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Respected Wittenborg Lecturer, Ton Willems, Passes Away - Also had Illustrious Career in Dutch Royal Air Force

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 15:59

Ton Willems, respected lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and retired military officer, has passed away at the age of 70.

Willems died on Wednesday, 11 January, in Almelo after an extended period of illness. He leaves behind his wife, Hermie Willems-Holshof, and three daughters: Susanne, Natasja and Marjolein.

The sad news was announced on Friday by Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, who also expressed his condolences to Willems’ widow on behalf of the university.

“We will sincerely miss him, his sense of humour, his discussions and of course his absolute loyalty to our school. We knew that Ton was very sick, but still it comes as a great shock to us all,” Birdsall said. According to him Willems was a highly respected and very much appreciated colleague at Wittenborg with whom he and Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, had a warm relationship.

Willems taught a range of modules at Wittenborg from 2004 – 2015 and had a guiding influence on many students who came to study at Wittenborg from all over the world. Courses he lectured includes Quality Management, Research Methods, Industrial Relations, Statistics and Corporate Strategy.

Antonius (Ton) Johannes Willems was born on 11 December 1946 in Haarlem. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy as technical officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He also studied Public Administration at Leiden University and Management and Economics in Eindhoven.

During his illustrious career in the Air Force Willems enjoyed his contact with aircraft maintenance and the armaments industry, and later on with many external consultants hired to enable the success of various strategies of change and reorganisation projects. He held various command positions at maintenance depots, the RNLAF headquarters as well as the Dutch Ministry of Defence in The Hague and NATO’s supreme headquarters in Belgium.

After his retirement he found AJW Management Consulting to advise the Royal Library on optimizing book flows, based on logistics insights and modern IT and warehousing.

Tom also acted as elected chairman of the Principal Board of the Dutch Officers Association, a union that promotes the interests of Dutch officers.

There will be a cremation ceremony for Willems on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, at 12:30 at the Crematoria situated at 40 Usselerrietweg in Enschede (West Entrance). Afterwards there will be a gathering at De Hanninkshof Restaurant, 5 Usselerhofweg in Usselo-Enschede where friends and family can extend their condolences to the family.

WUP 13/1/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

Dutch Student's "Eye-Opening" Internship at Apeldoorn Hotel

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:07

Hospitality student Marnix Doorman chose a unique hotel to do his in-company training – one where he worked alongside students with special needs.

With the assistance of Wittenborg’s work placement coordinator, Adrianne Jonquière-Breure, he recently worked for 6 months at Parc Spelderholt – a place that encompasses a hotel, castle and estate in the beautiful Veluwe area. 

Marnix, whose parents are Dutch, grew up in Australia and joined Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in 2014, where he is doing a BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management.

Marnix was part of the hotel’s hospitality team – assisting in the food & beverage department, performing reception duties in the hotel and conference halls, and also helped out in the sales department. Parc Spelderholt is situated in Beekbergen, close to Apeldoorn.

According to Marnix, he worked closely alongside students with special needs, helping them gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for future employment.

“The hotel recently made the switch from a ‘care hotel’ to a regular hotel, and that required some adaption. I found it very interesting and learned many new skills.”

He concedes it was sometimes a challenge to work with special needs students. “You have to be especially motivational and go the extra mile. Yet, I commend them for doing something different. It was quite an eye-opening experience for me.”

Next, he would like to do an internship at a 4 or 5 star hotel.

WUP 10/1/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Hospitality Management Graduates also Popular with High-End Companies like Louis Vuitton, says Report

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 14:00

The hotel industry is not the only career option for hospitality management students - they are also sought after by high-end companies like Louis Vuitton, Bloomberg and JP Morgan, PIE News reports.

The site was reporting on the continued boom in the tourism and travel sector, which translates into more job opportunities for hospitality and tourism graduates.

“At the same time, hospitality management courses are prized even more highly because well-established companies like JP Morgan, Bloomberg, Disneyland and Louis Vuitton are frequently recruiting internationally-oriented future managers from them,” the article reads.

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences offers an IBA and BA in Hospitality Management (double degree), as well as a Bachelor in International Tourism.

Students can also further their studies with a Master degree (MSc) in International Hospitality Management or an MBA in Hospitality, as well as a MSc in International Tourism Management.

