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    Wittenborg to Reduce Class Sizes in New Academic Year
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:48 AM
     
    Wittenborg to Reduce Class Sizes in New Academic Year

    "It's all about Improving the Classroom Experience"


    Students at Wittenborg will benefit from a few logistical changes this summer, which will result in smaller class sizes when the new academic year starts in September.

    This has been announced by the management of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences as the end of the current academic year nears. The summer holiday will start officially after Wittenborg’s 2018 Summer Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 13 July.

    25 Students per Class

    The university aims for approximately 25 students per class “with 30 being the absolute cut-off level”.

    Wittenborg has always prided itself on the small size of its average class, but, of late, as Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board Peter Birdsall explains, the number of students per class in core modules has risen considerably.

    “This was caused largely by retake and current students joining the same lessons, but also by the growing intake of first-year students in the bachelor’s during the year in blocks where traditionally small numbers would have joined.” Wittenborg has a rolling intake, which means students have 6 opportunities during the year to start their studies and 6 opportunities to graduate.

    Birdsall said management was aware that the master's degree programmes (MBA) also have some bigger class sizes. “We will ensure that these also have adequate room sizes in the coming academic year.”

    In the bachelor’s degree programmes, Wittenborg already took some actions earlier this year by making a clear division between International Business Administration (IBA) and HBA ...

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    Wittenborg in the Heart of London from 2019
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 6:03 PM
     
    Wittenborg in the Heart of London from 2019

    Wittenborg to Offer Range of Programmes at One of UK's most Renowned International Schools

    From February 2019 top-up IBA students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will have an additional option to spend part of their studies in the UK – right in the heart of London’s financial district.

    Wittenborg has entered into an agreement with David Game College, an independent college based in Tower Hill, London. Top-up students refer to those who have had at least 3 years of previous higher education and only need to do one “final year” to get a Bachelor or for those seeking a second bachelor degree in a different field.

    David Game College is one of the oldest and most renowned international schools in the UK. It attracts both British and international students who wish to complete a University Foundation programme as well as those who want to follow courses in English as Foreign Language . In addition they offer a number of other educational courses including A levels and GCSE’s and HND and BTEC.

    This week Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, and chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the David Game College in London. Wittenborg already has close educational ties with the UK, through a long-term partnership with the University of Brighton. In fact, Brighton plans to launch a Doctoral College at Wittenborg University Apeldoorn later this year.

    “Wittenborg will offer a full range of top-up BBA bachelors modules for students to follow either as separate blocks leading to a study abroad seminar, or possibly as a full top-up Bachelors Honors degree,” said Birdsall.

    Wittenborg will offer...

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    Wittenborg Celebrates First Amsterdam Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 16 July 2018, 12:26 PM
     
    Wittenborg Celebrates First Amsterdam Graduates

    Amsterdam Graduates Talk about Future Plans


    There was a special cause for celebration at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ 2018 Summer Graduation Ceremony on Friday: the university presented its very first graduates from its Amsterdam campus.

    Wittenborg Amsterdam opened in 2015 in the heart of the city – its second location in the Netherlands – with a handful of students. Today that number has grown to about 70.

    On Friday, 7 students from Amsterdam graduated – all boasting double degrees – an IBA (Bachelor) in Entrepreneurship & Small Business from Wittenborg and a BSc (Hons) in Business & Management from the University of Brighton.

    Four of the graduates are from the Netherlands: Lucas Molenkamp, Manuel Braakman, Graziella Prins and Roderick van Bekhoven. There is also one graduate from Mexico, Maria (Maru) Lizarraga, one from Belarus, Tatiana Nesterenko, and one from Indonesia, Kezia Christanti.

    Lizarraga said studying at Wittenborg helped her to discover in what direction she wanted to take her entrepreneurial career. “I will start a social enterprise – with the triple bottom line: people, profit, planet as a guide – and stay in the Netherlands and Mexico. Thank you for everything Wittenborg!”

    For Molenkamp one of the highlights of his study was the opportunity to volunteer in the Philippines for six months and to start his own company, though it was a challenge for him to combine studies with working. “Amsterdam is a great place to live in. I would definitely recommend it.” At some point he wants to do a master's degree abroad.

    Prins plans to do a master's degree in ...

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    Wittenborg Celebrates Latest Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 15 July 2018, 2:44 PM
     
    Wittenborg Celebrates Latest Graduates

    "Companies Need Foreign Talent''


    As the academic year drew to a close on Friday, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences celebrated its latest group of graduates at its 2018 Summer Graduation Ceremony held at the Apeldoorn City Hall. The 44 graduates included three MSc students, one MBA student, and 34 bachelor's degree students. They are from 19 different countries.

