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    The First Wittenborg Double Degree Student to have Graduated at the University of Brighton!
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 10:30 PM
     

    The First Wittenborg Double Degree Student to have Graduated at the University of Brighton! The First Wittenborg Double Degree Student to have Graduated at the University of Brighton! 

    Final-year Dutch student, Marcos Voets, graduated this summer from the University of Brighton in the UK thanks to Wittenborg University’s partnership with the institute. Marcos will earn a double degree when he also graduates from Wittenborg later this year.Anesca Smith speaks to marcos, who will be finishing off his studies at Wittenborg with a dissertation in the coming Autumn term.

    You are following an unconventional study route. Can you explain how it works? Wittenborg has developed a partnership with Brighton, which gave me the great opportunity to direct entry into the final year. Due to this partnership I’m entitled too a double degree if I meet the requirements.

    When and why did you decide to do it this way?

    I was immediately excited when I heard about this partnership in 2012. I acquired information from Wittenborg management and decided to take this study route. I like challenges, variety and I have a long-term goal. This opportunity was the perfect fit.

    What was it like studying in England?

    It was a very pleasurable worthwhile experience. I have learned many things both educational and on a social level. I stayed one week at the Moulsecoomb Campus in Brighton. I rented a private studio with a beach view. The nearest campus from where I was staying was the Welkin Campus in Eastbourne, which is next to the university.

    Would you recommend the experience?

    If you like challenges, variety and like to be distinctive, I would definitely recommend it! It may require perseverance, but the end result is very rewarding. After graduating from Wittenborg, I will have a double degree along with the experience I gained. This is a true life investment!

    When will you graduate from Wittenborg?

    I am now in the last stages where I have to finish amongst other things the dissertation...

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    Wittenborg University Admissions Team Working Over Hours this Summer for the Highest Intake Ever!
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 9:48 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Admissions Team Working Over Hours this Summer for the Highest Intake Ever!

    Wittenborg University Admissions Team Working Over Hours this Summer for the Highest Intake Ever!

    The Wittenborg admissions team is once again expecting to break records with the number of new students starting in September which kicks off the coming academic year. Bachelor admissions for October and December starts are also booming. 

    The University will add a number of new nationalities to complement its already diverse student base while maintaining a steady flow of students from long established nodes like China and the Netherlands itself. 

    Admissions for Wittenborg’s master programmes will continue into September while the first block for the bachelor programmes start on 1 September, with further intakes in October and December.

    For instance, the confirmed number of new Bachelor IBA students for block 1 reached 60 and counting this week – corresponding with last year’s total new admissions for September. However, Wittenborg registrar Santosh Aryal, is expecting this number to rise with about 50% by the end of August. Admissions for all the university’s programmes are still open, and with Bachelor entries in October and December, 2014 will set a new record for admissions.. “The admissions team has been very busy this summer and the trend will continue well into September. We are growing all the time.”

    Student intake for the university’s three Master of Science programmes (Master of Science in International Hospitality Management; Master of Science in International Event Management; Master of Science in International Tourism Management) will only be assessed closer to the start of the programme on 29 September 2014.

    In an interview Aryal ascribed the growth in student numbers to a new marketing and advertising strategy implemented this year although the university has seen continuous growth the past few years.  

    A high number of Nepalese students has applied and been ...

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    Study in Holland for African Students – Nuffic to open a Netherlands Education Support Office in South Africa to Promote Dutch Higher Education!
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 15 August 2014, 2:52 PM
     

    Study in Holland | Study in the NetherlandsWUP 15/8/2014 - Study in Holland for African Students – Nuffic to open a Netherlands Education Support Office in South Africa to Promote Dutch Higher Education!

    Nuffic will set up new Neso offices in South Africa, as well as Turkey in 2015. This will be done in close collaboration with the Dutch higher education institutions, Nuffic announced this week. 

    It singled out South Africa in particular by releasing spcific plans and actions to be effected immediately.

    After a successful fact finding mission to the country in May, Nuffic will attend the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) conference from18 – 23 August. Here it has been invited to present the recently published Dutch views on internationalization and geopolitical focus.