In its latest annual report, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that the tourism sector now accounts for 1 out of 11 jobs in the world. “With more than one billion tourists travelling to an international destination every year, tourism has become a leading economic sector, contributing 10% of global GDP and 6% of the world’s total exports.”

The number of international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) in 2015 increased by 4.6% to reach a total of 1186 million worldwide, an increase of 52 million over the previous year. It was the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth in international tourism following the 2009 global economic crisis.

Tourism flows were influenced by three major factors in 2015: the unusually strong exchange rate fluctuations, the decline in the price of oil and other commodities, and increased global concern about safety and security.

By UNWTO region, the Americas and Asia and the Pacific both recorded close to 6% growth in international tourist arrivals, with Europe, the world’s most visited region, recording 5%. Arrivals in the Middle East increased by 2%, while in Africa they declined by 3%, mostly due to weak results in North Africa.

WUP 7/1/2016

by Cornelius Tree


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Australian Student Balances Football at AFC-Amsterdam with Studies at Wittenborg

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:09

The Dutch are not only famous for their cheese and millions of bicycles, but also for their legendary skills on the football field – just think of Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers in history!

And football is exactly what lured Australian student, Mauro Davila, to the Netherlands. The 18-year-old is doing an IBA in Information Management at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, while at the same time playing for Dutch football club AFC-Amsterdam.

“I came over in August last year for try-outs at Dutch clubs and was selected for AFC’s second division.” He joined Wittenborg in December and said he chose the university because it is international, offers English-taught programmes and has several entry dates.

He trains three times a week and plays centre back position. “I played football back home in Sydney and have been playing since I was 6-years old.” His favourite football team is Manchester United, and the player he admires the most is German defender Jerome Boateng.

According to Mauro, he found adapting to life in Holland quite easy, but misses friends and family. “And the good weather!”

He has not settled on what career he envisions, but deems a good education and obtaining an academic degree as important as football.


WUP 5/1/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Some of the 2016 Wittenborg highlights

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 23:03

In contrast to the political turmoil throughout the world, and it’s possible effect on higher education, 2016 proved to be an excellent year for Wittenborg, with many exciting developments and a steady growth in new students and new teaching staff.

In the UK, a surprising vote for Brexit threw up many questions regarding the UK degree programmes and student - teacher mobility, and the answers have been saved for another day! Another surprising victory saw Trump take the win in the US presidential election, and the effects this might have on international higher education are yet to be seen. The Netherlands will surly remain a hot favourite for a growing study abroad destination.

Highlights of the year at Wittenborg included the validation of a double degree in business for the Amsterdam location and a Master in Sport Business Management, to be started in September 2017. Both these events coincided with a growth in students following the entrepreneurship IBA / EBA pathway in Amsterdam and a partnership with the Full Force Sports academy in Apeldoorn  that  will provide accommodation combined with sports facilities for Wittenborg students, as well as stimulating partnership for the sports business degree programmes.

Expanding its international reach, Wittenborg announced the opening of an Austrian 'Vienna Location' - joining forces with a business school there, Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen (EWS), to offer its IBA and MBA programmes from 2017 at the EWS location. The Vienna Campus will allow students to 'exchange' within the same institute in programmes such as the so-called 'EuroBA' (International Hospitality Management - double bachelors degree with the University of Brighton) and some business administration (IBA) pathways .

Amongst other research projects, Wittenborg was pleased to announce participation in a new project, 'The Robotics Experience Centre Testing Ground Project (RECAP)', a funded research project in which Wittenborg participates with the University of Twente.

On the student accommodation front Wittenborg invested in new apartments close to the institute for students to share, and at the last moment of the year secured an agreement to create a student campus building to house around 34 students in the centre of Apeldoorn. The so-called temporary 'Spacebox' accommodation, will now be removed in early 2017, after 5 years of good service.

In September 2016, in a letter to parliament, the Dutch minister of education, Jet Bussemaker, singled out Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences as a good example of an institute with an unequivocal international character.

The above is a small snapshot of the events of 2016 - for a complete overview, see our news archive pages - http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-university-press-overview-news-and-views-wittenborg-university-apeldoorn-netherlands.htm

So, what's in store for 2017? Well much will be revealed on January 13th when the board presents its 2017 Agenda, but a sneak preview of Wittenborg's 35th anniversary year looks like there will be an announcement on the date and place of a spectacular Wittenborg 35th birthday Gala as well as a new degree programme in Education. More to follow … 

WUP 3/1/2017

by James & WUP

©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg all set to start in Vienna in September 2017!

