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Wittenborg's Munich Campus Director Encourages Students to Get Vaccinated

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Wittenborg's Munich Campus Director Encourages Students to Get Vaccinated

Wittenborg's Munich Campus Director Encourages Students to Get Vaccinated

Update on COVID situation in Germany for Wittenborg Students and Prospective Students in Munich

The Campus Director of the New European College, Wittenborg's partner institute in Munich, has encouraged students and staff to get vaccinated in the institution's latest newsletter before it closed for the summer holiday, telling them "there's real light at the end of the tunnel". 

Sascha Liebhardt said Germany’s COVID numbers are at an all-time low. "Thanks to scientific advances and the available vaccines, we are slowly but steadily returning to normality. Although prudence is still the name of the game, we are seeing many of the restrictions of the last 18 months being lifted," according to Liebhardt.  A link to the current numbers in Germany can be found here.

Liebhardt also expressed his gratitude to the academic teams of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, the International University of Applied Sciences, and his entire team and faculty at the New European College. "It was your hard work that made sure that our students could start, continue and finish their studies during these challenging times," he said.

Liebhardt also provided students and staff with a list of useful resources on the COVID-19 situation in Germany. "Many students have asked me how to get vaccinated in Bavaria. It is very simple, as early as July the Bavarian government lifted the prioritisation of the vaccination. That means everyone above the age of 12 can get a vaccination. All you need to do is to either register with your local Impfzentrum (vaccination centre) or make an appointment with your doctor. More information can be found on the website of the Bavarian vaccination centres.

"And since I am encouraging you to get vaccinated, before anyone asks, yes, I have been vaccinated," Liebhardt said.  

Many graduates from the Munich campus also received their diplomas at Wittenborg's 2021 Summer Graduation Ceremony held last week in hybrid mode.  

WUP 22/7/2021
by James Wittenborg
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Wittenborg's July Admissions Live Q&A

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Wittenborg's July Admissions Live Q&A

Monthly Admissions Live Q&A an ongoing success

Wittenborg's Admissions Live Q&A of the month took place last week and, as usual, several prospective students from different countries worldwide joined the session. It was an opportunity to get to know more about Wittenborg’s study programmes and the process of becoming a student in the Netherlands.

The session, led by Admissions Administrator Mykhailo Huba, started with an introduction about Wittenborg, its locations and programmes. In between the different topics, participants posed their questions and also at the end of the session there was still time to get further clarifications.

Among the participants was a prospective student from Moldova, who aims to pursue his dream of following higher education despite being over 35 years old. His enquiry was about following a bachelor’s programme as a mature student. Fortunately, Wittenborg does not have any age limit for study programmes and everyone who complies with the entry requirements, such as proof of English level, will be welcome to join.

Another contribution to highlight was the enquiry from a father in India, who joined the session with the aim of getting to know better the institution that could potentially welcome his son. Wittenborg knows how important education is for families and the great effort parents make during college years, especially when the student is studying abroad. All his questions were gladly welcomed and answered by Mykhailo Huba.

Prospective students highlight kindness of Admissions Administrator

At the end of the session, the participants thanked Huba for his kindness, patience, and well-explained answers to their questions, and they all seemed very motivated and interested in applying to Wittenborg and in the overall study abroad experience. Likewise, Huba was very glad for the active participation of attendees and enjoyed helping them with their queries.

The next Admissions Live Q&A session will take place on September 15, 2021, from 15:00-16:00 CEST. Everyone is welcome to join and get to know more about Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. To register, click here.

WUP 20/7/2021
by Laura Serrano
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Wittenborg Celebrates First Graduates from Austria

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Wittenborg Celebrates First Graduates from Austria

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Wittenborg Celebrates First Graduates from Austria

Partnership with ITM College in Bad Vöslau Bears Fruit

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences had its first graduates from Austria this semester – stemming from its partnership with the International Tourism Management College (ITM) in Bad Vöslau, near Vienna, Austria. Here it offers its Bachelor of Business administration programme, with specialisation in Hospitality Management, to students from ITM, who studied online.

ITM was the first college in Austria to introduce English as the language of instruction. The college is accredited and approved by the Austrian Ministry of Education.

The graduates celebrated along with about 100 fellow graduates from Wittenborg's Dutch and Munich campuses during the 2021 Summer Graduation Ceremony last Friday, which was once again a hybrid affair. Most students attended in person, observing COVID-19 regulations, while others followed proceedings online.

