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    Study in Holland says Dutch Wittenborg Graduate
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 1 May 2016, 5:41 PM
     

    Study in Holland says Dutch Wittenborg Graduate

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/study-holland-says-wittenborg-graduate.htm)

    "The Netherlands is a great study destination for international students - almost everyone speaks English"

    Study in Holland says Wittenborg GraduateRecent Dutch graduate, Marit Ram, says Wittenborg University had a huge influence on her decision to work for an international company.

    Marit earned her IBA degree in Economics & Management earlier this year from Wittenborg and upon graduation started working in Valencia, Spain, for Work & Enjoy – a company that helps international students to find an internship, language course or housing in Spain. She also did her internship with them.

    Marit was determined to finish her studies at Wittenborg within 2 years after earning enough European Credits for her to start in Phase 2. While studying she lived in Utrecht which she describes as “a real student city which I enjoyed” and also worked part-time as a hostess/waitress.

    “I would definitely recommend the Netherlands as a study destination for international students. Almost everyone speaks English and there are some nice student cities here," Marit says. "Wittenborg also fulfilled my expectations of studying at an international school with students and teachers from abroad. It was really great hearing about experiences from all over and learning how business is conducted in different parts of the world.

    “My biggest challenge was researching and writing a graduation assignment in academic English, but other than that I had a good time and passed most subjects on my first try.” Marit is still considering whether she will pursue a Master degree at some point.

    WUP 1/5/2016

    by Anesca Smith

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    Wittenborg students seemingly more successful than at other Universities of Applied Sciences
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 28 April 2016, 5:03 PM
     

    Wittenborg students seemingly more successful than at other Universities of Applied Sciences

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-students-seemingly-more-successful-other-universities-applied-sciences.htm)

    Students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) have overwhelmingly proved that they are up to the challenge, with the majority of all graduating students completing their degree within the 3 years / phases, according to the preliminary WUAS Year Report 2015, to be published at the end of May.

    Wittenborg students seemingly more successful than at other Universities of Applied Sciences

    Wittenborg's positive study and gradation success rate is in stark contrast to the trend at the large state Dutch Applied Sciences, where it has been reported this week by the Association of State Funded Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO Raad), less than 50% of students graduate within even 5 years, most of these students having dropped out.

    WUAS offers its 240 Credit Bachelor programmes in 3 year phases, which gives the opportunity for students to complete 80 credits a year - one which most students seem to have taken. According to explanations provided by Witttenborg's Education Board, the success rate is probably also in part due to the unique block system developed during the past 10 years at the institute. The Block system allows students to follow modules in packages of 6 weeks, provides 6 entry and 6 graduation moments a year and allows students a greater flexibility in retaking modules and  exams if required. All final year modules are offered twice, which means that there is no study delay for a student who is required to 'catch-up' a module.

    According to the year report, with 85% of its student body being international students, WUAS has an advantage, its students tend to be more motivated, have a different perspective on their study duration (cost, employment and progression), and are generally higher qualified than the majority of students at the ...

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    Wittenborg's Multicultural Staff Say Why they like Working Here and What They Miss from Back Home!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 24 April 2016, 9:54 AM
     

    Wittenborg's Multicultural Staff Say Why they like Working Here and What They Miss from Back Home!

    http://wittenborg.eu/wittenborgs-multicultural-staff-say-why-they-working-here-and-what-they-miss-back-home.htm


    Almost 40% of Wittenborg University’s current staff members come from outside the Netherlands – which means, it total, it has no fewer than 15 different nationalities among its academic and support staff. The countries they hail from are Spain, England, China, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ireland, Nepal, France, Pakistan, South Africa, Bulgaria, Albania, the US, Austria and Nigeria.

    In an interview, staff members explained why they enjoy working in an international environment and what they miss from back home!

    Myra QiuMyra Qiu is from the eastern part of China. Since February 2014, she has worked in marketing and communication at Wittenborg as well as planning events and occasionally assisting the admissions team. “Working in an international environment makes the language barrier (that comes along with living in a foreign country) less of a challenge because everyone at Wittenborg speaks English. It is also not a very big organization, so that makes it very flexible. The multicultural environment makes everything interesting and I learn a lot.

     

    “What do I miss about home? Real Chinese food! Most of the so-called Chinese food they sell here has been adapted for the Western palate.”



