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    Meet the New Corporate Face of Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 16 October 2017, 6:40 PM
     

    Meet the New Corporate Face of Wittenborg

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    Meet the New Corporate Face of WittenborgWittenborg University of Applied Sciences has a new external relations officer.

    Bert Meeuwsen, senior lecturer at Wittenborg and head academic supervisor, has been appointed in the position, effective from 1 October. He will take over some of the duties of Adrianne Jonquiere-Breure, Wittenborg’s work placement coordinator who also handled external relations.

    Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, said Meeuwsen will focus on growing a firm external network in the professional field towards the further development of Wittenborg. “He will be the corporate face of Wittenborg.”

    Meeuwsen, who joined Wittenborg in 2016, has an MBA and Master degree in Education. He has more than 30 years of experience in international business with commercial and non-profit organisations and is well-versed in cross-cultural education.

    He expressed a lot of enthusiasm for his new role: “Wittenborg students have the possibility of obtaining adequate working experience on a Bachelor level within various organisations in the Netherlands and abroad. These practical educational activities are to the benefit of the student as well as the organisation they are active in.”

    With some exceptions, Wittenborg’s Bachelor Degree Programmes generally require students to do an internship in the 3rd year of their studies. Students doing a Bachelor in Hospitality Management (BHM) programme have to do an extra 12-week work placement period, the so-called in-company training, on top of the normal internship of around 5 months.

    The goal of the internship is to allow students to apply and supplement the knowledge they have acquired during their academic training, so that students can learn skills that will prepare them for their professional activities, make them more employable, and promote their entrepreneurial abilities.

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    Many Wittenborg Staff are Alumni from Dutch Education - Week of the International Student
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11:44 AM
     

    Many Wittenborg Staff are Alumni from Dutch Education - Week of the International Student

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    From 13 – 17 November the Netherlands will celebrate the Week of the International Student.

    International students in the Netherlands are estimated to contribute €1.57 billion annually to the Dutch treasury. Almost 40% stay on after graduation, including many graduates from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, which is celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year.

    If you are an alumnus from Wittenborg, we would love to hear your story!

    In fact, many international alumni from Dutch higher education currently work at Wittenborg as academic and support staff.

    These include Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall (MA.Ed) – British and Swiss nationality – who graduated from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in 1997, and continued with a Master of Arts in Education Management through the UK Open University. Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng (MSc) from China completed a bachelor's degree in Information Services Management in the Netherlands, before doing a Master of Science in Facility Management from the University of Greenwich, UK.

    Also Dutch graduates are the head of Wittenborg’s School of Business, Dr Rauf Abdul, originally from Pakistan, and the head of its School of Hospitality, Esther Gitonga-Bakker, from Kenya, as well as tutor and lecturer George Bosire, also from Kenya. Abdul earned his PhD in September 2015 from the University of Twente, while Gitonga-Bakker and Bosire are currently working on theirs at the University of Wageningen and the Business School Netherlands, respectively.

    Among other Dutch alumni working at Wittenborg is student registrar, Santosh Aryal from Nepal, who was one of Wittenborg’s first bachelor's degree graduates. ...

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    Wittenborg Staff Start Teaching Certificate Training from the University of Brighton
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 12 October 2017, 3:31 PM
     

    Wittenborg Staff Start Teaching Certificate Training from the University of Brighton

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    AWittenborg Staff Start Teaching Certificate Training from the University of Brightoncademic staff at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this week started on their Master's-level Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

    The training will be offered over a period of 3 semesters by lecturers from Wittenborg’s education partner in the UK, the University of Brighton, to further enhance the quality of teaching at Wittenborg.

    The programme was announced at the start of the new academic year by Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall. From 2018, the training will also be available to external staff in higher education.

    Wittenborg Staff Start Teaching Certificate Training from the University of BrightonBirdsall said that ramping up academic quality and improving student experience will be some of the main priorities in the new academic year. Additional resources will be allocated for education management - including the training of teachers to improve classroom experience, a mechanism for the Graduation Exam Board to screen papers and dissertations, as well as regular classroom peer monitoring.

    WUP 12/10/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg Students Meet Top Business Leaders
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 4:02 PM
     

    Wittenborg Students Meet Top Business Leaders

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    Wittenborg Students Meet Top Business LeadersStudents from Wittenborg had the unique opportunity to meet a range of business people at a recently held conference of the education sector, ICT and manufacturing industry.