Wittenborg Celebrates First Graduates from Austria

Hans Lichtenwagner, director of ITM, said in a video message: "We are very proud that the first students from ITM can graduate through Wittenborg and we are also proud of what all the students have achieved. Thanks to all who cooperated with us in such a professional manner. We wish all graduates a great future. Thank you for everything."

One of the graduates, Gloria McCutchan from Austria, said the programme was "perfect" for her and that she got to know lots of people from different backgrounds. "I would definitely recommend studying at Wittenborg – I received great support from the faculty."

Another graduate, Nana Negru from Romania, said she plans on working in Austria after her studies. "My biggest challenge was the online classes. I am a relational person and I missed a lot the dynamics and interactions of learning in a face-to-face environment."

WUP 18/7/2021
by James Wittenborg
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Wittenborg's MBA Graduate Scores Triple Hits

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Wittenborg's MBA Graduate Scores Triple Hits

Wittenborg's MBA Graduate Scores Triple Hits

Wittenborg UEFA 2020 Pool Winner Announced

This week, the winner of the UEFA 2020 pool organised by Wittenborg’s communications department was revealed, and it happens to be Shamsodin K. Shavandi from Iran. With this win, Shavandi scored (pun intended) triple hits, as he has just graduated on July 9 with an MBA in International Management and signed a contract with an employer in the Netherlands.

Being a huge football fan, he was able to predict several match results, including the victory of Italy - his favourite team - over England, which ultimately led him to win the football pool. Coming in second and third places in the competition were Karen Penninga, Wittenborg's Director of Corporate Governance, and Lena Vandenbosch, International Partnership Manager, respectively.

On Thursday, July 16, Wittenborg staff from the communications and admissions departments welcomed Shamsodin one more time at Wittenborg’s office to present the lucky winner with his prize and a customised cake. He was very kind to share his cake with the staff and interns at the office, and stayed for some time to spend a cosy break time with them.

Wittenborg's MBA Graduate Scores Triple Hits

Shavandi's journey at Wittenborg

Shavandi told us that he moved to the Netherlands along with his family  two years ago in order to pursue his postgraduate studies at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. During these two years, the whole family learned to adapt to their new life in the Netherlands, including his children, who first had to familiarise themselves with the local language. Fast forward, graduation time approached and Shavandi received some excellent news. Two weeks before the graduation ceremony, he was called to sign an employment contract with an Amsterdam-based company, and began to work immediately from home. On Friday, July 9, he attended the Graduation Ceremony and officially obtained his MBA International Management diploma. Following that, this week, he was pronounced the winner of Wittenborg's UEFA 2020 pool.

He feels very happy and grateful for having completed his studies at Wittenborg, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic and the whole process of adapting to life in a new country. He advises other students to commit to their education, while also enjoying their free time and the experiences they gain throughout their education journey.

After the short time spent together, Shavandi bade farewell to Wittenborg, as he aims to move nearer to his new workplace. Wittenborg congratulates Shavandi on his achievements and wishes him success in his future endeavours!

WUP 16/7/2021
by Laura Serrano
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Wittenborg Teachers' Creativity & Innovativeness Revealed during Pedagogy Strategies Meeting

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Wittenborg Teachers' Creativity & Innovativeness Revealed during Pedagogy Strategies Meeting


Wittenborg Teachers' Creativity & Innovativeness Revealed during Pedagogy Strategies Meeting

Faculty Members Meet for Reflections on Teaching & Learning

As Wittenborg’s academic school year came to a close this week, its faculty members came together for an informal teachers pedagogy strategies meeting. The main aim of the meeting is to gather teachers' reflections and to have open discussions on teaching and learning, one year into the pandemic. The event was held on Wednesday, 7 July, via hybrid mode at its Spoorstraat campus and MS Teams. The meeting was attended by lecturers from all of its four campuses, in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Munich (Germany) and Bad Voslau (Austria).

The meeting served to provide a platform for teachers to share and discuss innovative and effective teaching pedagogies that have worked well in both online and physical lessons. Topics discussed also revolved around strategies to increase student engagement in class and retention of current digital tools, as well as incorporating new ones.

Head of School of Business Dr Rauf Abdul opened with a welcoming speech and thanked the teachers for taking time to join the meeting. He announced that, for the next academic year (2021-2022), Wittenborg will have full on-campus lessons and will make laptops a compulsory tool for students in the classroom.

In his welcoming speech, President and Chair of Wittenborg Peter Birdsall said that one of the key objectives of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is to enrich students with the experience of what it means to be studying in the Netherlands. He added that the meeting was organised to discuss pedagogy strategies to be employed to encourage classroom attendance and ensure that each lesson is a worthwhile experience.

