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    Wittenborg Praised as "Innovative" on Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO1
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:38 PM
     

    Wittenborg Praised as "Innovative" on Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO1

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    Wittenborg Praised as "Innovative" on Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO1Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences was commended on the Dutch public broadcaster NPO Radio 1 for its “innovative” approach to  education and for successfully creating a truly international institute of higher education where different cultures are celebrated.

    Wittenborg directors  Maggie Feng and Peter Birdsall were interviewed on NPO 1 Radio on Monday morning, talking to presenter Prem Radhakishun who is a well-known political commentator and public figure in the Netherlands.

    And not only Radhakishun, but also his listeners were impressed by what Birdsall and Feng have  created in just over 10 years: running an institute with over 700 students, of whom 89% are international, at 3 locations in Europe. “You are basically making the world a better place,” Radhakishun said.

    Feng, who was born in Beijing, and retains her Chinese nationality to this day, said to study at Wittenborg you have to be impartial to race, colour and creed. “In any of our classes you have about 30 - 35 students from 15 different nationalities. Students choose Wittenborg because of its international character. You have to be 'colour blind' to come here, and you’ll find during your studies you make wonderful international friends and business relations.”

    Wittenborg Praised as "Innovative" on Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO1 Wittenborg’s decision to have six entry dates per year was hailed by Radhakishun and listeners as “innovative”. Birdsall, who has mixed British and Swiss nationality, explained the idea was actually born out of necessity. “Back in 2006 when we started the current international programmes, students from outside the European Union would have to wait long for study visas to be approved. “We found that, say, students who were supposed to start in September, would only arrive the next January. We ...

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    Wittenborg's UK Partner, Brighton University, Wins THE Award
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 9 December 2017, 6:41 PM
     

    Wittenborg's UK Partner, Brighton University, Wins THE Award

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    WittenboWittenborg's UK Partner, Brighton University, Wins THE Awardrg University of Applied Sciences’ main education partner, the University of Brighton in the UK, recently won a Times Higher Education Award – generally considered the “Oscars” of British education.

    Alice Fox, lecturer and Deputy head of Brighton’s School of Art received the Excellence and Innovation in Art award at a gala ceremony in London recently. She founded the University’s pioneering MA in Inclusive Arts Practice, which creates radically new forms of collaboration between students and often-excluded community groups from around the world.

    She founded the university’s pioneering MA in Inclusive Arts Practice, which creates radically new forms of collaboration between students and often-excluded community groups from around the world.

    Wittenborg’s Master of Science programmes are jointly offered with Brighton as well as its BA (Hons) Bachelor Hospitality Management programme. It has specific agreements with Brighton’s School of Services Management and Sport and the School of Business.
     

    Source: University of Brighton

    WUP 9/12/2017

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    Wittenborg Alumnus Starts African-Inspired Clothing Brand
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 7 December 2017, 6:59 PM
     

    Wittenborg Alumnus Starts African-Inspired Clothing Brand

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    Wittenborg Alumnus Starts African-Inspired Clothing BrandWittenborg alumnus and writer Anesca Smith recently started her own clothing brand We Be Sisters which sells hand-made, African-inspired clothes for women.


    Anesca, how did you get started with your clothing brand?
    "I have always adored beautiful, well-cut clothes and discovered many great brands when I worked in London, but never dreamed that I would start my own clothing line. It was only this year when I went back home to South Africa – where women dress in beautiful, bold African-inspired clothes – that I realized I wanted to bring some of that magic back to Europe. 


    "Also, the information revolution we are experiencing – including social media – empowers individuals like me to start a web shop with a small budget and limited risk. Finally, Dutch people are very entrepreneurially minded and that is so inspiring."


    Where does the name come from?
    "I was raised by a matriarchy comprised of my mother, aunts and cousins, and always felt immensely supported by women. I wanted the name – which is derived from a poem by Lucille Clifton – to reflect that. Also, I think all women are beautiful and I want them to feel beautiful in the clothes I make. "

    Who is your target market?
    "Women who are not afraid to stand-out!  It was also important for me to make clothes that cater for curvy women, who are often ignored by mainstream fashion, so the sizes range from a 38 – 50 (EU)."

    Wittenborg Alumnus Starts African-Inspired Clothing BrandHow did you end up in the Netherlands?
    "I worked for years as a political reporter, then as a foreign correspondent in London, but felt more and more defined by my job, so I wanted to make a change and decided to study in the Netherlands. I met my husband about a month after I arrived here and that was that."

    Why did you decide to study at Wittenborg?
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    Wittenborg Lecturer's Book on Islamic Banking offers "Viable Option"
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 3:41 PM
     

    Wittenborg Lecturer's Book on Islamic Banking offers "Viable Option"

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    Wittenborg Lecturer's Book on Islamic Banking offers "Viable Option" Wittenborg lecturer Dr Muhammad Ashfaq has a new book out: “Islamic Banking and Finance in Europe: The Case of Germany and the United Kingdom”.