    The event was co-organised by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, together with other institutes of higher education in Apeldoorn, highlighting to companies the benefits of working with education institutes in the region. The other institutes are Saxion University of Applied Sciences and ROC Aventus. Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, was also one of the speakers.

    The event took place at Area 055 in Apeldoorn. It is pegged on the idea that in Smart Industry technology and manufacturing are closely intertwined. Therefore a new approach to business, ideas and innovation is required.

    Wittenborg Students Meet Top Business LeadersWittenborg students who attended said it was a highly valuable experience. One of them was Nino Nemsadze from Georgia, who said: “I had an opportunity to speak with people from different industries. Most of them were specialised in IT and technological innovations.  Also, there were representatives from recruitment companies with whom I had discussions about the difficulties of finding an internship in the Apeldoorn area.

    “In my opinion, the event was really useful, especially for students who are looking for internships. The guests there were very interested in our school and our international background. Furthermore, it was motivating as well by showing the students how a real business presentation works. I would suggest every student who is looking for an internship to attend this kind of event. This is a chance to meet the directors of the companies directly. There were introductions to so many different companies, giving a chance of a small conversational interview, which in the future may lead to finding a very good ...

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    New MSc Students get Hearty Welcome at Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 8 October 2017, 12:11 PM
     

    New MSc Students get Hearty Welcome at Wittenborg

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    This week Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences welcomed its latest group of MSc students from all over the world for three packed days of orientation. Their academic year will officially start on 9 October when classes commence.

    The new students are from Iceland, Holland, the Ukraine, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Nigeria, Malaysia and Turkey. Among them is Wittenborg alumnus Emelda Obewu, who graduated with a European Bachelor's in Hospitality Management - the so-called EuroBA - last year.

    Wittenborg offers 4 Master of Science programmes, including its latest addition an MSc in Sport Business Management, in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK. All post-graduate degrees are offered on a full-time and part-time basis, except the MBA specialisations, which can only be followed full-time.

    A total of 16 MSc students are expected to start classes next Monday. On Tuesday, students were welcomed by Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, and Dr Pete Odgers, MSc Programme Coordinator of the University of Brighton. They received information about Wittenborg’s policy procedures and handbooks before being treated to lunch. 

    On Wednesday, it was time for group work, learning presentation skills and using online resources. Friday’s schedule will include a visit to the Dutch royal summer residence in Apeldoorn, Het Loo Palace.

    WUP 8/10/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Private Dutch Universities Finally in the National Register of Degrees
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 5 October 2017, 10:23 PM
     

    Diplomaregister - Important step towards more transparency will bring benefits to Wittenborg and its students.Private Dutch Universities Finally in the National Register of Degrees

    Important step towards more transparency will bring benefits to Wittenborg and its students.

    On October 3, 2017, the Netherlands Parliament's First Chamber approved the connection of private higher education to 'BRON' (the Basic Register of Education) and the admission of diplomas & degrees of private universities and universities of applied sciences in the diploma register.

    DUO, the Education Operations Service of the ministry of educationThrough this amendment of the current legislation, private research universities and universities of applied sciences, such as Wittenborg, enjoy the same benefits of transparency as their publicly funded counterparts.  This ruling allows students in private higher education to obtain a confirmation of their degree from the DUO, the Education Operations Service of the ministry of education.

    'NRTO has long argued that private institutions should be connected to 'BRON' so that it is clear how many students are studying in private higher education. This increases transparency, and now that all students in private education can easily find their degrees in the diploma register, it's certainly a step forward," said Ria van 't Klooster (director NRTO, branch organisation representing Private Higher Education in the Netherlands).

    NRTO, branch organisation representing Private Higher Education in the Netherlands

    According to Santosh Aryal, Wittenborg's Student Registrar, 'Having them included in BRON will greatly benefit our students, of course. However, it will make it easier for Wittenborg to profile itself, for instance making its basic student records directly available to government will enable us to be included in internationalisation ranking data, showing that we are the most international and diverse institute'.

    Wittenborg has recently been ranked in the top of the Netherland's business programmes, ranked 4th top institute in the small university category, and 2nd overall in the business administration bachelor's ...