Wittenborg Teachers' Creativity & Innovativeness Revealed during Pedagogy Strategies Meeting

Sharing of Innovative & Effective Strategies

Faculty members were eager to share their knowledge, expertise and experience, and many innovative strategies were shared during the meeting. Among the tested and proven strategies implemented by teachers were flipped classroom, team problem-solving, team learning using simulations and case studies, edutainment, gamifications and the experiential classroom. Teachers also unanimously agreed that there should be less teacher teaching and more teacher facilitations of classroom activities and projects.

The issue of how to increase student engagement and retention in the classroom was keenly discussed. Sascha Liebhardt, Campus Director of Wittenborg's Munich Campus, said that it is vital to start each lesson well in order to arouse students' curiosity in the subject and develop their passion for business. For example, teachers can start the lesson with a case study or a crime related to the topic, like accounting, and from there discuss its impacts on the business or the various stakeholders.

Marc de Jong, Wittenborg’s German language teacher, reiterated that for language learning human interaction is the core of the business and, therefore, physical attendance in class is of utmost importance. Students' intrinsic motivation can also be stimulated by providing them opportunities to interact with native students or speakers in real and open settings.

Integration & Collaboration among Campuses and Universities

A rather interesting strategy was suggested by Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr Ron Tuninga. He advocated the utilisation of the multitude of technologies available to integrate lessons among Wittenborg's four campuses, as well as integration with other universities. With the ubiquity of virtual learning, business practitioners, CEO, managers or prominent academics from across the globe can be invited to address students during lessons. In addition, to enhance student experience in teamwork, the mixing of bachelor's students and master's students from different pathways and specialisations, or even students from other universities, should be widely practised.

Wittenborg Teachers' Creativity & Innovativeness Revealed during Pedagogy Strategies Meeting

A New Wave of Teaching & Learning

At the end of the meeting, it was clear from teachers’ feedback that the traditional mode of frontal teaching where teachers teach and students take down notes is no longer applicable. The advent of new technologies and COVID-19, plus the new generation of students ('Generation WIFI'), has all drastically transformed teaching and learning. Students, either bachelor's or master's, struggle to sit through lectures (whether online or physical). They require an interactive and collaborative environment to learn, simulating the business industry, and they need a sense of direction and control over what they are learning. There is a need, therefore, to provide students with a form of pedagogy that challenges and brings out the best in them.

The meeting culminated in the ‘End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks’ with students, teachers and staff at the campus. More than eighty students and staff attended the end-of-year bash in both Apeldoorn and Amsterdam campuses. The mood was cheery and light. Wittenborg wishes all students and staff a very happy summer vacation.

WUP 14/7/2021
by Hanna Abdelwahab
©WUAS Press


The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

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The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

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The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

Much Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates at 2021 Summer Graduation Ceremony

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences celebrated its 2021 Summer Graduation Ceremony on Friday - hopeful that it will be the last one constricted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates were praised by management and lecturers alike for their tenacity and perseverance in obtaining their degrees despite the difficult circumstances brought about by the pandemic.

For the first time in the institution's history, due to the number of graduates, the hybrid ceremony took place in two phases with the morning session reserved for master's students and the afternoon session for those graduating with a bachelor's degree, as well as members of staff who completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. 

The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

Graduates turned up in droves to collect their diplomas - especially master's students - and a joyful atmosphere marked the occasion. There were, however, still students who logged on virtually to attend the ceremony. Master's student Ashen Balasinghe (MBM/MSc) spoke on behalf of fellow graduates, congratulating them on their achievements. "Today, we are celebrating our hard work and dedication," he said. He also thanked Wittenborg and the lecturers who worked diligently to ensure students' success.

Wittenborg president Peter Birdsall stressed how unique the graduates were by completing their degrees during a pandemic. "You are an example of human resolve - ambitious young people determined to change their lives for the better." He said that although the graduates' financial and legal contract with Wittenborg is coming to an end, the moral and ethical contract will stand.

The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

He talked about a two-way contract, saying it is the duty of graduates to live the best lives they could, find fulfilling careers, further their studies and be happy. "We hope your studies result in a good life, a better life because that also reflects on us. Our duty, on the other hand, is to grow the quality of education at Wittenborg, the brand and the accreditation. Your degree will become more valuable over time."

