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    Wittenborg Student's Dance Academy a Hit with Dutch Women of All Ages
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 29 May 2017, 10:03 AM
     

    Wittenborg Student's Dance Academy a Hit with Dutch Women of All Ages

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    Wittenborg Student's Dance Academy a Hit with Dutch Women of All AgesMexican student Maru Lizarraga had been running her own dance academy for five years when she joined Wittenborg Amsterdam last year to do an IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business. “All that time I was running my business intuitively, but then realized I needed a solid entrepreneurial background to achieve my goals.”

    Dance Academy Badra Falak in Breda specializes in belly dancing and has about 70 students ranging in age from 18 – 80. Maru moved to Holland 8 years ago and runs the academy with the help of her husband. She has been belly dancing for 14 years and has won many awards – including being crowned belly dance champion of Benelux in 2014. Last month she also graced the cover of Stee Magazine.

    “Belly dancing is not part of Mexican culture, but I fell in love with it right away. It is an ancient dance form which was performed during rituals associated with fertility. For me, it is something which helps you connect with your femininity.”

    I want women to celebrate and accept their bodies.

    Wittenborg Student's Dance Academy a Hit with Dutch Women of All Ages“In Holland, women are encouraged to be rational beings and it seems they strive to compete with men. In my work, I try to get women to celebrate their femininity and also make them feel more confident about their bodies. We are bombarded with images in magazines about the ‘ideal’ body. I try to get women to accept and celebrate their bodies just as they are.”

    Why study at Wittenborg?

    “Amsterdam is renowned for having one of the largest start-up communities in Europe. One of the main reasons I chose Wittenborg is because it has its own in-house incubator -Incubator UP- which provides a unique opportunity for students to connect with real entrepreneurs and their companies.

    “Reading Wittenborg’s student profile, I completely ...

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    Chinese Delegation from Wuhan University Cements Relations with Wittenborg on Visit to Apeldoorn
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 27 May 2017, 7:24 AM
     

    Chinese Delegation from Wuhan University Cements Relations with Wittenborg on Visit to Apeldoorn

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    Chinese Delegation from Wuhan University Cements Relations with Wittenborg on Visit to ApeldoornRepresentatives from Wuhan Business University in China visited Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this week for further talks on cooperation opportunities between the two institutes.

    Discussions focused on a top-up study programme that allows for Bachelor students from Wuhan to come to Apeldoorn to do accelerated degrees at Wittenborg, and for Bachelor students to enter Master degree programmes. The cooperation will be in the area of business administration, smart industry, hospitality and tourism.

    This follows Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng’s recent visit to Wuhan and other institutes of higher education in China to foster relations. Wuhan is the first to return the visit.

    Feng went to China in March as part of a trade mission led by the Gelderland province. She was accompanied by Michiel Scheffer, D66 member of Gelderland’s provincial executive, Apeldoorn councillor Alderman Johan Kruithof and representatives from the Full Sports Group (FSG).

    TChinese Delegation from Wuhan University Cements Relations with Wittenborg on Visit to Apeldoornhe Chinese delegation from Wuhan was led by Buyue Sun, vice-president, and 4 colleagues. Feng said there was also talk of a summer course and a short exchange programme for students and scholars from the two universities. “The idea is to form a long-term relationship.”

    Wuhan Business University (WBU) is an HBO-level institute with more than 10,000 students and offers degree programmes in 11 study areas, including hospitality, equestrian sports, art and management.

    The delegation also met Kruithof at the Apeldoorn city hall and visited the FSG campus as well as the Dutch Royal Racecourse.

    WUP 27/5/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Apeldoorn in the Top 10 of Happiest Cities
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 25 May 2017, 10:43 AM
     

    Apeldoorn in the Top 10 of Happiest Cities

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    Apeldoorn in the Top 10 of Happiest CitiesApeldoorn, the city where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is located, is in the top 10 of the happiest places to live in the Netherlands.

    This is according to the Atlas voor Gemeenten, an annual publication, which compares the 50 biggest municipalities in Holland. This year the researchers zoned in on the theme “Happiness”, looking at which municipalities have the happiest residents.

