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Minister Weighs in on International Students "Fast-Tracked into Prestigious Universities"
by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 12:45 PM
 

Minister Weighs in on International Students "Fast-Tracked into Prestigious Universities"

Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven Weighs in on Question of Dutch Universities Fast-Tracking International Students Who do not Make the Grade

The Minister of Higher Education, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has said she is not averse to asking the Dutch Inspectorate of Education to look into the way agencies recruit international students for public universities if there are indications of irregular conduct.

Questions in Parliament

Van Engelshoven was responding to questions posed in parliament by the Socialist Party MP, Frank Futselaar.

Futselaar was referring to a recent article published in Onderwijsblad, a publication of the AOb which alluded to international students being fast-tracked into research universities despite not having a qualification that is equivalent to the national requirement. Wittenborg also reported on the matter in May.

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MBA Students Visit Robot Centre in Almelo
by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 23 June 2019, 11:46 AM
 

MBA Students Visit Robot Centre in Almelo

"Robots are Not Here to Take our Jobs, but to Increase Productivity"


MBA students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recently visited ESPS - the company behind the Robotics Experience Centre in Almelo. They were led by the Head of Wittenborg’s School for Business, Dr Rauf Abdul.

The excursion was part of the final MBA Project Week for the current academic year. Students got a lecture on the activities at the centre by Jeron Heimerink, a Robot Application Project Engineer at ESPS. They were also given a tour around the centre and attended a workshop. ESPS has been operating for the past decade and has more than 15 international companies on their clients list.

MBA Students Visit Robot Centre in Almelo

On what they learned from the experience, one student, Adedamola Nuga from Nigeria, said: “For almost every task there is now a robot that can help. However, they are quite dangerous and as such need to be caged. Contrary to popular belief, robots are not here to take jobs away from humans. The idea is to collaborate and improve productivity and for robots to carry out repetitive tasks.

“Students had lots of questions and by the end of the tour we were very happy about the opportunity to visit ESPS,” Nuga concluded. 

WUP 23/6/2019
by James Wittenborg
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Wittenborg CEO Talks about Company Growth on Radio
by Wittenborg News - Friday, 21 June 2019, 4:44 PM
 

Wittenborg CEO Talks about Company Growth on Radio

Wittenborg's "Personalised Service" to Students Gives them Edge over Competition


How does a small, private institution like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences keep on distinguishing itself in a market teeming with big, public universities and an avalanche of online study programmes?

This was one of the questions posed to Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, guest on BNR Radio's Talkshow Groeihelden. Every week the show features different business owners who talk about how they attain growth in their sector. This week it was the turn of education. Feng's fellow guest was Tom Bos from NCOI's Online Academy, which offers local companies short, segmented training for their employees.

According to Feng, Wittenborg grew by 20% in 2018, attracting students from about 90 different nationalities. Yet, it harbours no ambitions ...

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The Perks of Studying Abroad
by Wittenborg News - Friday, 21 June 2019, 9:06 AM
 

The Perks of Studying Abroad

International Students No Longer Limited to Same Perspectives or Mentality


Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences embraces internationalisation as one of its key values.  With every intake, it manages to bring in students from a vast number of nationalities.  That is something to be proud of since it has built its reputation on three cornerstones: Internationalisation, Diversity and Ethics.

But what really are the benefits of having so many students from all sorts of cultures, ethnicities and countries in one school, in one class?  What do the students themselves have to say about this kind of class setting?  Let’s delve in deeper into this topic.

Exposure to New Cultures

Studying in a school with classmates from different countries allows you to experience and learn about different cultures first-hand and not from books or movies.  We get ...

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Popular Wittenborg Invigilator Passes Away
by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 1:33 PM
 

Popular Wittenborg Invigilator Passes Away

Remembered Fondly by Colleagues


The passing away of one of Wittenborg's most popular invigilators, Jan Kruitbos, was met with sadness by staff and students alike this week. Kruitbos, 71, worked at Wittenborg for 10 years and was a familiar face during exams and university events like the bi-annual staff dinners. A private service was held for him on Monday.

Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, expressed his condolences and informed students and staff in a message that Kruitbos passed away unexpectedly last week after a short period of illness.

"Jan worked for Wittenborg for 10 years, having started with us in Deventer in 2009. He was an important member of the team of Exam Invigilators, ensuring that all examinations are carried out fairly and squarely at WUAS. Many of you who have either taken examinations or worked with the examinations system will have known him. Jan was an extremely friendly person who was committed to Wittenborg and its students. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends and we shall miss him dearly."

"When he spoke to you he was right there! That is a rare quality in today's busy world"

He was also remembered fondly by academic staff, like Daniel O'Connell, who said: "I remember him with affection ... he always had a smile for you, even early in the morning when I wanted to growl! It did not work with him, and he would still smile. Also, when he spoke to you, he looked at you and was right there! That's a rare quality to find in today's busy world."

