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    Increased Mobility for Non-EU Students in Europe
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 23 April 2018, 5:36 PM
     
    Increased Mobility for Non-EU Students in Europe

    Non-EU Students to be More Mobile Thanks to EU Directive

    https://www.wittenborg.eu/increased-mobility-non-eu-students-europe.htm

    On 23 May, the Netherlands will implement an EU directive that will make student mobility for non-EU students within Europe considerably easier.

    Essentially, students from outside Europe who are going to an EU partner university to study for a year or less (within the framework of an exchange or mobility programme) do not need to apply for a residence permit from the country they are going.

    For instance, international students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences who want to spend a year at its campus in Vienna, Austria, for a year or less (360 days), will no longer need to apply for an Austrian visa once the directive is implemented. Previously, they could only do so for 90 days.

    In May 2016, the European parliament passed Directive (EU) 2016/801, which facilitates the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au paring.
    In total the directive will be put in force in 25 European countries. Countries where this arrangement do not apply are the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

    WUP 23/04/2018

    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press

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    First Open Day at Wittenborg Amsterdam
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 21 April 2018, 2:37 PM
     
    First Open Day at Wittenborg Amsterdam

    Wittenborg Amsterdam Holds its First Open Day, Attracting Many Dutch Students

    Wittenborg Amsterdam reached another milestone this week when it held its first Open Day for prospective students, drawing a number of Dutch students and their parents as well as a French student.

    Admission officer, Florian Oosterberg, said they were pleased with the outcome. She, along with Iryna Bernatska, support officer and communication coordinator, hosted the event. Oosterberg also gave a presentation explaining among other things the difference between an International degree in Business Administration (IBA) and other business administration bachelor's degrees. "I explained how an international degree prepares them for work in an international environment, which means it has a much broader outlook. You can work anywhere in the world! The programme is also taught by internationally experienced lecturers and our Project Weeks have an international component to them, such as the annual Shanghai trip."

     

    First Open Day at Wittenborg Amsterdam

    Wittenborg Amsterdam offers an EBA (Bachelor) in Entrepreneurship & Small Business, various MBA programmes, as well as a double degree in Entrepreneurship & Business in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK.

    According to Ms Oosterberg, students had many questions about admission procedures, entry requirements and the MBA programme. "Many appreciated the fact that Wittenborg has a campus in Amsterdam, as some of them live in the neighborhood."

    WUP 21/4/2018

    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press

     

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    IBA Programmes NVAO Approved
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:48 PM
     
    IBA Programmes NVAO Approved

    Wittenborg's Tutor System Praised as IBA Programmes Approved for Another 6 Years

    https://www.wittenborg.eu/iba-programmes-nvao-approved.htm

    The Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) has just re-accredited all Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ IBA specialisations for the next 6 years. The decision is valid until 29 March 2024, and the result as well as the body’s full assessment was recently published on NVAO’s website.

    Student Support

    In the report, Wittenborg’s tutoring system in particular was highlighted as good due to the intensive counselling, help and open-door policy the university maintains for its students. A panel of education experts visited Wittenborg in March 2017 at its main campus in Apeldoorn. On the IBA faculty it commented: "The faculty’s composition, consisting of full-time and part-time lecturers, guarantees that both the academic standards and the requirements of professional practice are fully satisfied." Due to the new fiscal regulation, which allows Dutch freelancers to lecture in accredited programmes only under specific circumstances, WUAS raised its number of directly employed lecturers. This fact ensures continuity and consistency in the programme.

    Wittenborg’s International Business programme was first accredited by NVAO in 2006 and then again in 2012 by both NVAO and FIBAA, the German, Austrian, Swiss accrediting body.

    FIBAA re-accredited the IBA programme in July 2017.  Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said at the time: “We don’t take the positive accreditation for granted and see the approval as part ...

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    MSc Students in UK
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 4:55 PM
     
    MSc Students Make Trip to UK

    Even the weather played along when MSc students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences made their way to the UK this weekend. All-in-all, 12 students from 10 different countries took part in the annual trip, which included a visit to Wittenborg's main education partner, the University of Brighton in the UK, from which the students will graduate upon completion of their programmes.