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 19:12

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences officially signed the agreement with its partner the Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen in Vienna to allow the start of programmes at the EWS location.

Wittenborg is already taking enrolments for its IBA programmes to start in Vienna next September.

Initially, the IBA programmes to be offered are in Economics & Management, Marketing & Communication, Logistics & International Trade and the double degree in International Hospitality Management with the University of Brighton. Later, all the bachelors programmes will be offered.

MBA will also start in September 2017.    

For current hospitality students, there will be an opportunity to follow year 2 at the Vienna campus, and for all 2nd phase EuroBA students that will be their location from block 1 in 2017.    

Later, all IBA students will have the opportunity to study a year in Austria and students starting in Vienna will be able to come to the Netherlands for year 2 or 3.    

The agreement was signed by Wittenborg's CEO Maggie Feng, and Ingeborg Kühling-Garfield, Managing Director of EWS.     

WUP 30/12/2016

by Cornelius Tree
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Lecturer Contributes to Two Books on Finance and Digital Manufacturing

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 10:33

One of Wittenborg's visiting lecturers, Muhammad Ashfaq, recently contributed to and co-edited two books, one of which is published in English and German.

Besides lecturing, Ashfaq is also CEO of Amanah IIFE, an ethical banking and Islamic finance consulting firm, based in Germany with an office in Pakistan.

In the book Digital Manufacturing: Prospects and Challenges Ashfaq contributed a chapter called “Value Chain Digitization: A Practical Roadmapping Guideline”. Herein he points out that that manufacturing industry has undergone significant changes in last few years, and innovations in IT sector have played an important role. "The impact of digitization is not merely limited to manufacturing industry but several other sectors may benefit from it," he writes.

He also co-edited the German finance title Befunde zu Wirtschaftsethik in der globalisierten Gesellschaft Grundsätzliche Überlegungen aus Theorie und Praxis in Wirtschaft, Recht und im Speziellen, and contributed two chapters.

"This book has a multi-disciplinary approach to discuss contemporary issues and challenging’s faced by the global financial system. After the financial crisis of 2007-09, the economists and investigators emphasized the significance of ethics in Business," Ashfaq says.

He highlighted the fact that, in recent years, consumer awareness has increased and ethical banking and Islamic finance (an interest-free financial system) have been seen as important areas for future growth. "Currently the growth of Islamic financial assets is very low if it is compared with total assets of traditional finance. However, Islamic finance has witnessed much higher growth rate compared to the conventional finance." Ashfaq also highlighted that this niche market is expected to cross the mark of $2.7 trillion by the end of 2016.

Ashfaq has been working as visiting lecturer at Wittenborg University since June 2014. He teaches modules in both the IBA and MBA programmes.

WUP 27/12/2016

by James Wittenborg
©Wittenborg University Press

Wittenborg University Press Appoints Marketing Assistant to Promote Whisky Book

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 18:59

Wittenborg University Press (WUP) has appointed bright Nigerian student, Tobi Odukoya, to market “Whisky Burn” – the book by British author and painter, Ben Birdsall - published at the end of last year, also available on Amazon. Scotch whisky is one of the most revered drinks in the world.

The book describes Ben’s Vespa journey around the highlands and islands of Scotland, where he visited many of the well-known whisky distilleries and wrote about them, the whisky, and the people he met on his journey. It also includes his drawings and paintings of the distilleries and surrounding landscapes.

Tobi, who is doing an IBA in Marketing & Communication, has proven herself to be an outstanding and convincing orator, winning a crowdfunding pitch earlier this year in Amsterdam, in aid of a youth empowering project in Kenya.

The marketing of the book will serve as a five-month internship project, which will focus on its distribution around the UK and elsewhere. An important part of the job will be networking with different distilleries in the UK.

Tobi started her studies at Wittenborg in 2014, after studying Mass Communication at Caleb University in Nigeria. Aside from studying, she also works part-time at fashion retailer Forever 21. About the internship she says: “This is a very exciting opportunity. Single malt whisky is a niche market and I am looking forward to the challenge of marketing this book. It is a fantastic read and the drawings make it beautiful."