WUP 19/06/2019
by James Wittenborg
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Wittenborg Looks Towards Collaborations with India
by Wittenborg News - Monday, 17 June 2019, 4:44 PM
 

Netherlands has a Lot in Common with India - Like Emphasis on New Technology

Netherlands has a Lot in Common with India - Like Emphasis on New Technology


Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, has had a preliminary meeting with Good People Consulting, an Indian talent acquisition group which provides business solutions in the field of human resource management, to discuss collaboration opportunities with Indian institutions.

The group was led by Good People Consulting managing partner and CEO, Amal K. Das. He was accompanied by director, Ashwani K. Dhaul, and regional director, Vikas Verma. Also in the group was the executive vice-president of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade (NICCT), Rajiv Mehra, who is also a member of the board.

Feng said there are many similarities between the Netherlands and India, such as the job market, the emphasis on new technology, engineering and artificial intelligence (AI). At last year's Tech Summit in Bangalore, the Dutch consul-general, Gert Heijkoop, told the India Times that the Netherlands has a deficit of engineers and there is an immense opportunity for Indian engineers to bridge the talent gap in Holland.

Wittenborg's student registrar, Santosh Aryal, added that Wittenborg has a growing number of Indian students.

Good People Consulting already have alliances with universities and other institutions in India and provide services such as placement of students in various industries, providing internships in the corporate world and taking industry projects to campus.

WUP 17/6/2019
by Anesca Smith
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High Praise for Wittenborg's Post Graduate Teaching Programme
by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 15 June 2019, 12:54 PM
 
High Praise for Wittenborg's Post Graduate Teaching Programme

Aiming to Bolster Quality of Teaching


Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has just seen its second group of lecturers complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching & learning in Higher Education. The programme is offered to postgraduates looking to obtain an internationally recognised teaching qualification in higher education. The next starting date is September 2019.

The PGCert programme is offered in collaboration with Wittenborg's UK academic partner, the University of Brighton. The programme is open to both Wittenborg academic staff and external academics, and is taught over one academic year in 5 block sessions. It aims to bolster the quality of teaching and improve student experience in the classroom, while providing continuous professional development.

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Student Column: Wittenborg Students at Open-Air Museum Arnhem
by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 13 June 2019, 4:58 PM
 
Wittenborg Students at Open-Air Museum Arnhem

Students Learn How they Used to Live in the Netherlands


Wittenborg's annual 'Project Week' excursion this year was held at the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem earlier this week. The Open-Air museum essentially demonstrates what it was like to live in the past. Students had a 90-minute guided tour followed by another 90 minutes of free time within the museum. The task at hand for the students was to identify and analyse the museum's market strategy, followed by how they can improve the museum's approach.

Wittenborg Students at Open-Air Museum Arnhem

Wittenborg's students were separated into two large groups and brought to the museum by bus. The guided tour commenced towards the beginning of the trip. During the tour, Sri Lankan student Kavindya was startled about what she ...

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How to live on a 30-euro budget a week.
by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 7:44 AM
 

How to live on a 30-euro budget a week.

How to live on a 30-euro budget a week.

Many students find themselves in tricky situations and creating a budget is not as easy as it looks. Being on your own, you start to question: How did my parents do it, and how are other students managing? Sooner or later you will realise that instant noodles and baked beans are not just a myth. You will end up eating these every day or you will find comfort food which suits your taste.  On the bright side, ramen noodles come in many flavors and you have a big variety to choose from. It is inevitable, the shift from hotel mama to living alone and to paying your own bills is hard! Whether you are deciding between a night out or early to bed, the decision depends on your budget and what compromises you are ready to take.
I have been a student for three years and have by now found a way...

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Look! It's Jackie Chan
by Wittenborg News - Friday, 7 June 2019, 1:09 PM
 

Look! It's Jackie Chan

Chan Teaches at Top Hong Kong University


When Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, recently visited the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management and looked through their list of faculty members, there's one name she certainly did not expect to see - that of Hollywood legend, Jackie Chan.

Chan is a member of the faculty and teaches tourism management. According to the university website he was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Social Science by the Hong Kong Baptist University in 1996.

With his international fame, Dr Chan has been Hong Kong’s official Tourism Ambassador since 1995. He is also actively involved in charities, public services, and is an avid businessman with stakes in everything from production companies to retail, restaurants and gyms.

Feng was in Hong Kong for the 2019 APaCHRIE and EuroCHRIE Conference. It was the first time the two conferences were held jointly. It was hosted by the university in the Hotel ICON - ranked Hong Kong's 3rd best hotel by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice.

Sadly, Feng said, Chan was not at the conference so meeting him will have to wait until next time.

WUP 7/6/2019
by Anesca Smith
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