    "The UK trip was a great opportunity to bond with my fellow colleagues and explore new places together. I had such an enjoyable experience with this super fun group!" said Malaysian student Nadia Zaman. They were accompanied by Wittenborg's Head of Processing Tutoring, Myra Qiu.

    MSc Students Make Trip to UK

    "The UK trip was a great opportunity to bond with my fellow colleagues and explore new places together. I had such an enjoyable experience with this super fun group!" said Malaysian student Nadia Zaman. They were accompanied by Wittenborg's Head of Processing Tutoring, Myra Qiu.

    The group consisted of students from the programmes Master International Hospitality Management, Master International Tourism Management and Master in Sport Business Management. On their first day they visited Brighton at its Eastbourne campus where they were shown around the building, met with lecturers and various other activities. For the rest of the 4-day trip there were group activities in Brighton as well as London, such as visiting the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and Big Ben. One of the sport business students also visited the home stadium of British football club Chelsea FC.

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    Wittenborg University Press Representatives Visit Two of the newest Irish Distilleries
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 16 April 2018, 11:08 AM
     

    ‘Start-up’ and ‘Started-up’ sum up an exhilarating day visiting two remarkable distilleries just outside Dublin

    Wittenborg University Press Representatives Visit Two of the newest Irish Distilleries

    (original article: https://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-university-press-representatives-visit-two-newest-irish-distilleries.htm)

    I recently had the pleasure of accompanying my cousin, writer and artist Ben Birdsall, as he travelled to Ireland to do some last-minute research for his new book: "Whiskey Burn – the Distilleries of Ireland by Vespa". It is shortly to be published by Wittenborg University Press, as a sequel to his first book on Scottish distilleries.


    ‘Start-up’ and ‘Started-up’ sum up an exhilarating day visiting two remarkable distilleries just outside of Dublin

    The day began with a visit to the start-up distillery of Boann, situated outside of Drogheda just north of Dublin. This Irish whiskey distillery is a family-run business, which uniquely combines cider making, a beer brewery, and a distillery, as well as plans for foreign production. We were given a tour by Boann's head of marketing and sales, co-owner Peter Cooney, who brought us up to date on developments.

    They have made considerable progress since Ben’s visit during his "Whiskey Burn" Vespa trip in the summer of 2017, although the actual production of Whiskey is still some way off.  It was fascinating to see how the distillery was being constructed and wired-up, and how the piping was being connected.

    They are hoping to start testing the stills in the summer and production should start in the autumn of 2018. Irish whiskey takes less time to mature than its Scottish counterpart, so the first bottles of Boann-made whiskey should be on the shelves by 2021. Boann already matures and markets outsourced whiskey under the "Whistler" label.

    Beer production started two years ago and their ‘craft’ beers have already won some major awards this year. To follow the progress of Boann Distillery check out their website at http://boanndistillery.ie/

    Slane Castle - Slane Distillery

    Slane Castle

    In the afternoon, we were treated to a meeting with the entrepreneurial Earl of Mount Charles, Alex Conyngham, who went through the engaging story behind setting up Slane Distillery.

    Uniquely, the distillery is situated in the grounds of a historic castle, Slane, set in a natural amphitheatre that in recent years has been the setting for outdoor rock concerts, hosting legendary bands such as U2, The Pogues and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

    Apart from taking the time to review the facts and figures of Ben’s manuscript where he describes the distillery, the earl joined us in a "dram" of his own whiskey, after taking the time to give us a personal tour of this already producing distillery. Slane has a very clearly defined product, and through a $50 million partnership with U.S. drinks giant Brown-Foreman, makers of Jack Daniels, they have been able to commence production without delay.

    When Ben visited last summer, the place looked more like a building site, but Slane has now developed the added-value business diversity such as deluxe tasting rooms, a reception bar and whiskey education centre. Both castle and distillery are open to the public, and now that the distillery is up and running and offering guided tours, it makes a great day out for families, or a prime location for companies and businesses to hold events.