Of her study programme choice she says: "I always knew I wanted to do something in communication, because I love talking to people and speaking with conviction about what I believe in."

After Nigeria, she had the choice to study in the UK or Holland. "I chose Holland because I feel at home here and have the freedom to express myself." She currently lives in Amsterdam.

Aside from studying and working, she loves reading, and hopes to graduate in 2017 and work a few more years in Europe. "One of my dreams is to empower people," Tobi says.

WUP 19/12/2016

by Anesca Smith (or James Wittenborg, or others)
©Wittenborg University Press

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80% of Wittenborg Hospitality Students Offered Full-Time Job after Acing their Internships

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 13:52

About 80% of hospitality students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences do so well during their internships at hotels around the world that they are offered full-time positions – some even before they have graduated.

So said the coordinator of Wittenborg’s School of Hospitality and Tourism, Esther Gitonga, after the latest round of hospitality students presented their work evaluation reports to her recently.

Case in point: Israeli student, Oded Arieli, who did his work placement at the Leonardo Hotel in Amsterdam during the summer. The Leonardo Group has 60 hotels in Europe and another 30 in Israel.

Oded started his studies at Wittenborg in 2014, and is doing an IBA in Hospitality Management. He started working at the hotel in April – 11 days after it opened and was quickly given managing tasks. Even though his internship has ended, he continues working there alongside his studies, and will do so after graduation.

Oded told Gitonga how he received an all-round training during his internship. “For the first few weeks I worked in reservations – booking new reservations, checking room availability, etc. Then I was moved to maintenance, but after learning the ropes for 2 weeks my supervisor passed away, and not only was I left to run the maintenance but also had to train his successor.

“After that I worked in housekeeping, then food & beverage and finally at the front desk. The most important skills I learned were management and communication. It was my first experience in a hotel and there was a lot of pressure.”

Why did he choose to study in Holland? “I love this country. The culture is very relaxed.” His ambition in the industry is to move to an executive position in a hotel in Europe.

WUP 18/12/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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China's Top Sport University Visits Wittenborg

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 09:01

A delegation from China’s top sport university, the Shanghai University of Sport, was hosted by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recently. Dutch sport expertise, especially professional football coaches, are highly prized by the Chinese.

The group was invited by Wittenborg, which offers a Master of Science degree in Sport Business Management in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK and an MBA in Sport Business Management. It was a 3-day visit. The purpose of the visit was to seek cooperation opportunities in the education field with the Shanghai University of Sport.

The high profile delegation of 5 was led by the vice-president of the Shanghai University of Sport, Wang Xingfang. They were accompanied by a lecturer from Shanghai University’s Faculty of Sport, Wang Jiangyu.

They were welcomed by Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, and given a tour of the university’s facilities in Apeldoorn. Then, it was on to the Full Force Sports Academy, also in Apeldoorn, where a presentation and discussion was led by Dick Boschman, programme coordinator at Top Sport Gelderland.

Finally, the group visited the Apeldoorn City Hall, where they met councillors (alderman) Johan Kruithof and Nathan Stukker, as well as representatives from Full Force and Topsport.

The rest of the Chinese delegation was Yang Ye (Vice-Dean of School of Physical Education and Coaching), Dong Zhongming (Director of Department of Football, School of Physical Education and Coaching), Zheng Zhiwei (teacher from Department of Development Planning) and Xu Xin (Professor from School of Kinesiology).  


WUP 16/12/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Dutch Government Relaxes Internship Rules for Non-EU Students

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 18:44

Unless doing a work placement was a compulsory part of their school curriculum, students from outside the EU were not allowed to do an internship in Holland before. Now all students are allowed to do an internship as long as it is relevant to their area of studies.

Internships can give added value to a graduate on the job market. The amendment to the rules means more international students will get the opportunity to do an internship. Before the change, there was a particular concern for students on research-orientated programmes not doing internships.

The concession was welcomed by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. Peter Birdsall, the chair of Wittenborg’s executive board, said: “This is excellent news – especially for our MSc and MBA students.” Currently, only Wittenborg’s Bachelor programmes require students to do a work placement – the module is worth 15 European Credits.