    Luis Fernando Gutierrez FerrerasLuis Fernando Gutierrez Ferreras is from Spain, but grew up in the Netherlands. At Wittenborg he lectures finance modules to undergraduate as well as MBA students.  “What I like about the diversity at Wittenborg is how it challenges you. For instance, Chinese students are very good with calculations while many students from other backgrounds are not. That means I have to adapt my teaching methods to make provision for the whole class. It is also wonderful to watch how a student grows ...

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    Wittenborg's Flexible Entry Dates Take the Edge off Registration Rush for Prospective Students
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 23 April 2016, 6:28 PM
     

    Wittenborg's Flexible Entry Dates Take the Edge off Registration Rush for Prospective Students

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    Wittenborg's Flexible Entry Dates Take the Edge off Registration Rush for Prospective Students

    While the registration deadlines for most universities in the Netherlands are drawing to a close for their September student intake, there are no such pressures for prospective students applying to Wittenborg University. It has one of the most flexible entry date systems in the Netherlands!

    Most Dutch university deadlines vary between 1 May to 30 June for non-EU students wishing to start their studies in September.

    At Wittenborg, international students not living in the European Union (EU) can apply 6-8 weeks before the entry date of their choice. Students living in the EU, including Dutch students, have an even more lenient application deadline - they must apply 2-4 weeks before the entry.

    The next entry dates for Wittenborg’s Bachelor and MBA programmes in 2016 are 16 May, 29 August, 17 October and 5 December. For Master of Science applicants entry is only possible in the autumn – this year the date is 17 October 2016. You can apply for all programmes here.

    Wittenborg’s Student Registrar, Santosh Aryal, says managing the system is not only possible because of the university’s efficient admissions team, but for other reasons as well. “It is also possible because of the way we designed the school curriculum.”

    In addition, for its various programmes, Wittenborg has 6 entry dates per year, while other universities usually only have two, in September and February, and some even only have September!

    At Wittenborg, the flexible entry date system also applies to nearly all levels of students: undergraduate (Bachelor's), MBA students as well as those who opt to do Wittenborg’s Foundation Phase programme or Pre-Master's. Students who missed one deadline will ...

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    Meeting Nobel Prize Winner Desmond Tutu
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 11:01 PM
     

    Meeting Nobel Prize Winner Desmond Tutu

    Meeting Nobel Prize Winner Desmond Tutu


    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/meeting-nobel-prize-winner-desmond-tutu.htm)

    External member of Wittenborg University’s Exam Board, Tanya Dimitrova, recently made a memorable trip to South Africa to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr Desmond Tutu. “I’ve always wanted to meet him. After Nelson Mandela, he is one of the best-known South Africans and is respected worldwide.”

    Dimitrova, who is currently an MSc lecturer at Rotterdam Business School, was education manager at Wittenborg until 2008. She went to South Africa at the invitation of the non-profit organisation Dream Chasers Approach and its founder, Uta Schmidt. The Tutu interview features in Schmidt’s book Dream Chasers: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles on Your Way to Your Destiny, to be published this summer.

    According to Dimitrova, she was far from disappointed in her high expectations of meeting 84-year old Tutu: “I went to Cape Town for 10 days but until the very last minute we were not sure whether I would be able to meet him because he is very frail and rarely does interviews anymore.” Tutu played a key role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and received the Nobel Prize in 1984 for his efforts in reconciling the country’s black and white inhabitants. He was also the first black archbishop of Cape Town.

    Meeting Nobel Prize Winner Desmond TutuDimitrova calls the trip “an eye-opening experience” and she says she fell in love with the country. “Desmond Tutu really is one of our modern-day heroes. He has an enormous capacity for love and compassion that shines through. He brings humanity to every situation and has this incredibly powerful but soft presence which touches people across religion and ethnicity. A real warrior of peace. Through people like him we can really learn a lot. I would love if we could incorporate that kind of humanitarian approach in our business courses. "

    While in South ...

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    Wittenborg Students Battle it Out for Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaign in Aid of Kenyan Youth
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 16 April 2016, 9:21 PM
     

    Almost 100 students from 40 different nationalities working on one crowdfunding campaign? Yes! Wittenborg University is out to prove it can be done.

    Wittenborg Students Battle it Out for Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaign in Aid of Kenyan Youth

    Almost 100 students from 40 different nationalities working on one crowdfunding campaign? Yes! Wittenborg University is out to prove it can be done.