    In the afternoon, we were treated to a meeting with the entrepreneurial Earl of Mount Charles, Alex Conyngham, who went through the engaging story behind setting up Slane Distillery.

    One of a kind

    I think Slane is a one-of-a-kind whisky distillery, and its family-run business model is extremely interesting. The character of the place is imposing, with the castle and its long, aristocratic history, the rock festivals they organise (which somehow characterise the distillery itself), and the very nicely designed manufacturing buildings, all going together to make Slane unique.

    It is certainly very much worth visiting, and you can check-out their website at https://www.slaneirishwhiskey.com

    Thanks to both companies for providing Ben and me with truly wonderful insights into their fascinating businesses.

    WUP 15/4/2018

    Peter Birdsall Chair of the Executive Board

    Wittenborg University Press


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    KSG Apeldoorn Visit Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 13 April 2018, 8:19 PM
     
    KSG Apeldoorn Visit Wittenborg

    Dutch Pupils from KSG Apeldoorn Visit Wittenborg to learn about cultural diversity 

    https://www.wittenborg.eu/ksg-apeldoorn-visit-wittenborg.htm

    Almost 50 students from the high school KSG Apeldoorn visited Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences on Friday which they thought was the ideal institute to celebrate Cultural Differences Day.  KSG has been a bilingual school – teaching in Dutch and English – since 2002.  In the Netherlands all bi-lingual schools has to be approved by Nuffic – the Dutch agency promoting internationalisation in the Netherlands – every 5 years. 

    KSG Apeldoorn Visit Wittenborg

    They got to meet Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, and Wittenborg admission officer, Florian Oosterberg, gave a presentation about cultural differences at Wittenborg and shared some of her own experiences in managing those differences.  Students also got some inside-information from international students at Wittenborg, Aziamale Kossi Hillaire (Togo) and Nirusika Ratnasingam (Sri Lanka). 

    KSG Apeldoorn Visit Wittenborg

    Aziamale and Nirusika  got the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their experience with cultural differences especially during their study at Wittenborg. Afterwards KSG  students took turns to share their experiences with international people and or people with a different cultural background than their own. 

    KSG Apeldoorn Visit Wittenborg

    Oosterberg asked students to come up with words which explain their understanding of cultural difference and also what they associate with their own culture. Typical Dutch traditions such as greeting with 3 kisses, Sinterklaas and the Dutch...

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    162 Different Student Nationalities in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:02 AM
     

    162 Different Student Nationalities in Holland

    Nuffic Welcomes Increased Diversification of Student Population in the Netherlands

    https://www.wittenborg.eu/162-different-student-nationalities-holland.htm

    With students from 162 different nationalities studying in the Netherlands, the increasing diversity in the country’s student population has been welcomed by Nuffic, the Dutch agency promoting internationalism in higher education.

    “It could be very beneficial to the Netherlands,” Nuffic says in its 2017-18 report on Incoming Student Mobility in Dutch higher education. “First of all, it makes the higher education system less dependent on the developments in a specific country or origin such as Germany and China.

    “Second, and more importantly, well-designed international classrooms, with a diverse student population are most beneficial for intercultural learning and enhancing quality of teaching and learning.”

    The Netherlands has hit a new record in the number of international students, which in 2017-18 stood at over 122,000 – the highest ever recorded. The previous year it was about 112,000. On average, international students now make up 12.2% of the Netherlands’ entire student population.

    At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, international students made up 89% of the student body last year. Its latest intake, for April 2018, includes students from 14 different nationalities.

    With almost 22,200 students enrolled, Germany remains by far the most important country of origin, followed by China with almost 4,500 students. However, the number of German students enrolled at universities of applied sciences declined for the 6th year in a row, while their numbers increased for the 3rd year in a row at research universities. This trend is mirrored in the flow of Chinese students.

