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Seemingly Absurd Code of Conduct Regarding Language Use Published
by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 25 April 2019, 11:47 AM
 
Seemingly Absurd Code of Conduct Regarding Language Use Published

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has released its 'Code of Conduct for the Use of the English Language', as required by law, which is now enforced to counter 'anglicisation' of Dutch Higher Education


Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has released its 'Code of Conduct for the Use of the English Language', as required by law. This follows recent discussions in the media and in parliament about the anglicisation of Dutch Higher Education.

Peter Birdsall, Wittenborg's Chair

Dutch Purists and the International HE Money Thing

"According to some Dutch purists there are simply too many English-taught degree programmes at Dutch universities," Wittenborg's Chair, Peter Birdsall, states. He goes on to explain that the debate has reached the ...

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Wittenborg continues its AACSB journey at ICAM 2019 in Edinburgh
by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 1:04 PM
 

Wittenborg continues its AACSB journey at ICAM 2019 in Edinburgh

Wittenborg University continues its AACSB journey at ICAM 2019 in Edinburgh, meeting business school deans and leaders from around the world.

Wittenborg (WUAS) was represented earlier this month at the AACSB ICAM conference in Edinburgh, by Professor Dr Ron Tuninga, Vice President Academic Affairs, and Dr Rauf Abdul, Head of the WUAS School of Business. ICAM is AACSB's yearly gathering, and the event brings together business school dean and leaders from around the world.

AACSB membership

WUAS has been an AACSB member for two years, and has embarked upon the preparations for AACSB accreditation, an institutional award which is globally recognised. The originally American AACSB and the Dutch accreditation authority NVAO have a partnership that allows for some overlap in recognition.

Benchmarks for Business Schools of the future

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Islamic Finance Has No Other Option Than to Embrace Financial Technology.
by Wittenborg News - Monday, 22 April 2019, 11:18 AM
 

Islamic Finance Has No Other Option Than to Embrace Financial Technology.

Islamic Finance Has No Other Option Than to Embrace Financial Technology.


Wittenborg lecturer, Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, recently participated in the 7th Global Forum on Islamic Finance organised by the COMSATS University Islamabad held at its Lahore campus in Pakistan.

Ashfaq gave a presentation which asked the question: “Can Financial Technology Play and Important Role in the Development of Islamic Finance?”

He also met with the director of the campus, Prof. Dr. Qaisar Abbas, to discuss mutual areas of interest between COMSATS University Islamabad and Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. "I briefed him about the academic excellence at Wittenborg," Ashfaq said of the meeting.

Islamic Finance Has No Other Option Than to Embrace Financial Technology.

One of the key points of his presentation was that though Islamic finance accepts financial technology, it does so at a slower speed compared to its conventional peers.  "There are already a few successful cases where Islamic banks have been involved in utilising fintech platforms. Examples include the Investment Account Platform (IAP) in Malaysia and the Emirates Digital Wallet, which is a joint venture of 16 UAE banks, 4 of which are Islamic.  Consequently, we see diverse response from traditional market players with respect to this new disruption."

He concluded that overall, existing market players do not have any option except to embrace fintech and work in cooperation with it.

WUP 22/4/2019
by James Wittenborg
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Serial Entrepreneur Dr Melody Sauerborn Guest Lectures at Wittenborg Amsterdam
by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 20 April 2019, 10:19 AM
 

Serial Entrepreneur Dr Melody Sauerborn Guest Lectures at Wittenborg Amsterdam

Bootstrapping and Raising Finance


Students from Wittenborg Amsterdam recently had the opportunity to listen to Dr Melody Sauerborn, bio-pharmacy scientist and serial entrepreneur.

Sauerborn was invited as guest lecture as part of the "Bootstrapping & Raising Finance" module, usually taught by Wittenborg lecturer, Andreas Ooijer. At its Amsterdam location, Wittenborg offers BBA and MBA programmes specialised in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Small Business.

Serial Entrepreneur Dr Melody Sauerborn Guest Lectures at Wittenborg Amsterdam

One of Sauerborn's companies is a contract research company, ADA InVivo B.V., that aimed to consult pharmaceutical multinationals on drug safety. Due to market developments the company now provides training and certification programs for professionals in technology.

Ooijer said: “During her talk she shared with students her experiences of success and failure and provided key lessons learned regarding the relative value of business plans, formal planning and investor relations during the start-up phases of companies”.

WUP 20/4/2019
by James Wittenborg
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Graduate's Simple Idea Changes Lives in Nigeria
by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 18 April 2019, 3:51 PM
 

Graduate's Simple Idea Changes Lives in Nigeria

"Sport Talents Need to Realise They Need an Education Too"


Wittenborg graduate Olumide Omotoso has proved that you can make a big difference in the world with a simple idea. While doing his master's degree in Apeldoorn, the Nigerian football player organised a shoe collection drive for disadvantaged children back in his own country.

