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    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc Degree
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:45 AM
     

    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc Degree

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    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc DegreeDoing a master's degree and working full-time is not for the fainthearted!

    Yet, Wittenborg MSc-graduate Myra Qiu managed to balance work, study and life perfectly the past two years. On Friday, she reaped the rewards when she attained her MSc in International Event Management at Wittenborg’s 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony. She will receive her formal degree on 28 July from the University of Brighton in the UK, who offered the programme in conjunction with Wittenborg.

    Myra, who is from China, has worked at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences since 2014, and is currently the institute’s event coordinator, a process tutor and lecturer.

    So, how did she manage to balance her life so perfectly?
    “Time management is of course important, but I also learned to concentrate on one task at a time and give it my full attention. I find this is a more efficient way of working.” She also stresses the importance of making time to switch off. “Weekends were for relaxing. No studies or work.” During weekdays she would then work and study in the evening.

    Why did she decide to study in the Netherlands?
    “The Netherlands is a well-developed country with properly structured and quality higher education. It is quite peaceful, safe and clean. In addition, it has a strong economy and a stable political environment, which is good for career development and planning. All-in-all, the Netherlands is an ideal destination for international students who want to study abroad.”

    Wittenborg's Event Coordinator, Myra Qiu, Awarded MSc DegreeAccording to Myra, her master's studies helped her apply theories to practical work and do it more efficiently and properly. “Meanwhile, I got to know many very nice and kind colleagues who guided me and helped me in my career and day-to-day life.”

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    German Student Vicky Roth is Top Wittenborg Graduate
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 2:04 PM
     

    German Student Vicky Roth is Top Wittenborg Graduate

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    German Student Vicky Roth is Top Wittenborg GraduateWittenborg’s top IBA-graduate this semester is German student, Vicky Roth, who passed her degree with honours. In the Netherlands, the highest number of international students come from Germany – in the 2016-2017 academic year there were almost 22,200 German students in the country.

    Though Vicky could not attend the 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony, she answered some questions about her time in the Netherlands and how she realises her goals in life. She completed an IBA in Marketing & Communication.

    Why did you decide to study in the Netherlands?
    A former student at my old university recommended the programme, because I was able to complete a second bachelor's degree in only one year. There was also a cooperation agreement between Wittenborg and my former university (ANGELL Academy in Freiburg, Germany).

    How did studying at Wittenborg change your life?
    I met a lot of international students, and therefore I got insight into different cultures, habits and traditions, which was really inspiring for me.

    How do you define success?
    Success for me is to reach the goals I have set for myself in life. It is about doing what I love and at the same time being able to earn money so I can travel and discover the world. Moreover, it is the privilege to go to work each day, only it doesn’t seem like work because I love what I’m doing and I like my colleagues.

    How do you put this philosophy into practice?
    I try to make the best out of every day and to appreciate it. I set goals for myself which I can reach in little steps, and I always try to remind myself to be happy for what I was given.

    What are your plans for after graduation?
    I will return to Germany and have already started applying for jobs. At this point, I would rather gain work ...

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    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 16 July 2017, 9:20 AM
     

    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for Graduates

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    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for GraduatesOn Friday 14 July Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences honoured its latest group of international graduates during the 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony at the Apeldoorn City Hall – the same venue where it will celebrate its 30th anniversary on 10 November later this year. 

    This semester there almost 30 undergraduates who received their hard-earned Bachelor degree as well as a MBA graduate and a MSc graduate. They are from countries as diverse as Mexico, Nigeria, Iran, China, Bangladesh, Germany, Canada the Netherlands , Vietnam, the DRC (Congo), Brazil, Israel, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Hong Kong, Nepal, Serbia and Pakistan.

    For some graduates it was also a celebration of making the impossible possible as many faced incredible odds along the way – from surviving as a refugee to juggling full-time jobs while studying.