    Ashfaq said the book is the first one comparing Islamic banking in the two countries, and contributes to eradicating the lack of data available on the subject in Europe. It was published by the Peter Lang Publishing Group in Germany and was written as a result of Ashfaq’s doctoral studies on the subject.

    “After the financial crisis of 2008-09, there developed a need to understand the Islamic financial system as an alternative. It showed itself to be a viable option,” Ashfaq said.

    Wittenborg Lecturer's Book on Islamic Banking offers "Viable Option" According to his research, the Islamic financial industry is growing in Europe. “The qualitative study showed that the success of Islamic banking and finance in the UK is mainly due to the proactive role taken by regulators and London’s role as an international financial centre. Germany’s regulatory model is different from that of the UK in that there are no market entry barriers, and the success of Islamic banking in Germany will largely depend on the operating model of Islamic financial institutions.

    WUP 5/12/2017

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    Wittenborg Students Get Career Tips from Top British Sport Coach
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 3 December 2017, 8:20 AM
     

    Wittenborg Students Get Career Tips from Top British Sport Coach

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    Wittenborg Students Get Career Tips from Top British Sport CoachWittenborg students recently had the privilege to get some career advice from Paralympic coach Dr Gary Brickley who knows all about what it takes to win gold at a top international level. 

    Brickley gave a seminar at Wittenborg’s location in Apeldoorn entitled “Three decades of change in sport performance and physical activity”. Besides his work with Paralympic athletes, Brickley is also a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the UK, Wittenborg’s main education partner.

    Brickley talked about the harsh realities and physical obstacles facing Paralympic athletes who want to reach the top, but also the sweetness of their eventual triumph and how it inspires him as their coach. He listed the various roles he has to play as coach - including advising on doping control in sport and nutrition, admitting that it is a fine line between the two. “In sport, when you go to events like the Paralympics, it is very important that you manage your athletes and what they are eating.”

    Brickley also had some advice for students aiming to carve out a career in the sport industry. 

    “Work hard at your studies and gain as much experience as you can. Volunteer at big sporting events and talk to people affiliated with the sport industry. It is also important that you choose the right university and the right programme for your studies. Finally, developing your communication skills is very important,” Brickley said. 

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    by James Wittenborg
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    Wittenborg Set to End 2017 on a High as Student Numbers Soar
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 1 December 2017, 12:19 PM
     

    Wittenborg Set to End 2017 on a High as Student Numbers Soar

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    ittenborg Set to End 2017 on a High as Student Numbers Soar The growth spurt in student numbers that Wittenborg has experienced in 2017 seems set to continue right to the end of the year, with a steady growth of around 15% student numbers overall.

    Yesterday, Wittenborg registrar, Santosh Aryal, said almost 40 new students will start classes next week - double the number of those who commenced their studies in December last year. "In fact, we want to remind prospective students that they can still apply right up to 31 December 2017, as the admissions team will only be 'off-duty' on 25 and 26 December," Aryal said. We are looking forward to the next intake which occurs in February 2018.

    ittenborg Set to End 2017 on a High as Student Numbers Soar New students had an Introduction Day on Thursday, including a lunch event where they met staff and fellow students. As usual, it was a very international group from at least 22 countries. They hailed from France, South Korea, Vietnam, Italy, Togo, India, the US, the Netherlands, China, Mozambique, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sudan, Cameroon, Pakistan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Syria. They will study at Wittenborg's locations in Apeldoorn and Amsterdam.

    Of particular interest is the increase in MBA students this December. While there were no MBA registrations last year in December, this year there are 9, Aryal said.

    ittenborg Set to End 2017 on a High as Student Numbers Soar Wittenborg has a rolling entry system for its BA (bachelor's) and MBA (master's) programme, which means that students can enter the programme six times a year, and of course graduate six times a year.

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    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit Oldest Zoo in the World
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 12:58 PM
     

    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit Oldest Zoo in the World

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    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit Oldest Zoo in the WorldProject Week at Wittenborg’s campus in Vienna is always an awesome affair!

    This Project Week, students had an exclusive tour of the Vienna Zoo Schonbrunn  - which at 260 years of age is the oldest zoo in the world. And to boot, it is situated in the imperial gardens of the Sconbrunn Palace – surely one of the most beautiful royal buildings in the world, besides being one of the most popular tourist attractions.

    But it was not all fun and games. Since it is a Project Week, assignment students will have to file a report on one of two topics: “How to promote animal protection for the Vienna Zoo” or  “How to combat low visitor numbers during off-season”.

    Wittenborg Vienna Students Visit Oldest Zoo in the World“The Vienna Zoo sees it as their responsibility to create awareness of animal protection among its visitors. Students will address this issue in a report and presentation, and will create a mini-marketing plan of promotional activities for the zoo to use.

    “The zoo also struggles with seasonality – like so many tourist attractions. Therefore, students will investigate how to tackle this problem and create recommendations for the zoo,” Wagner said.

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    Goodbye Dr Jacques Kaat
    by Peter Birdsall - Monday, 27 November 2017, 9:36 PM
     

    In a moving and very personal ceremony, attended by his former colleagues from Webster University Leiden, and of course from our own wonderful Wittenborg, by Maggie, myself and our Head of School of business, Rauf, we all came to terms with what we have lost.

