates in 2014High Permit Fees Deter Dutch Companies from Hiring International Graduates, Warns Report on Low Student Stay-Rates

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/high-permit-fees-deter-dutch-companies-hiring-international-graduates-warns-report-low-student-stay

    An international report comparing the stay-rate of foreign students after graduation, has criticized the Netherlands for its legal barriers that deter businesses from hiring international students.

    “Small businesses hardly hire international students, partly because of the substantial processing fees collected by Dutch immigration authorities,” reads the report by Research Unit of The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration who did a survey at the end of 2014.

    The report emphasizes that unlike in Germany and Canada, international graduates in the Netherlands do not enjoy preferred access to permanent residence. “In addition, Dutch employers face monetary hardship: In order to retain international graduates beyond their orientation year (zoekjaar) businesses are obliged to pay a once-off fee of €5 116 to the IND. On top of that, employers need to pay €870 euros for every international graduate whose work visa they seek to sponsor (IND, 2015). “

    The report compares the post-study stay rates of international students in 4 different countries – Canada, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands - and evaluates how effectively these countries facilitate students’ transition from university to the labour market. A Dutch survey in 2013 showed that 70% of international students wish to remain in the Netherlands after completing their studies, but a mere 27% actually do.

    Wittenborg University actively campaigns for its students to stay and find employment at Dutch comapnies and is working hard with its local partners to try and secure more jobs for international graduates. Many of its graduates however have an international focus, and ...

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    Wittenborg Partners with Biggest NGO in Philippines, Gawad Kalinga, to Promote Social Entrepreneurship
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 14 June 2015, 1:13 PM
     

    Wittenborg University of Applied Science have signed an agreement with the largest NGO in the PhilippinesWittenborg Partners with Biggest NGO in Philippines, Gawad Kalinga, to Promote Social Entrepreneurship

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-partners-biggest-ngo-philippines-gawad-kalinga-promote-social-entrepreneurship.htm

    Wittenborg University of Applied Science have signed an agreement with the largest NGO in the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga, to partner on various projects that promotes social entrepreneurship, leadership and student volunteering.

    Gawad Kalinga (GK) was set up as a non-profit organization in 2003 and aims to lift 5 million families out of poverty by 2024. It has already set up more than 2 000 villages which house about 1 million people with the help of 1 million volunteers. It also has branches in Paris and Singapore.

    Wittenborg University is one of three Dutch institutes of higher education to partner with Gawad Kalinga which attracts thousands of students annually from leading universities all over the world, notably France and the US, to take part in their projects. The other institutes are Erasmus University/Rotterdam University of Applied Science and Wageningen University.

    The organization is also adding a sustainable dimension to its social development work with its GK Enchanted Farms Inc. that will support 500 000 social entrepreneurs. The aim is to create enterprises that can compete in the global market as well as sustainable economic models for long term wealth creation in partnership with multinationals.

    “We are very proud to have Wittenborg on board,” said Wim van der Torre, the Dutch representative of Gawad Kalinga.“We are very proud to have Wittenborg on board,” said Wim van der Torre, the Dutch representative of Gawad Kalinga. “Wittenborg is an international institute thus its students are already very open-minded and aware that we are living in a global, not a national world. Gawad Kalinga’s slogan is ‘No-one should be left behind’ and this is an opportunity for Wittenborg students to learn about sustainable growth and social entrepreneurship.”

    More than 300 ...

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