    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for Graduates

    "Thanks to Wittenborg – you cared, listened, and helped us a lot," said, Nigerian IBA graduate Ivy Izedomnwen from Nigeria

    According to Pollob Skider from Bangladesh he learned a lot about himself at Wittenborg. "I learned that I can be independent and discovered so much about my own abilities." Almost all students thanked their parents – many of whom couldn't travel to Holland for the ceremony.

    Graduation 2017 Marked by Joy and Tales of Triumph for GraduatesThe Mayor of Apeldoorn, John Berends, who was a guest speaker, urged graduates to maintain their spirit of adventure. "You did something extraordinary. As an international student you had the courage to move away from everything that is familiar to you: your country, your friends and family, your pet! Some of you might not have been home for years. Maybe you experienced loneliness, culture shock, financial insecurity, the Dutch language, the Dutch weather! But here you are today. You made it. Congratulations!"

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    Give International Students Free Public Transport, Canadian Graduate Tells Dutch Authorities
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 8:35 PM
     

    Give International Students Free Public Transport, Canadian Graduate Tells Dutch Authorities

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    Give International Students Free Public Transport, Canadian Graduate Tells Dutch AuthoritiesIn 2015, the Netherlands was ranked the most charity-friendly country in the world. This was the cue for Canadian graduate, Su Ha, to investigate in her bachelor's degree thesis to what extent non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the country have embraced social media to raise their fundraising game.

    Su, who came to the Netherlands in October 2015, is graduating this semester with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Wittenborg’s 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony is on 14 July at the Apeldoorn City Hall.

    Her tip to Dutch authorities to attract international students is to make travel on public transport free or at least offer a discount. “It gives students the opportunity to see much more of the Netherlands, which in turn is good for Dutch tourism. Holland is so much more than just Amsterdam.” Dutch authorities offers limited discounted fares on trains and buses to Dutch students as part of a student package. In Apeldoorn, Su lived with a Dutch family which gave her lots of insight in Dutch culture.

    According to Su, she fell in love with Holland during a holiday visit, hence the desire to study here. Her advice for international students wishing to integrate quickly into Dutch society is to learn the language.

    The Canadian native is considering a career in Holland’s non-profit industry, and said through her research topic she wanted a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities of social networking as a marketing tool for the NPO industry.  She conducted interviews with various professionals in the industry from organisations such as the Salvation Army and Amref Flying Doctors.

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    Why the Netherlands Packs a Bigger Punch than Germany in International Higher Education
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 10 July 2017, 5:33 PM
     

    Why the Netherlands Packs a Bigger Punch than Germany in International Higher Education

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    Why the Netherlands Packs a Bigger Punch than Germany in International Higher EducationThe Netherlands might be 9 times smaller than Germany, but it punches way above its weight in Europe’s international education arena, as just highlighted by the Times Higher Education's Europe University Rankings 2017.

    After the UK, the Netherlands has the highest percentage of international students and staff in Europe. Equally important, it occupies the top spot when it comes to research reputation, research productivity (papers to academic staff), industry income to academic staff, citation impact and research income to academic staff.

    Though the sheer number of foreign students in Germany is more than three times those in Holland, the percentage of international students in the Netherlands is estimated at 18% of all university students, while in Germany it is believed to be between 10 – 12%.

    Furthermore, Holland still reigns supreme in continental Europe when it comes to the number of English-taught programmes. Last year a survey by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant found that more than half (60%) of university programmes in Holland are now taught entirely in English.

    The newspaper looked at 1,632 programmes at 13 universities in the Netherlands. In less than 30% of the almost 1,200 master's degree programmes the language is in Dutch. The rest are all in English. More than half of all master's students last year did their degrees in English, a study by VSNU showed. With bachelor's degree students, it was about a fifth of all students.

    In contrast, universities in Germany continue to offer the majority of their degrees in German. Experts who spoke to THE said while some countries focus on attracting degree-seeking international students, Germany places a lot of emphasis on hosting overseas ...