    The city coming out tops was Ede – about 28km from Apeldoorn, which occupies 7th  place on the list. Both are located in the Gelderland province. People from Rotterdam are apparently the least happy. 

    The good news is that, in general, 87% of Dutch people indicated that they are indeed happy. City dwellers in general seem less content (87%) than those who live in more rural parts of the country (89%), like Ede.

    “Happy communities in general are those with an appealing work and living climate where many healthy and employed people work,” researchers wrote.

    Apeldoorn in the Top 10 of Happiest CitiesThe unhappiest cities are characterized by a high number of those unfit for work, the unemployed, migrants and single parents. Lifestyle often also plays a role in experiencing happiness – things like having regular contact with friends and family and good health. Those who drink moderately are also apparently happier than teetotallers, or those who drink excessively!

    What about age? According to the study, those under 35 years old and above 66 years are the happiest.

    Source: NRC

    WUP 25/5/2017
    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg Lecturer Attains PhD in Finance after 3 Years of Hard Work
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 4:34 PM
     

    Wittenborg Lecturer Attains PhD in Finance after 3 Years of Hard Work

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    Wittenborg Lecturer Attains PhD in Finance after 3 Years of Hard WorkThree years of hard work have paid off for Wittenborg lecturer, Muhammad Ashfaq, who recently completed his PhD in Finance, defending his thesis at Tübingen University in Germany (on a cooperative PhD program between Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Tübingen University).

    “I have not had a weekend off for two years! Now I have to look for a new challenge,” said Ashfaq who has been teaching at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences since early 2014, and lives with his family in Germany. 

    On how he managed to complete his studies while teaching at two universities in Germany as well as at Wittenborg, Ashfaq said he learned the power of self-discipline. “I committed myself to writing at least one page a day. I would prepare my research in the evening and come in to my office at 6am in the morning while everything was still quiet, and write until 10am when the students start arriving.

    “Both my supervisors – Prof. Randall and Prof. Khalfaoui – were very supportive throughout the whole process. Most importantly, it would have not been possible without the enduring support of my wife and my parents. Sometimes, I saw my only child after two or three days, despite working nearby in my office, because I came home late at night and left in the early morning.”

    Wittenborg Lecturer Attains PhD in Finance after 3 Years of Hard WorkHis research topic looks at the knowledge, attitude and preferences of Muslims living in Germany towards Retail, Islamic Banking Products and Services through Empirical Analysis. 

    “The most difficult part of doing a PhD for me was deciding on a topic – it took me six months because there are so many interesting topics, and you have to consider which ideas are viable, manageable and attainable in terms of data collection, etc. But in the end I was able to ...

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    'Debbie' - Internationalisation more than just an international classroom or study abroad.
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 21 May 2017, 11:09 PM
     

    Since her passing, Wittenborg launched a 'Debbie Scholarship Fund', that supports OTS, Holland Scholarship and other awards. The university has awarded more than a quarter of a million euro in scholarships and study aid to international students from developing countries.Any international university, or college, must have strong support systems for its international students coming to study abroad, or local students going for a period of study or work placement in another country.

    But it doesn’t just end there – international institutions often provide deep support and assistance to their international visitors, just as they are the main base for their local students going out to study or work in a foreign land.
     
    Since her passing, Wittenborg launched a 'Debbie Scholarship Fund', that supports OTS, Holland Scholarship and other awards. The university has awarded more than a quarter of a million euro in scholarships and study aid to international students from developing countries. International students often need in depth information and help in all sorts of areas, from housing, to filling in official forms, from opening a bank account to applying for a visa, from medical insurance to health and dental care.
     
    Sometimes, but very rarely, help is required in an ultimate health care decision, as was the case of Wittenborg’s Chinese student Debbie Kuang (1979-2012).
     
    Yesterday, Wittenborg’s Maggie Feng, Peter Birdsall and former business lecturer Henry Muusz, whose family helped care for her, visited Debbie’s grave at the cemetery in Epe, which they maintain.
     
    5 years ago, Debbie was awarded an honorary degree. She died of cancer on May 22nd 2012, and is buried in the place of Epe, a town 10km to the north of Apeldoorn, after her parents agreed with Wittenborg's directors to have this arranged.
     