The new rules required a legislative amendment and this is now incorporated in the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act Implementation Decree. Previously, it stated that an internship had to be compulsory for the completion of a study for it to be allowed. Now, it only needs to be “relevant”.

That means the internship adds to a person’s studies or acts as an important step towards a career flowing from his or her studies.

Potential employees must sign a work placement agreement with both the intern and their institute of higher education. There is no need for the employer to apply for a special permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV), but it must be able to show the internship agreement.

The agreement must specify learning goals – in this way acting as a tool to monitor a student’s progress and to prevent any exploitation of students as cheap labour.

Source: EP-Nuffic

WUP 12/12/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Spanish Hotel Wants More Wittenborg Students After Nepalese Intern Makes Huge Impression

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 09:42

Struggling to find an internship?
Then take heart from Nepalese student, Sarita Chhetri, who applied for almost 100 jobs before finally landing a position at a Spanish hotel, where she did both her internship and in-company training this year - despite speaking no Spanish.

In fact, Chhetri did so well at the 4-star Los Jameos Playa Hotel on the Spanish island of Las Palmas, that she has been invited back for a full-time position after she graduates next year. The management at the hotel, which has 530 rooms, was so happy with her that they want more students from Wittenborg to apply for internships.

As a EuroBA student, Chhetri did her first year at Wittenborg and her second year at the ANGELL Akademie in Germany. She speaks Nepali, German, Dutch, English and is tackling Spanish next.

"I had to bake 200 pancakes"

At Los Jameos she worked in guest relations and management. Daily duties ranged from playing host at the hotel’s clubhouse, checking reservations, checking cleanliness around the pool area and even once baking 200 pancakes on one shift! Another time she had to teach the hotel’s chef how to make curry dishes for an Indian guest.

Good communication is key in hotel industry

“I learned that the most important skill at a hotel is good communication, because if there is a miscommunication it can lead to many problems,” Chhetri says. “Trust and loyalty is also important in the hotel industry. I adopted very quickly to the system, but not knowing Spanish made things challenging in the beginning.

“During the summer the hotel was fully booked – I suspect because there were less people going to Turkey and Egypt - and tourist numbers are expected to keep growing.”

Before coming to Holland she did a BA in Humanities at Tribhuvan University in Nepal before coming to Wittenborg in 2013. “I love Holland. People are helpful and everything is very accessible in this country.”

WUP 9/12/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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New Students at Wittenborg from 13 Different Countries

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:08

New students from 13 different countries started their studies at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this week - including its first student from Syria.

For the undergraduate and MBA programmes, it is possible to start and graduate six times a year at Wittenborg.

The university now boasts about 600 students from 80 different nationalities, growing continuously.  The past year it has also seen slight increases in students from countries like Australia and South Africa.

The new students are from China, Nepal, South Africa, Vietnam, Syria, Iran, Tanzania, Egypt, Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Sierra Leone. Most of them arrived last week, just in time for Introduction Week activities to help them get their bearings and help them settle into their new study environment, including meeting academic and support staff as well as current students.

Most of the new students will start in the first phase of their studies while a handful got direct entry into the second or third phase of their studies, and others will do foundation phase studies. The most popular programmes remain Wittenborg’s IBA & BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management, as well as its IBA in Economics & Management, IBA in International Tourism, IBA in Marketing & Communications and IBA in Information Management.

The next entry date for new bachelor's students is 13 February, 2017.  Non-EU students are advised to apply at least 6 - 8 weeks before the next entry date. EU students must apply 2- 4 weeks ahead. 

WUP 8/12/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg MBA Students Gain from Plenty of Industry Exposure

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 15:25

What makes for a good MBA programme? At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences class activities such as lectures, discussions and case studies are combined with industry exposure through visits to companies.

The coordinator of Wittenborg’s School of Business, Dr Rauf Abdul, said industrial visits provide students with an insider view on the internal workings of companies. “It is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the practical side of business and not just the theory as provided in the classroom.”

Another element of Wittenborg’s MBA programme is to invite innovative guest lecturers such as Marjon van Opijnen.

Van Opijnen has vast experience in social sustainability and justice in the Europe, Africa and Asia. Among others she has worked for Doctors Without Borders and Triodos Bank - one of the most sustainable banks in the world.