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    Tim Birdsall on Presentation Skills in Macedonia
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 9 April 2018, 9:35 AM
     
    Tim Birdsall on Presentation Skills in Macedonia

    From Vietnam to Eastern Europe, Tim continues his “presentation skills” workshop tour making his first stop in Skopje, Macedonia.

    https://www.wittenborg.eu/tim-birdsall-presentation-skills-macedonia.htm

    One of Wittenborg’s core values is to build and maintain relationships around the world, and visiting these countries on a regular basis is instrumental in doing just that. Wittenborg started collaborating with its Macedonian local country representatives (LCRs) at the beginning of 2017. LCRs are often responsible for organising their own education fairs, inviting educational institutions and students from their towns and cities to open up perceptions of international education on a local level.  "Wittenborg is happy to be a part of that whole process," says Tim

    Tim Birdsall on Presentation Skills in Macedonia

    In October 2017, Wittenborg was the main sponsor of the Skopje LCR fair, and as a part of the sponsorship deal, it was agreed that Tim would return in March to conduct a series of presentation skills workshops. These took place at private and public schools, speaking to students between the ages of 16-18 who are considering their future educational possibilities. Tim admitted, "The whole motivation is different when walking into a class of high-school students. The presentation workshop has to be very interesting and was warmly received – with a lot of humour!

    "People in Macedonia are great fun and have a wonderful zest for life – they don't take kindly to getting bored too easily. Therefore, the presentations need to move fast with a lot of activities, which was very successful and well received."
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    Study in 2 European Countries
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 7 April 2018, 1:48 PM
     

    Why not do part of your study in Vienna?

    When Wittenborg opened its first international campus in Vienna in 2017 it also opened the opportunity for students to study in two different countries – the Netherlands and Austria!

    Why not do part of your study in Vienna?

    First-year bachelor's degree students who want to do an exchange period in Vienna need to have completed at least one study block to qualify. Those who are interested can speak to their process tutors to get more information about the application procedures.

    Wittenborg Vienna shares its campus with EWS Vienna

    Wittenborg Vienna currently offers 5 of the Bachelor of Business Administration (IBA) programmes and 3 MBA degree programmes, which are also offered in the Netherlands. See the complete list here.

     Wittenborg Vienna lecturers

    Campus director, Dr Alexander Bauer, recently traveled to Holland to give students insight on what they can expect when studying in Vienna. Bauer said that since all modules of the programmes available in Vienna are offered simultaneously to those in the Netherlands, students would not have to worry about falling behind.

    Home of Mozart, Beethoven, Freud and Coffee Connoisseurs

    Home of Mozart, Beethoven, Freud and Coffee Connoisseurs

    Vienna is a city of 1.8 million people with a rich cultural life as well as exceptional beauty. In fact, some of its most famous residents have included the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. It is famous for its Viennese Balls and also for its excellent coffee.

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    Top Duo Return to Wittenborg to do MBA
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 6 April 2018, 11:50 AM
     
    Top Graduates Return to Wittenborg to do MBA

    Top Graduates Maike Nuyken and Marius  Zürcher back at Wittenborg to do MBA

    https://www.wittenborg.eu/top-duo-return-wittenborg-do-mba.htm

    Top graduates Maike Nuyken and Marius Zürcher will return to Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in April to do an MBA in Hospitality Management after launching a start-up and gaining lots of business experience along the way. They are among 26 new students who will start their classes next Tuesday after the Easter Holiday break.

    Nuyken (from Germany) and Zürcher (Swiss-born) graduated with honors from Wittenborg in 2015 after doing their IBA in Economics & Management. Nuyken achieved the highest pass rate ever for a bachelor's degree student at Wittenborg!

    After graduating, they started 1520 -  a company that operates under two banners: “1520 Consulting” focuses on millennial marketing and branding, events, concepts and strategies, while “1520 Veggilicious” offers a specialized service that advises restaurants on the adoption and integration of vegetarian and vegan options into their existing offers.

    On why they decided that this is the right moment to do an MBA, Zürcher explains: “We are currently at a stage where a lot of our activities as 1520 allow us to follow an MBA at the same time.

    “We decided to go back to Wittenborg because of its flexibility and because we enjoyed our time there, the international character and because it is local.

    “I think doing an MBA will benefit my career because it will sharpen my skills. Having an MBA next to your name is also helpful.”


    WUP 6/4/2018

    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press