    Debbie GraduationOn receiving her degree at the ceremony held at the Epe Hospice on 20th May 2012, Debbie requested that the institute support students from abroad to study in the Netherlands, by setting up a fund in her name.

    Since her passing, Wittenborg launched a 'Debbie Scholarship Fund', that supports OTS, Holland Scholarship and other awards. The university has awarded more than a quarter of a million euro in scholarships and study aid to international students from developing countries.
     
    Wittenborg aims to launch a new variant of the 'Debbie Scholarship Fund' at its November Wittenborg 30 Gala.


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    Wittenborg a Top Choice for Student Satisfaction - Results in from NSE 2017
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 18 May 2017, 12:07 AM
     

    Wittenborg a Top Choice for Student Satisfaction - Results in from NSE 2017 - the Dutch National Student Survey 2017

    Wittenborg a Top Choice for Student Satisfaction - Results in from NSE 2017  - the Dutch National Student Survey 2017

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    Which universities in the Netherlands are keeping their students the happiest?

    The results from the 2017 National Student Survey (NSE 2017) show that student satisfaction levels at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has not only improved across the board from 2016, but is also significantly higher than the national average. Wittenborg's unique education approach of Internationalisation in the Classroom has scored highly.

    Wittenborg's results are in glaring contrast to the average situation at Dutch universities of applied sciences which has been described as “stagnant” for the first time in 4 years in a press release by the NSE. While Dutch students are most happy about their internship experience itself and the companies they work for, they’re the least happy about the career preparation they get from their institutes and the assistance during the internship.

    Students scored Wittenborg’s general study programme a whopping 8.08 out of 10 – up considerably from 7.17 last year. The national average is 7.94 out of 10.

    The institute got excellent marks for its internationalism (8.34) compared to the national average of 6.34 Internationalism is a new theme which was added to the survey this year. Students were asked to what extent their institute encourages them to learn about other cultures, how international the focus of programmes are and about the opportunities offered to study or do an internship abroad.

    Wittenborg scores high (8.34) on the quality of its teachers - their expertise, availability, quality of feedback and guidance, professionalism and command of the English language. It was also commended by students for the small size of its classes. The lowest marks the institute got was for its internship programme , but with a 7.14, this ...

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    Wittenborg Graduate Off to Italy for Masters in Food Studies
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2:48 PM
     

    Wittenborg Graduate Off to Italy for Masters in Food Studies


    Wittenborg Graduate Off to Italy for Masters in Food StudiesAustralian graduate Katharine Smith wants to use the education she got at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences to help restaurants better human and environmental health in their day-to-day business.

    Smith graduated from Wittenborg in February with an IBA (Bachelor) in Hospitality Management. Now she is heading to the innovative University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy where she will do a master's degree in Gastronomy: Food of the World, Food Cultures and Mobility. She hopes to become a consultant, using the knowledge she learned from her bachelor's thesis, as well as her upcoming master's thesis, to help restaurants.

    Smith, a direct-entry student, was already living in Holland and working as a payroll manager when she decided to study at Wittenborg and make a career change into hospitality with a focus on restaurants.

    “I chose Wittenborg because it offers an English-taught degree with a focus on hospitality management which features subjects I was interested in, such as Business Planning, Restaurant Design and Marketing.”

    Her advice to current students is to start as early as possible with their graduation assignment research. “Doing a thesis is much more work than you think!”

    WUP 17/5/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Brazilian Students Highly Interested in Dutch Degrees as Wittenborg Makes First Trip to Brazil
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:19 PM
     

    Wittenborg Sales Director Impressed with Brazilian Students

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    Wittenborg Sales Director Impressed with Brazilian StudentsWittenborg University of Applied Sciences made its first trip to Brazil this month where the institute’s international sales director, Tim Birdsall, talked to select groups about the quality and attractiveness of Dutch higher education for international students.

    Birdsall first traveled to the capital, Brasília, where he made a stop at the Nuffic Neso Brazil office where he gave a talk on presentation skills and sales techniques.

    Among students there particular interest in Dutch Master degree programmes and a general preference for doing degrees in Economics, Business and Management as well as Humanities and Social Sciences. Some of the attendees were alumni of the Dutch education system and were interested in furthering their studies in the Netherlands – either doing a Master degree or a PhD.