    Last month the Dutch Minister for Higher Education, Jet Bussemaker, released a comprehensive plan positioning the Netherlands as a knowledge economy with a quality education system offering opportunities for talented people worldwide. To attract and permanently retain top students, Bussemaker proposes a range of actions, from financial support to clearing obstacles for the further development of transnational education, and double and joint degrees. These measurements include availing 5 million euros annually for bursaries which will be allocated to international students as well as Dutch students wishing to study abroad.

    Dutch Minister of Education is hopeful that the Dutch economy will soon recover to give international students the chance to compete on the Netherlands job market. Nuffic said the IEASA conference offers a good opportunity to present  the Neso pilot and meet with the representatives of South African higher education institutions and other partners from the sector as well as the business community.

    “In this period, we will also try to arrange for interviews with potential candidates for the positions of chief representative officer and a capacity building and alumni officer. Furthermore, the remaining legal and logistical steps will be taken to formalise the establishment of...

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    Employment and Interculturalisation in the MBA
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 7 August 2014, 11:06 PM
     

    MBA Programme - Employment and InterculturalisationWUP 7/8/14 - Employment and Interculturalisation in the MBA The cultural diversity at Wittenborg University not only heightens students’ employability after graduation but also equips them to perform well in an international environment.This was one of the conclusions reached by the German accreditation body, FIBAA, who recently granted Wittenborg unconditional accreditation for its Master of Business (MBA) programme starting on 1 September with another entree date on 9 February 2015. The  programme also fulfill the European MBA guidelines.

    “The programmes Wittenborg offers so far are very international regarding the countries of origin of their students,” the FIBAA panel writes in its appraisal report.

    “... the internationality of the teaching staff, the use of English as language of instruction, international content in many courses and existing collaboration agreements promote the employability of the graduates in a convincing manner and equip them with skills needed to perform well in an international environment.” The panel says it expects to also be the case with the MBA-programme once it is introduced.

    The full-time Wittenborg Master of Business Admistration is an MBA degree primarily aimed at students with a non-business  bachelor degree who have at least two years experience of working in a company or organization in a position managing people, processes or both. These positions - whether in the private or public sector - can include management or policy-making positions in large organizations, as well as positions of management in small to medium sized companies.

    The FIBAA panel members applauded Wittenborg for its promotion of gender equality and the implementation of general bans on discrimination.

    “Wittenborg has put effort to ensure equality throughout the whole study ...

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    EuroBA Hospitality Students in Business!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 3 August 2014, 9:43 AM
     

    The EuroBA - or BA Hons International Hospitality Management - is a double degree programme Wittenborg University offers with the University of Brighton in the UK.

    EuroBA Hospitality Students in Business!

    Three EuroBA students from Wittenborg’s partner institute in France, Ecole de Savignac, is living their dream after successfully raising enough money on the crowdfunding platform Kiss Kiss Bank Bank to start their own baby food business. The EuroBA - or BA Hons International Hospitality Management - is a double degree programme Wittenborg University offers with the University of Brighton in the UK.

    The EuroBA allows IBA Hospitality Management students to spend year 2 of their studies at a partner institute in Germany (ANGELL Business School) and year 3 at the University of Brighton and Ecole de Savignac in France. Students can also opt to spend 2 years at Wittenborg completing only their final year at Brighton. Upon completion of their studies, successful candidates are awarded a degree from Wittenborg University and from the University of Brighton.

    The three students from Savignac - Edouard Ampuy, Arthur Begou and Clément Girault - managed to amass €8 120 after appealing for €8 000 in crowdfunding to start their own business.

    The idea behind their company, Comme des Papas, is to offer food for infants that matches the need of young parents today.

    “Parents are increasingly demanding information on food nutrition, taste quality, transparency and want to make sure what their babies are eating is safe,” the trio explains on the drive behind their business. “Often their is a lack of confidence in what is currently on offer.”

    “Our idea is to offer a range of quality dishes, prepared with fresh local and seasonal products and using a gentle cooking process, thus preserving the quality of the products.”

    Since their target market is the modern parent, the products are on sale on their website, at different distribution points and they even home-deliver!”

    According to the three students the money from Kiss Kiss Bank Bank is enough to...