    Wittenborg celebrated its first graduates from its Amsterdam location, which opened 3 years ago. All of them graduated with a double degree – one from Wittenborg and one from the University of Brighton in the UK. Also receiving diplomas were 5 Foundation Phase students and one exchange student, Weikun Gan, from the Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, who took part in a student exchange programme with Wittenborg.

    Wittenborg Celebrates Latest Graduates

    "From Now on, You will Always Be a Little Dutch''

    The guest speakers for the day were local councilor, Alderman Nathan Stukker, who is a member of the Apeldoorn city council, and the deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, Prof Chris Pole. Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, made the final remarks. Stukker said he was proud of the fact that Wittenborg had chosen Apeldoorn to establish its programme and to start a Doctoral College in the city, together with the University of Brighton. He told Wittenborg’s international graduates: “From now on, you will always be a little Dutch – even if you choose to go home.

    “All education is important to any community, ...

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    Using Infographics in Education
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 14 July 2018, 9:43 AM
     
    Using Infographics in Education

    The Effectiveness of Infographics in Education


    The use of infographics as a means of assessing students was the topic presented by Wittenborg’s Head of the School of Education, Bert Meeuwsen, and Clare Millington, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton’s Business School (BBS), at a conference in the UK.

    Meeuwsen and Millington were attending the 3rd annual Brighton Business School Learning and Teaching Conference 2018. This year’s theme was “The Future of the Business School”.

    Infographics is seen as an effective method to present complex data, concepts and ideas in a clear, concise manner. In other words, to compress “boring” numbers and percentages in a visually attractive way in an era of information overload.

    Using Infographics in Education

    Meeuwsen and Millington told their audience: “Infographics use evidence- and practice-based data, compelling statistics, easy-to-read fonts, complimentary color schemes, simple charts, bold graphs, and other graphics to disseminate information in quick and easily digestible formats.”

    At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this method was used for the first time in the BBS-WUAS IBA 2017-2018 double-degree programme module Operations and Systems Management. “Based on this experience, the idea of using infographics in a broader sense within WUAS’ additional educational programmes is being developed.”

    Phil Race identified 11 assessment types, including traditional exams, essays, multiple-choice exams and portfolios of evidence. Meeuwsen and ...

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    New Internship Opportunities: Fletcher Hotels and Wittenborg Collaboration
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 9 July 2018, 5:13 AM
     
    New Internship Opportunities: Fletcher Hotels and Wittenborg Collaboration

    New Internship Opportunities for Wittenborg Students


    Collaborating with key stakeholders is one of Wittenborg's core values. Therefore, as the institution continues to grow and advance, seeking new and top opportunities that are beneficial for its students has been a major priority. Hence, the new agreement with Fletcher Hotels, which will allow students to complete their work placements at any one of their 16 hotels in the Apeldoorn area.

    The Hotel and Internship Opportunities
    Fletcher Hotels, with 87, soon to be 89, prime locations around the Netherlands, are usually housed in historic buildings, and the company is well known for its authentic hotel-restaurants nationwide. Wittenborg students have the opportunity to gain work-placement experience as interns at Fletcher Hotels, as of June of this year. Together with Bert Meeuwsen,  Wittenborg's External Relation Coordinator, Léon Dieperink, manager of Fletcher Restaurant-Hotel at Beekbergen in Apeldoorn devised a plan to collaborate with Wittenborg to allow students to intern at any of the 16 locations in the Apeldoorn area and surroundings. According to Meeuwsen, one of the problems in the hospitality industry is finding the appropriate staff, and with this agreement Wittenborg students could turn out to be the solution to that.

    New Internship Opportunities: Fletcher Hotels and Wittenborg Collaboration

    Current Intern
    Wittenborg's final year IBA Hospitality Management student, Mostfavour Onuigbo, is currently completing his internship at the Beekbergen Fletcher Restaurant-Hotel in Apeldoorn, ...

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    More Wittenborg Student Internships at 5-star Echoput
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 7 July 2018, 10:22 AM
     
    More Wittenborg Student Internships at 5-star Echoput

    Rolling Internship for Wittenborg Students


    Relations between Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and the 5-star Hotel de Echoput have deepened significantly over the past year with the hotel now offering a rolling internship to students from Wittenborg.

    De Echoput is Apeldoorn’s only 5-star hotel and is well-known in the Netherlands. It is now setting its eyes on gaining international prestige. This summer it will welcome the third international student from Wittenborg, Kossi Hillaire Aziamale from Togo, to work as an intern. He will start from 1 August, just after completing another work placement at Wittenborg.

    De Echoput wants to grow gradually from a Dutch 5-star to an internationally renowned 5-star hotel and restaurant. To this end, Wittenborg’s External Relations Officer and Head of the School of Education, Bert Meeuwsen, delivered a lecture to Echoput staff members on Monday. He spoke on “The Effect of Change on Staff Members in an Organisation” as well as “Cross-cultural Understanding of People from Different Backgrounds in the Workplace”. Meeuwsen also runs his own consultancy, advising organisations, providing executive coaching and intermediate services.