    Goodbye Dr Jacques Kaat

    by Peter Birdsall, Chair of the Executive Board, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

    I was privileged today to be asked to speak at the memorial service for our (Wittenborg's) Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat, who sadly passed away last week. My last 'whatsapp' with him a week previously confirmed that things were not going well, and he said 'I'll be in touch'. He certainly was.

    In a moving and very personal ceremony, attended by his former colleagues from Webster University Leiden, and of course from our own wonderful Wittenborg, by Maggie, myself and our Head of School of business, Rauf, we all came to terms with what we have lost.

    The harsh reality is the exceptional man we all have lost; and I implore those bestowed with the responsibility to manage our excellent Dutch higher education to go carefully with its exceptional talent.

    The un-abridged speech that I wrote, and mostly spoke today is below.

    To Jacques Kaat - we will miss your earthly support.

    Monday, 27th November 2017, Oegstgeest

    I am honored to have been asked to say some words about a man who has meant so much to so many of us, in different but often similar ways. Thanks for asking me, Jacques – you placed great trust in me, and having heard you speak in the past, I’m nervous!

    I’m also speaking especially on behalf of all the staff and teachers at Wittenborg who knew and worked with Jacques, and thanks to colleagues who have contributed to these words.

    I feel as if I have known Jacques for a long time – higher education in the Netherlands is a relatively small world, and international education even smaller, and those working in internationalisation, as Jacques has done for many years, become ‘known’ on the circuit.

    I’ve actually only really learnt about ‘the real man Jacques Kaat’ since we started working together in 2015.

    As have many of our colleagues, and when ...

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    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng is Runner-Up for Prestigious EZVN Business Award
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 26 November 2017, 6:06 PM
     

    Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng is Runner-Up for Prestigious EZVN Business Award

    Maggie Feng Runner Up Etnische Zakenvrouw van Nederland 2017

    In a close race, the CEO of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Maggie Feng, was named runner-up for the prestigious 2017 EZVN Business Award on Saturday night at a gala event in Rotterdam. The event was attended by many dignitaries in the private and public sector such as the new Dutch minister of higher education, culture and science, Ingrid van Engelshoven and Mariëtte Hamer, former Dutch politician and now chair of the Social-Economic Council, major economic advisory council to the cabinet of the Netherlands.

    Dutch celebrity Jörgen Rayma​nn was host for the awards evening.

    Maggie Feng Runner Up Etnische Zakenvrouw van Nederland 2017

    EZVN stands for Ethnic Business Woman of the Netherlands (Etnische Zakenvrouw van Nederland). The winner was announced as Eveline Wu, chef and owner of four top restaurants in the Netherlands, who was also, like Feng, born in China.

    Maggie Feng Runner Up Etnische Zakenvrouw van Nederland 2017The award was presented by Minister van Engelshoven.

    Feng said it was an honour to be nominated and an enjoyable process, during which she met many inspiring women who have clearly achieved and stand out as role models for young woman to rise to positions of management, leadership and help drive entrepreneurship.

    Maggie was supported by her husband, Peter Birdsall, who is Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board.

    The jury said that they were impressed by her 'directness' in leadership and her drive; 'Maggie Feng is a director who is constantly seeking improvement in the service provided to (Wittenborg) students' and she was described as a 'coaching manager'  who holds the mirror up for her employees and stands for an open and honest working environment.

    The jury highlighted that Maggie had said that she would like to be an inspiration for Chinese woman in the Netherlands, many of whom work so hard in the family run ...

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    Tribute to Dr Jacques Kaat
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 24 November 2017, 3:36 PM
     

    Tribute to Dr Jacques Kaat

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    Tribute to Dr Jacques KaatThey say great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club – with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand. As the Academic Dean at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Dr Jacques Kaat chose to lead with sincerity, gentleness and a quiet, cool intellect. A natural mentor.

    He was appointed at Wittenborg in March 2015, immediately immersing himself in the consolidation of its academic programmes and the enhancement of quality in its education system. His extensive knowledge about education won him respect and trust from colleagues and those he mentored.

    Before joining Wittenborg Dr Kaat was the Academic Director at Webster University and brought to the job experience with American, British and European higher education and accreditation systems.
    Jacques Kaat was born in late summer, on 14 September 1955, in Amstelveen.  He married Sharon Hayes, a Brit, on 28 September 1985 and the couple had two daughters, Virginia and Lizzie. They lived in Oegstgeest, a Dutch town in South Holland, close to Leiden.

    Dr Kaat obtained his doctorandus in English Literature and Linguistics from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in 1984 in addition to his Teacher Training Certificate. In 1988 he attained his PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, specializing in comparative literature and reception aesthetics.

    The joy he derived from working in education was obvious. “It’s magic,” he called it at one point, describing the satisfaction of seeing new students arriving and watching them develop year after year into young adults. “That is what motivates me.”

    In his free time Dr Kaat, who always had an interest in culture and natural history, enjoyed traveling and watching films. He often combined these interests and integrated it in his ...

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