    Almost 100 students from 40 different nationalities working on one crowdfunding campaign? Yes! Wittenborg University is out to prove it can be done.Students from Wittenborg will be breaking new ground in the coming weeks with an attempt to raise €75 000 for a youth empowering project in Kenya called Vijana Reloaded. They will be working in different groups competing for the best game plan.

    Wittenborg has teamed up with a company, the ProPortion Foundation, which self-incubates social enterprises in different phases and in different parts of the world. Vijana Reloaded is one of the enterprises. The company’s director, Thomas Schuurmans, is in Kenya this week with 7 entrepreneurship students from Wittenborg Amsterdam where they will assist with the project by sharing their knowledge with Kenyan youths taking part in the Vijana Reloaded project with the eventual aim of setting up their own businesses.

    Wittenborg has teamed up with a company, the ProPortion Foundation

    In the meantime, students from Wittenborg University is busy setting up a crowdfunding campaign this week in aid of Vijana Reloaded.In the meantime, students from Wittenborg University is busy setting up a crowdfunding campaign this week in aid of Vijana Reloaded. The money will be used to expand activities in Kenya, including setting up 2 more training centres in the country if the campaign is successful.

    Wittenborg Students Battle it Out for Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaign in Aid of Kenyan YouthOn Monday morning at the crack of dawn, students piled into a bus from Apeldoorn to Amsterdam for their first crowdfunding workshop.  Here they received expert advice on the best way to approach a crowdfunding campaign from Arthur van de Graaf, co-founder of Get a Crowd which advises entrepreneurs, (cultural) institutions, governments and project owners on starting and executing successful crowdfunding campaigns.

    Van de Graaf is former CEO of SEEDS InvestmentVan de Graaf is former CEO of SEEDS Investment, part of ABN AMRO, the first bank in the Netherlands that worked with crowdfunding. He told students: “Crowdfunding is not just about finance, but...

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    Looking for a Job in Hospitality? Wittenborg Teams Up with Leading Hospitality Network. Join for Free Now!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 11 April 2016, 9:50 AM
     

    Looking for a Job in Hospitality? Wittenborg Teams Up with Leading Hospitality Network. Join for Free Now!

    http://wittenborg.eu/looking-job-hospitality-wittenborg-teams-leading-hospitality-network-join-free-now.htm

    The hospitality industry has plenty of internships and jobs to offer, but it is not always easy for students and graduates to access these career opportunities.

    Looking for a Job in Hospitality? Wittenborg Teams Up with Leading Hospitality Network. Join for Free Now!Which is why Wittenborg University has teamed up with the world’s leading hospitality network, HOSCO. This innovative online community connects hospitality students and graduates with employers worldwide – all on a single platform. You can join here for free.

    Wittenborg students would also have received an email in their inbox recently informing them of the tool.

    After completing their profile, students and graduates automatically become visible to employers. They also have access to detailed profiles of all companies registered with HOSCO - at the last count, almost 1 150! These organisations specialize in a wide range of services – from accommodation to food, travel, leisure and entertainment.  They also range in scale from huge hotel groups - like the Hilton, Marriot, Radisson Blu and even Disneyland Paris - to small, independent businesses.

    In addition, students can identify and connect with other HOSCO members who have worked or are currently working in a specific company to obtain valuable advice and recommendations about the company.

    Students manage and follow their applications in real time and are automatically informed if they are not shortlisted for a job so they can adjust their search options accordingly. Employers, on the other hand, can post their vacancies and have up-to-date information about applicants’ availability for a job as this is part of the student or graduate’s profile.

    Furthermore, students are also constantly kept up to date with information on new trends in the industry as ...

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    Dutch students going international in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 10 April 2016, 1:08 PM
     

    Dutch students going international in Holland

    (Original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/dutch-students-going-international-holland.htm)

    Dutch Student Explains Why She Fell in Love with Wittenborg and Now Goes to Every Single Class

    Dutch Student Explains Why She Fell in Love with Wittenborg and Now Goes to Every Single Class'If you speak English in a Dutch environment it sounds weird. But here, 10 minutes into Introduction Day and you discover: everybody does it, and no one cares how you sound.'

    Wittenborg University may be international, but it also attracts plenty of Dutch students – even ones from its own backyard: Apeldoorn!

    WUP's Anesca Smith meets Marjan Jansen, barely 18 years old and doing an IBA in Economics & Management at Wittenborg after attending one of its NXTLVL Opening Evenings and falling head over heels in love with the university. In an interview she tells how she quickly realized that university is not high school and all the responsibility for your progress depends on you. 