Omotoso graduated this winter from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences with a Master of Science in Sport Business Management. He arrived in the Netherlands in November 2017, and soon after joined a local football club in Apeldoorn, Victoria Club.

 

Graduate's Simple Idea Changes Lives in Nigeria

Using Sport to Change Lives

“I want to be involved with sports while changing lives,” he says of the motivation behind his idea. “Football is a much loved sport in ...

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Cultural Differences Day at Wittenborg
by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 12:58 PM
 

KSG Apeldoorn High School Visits Wittenborg University to Discuss Cultural Diversity

KSG Apeldoorn High School Visits Wittenborg University with Cultural Diversity the Key Theme of Discussion.

During the presentation, staff focused on 3 different aspects: diversity, culture and cultural differences. To break the ice, the high-school pupils were tasked with guessing the origins of Wittenborg's facilitators. This exercise proved to be a little tricky, since it was hard to pinpoint the exact origins. However, in a second exercise and with the support of a world map, students immediately recognised the countries. Staff member Nadia commented: “I was positively surprised how quickly the students reacted once we showed them the map”. The facilitators then proceeded to take the students on a journey of their own personal lives.

KSG Apeldoorn High School Visits Wittenborg University to Discuss Cultural Diversity

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Head of Research Sings at Homeless Benefit Evening
by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 14 April 2019, 4:23 PM
 
Head of Research Sings at Homeless Benefit Evening

"Music Fuels my Science Career"


Wittenborg's Head of Research, Dr. Nicolet Theunissen,  is not only a scientist, but also an accomplished singer who regularly performs as one part of the piano-vocalist duo, Sound of Balance.  

The duo recently organised and performed at a benefit evening for young, homeless people in Apeldoorn, held at Artcafe Samsam. Along with two bands and several guest musicians it resulted in an entertaining evening. "The public loved it and a lot of money was raised for the homeless youngsters in Apeldoorn," said Theunissen.

"Music has always been a very important part of my life. When I graduated from high school, I had doubts about my further education. Would I study psychology or register for singing and composition at the conservatory? Both were not possible. I chose to study psychology, and pursue my musical development outside of study. I took singing and composition lessons, was part of jazz bands and alternative electronic pop bands and wrote my own songs.

"Although my career was primarily in science, music has remained an important part of my life. I am convinced that my creativity as a scientist is fueled by my musical activities. My advice to students: focus on what you want to be good at, work hard, but do not limit yourself. I recommend everyone to develop at least two talents for a full and rich life."

WUP 14/04/2019
by James Wittenborg
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Want Better Grades? Change Your Study Technique
by Wittenborg News - Friday, 12 April 2019, 10:10 AM
 

Want Better Grades? Change Your Study Technique

The Feynman Technique Will Help you Learn Faster and Improve your Results


Exams are finally over, at least for this block.  There are dozens more exams to come if you are at the start of your bachelor's or master’s degree.  It sounds so daunting, but that’s how it has been and will continue to be.  We often grumble when it comes to revising for tests or exams.  Studying is indeed tough, stressful and frustrating, or even traumatic for some.  It all boils down to the same thing - reading thick books and poring over lengthy academic papers and case studies.  And the process seems endless because there are countless theories or concepts that we need to remember, memorise and apply.  

What is Your Study Technique?

Each one of us has our own study technique, which may have worked well for the past number of years (and that’s ...

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A warm welcome to Wittenborg's new students during Introduction Week.
by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 1:52 PM
 

An international group of students ready to learn abroad in the Netherlands.

An international group of students ready to learn abroad in the Netherlands.


Wittenborg is known for the multiple entry dates that they offer for both bachelor's and master's degree students. As the fourth intake of the academic year is upon us, a total of 41 new students joined Wittenborg: 38 in Apeldoorn and 3 in Amsterdam. Amongst these 41 students there are 17 different countries represented by Wittenborg’s new-comers. Specifically, there are eight Iranians, seven Nigerians, six Indians, three from China, two from Vietnam, two Russians, two from Cameroon, two from Pakistan, one Australian, one from Ghana, one from Nepal, one from Zimbabwe, one from Syria, one Sri Lankan, one from Kazakhstan, one Italian and one Angolan.

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Study Shows Foreign Students Hugely Benefit UK Economy
by Wittenborg News - Monday, 8 April 2019, 4:13 PM
 

Study Shows Foreign Students Hugely Benefit UK Economy

Foreign Students in UK Do Not "Steal" Jobs from Locals


A new study has shown that international students who stay in the UK contribute £3.2 billion to the British treasury in extra tax revenue over a period of 10 years. It also put paid to the misconception that non-British graduates take away jobs from local residents.

"Government's Biggest Mistake in HE Was to Discourage Foreign Students from Coming Here"

The research was done by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the consultancy London Economics. The director of HEPI, Nick Hillman, said: "Universities firmly believe the government’s biggest mistake in higher education has been to discourage international students from coming here. A hostile environment has been in place for nearly a decade. It is a testament to the strengths of our higher ...

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