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    Dutch International Education Hailed in Europe
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 8 July 2017, 12:08 PM
     

    Dutch International Education Hailed in Europe

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    Dutch International Education Hailed in EuropeIf you are looking for an international education, come to Holland! The country is being hailed as one of Europe’s strongest international education hubs in the esteemed British weekly, the Times Higher Education.

    When it comes to its percentage of international students and staff, Holland is second only to the UK. Even more impressive is that it beats every European country, even the UK, in terms of international co-authorship in research. Its success in this area is assisted by the country’s strong publishing culture, the mobility of Dutch scientists, and its strong emphasis on English-taught programmes.

    In addition, Dutch universities are some of the best in Europe – after the UK and Germany, the Netherlands has the highest number of institutes in the Top 20 of the best European universities, as ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.

    Dutch International Education Hailed in EuropeIn the Top 20, the University of Oxford takes the top spot, and the UK has 8 institutes followed by Germany (4), the Netherlands (3) and Switzerland (2). Holland beats Sweden, France and Belgium with 1 each.

    The 2016-2017 academic year was a record-breaking year for Holland in terms of the sheer number of international students who came to its shores. More than 112,000 international students studied here – the highest number ever recorded in the country’s history. 

    Last year, a survey by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant found that more than half (60%) of university programmes in Holland are now taught entirely in English. The newspaper looked at 1,632 programmes at 13 universities in the Netherlands. In less than 30% of the almost 1,200 master's degree programmes the language is in Dutch. The rest are all in English.

    WUP 8/7/2017

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    First Invitations Sent out for Wittenborg's 30th Anniversary Gala
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 6 July 2017, 8:35 AM
     

    First Invitations Sent out for Wittenborg's 30th Anniversary Gala

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    First Invitations Sent out for Wittenborg's 30th Anniversary GalaPreparations are on track for the celebration of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ 30th anniversary on 10 November, 2017.

    The gala event which promises an unforgettable night of live entertainment, dancing, drinks and snacks, will be held at the Apeldoorn City Hall.

    According to Wittenborg’s senior communication officer, Sinem Gülsen, the first invitations have been sent out asking invitees to save the date. Gülsen said the evening will have surprises in store, including an opening waltz by some of the members of staff.

    Besides students and staff, invites will also be sent to Wittenborg alumni, education partners like the University of Brighton in the UK, Nuffic, the Ministry of Education, NVAO, NRTO and FIBAA. As one of the most international of Dutch universities, it will also invite representatives from various foreign embassies in the Netherlands.

    Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said the event creates an opportunity for the university to look back and reflect on everything it has achieved the past 30 years – especially the fast-paced changes of the last 5 years, including the opening of a second location in Apeldoorn and another in Amsterdam, the launch and accreditation of several new programmes, and the continuous growth in student numbers.

    At the same time, the event will give a glimpse of what is in store for the next few years, such as the opening of the Vienna campus in September. Additionally, it will give attendees the opportunity to connect not only with alumni, students and staff, but also with the broader education, government and economic network Wittenborg has fostered over the years. 

    WUP 6/7/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg's "Whisky Burn" Writer All Set to Embark Upon the Sequel
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 2 July 2017, 9:46 AM
     

    Wittenborg's "Whisky Burn" Writer All Set to Embark Upon the Sequel

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    Wittenborg's "Whisky Burn" Writer All Set to Embark Upon the Sequel.As a sequel to his well-received travelogue/guide to the distilleries of Scotland, “Whisky Burn”, published by Wittenborg University Press, Ben Birdsall is set to embark upon the ‘sequel’ – the distilleries of Ireland.

    Where are you going this time?
    Mid July, I am taking a clockwise, more or less coastal route from Dublin to Dublin, passing through some of the most important cities, like Cork, Limerick, Galway, Belfast, (are there any others?) and back to Dublin again. 1,600km, I think, which should take about three weeks.