Birdsall also sought to reassure the graduates about their futures. "The COVID crisis will pass and we will get back to a normal situation, see families more often, find jobs and get positions. Yes, this is a challenging moment to be graduating, but I'm sure you are all going to be successful, happy people."

The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

The graduates were from Wittenborg's campuses in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Munich and Bad Vöslau. 

The guest speaker of the event was Bernd de Roo, member of Wittenborg's Advisory Board and tax law expert. He spoke about his student days at Leiden University and how valuable the contacts he made there were and continue to be for his career. "Work is something you do for the rest of your life, so it is important to have fun in your job, while you continue to grow. Wittenborg is an excellent place to kick off your career."


The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic
The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic
The Graduates Who Persevered Despite a Global Pandemic

WUP 12/7/2021
by Anesca Smith
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Wittenborg's End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks Event a Hit with Students and Staff

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Wittenborg's End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks Event a Hit with Students and Staff

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Wittenborg's End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks Event a Hit with Students and Staff

End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks Event

With exams completed and summer vacation around the corner, Wittenborg’s End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks event attracted almost ninety students, teachers and staff. The event, held on 7 July at the Apeldoorn and Amsterdam campuses, was graced by President and Chair of Wittenborg Peter Birdsall and CEO Maggie Feng.

The main aims of the simple event were to get informal feedback from students and also to familiarise new students with the Wittenborg family. It was an opportunity to bring together freshmen, sophomores and graduating students with Wittenborg teachers and staff under one roof, making them feel motivated to come back to campus in the new academic year.

For Nigerian student Elizabeth Ifionu, who started her studies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a refreshing and uplifting experience. Ifionu, an MBM student of Logistics and International Trade, said that after one year of online learning, attending the Snacks & Drinks bash gave her the chance to meet up with friends and teachers. “It was a really nice experience, as it gives me close-up connection physically to those virtual faces of my classmates. It was also a chance for me to widen my social circle by meeting students from other programmes and specialisations or teachers and staff whom I have not met before.”

Wittenborg's End-of-Year Snacks & Drinks Event a Hit with Students and Staff

Enthusiastic to meet classmates and staff 'live'

The event at the Amsterdam campus saw students and staff sitting together at a long table with food and drinks aplenty. Commenting on the event, Wittenborg's Amsterdam Campus Manager, Iryna Bernatska, said that the students and staff discussed everything and anything under the sun - the weather, traditions, families, culture and their experiences in the Netherlands. Students were also curious as regards to the new academic year and wanted to know when physical classes would start. MBA International Management student, Bahareh Bolhassani from Iran, remarked, "It was such a great experience after such a long break to come to campus and meet our classmates and new staff 'live'. We discussed some cultural differences and it was nice to meet different people with diverse cultures".  

Mehdi Sadri, an MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation student, who joined Wittenborg in May, commented, "I am so happy to finally meet classmates and faculty members in person. It was such an amazing and friendly atmosphere. In addition, I had a chance to visit the Amsterdam campus for the first time."

Bernatska added, "It is always nice to have a chat with students in informal situations. You get to know their personalities and build closer connections. I could see how enthusiastic they were to chat with us and they did not want to leave. We all hope that our regular gathering will be back to normal starting from September".

WUP 11/7/2021
by Hanna Abdelwahab
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Wittenborg Joins Another Global Hospitality Network, CHME, Solidifying Ties within Sector

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Wittenborg Joins Another Global Hospitality Network, CHME, Solidifying Ties within Sector


Wittenborg Joins Another Global Hospitality Network, CHME, Solidifying Ties within Sector

Wittenborg Now Proud Member of Council for Hospitality Management Education

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is proud to announce its membership to the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) - a non-profit organisation representing the UK, European and international universities and colleges offering higher education programmes in the fields of hospitality studies, hospitality management, and related fields.

Wittenborg President Peter Birdsall said CHME is a research group within the hospitality and tourism sector with a strong academic focus. Wittenborg is also a member of EuroCHRIE, the European chapter of a global network organisation which supports education and training for the hospitality sector and works closely with industry representatives.  

CHME also contributes to the professional development and status of hospitality management education through the sharing of best practice in scholarship and pedagogy. Its aims include promoting and disseminating research and scholarship which informs and enhances curriculum development and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.  

Its annual research conference provides a valuable platform for new and more mature researchers and attracts delegates from across the world. Topics and subjects presented include consumer studies, food and beverage, gastronomy, hospitality, leisure and tourism studies and other relevant areas.  

Like EuroCHRIE, CHME also promotes effective and beneficial links between the hospitality industry and education.