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    Neso Office Closures
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:34 PM
     

    Study Business in the NetherlandsNeso Office Closures

    As of this summer the Netherlands Education Support Offices (Neso’s) in Thailand and South-Korea will conduct its activities from the embassy buildings in Bangkok and Seoul. 

    Due to budgetary cuts Nuffic announced last year it intends to close its Neso’s in Thailand, Vietnam and Tapei while the ones in South Korea and Mexico would be transformed to Neso-desks housed at the Dutch embassies in the respective countries.  Nuffic gave the assurance that the Neso-representatives will continue to work independently from the embassies. 

    The Neso’s promote education by helping Dutch students who want to study abroad but, more importantly, assisting foreign students who plan on studying in the Netherlands. The slashed budget, effective from 1 January 2015, amounts to 1,9 million euros.

    In Seoul two Neso-officials will continue promote Dutch higher eduction in South Korea while Thailand will from now only have one representative. All three will work closely with the Nuffic Neso office in Indonesia which will fulfill a regional function in Southeast Asia.

    Contact details

    In South Korea the education promotion officer is Jung Hee Jung and the recently appointed chief representative officer, Leo Chung. For Neso in Thailand Agnes Niehof has been appointed as the chief representative officer.

    The new address for the Neso in South Korea as of 15 July 2014 is:

    Nuffic Neso Korea

    10th Floor Jeongdong Building, 21-15 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu

    Seoul (100-784) Republic of Korea

    T: +82-2-735-7671 F: +82-2-735-7675

    The new address for the Neso in Thailand as of 1 August 2014 is

    Nuffic Neso Thailand

    15 Soi Ton Son Lumphini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330

    Thailand

    Tel: +66 (0)2-252 6088  Fax: +66 (0)2-252 6033

    The Neso in Vietnam is already operating from the Dutch consulate building in Hoi

    Chi Minh City.

    The new office in Vietnam is located at the ...

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    Wittenborg University Looks Forward to an Exciting New Academic Year as it Celebrates its Latest Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:03 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Looks Forward to an Exciting New Academic Year as it Celebrates its Latest Graduates.

    Wittenborg University’s 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony last weekend was a glamorous and joyful affair - distinguished this year by the fact that all graduates were female.

    Wittenborg University Graduation Ceremony

    University director, Peter Birdsall, also gave a glimpse of what stakeholders can look forward to in the next academic year.
    Birdsall said the past year has seen a growth in the number of students admitted to Wittenborg and a fall in the number of those students who drop out before graduation.

    The university ended the 2013-’14 year on a highlight with the news that it has received unconditional accreditation for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the German accreditation body, FIBAA. The MBA-course aimed at professionals wishing to upgrade their management skills will start in September and is open for admission now.

    The next decade or two will also see Wittenborg University expanding and dividing into five entrally managed, but independent schools: Business, Hospitality, Art and Technology and Education Birdsall said from September this year the university will slowly start splitting into a school of respectively Business and Hospitality.

    Currently, as part of its Master of Science programmes (International Hospitality Management, International Event Management, International Tourism Management) Wittenborg offers its students a double degree in conjunction with it’s UK partner, the University of Brighton. However, Birdsall said, Wittenborg will eventually aspire to offering its students a triple degree as is currently an international trend.

    The students who graduated this year are:
    Saima Jamil
    Grace Wamada
    Celina Addai
    Monique Nijman-Slikker
    Debora Ossai
    Faith Osifo
    Esther Boakye

    Wittenborg also issues special certificates for its first batch of EuroBA students - a special ...

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    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch!
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 8:14 AM
     

    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch!

    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch – a new online game coming for International Students who want to Study In Holland!

    – a new online game coming for International Students who want to Study In Holland! An online game teaching international students basic Dutch language skills will be launched next summer to help them integrate quicker into Dutch society and make it easier to find a job if they wish to stay n the Netherlands after graduation. This was one of the announcements made this week by the Dutch minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker, who also said the government will budget 5 million euros each year towards 1000 bursaries aimed mainly at top international students who wants to study here, but also for Dutch students who want to go abroad. Language is seen as one of the obstacles in retaining international students after graduation. A survey has shown about 70% of students would like to remain in the Netherlands after completing their degree, but in reality only 27% stay. “Retaining international talent strengthens not only the Dutch education system but also its knowledge economy.”