    How are you travelling?
    The only way to travel – by Vespa! I’m shipping my trusty 1979 50cc to Dublin on a pallet, then flying in and collecting it the day I start the trip.  I often get asked why I don’t just hire a car, well, the answer to that is it wouldn’t be the same.  I’ve been making Vespa trips like this for years now, in Italy, Switzerland, last time in Scotland, and now Ireland, so it has become a sort of tradition. Also, I paint landscapes along the way and the Vespa suits me in two ways for that – I can park up pretty much anywhere, and it goes so slowly (max. 42 kmph) that I don’t miss anything.  I always bring along a tent, so accommodation is never a problem.

    Wittenborg's "Whisky Burn" Writer All Set to Embark Upon the Sequel. How successful has the first book been?
    “Whisky Burn” had quite a bit of coverage in the press. Last January’s “Scootering” magazine had a picture of me riding across the front cover, and I was even centrefold of a German biker mag, well, the Vespa was.  Sales are healthy at the moment through the www.whiskyburn.com website, Amazon and other online or high street bookshops. A dedicated internship at Wittenborg for the sales and marketing of the book has helped this.

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    Wittenborg's Partner Institute, Brighton University, Awarded Silver in TEF Awards
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 29 June 2017, 6:26 PM
     

    Wittenborg's Partner Institute, Brighton University, Awarded Silver in TEF Awards

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    Wittenborg's Partner Institute, Brighton University, Awarded Silver in TEF AwardsWittenborg’s main partner-institute, the University of Brighton in the UK, has been awarded a silver rating for the quality of its teaching in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

    The TEF is a government-backed assessment of undergraduate teaching quality across all higher education institutions in England and also includes some institutions in Scotland and Wales.

    Wittenborg – which is partially British-owned – started its official collaboration with Brighton in 2011 when it announced plans to offer three Master of Science programmes in partnership with Brighton. These are the MSc in International Hospitality Management, International Event Management and International Tourism Management which were offered from September 2012.

    Today it also offers an MSc in Sport Business Management in conjunction with Brighton. Students will therefor earn a double degree upon graduation – a Dutch and British degree. Modules are taught by lecturers from both institutions and students annually make a weeklong trip in the Spring to visit the Brighton campus.

    Wittenborg and Brighton also offer a joint Bachelor in Hospitality Management (BHM) and a Bachelor in Entrepreneurial Business Administration (EBA). For both students will earn a double degree upon completion of their studies.

    The EBA combines the current IBA in Entrepreneurship & SME Management (offered in Amsterdam) with a BSc in Business from Brighton. Students can register for the double degree in Year 2 of their studies

    Brighton has more than 20,000 students across its five campuses - which are located not only in Brighton, where there are three, but also in Eastbourne and Hastings – across the south coast of England.

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    Wittenborg, Saxion and Fotovakschool Join Forces in Pre-Summer Barbecue
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 4:03 PM
     

    Wittenborg, Saxion and Fotovakschool Join Forces in Pre-Summer Barbecue

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    Wittenborg, Saxion and Fotovakschool Join Forces in Pre-Summer BarbecueIt’s a party! Wittenborg teamed up with its neighbouring institutes - Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the Apeldoorn Fotovakschool - on Friday evening for a pre-summer barbecue.

    The Summer Jam Party was attended by about 100 students and staff from all three institutes. From Wittenborg’s side there were 30 people – students, lecturers, the admission team and front desk team – making up a good international mix.

    It was organised jointly by Wittenborg student society, SWIFT, and the Saxion student society, Studievereniging Promaître. The idea is to establish good relations between the three institutes of higher education, all located a stone’s throw away from each other.

    Wittenborg, Saxion and Fotovakschool Join Forces in Pre-Summer BarbecueAll three are clustered on the city-side of the Apeldoorn Railway Station where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences opened a new location in 2015, followed shortly by Saxion’s Hospitality Business School. The Fotovakschool was already established.

    WUP 27/6/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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