    Hello Marjan. When did you start your studies at Wittenborg?
    I started in September, 2015, in Phase 1. 

    Why did you choose to study at Wittenborg?
    I am from Apeldoorn and attended one of the NXTLVL evenings where I went to a presentation from Wittenborg. Afterwards I told my Dad (who was with me): I like it so much here!

    What did you like about it?
    Everything. The presentation was great and everyone made me feel like I had a chance to do something good. Then I got a brochure from the school, saw the EEG and everything was so well informed that the decision was very clear to me.

    How has your experience at Wittenborg been so far?
    I’ve realised that it all comes down to you – how much you put in. If you don’t go to classes or do your work, you carry the consequences. In high school if you don’t show up for three classes in a row, the school contacts your parents, but here I really feel the responsibility to go to every single class.

    And it has paid off?
    Yes, definitely. I...

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    Wittenborg Students Off to Kenya for Youth Empowerment Project
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 8 April 2016, 11:17 AM
     

    Wittenborg Students Off to Kenya for Youth Empowerment Project

    http://wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-students-kenya-youth-empowerment-project.htm


    Students from Wittenborg Amsterdam will be off to Kenya from 9 – 15 April to participate in a project, Vijana Reloaded, which seeks to train unemployed youth in Kenya in entrepreneurship and ICT. Since September last year Wittenborg Amsterdam offers an IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business with students from all over the world, including Africa.

    In the meantime, Phase 1 &2 students from Apeldoorn will be designing a crowdfunding campaign to fund the Kenya project as part of Project Week 6 activities. They will be attending a workshop in this regard on 11 April in Amsterdam.

    The company behind the project is the ProPortion Foundation, which self-incubates social enterprises in different phases. Vijana Reloaded is one of the enterprises. The director of ProPortion, Thomas Schuurmans, gave a presentation at Wittenborg’s Apeldoorn location last week. According to him the total financial target for development of the project in 2016 is €200 000 of which they hope to generate a portion from crowdsourcing.

    Wittenborg Students Off to Kenya for Youth Empowerment ProjectVijana Reloaded empowers youth between the ages of 18-28 in rural Kenya by boosting their income, productivity and contribution to social-economic development through 6-month traineeships in entrepreneurship that leverages on ICT applications and the agri-business sector.

    Schuurmans said he hopes the involvement of Wittenborg students will lead to an exchange of ideas and information with students in Kenya. Opportunities also exist for possible internships in Kenya. "It is also about building relationships and a professional network as well as fundraising initiatives."

    Wittenborg Students Off to Kenya for Youth Empowerment ProjectHe told students the youth unemployment rate in Kenya grew at an alarming rate from 12% in 2006 to about 42% currently. Of further concern is that 70% of the ...

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    Russian Students Eager to Study in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 7 April 2016, 11:05 AM
     

    Russian Students Eager to Study in Holland

    http://wittenborg.eu/russian-students-eager-study-holland.htm

    Russian Students Eager to Study in HollandAlmost 3 out of 4 Russian students who have been in contact with the Netherlands Education Support Office (Neso) want to study in Holland.

    This is according to EP-Nuffic, the Dutch organization for internationalization in education.
    Neso Russia conducted a survey among prospective and actual students who have been in contact with its office over the past 4 years. It also revealed that studying abroad for Russian students is often closely linked to the prospective of being able to find a job upon graduation.

    Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, recently visited the Moscow State University's Business School at the invitation of Neso Russia and was accompanied by its director, Jerke Verschoor. Birdsall made a presentation on his career as an entrepreneur up to the point where Wittenborg developed from a Dutch-speaking local business school to the international and intercultural foundation University of Applied Sciences it is today. After the presentation Birdsall also attended the ICEF Moscow workshop where he met more than 50 study abroad agents from Russia.

    One of the main aims of the survey was to find what the main challenges and motivations are for prospective students planning to study abroad in general and in the Netherlands particularly. "The main motivating factor in studying abroad is the availability of interesting undergraduate majors and programmes at a foreign university. When choosing a university, attention is also paid to factors such as the language of instruction and a university’s reputation," the study results read. Also important is the possibility of receiving a free education, a reasonable level of financial resources for living and employment prospects. Respondents choosing the Netherlands when comparing countries often talk about its ...

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