    Bussemaker also indicated legislative amendments extending the so-called zoekjaar which allows foreign students to stay for up to a year in the Netherlands after their studies to look for a job, are on the cards.

    The international student population at research universities is estimated at 12% while it is around 7% at universities of applied science and growing. Despite this growth the Netherlands are still lagging behind some other European countries and Bussemaker is determined for this to change. “We can and must do better.” She did however caution that quality wont be compromised hence no quotas will be set for incoming international mobility.

    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch – a new online game coming for International Students who want to Study In Holland!

    Bussemaker said its important to keep contact with students who do choose to leave the Netherlands after completing their studies as they can serve as valuable ambassadors for Dutch higher education. An active ...

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    Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 21 July 2014, 8:53 AM
     

    Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it!

    Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it beyond the mere movement of students, but also assess its impact on people.Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it beyond the mere movement of students, but also assess its impact on people.   

    This was one of the comments on the recently launched “Global Survey of the Internationalization of Higher Education” by the International Association of Universities which surveyed 1336 institutions in 131 countries. 

    In commenting on the outcomes of the survey Dr Rahul Choudaha, senior director of strategic development at World Education Services in New York, said in a blog institutions need to become more focused not only on defining internationalization beyond the movement of people, but also on assessing the impact on people. 

    “Institutions should strive to establish campuses that are welcoming environments and are conducive to learning for a wide variety of students from various backgrounds, and to teaching for faculty of different national origins.”

    As part of collecting information on the impact it has on its students Wittenborg University recently launched a new effort get in touch with its former students and create an active alumni network. Therefore is encouraging all its former students - Bachelor and Master students - to make contact with the university in order to know about their experience at Wittenborg and current status. They can do so by emailing alumninetwork@wittenborg.eu

    “Institutions should strive to establish campuses that are welcoming environments and are conducive to learning for a wide variety of students from various backgrounds, and to teaching for faculty of different national origins.”Dr Choudaha further writes that In terms of student mobility, leaders should decide what success would be at their institution. “Universities generate ideas. In the global knowledge economy ideas are an essential aspect of internationalization.

    Internationalization strategies should incorporate global elements into research and curricula that are relevant to the mission of the institution. Core competencies and relevant research that will prepare ...

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    Good news if you are interested in doing an MBA programme!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 20 July 2014, 2:15 PM
     

    Good news if you are interested in doing an MBA programme!

    In all its programmes, Wittenborg encourages the development and understanding of an international & multicultural outlook, best practice in management, diversity, sustainability and entrepreneurship.WUP 19/7/2014

     - Good news if you are interested in doing an MBA programme! Admissions are now open for Wittenborg University’s newly accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme which will start in September 2014. This week Wittenborg received unconditional accreditation for its MBA program from the German accreditation body, FIBAA, after passing its strict quality criteria requirements with flying colors. Students have the option of two entry dates per academic year - the next starting dates for the MBA programme will 1 September 2014 and 9 February 2015. 

    Highly praised

    In its appraisal, FIBAA writes: “The described profile and the competence goals of the programme are comparable to other MBA programmes on the education market. Nevertheless, based on the international atmosphere, the small class sizes and the academic guidance by the teaching staff the panel considers that the programme can compete on the education market.”

    Career Prospects

    The full-time Wittenborg Master of Business Administration is an MBA degree primarily aimed at students with a non-business administration Bachelor degree, who have had at least 2 years of experience working in companies and organizations in a role that manages people or processes, or both.

    These positions can include management or policy-making positions in large organisations, as well as positions of management in small to medium sized companies (SMEs). An aim is that students are able to critical analyse and evaluate various developments within an organisation so that they can form, create and instigate policies, visions and aims and solutions within that organisatio

    Wittenborg University: Lecturers, Teaching Staff and Business Support Staff Wanted for September 2012

    The admission requirements (criteria) for the MBA are as follows:

    • A Bachelor degree or equivalent recognised qualification;
    • Applicants are requested to provide an academic ...
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