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    Russian Student at Wittenborg Passes Away
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 5 October 2017, 6:45 PM
     

    Russian Student at Wittenborg Passes Away

    Russian Student at Wittenborg Passes Away

    It is with deep sadness that Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has announced the passing away of one of its international students, Ekaterina Zhuravleva.

    Ekaterina, from Russia, died in early September at the age of 21 years after an extended illness. She came to study at Wittenborg in December 2016. However, due to her illness she stopped her studies three months later. She was registered for an IBA (Bachelor) in Logistics & International Trade.

    Wittenborg extends its condolences to the family. Ekaterina’s tutor, Myra Qiu, said she was a soft-spoken student and very optimistic about her future.

    Russian Student at Wittenborg Passes Away

    Ekaterina stayed in Wittenborg’s accommodation facilities in Apeldoorn and many students knew her. Before coming to Holland she also studied in Germany and Spain.

    WUP 5/10/2017

    by Anesca Smith

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    Netherlands Ready for 4th Industrial Revolution as Country Ranked 4th most Competitive Economy
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 3:25 PM
     

    Netherlands Ready for 4th Industrial Revolution as Country Ranked 4th most Competitive Economy

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    Netherlands Ready for 4th Industrial Revolution as Country Ranked 4th most Competitive EconomyTen years after the financial crisis, the Netherlands has emerged as the 4th most competitive economy in the world.

    This is according to the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index which ranks 137 economies by their ability to sustain inclusive growth. That means growth that delivers positive change and benefits citizens as well as the environment.

    According to the report the Netherlands is in “an excellent position to shape the unfolding Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

    Holland is only surpassed by Switzerland (1), the US and Singapore. The index looks at 12 pillars of competitiveness including innovation, infrastructure and the macroeconomic environment. In August, the Netherlands was also ranked as the 4th most innovative country in Europe.

    “The Netherlands maintains its position with the support of a strong education system and high levels of tech readiness among businesses and individuals. Its thriving innovation ecosystem puts the country in an excellent position to shape the unfolding Fourth Industrial Revolution,” the report concludes.

    WUP 3/10/2017

    by James Wittenborg
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    Students Get 5-Star Welcome at Park Hyatt Hotel in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 1 October 2017, 10:16 AM
     

    Students Get 5-Star Welcome at Park Hyatt Hotel in Vienna

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    Students Get 5-Star Welcome at Park Hyatt Hotel in ViennaStudents at Wittenborg Vienna headed for a posh 5-star hotel, the Park Hyatt Vienna, for their first Project Week activity. The group was led by the director of Wittenborg Vienna, Dr Alexander Bauer and Luise Wagner, the project week lecturer in Vienna.

    Now more than 100 years old, the Park Hyatt building served for 92 years as one of Vienna’s grandest banks, situated in the heart of the city, before opening its doors as a hotel in 2008.

    Students were able to take in one of its most famous attractions - a gold-lined pool, located in the former bank vault. They were also extensively informed about the business by the CTR manager of career options at the hotel. 

    Students Get 5-Star Welcome at Park Hyatt Hotel in ViennaBauer said students were expected to do a price analysis of the Park Hyatt as a 5-star accommodation, and also compare it with other 5-star hotels in the world.

    Before visiting the hotel, the group toasted Wittenborg on its 30th anniversary from a typical Viennese café.

    WUP 1/10/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Holland in Top 10 of Countries that Prepare Students Best
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 29 September 2017, 10:39 AM
     

    Holland in Top 10 of Countries that Prepare Students Best

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    Holland in Top 10 of Countries that Prepare Students BestThe Netherlands is in the Top 10 of countries that best prepare their students for the future, a new study has revealed.

    These are countries deemed to have the most “effective” education systems, according to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Countries were assessed on education policy, teaching environment and socio-economic environment.

    New Zealand takes the top spot, followed by Canada and Finland. The Netherlands is 9th and Germany rounds off the Top 10.  The Netherlands scored 69% for its policy environment, 77% for its teaching, and 84% for its socio-economic environment.

    “The Netherlands ranks 9th because of factors like availability of career counselling for youth in schools and teacher qualifications. It maintains a high quality socio-economic environment yet could improve on teaching and policy environments,” a synopsis of the report reads.

    WUP 29/9/2017

    by James Wittenborg
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