    Wittenborg Sales Director Impressed with Brazilian Students

    “I met some great students,” Birdsall said afterwards. They are very engaged and already showing high levels of interpersonal skills. If these are the people in charge of Brasília’s future, Brasília is in good hands!”

    Neso Brazil called it an “incredible evening” with a good turnout. “Everyone found the workshop rather interesting and were engaged on the activities during the entire night.”

    Birdsall has been running presentation skills, sales and leadership workshops with multi-national environment for over 20 years. After the workshop he spoke about studying at Wittenborg which is one of the most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands with almost 100 different nationalities studying at its locations in Apeldoorn and Amsterdam the past 3 years. Tim lives in Vienna Austria, where Wittenborg is opening its first international campus in August 2017.  

    Brazilian Students Highly Interested in Dutch Degrees as Wittenborg Makes First Trip to BrazilAfter his visit to Brasília he was off to São Paulo to meet...

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    Neso China: Partnerships Key for Dutch Universities Wishing to Attract More Chinese Students
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:49 PM
     

    Neso China: Partnerships Key for Dutch Universities Wishing to Attract More Chinese Students

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    Neso China: Partnerships Key for Dutch Universities Wishing to Attract More Chinese StudentsFor Dutch universities of applied sciences wishing to attract Chinese students it is key to form long-term relationships with Chinese institutes of higher education.

    This is the advice from Charles Hoedt, director of the Netherlands Education Support Office (Neso) in China, who recently met with Wittenborg directors Peter Birdsall and Maggie Feng in Beijing.

    Hoedt was commenting on current trends in the Chinese education market, noting that forming partnerships in China was obviously not a problem for Wittenborg, who recently made agreements with no less than 5 institutes of higher education in China during a trade mission.

    “In general, it is harder for universities of applied sciences (HBO) to attract Chinese students than for research universities. The recruitment market in China has changed, especially for bachelor's students, and the competition is fierce,” Hoedt said.

    “The HBO-level institutions that do well in China are usually the ones with a solid long-term China strategy and/or a full-time representative in China. Institutes of higher education can build a name by initiating partnerships or exchange programmes, awarding scholarships, establishing a solid alumni strategy, and collaborating with local agents and representatives. Local presence as well as long-term relationships with Chinese counterparts are key to attracting Chinese students.

    “As Neso China is responsible for the generic promotion of Dutch education, we put a lot of effort in the general HBO-level education. We explain the Dutch binary system as part of promotion activities and try to increase awareness of about the global recognition of the high quality of Dutch UAS. Additionally, we have hosted an...

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    Wittenborg Wants International Students to Impact Economy, says its team at AACSB Conference in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:48 PM
     

    Wittenborg Wants International Students to Impact Economy, says its team at AACSB Conference in Vienna

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    Wittenborg Wants International Students to Impact Economy, says its team at AACSB Conference in ViennaWittenborg University of Applied Sciences wants its international students to contribute to society by making an impact on the Dutch economy or the economy of their home country.

    So says Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, who is currently attending the annual conference (Europe, Middle East & Africa) of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in Vienna with the Dean of Wittenborg School of Business, Dr Rauf Abdul and Dr Regina Kecht, WUAS' Interim Academic Dean. AACSB is a professional  US organization focused on advancing business education. About 35 countries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa are represented at the conference.

    Wittenborg Wants International Students to Impact Economy, says its team at AACSB Conference in ViennaThe conference officially opened on Sunday. According to Birdsall, the first sessions were about explaining to institutions why it is important to align their mission statement, strategic goals and the impact they have on society. "At Wittenborg our unique mission statement is internationalisation of higher education. It’s important that our international students make an impact on the Dutch economy or that of their home country."

    According to Birdsall, Wittenborg also appreciates the AACSB’s approach to modern concepts of employability at business schools. "Traditionally there is a clear division between faculty members and support staff, however, this is changing, with a modern concept of employability emerging. At Wittenborg, for instance, there is a strong overlap of tasks and AACSB recognizes this grey area, and focuses on how staff are qualified to facilitate and manage education."

    AACSB, which has a 100-year history, also unveiled a new brand identity...

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