WUP 9/7/2021
by James Wittenborg
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New Partnership for Wittenborg with China's Largest Listed Education Provider

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New Partnership for Wittenborg with China's Largest Listed Education Provider

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Wittenborg Signs Cooperation Agreement with China Education Group (GEG)

Wittenborg Signs Cooperation Agreement with China Education Group (CEG)

A memorandum of cooperation has recently been signed between Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and Nanchang Bola Students Services (NBSS), which is a branch of the China Education Group (CEG). NBSS will act as Wittenborg's China Representative Office. 

CEG is a leading global higher and vocational education group with footholds in China, Australia and the UK, aiming to provide quality education through innovation. The group was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017 and is currently the largest listed higher education and vocational education group in China.

CEG believes that the partnership with Wittenborg will further diversify its international education opportunities for students who want to study abroad. "It can provide more and diversified study abroad options for CEG's 250,000 students, as well as provide CEG member schools with richer channels for international education exchanges. This in turn will help to establish a win-win cooperation between Chinese and European higher education," said Plymouth Li, legal director at CEG's Strategy & Investment Department in Shanghai.

Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng said: “Being Chinese and born in Beijing, I feel that China has always been part of Wittenborg’s DNA, since the founding of the international business school that Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is today. For many years, we have carefully selected our partners in China and this has brought us almost 2 decades of successful Chinese graduates as well as a host of meaningful partnerships.

"We are excited about our new partnership with the China Education Group, as they own several private, state-accredited Chinese universities of applied sciences and colleges, and have considerable experience in higher education in China. They have also expanded their higher education in Australia and the UK and have developed international expertise. We are looking forward to working with CEG and NBSS in establishing our new China Representative Office, helping to give their students an opportunity to learn and train in the Netherlands, further expanding and sustaining our Wittenborg.”

In terms of student enrolment, CEG is the largest listed higher and vocational education provider in China. As of February 2021, the group had approximately 250,300 enrolled students from about 100 countries around the world.

The group operates in three business segments and its school network includes 11 universities and professional schools in China (including the top-ranked and largest private university in the country and four schools in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area), a higher education institute in Sydney, Australia, and a US-UK dual-degree awarding university in London, UK.

WUP 07/07/2021
by James Wittenborg
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Erasmus+ INFURI Project in Full Swing

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Erasmus+ INFURI Project in Full Swing with its 2nd Living Labs Session

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Erasmus+ INFURI Project in Full Swing with its 2nd Living Labs Session


Wittenborg’s Erasmus+ Project, INFURI, is picking up speed with the completion of its second Living Labs session last Wednesday, 23rd June. The event was a physical session held in Apeldoorn, in the office of one of the project’s participating companies, Brummel,  a business to business, custom-made furniture designer and manufacturer.

Circularity is Future of the Industry

Project INFURI, short for INnovation in the FURniture Industry in the Era of Circular Economy, aims to spread innovative and sustainable circular business models in the furniture industry with the focus on SMEs. It involves collaboration with a consortium of 9 institutions from 7 countries in Europe and about 36 companies active in the furniture and circular economy.
 
According to Wittenborg’s EU Project Coordinator, Aydan Ismayilova, the purpose of the second Living Labs session was to introduce local furniture companies in Gelderland to the Erasmus+ funded INFURI project that promotes and supports the companies in their transition to circular business models. “Circularity is the future of the industry. However, the transition to it constitutes a major challenge for companies from the high cost of innovation to lack of resources. Thus, the aim of the session is to understand the barriers and challenges faced by Dutch companies in their transition to more sustainable business,” said Ismayilova.

 

Erasmus+ INFURI Project in Full Swing with its 2nd Living Labs Session

Interactive Activities Lined Up for Participating Companies

Local furniture companies attending the session were Emondt kmi, Kloppenberg Meubelen, Petersen Interieur, Intermontage and Circulock.  The companies participated in a few interactive activities including a Q methodology, self-diagnosis survey and manifesto. The inputs gathered during the session will assist the project partners in developing recommendations and training materials. Companies also indicated which areas of circularity they are more interested in and this can help the coordinators in planning for future activities of the project.

With the smooth running of the planned activities so far, despite the pandemic, it is hoped that this 30-month project, which started in December 2020, can be completed by May 2023. Judging by the enthusiasm shown during the session by the participating partners, more interactive and exciting activities will be planned for the next 4 living labs sessions which are in the pipeline.

WUP 5/7/2021
by Hanna Abdelwahab
©WUAS Press

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