    More Wittenborg Student Internships at 5-star Echoput

    The hotelier and owner of De Echoput, Mr Karel Klosse, said in an earlier interview: “Wittenborg supports us in furthering our professionalism and internationalisation. We have many ideas in terms of our restaurant and hotel services where interns from Wittenborg can be of assistance."

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    Student Wants to Change Image of Tea with Research
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 3:49 PM
     
    Student Wants to Change Image of Tea with Research

    Sri Lankan Student Wants to Change the Dowdy Image of Tea


    Enter Wittenborg student Nirusika Ratnasingam, who did her dissertation on developing a customer engagement model to ensure the sustainability of the tea industry. She also looked at the effectiveness of Tea 2030 – an umbrella organisation representing the sector – which believes tea can be turned into a hero crop by identifying the challenges facing the industry and developing innovative solutions.  Nirusika did a case study on the English Tea Shop (UK) Ltd., a fair trade company.

    Nirusika herself was born and raised in Sri Lanka – formerly known as Ceylon, which was once the world’s biggest exporter of tea. In fact, tea from Ceylon was so famous that Animal Farm author, George Orwell, mentions it in his 11 rules for making the perfect cup of tea.

    Funnily enough, Nirusika says she only started drinking tea after coming to the Netherlands. “Probably because I grew up with everyone around me drinking it, I did not appreciate it. In Sri Lanka people will never think of drinking tea without sugar. Most drink it with milk too. And green tea is only for health nuts.”

    With its 5,000 year history, tea is cultivated in 35 countries and consumed daily by 41% of the world’s population. Sri Lanka is now the 4th biggest exporter of tea, and the sector faces huge challenges. Although it is a highly consumed product, it is classified as cheap compared to the high quality of brewed coffee.

    Nirusika’s study investigates the effectiveness of customer engagement in the UK and Sri Lankan tea industries. She recommends certain improvements that can be made in terms ...

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    New Location for Wittenborg Amsterdam
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 2 July 2018, 3:25 PM
     
    Spacious new quarters for Wittenborg Amsterdam - the Dali Builidng

    Spacious new quarters for Wittenborg Amsterdam - the Dali Building


    When the new academic year starts in September, it will also be a new beginning for Wittenborg Amsterdam as its campus will move from its current location on the south bank of the IJ, to the up-and-coming southeast Amsterdam area where many international companies are located, such as the EU headquarters of Adidas and the Dutch offices of Deutsche Bank.  It is also close to the Johan Cruijff Arena, formerly known as the Amsterdam Arena, which is home to Dutch football club Ajax.  

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business, also known as Entrepreneurial Business Administration (EBA) programme is offered in Amsterdam. Student numbers have grown - and are expected to grow - to such an extent that there was a need to expand, says EBA Programme Coordinator, Andreas Ooijer; something which its current location, the UP building next to the IJ, cannot accommodate.

    MBA in to run in Amsterdam

    From September Wittenborg will also offer its International Master of Business Administration, its MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and its MBA in Finance at its new Amsterdam location.

    New Location for Wittenborg Amsterdam

    Wittenborg's New Amsterdam Location

    “The area shook off its questionable reputation in the 80s and early 90s already, and is now a thriving community of domestic and international businesses, social housing and a robust student population. It has been revitalised thanks to ...

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    Wittenborg Student Lands Impressive Internship
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 29 June 2018, 9:19 AM
     
     Wittenborg Student Lands Impressive Internship

    Wittenborg Student Lands Impressive Internship at top Pharmaceutical Company


    Finding a top company to intern at can be challenging and competitive! However, Wittenborg student Arya Khosravivad has challenged the competition and landed an impressive internship at Merck, a leading pharmaceutical company with one of its branches in Amsterdam.

    Wittenborg student Arya Khosravivad is completing his internship as a Customer Service and Order Entry Assistant at Merck, working mainly with SAP and ORACLE systems for order entry and data management. With its main headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck is known as one of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical companies, and a leader in the science and technology industry, in healthcare, life science and performance materials.

    How did he come across this internship opportunity?
    The position was posted on WittenborgConnect, a network created by the institution, which allows students to utilise the organisation’s environment in an effort to expand their professional networks, as well as finding internships and full-time employment. Arya, after viewing the post, applied for the position and succeeded!

    Motivation?
    According to Ayra, the chance of being in a very international environment and working for a big company with a worldwide reputation and massive scale of operation, as well as his  personal interest in customer service, order processing and the pharmaceutical industry, all motivated him to join Merck.  Khosravivad further commented that, "mastering the online systems SAP & ORACLE, as well as exploring the pharmaceutical and chemical ...

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