In her students she wants to instill a sense of responsible business practices and has taught at Wittenborg since 2015, guest lecturing MBA students on new ways of doing business in the economy of tomorrow and IBA students on Leadership in the Business Environment and Managing Diversity during Project Weeks. “I once worked for a company who was preaching sustainability but not practicing it at all. That was a turning point for me."

After she co-founded the programme Leaders for Economic Change, she started developing programmes to equip young professionals with the skills to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s economy.

“New Economy as well as sustainability are not clear in their meaning and how they should be applied in business and society. Even though almost everyone feels the need for change, few have an idea about how to make the required push to shift an established paradigm. Fewer still have a clear vision on what the future (new) economy will look like and are able to realize systemic change beyond the many pioneers that are booming.”

“In my classes I try not to teach, but to create an environment that stimulates and motivates student to challenge their own learning. The class should be a living example of the world we want to create. Because we ARE that world. Therefore my classes are never the same, each topic needs a different set up to ensure full cognitive, emotional and embodied experience of the topic.” Van Opijnen explores the theories of the past and debates whether they are fit for the future. She searches for new ways of doing business in the emerging future. “This often challenges the mind-sets of students that have been brought up in our current economic paradigm.” She sees it as her duty to enable students to learn the skills they need in the increasing dynamic complexity that we see around us which requires new solutions for the challenges we face. “Furthermore, I want students (and everybody else) to live their full human potential, which is much more than just the cognitive.”

WUP 5/12/2016
by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 14:12

International students who continue to work in the Netherlands after graduation contribute €1.57 billion annually to the Dutch treasury.

This is the amount concluded by EP-Nuffic, based on new figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics and a calculation model by the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) as part of a study into the revenue generated by international students who study in Holland.

Ambassadors for the Netherlands

EP-Nuffic estimates that at least 25% of international graduates will continue to live in the Netherlands after their studies. On the other hand, students who choose to return to their home country often serve as ambassadors for the Dutch education system and industry.

In the 2015-16 academic year, there were 14,900 exchange students in the Netherlands and 61,300 international degree-seeking students – they represent respectively 2.2% and 9.2% of the total student population in the Netherlands. These numbers were released about a month ago by the 2016 Landelijke Monitor Studentenhuisvesting. About 60% of all international students study at a university – significantly higher than their Dutch counterparts (37%).

Of the international students who graduated in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively 42%, 38% and 36% remained and continue to live in Holland after 5 years. They work just as often and earn the same salary as their Dutch counterparts.

The majority of students who choose to remain in the Netherlands after graduating are from Germany, China, Indonesia, Poland and Belgium. Students studying at an institute of higher professional education (HBO) – like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences – are more likely to stay in the Netherlands.

Source: EP-Nuffic

WUP 30/11/2016

by James Wittenborg
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 16:34

Dust off your dancing shoes because Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.  

The university’s management has announced it will be hosting several special events during the whole of next year leading up to a magnificent gala dinner to be held for staff, students and friends of Wittenborg on 10 November, 2017.

Peter Birdsall, chair of the executive board, said there will be academic workshops, seminars, partnership events and research projects kicking off from the beginning of 2017. Another highlight will be the launch of a new study location in the heart of Vienna, the capital of Austria.

The 30th anniversary will be on an even bigger scale than the 25th celebrations in 2012, which saw the launch of the university’s 10-year plan, a glamorous party with a big band and international students invited to dress in the national attire of their country. That was also the year the university started offering its first international Master of Science programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK.

The coming event creates an opportunity for the university to look back and reflect on everything it has achieved the past 30 years – especially the fast-paced changes of the past 5 years, including the opening of a second location in Apeldoorn and another in Amsterdam, the launch and accreditation of several new programmes and the continuous growth in student numbers.

At the same time, it will give a glimpse of what is in store for the next few years. More importantly, it will give the opportunity to connect not only with alumni, students and staff, but also the broader education, government and economic network it has fostered over the years.  

WUP 28/11/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 15:29

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step closer to setting up a branch campus in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

The memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

The memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

The signing took place at the notary office in Deventer, the original birthplace of Wittenborg and the city it operated from for 23 years before moving to Apeldoorn in 2010. It was attended by the two directors of the Vienna campus, Tim Birdsall and Dr Alexander Bauer, as well as Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall.

Wittenborg will offer its range of BBA and MBA programmes in Vienna, following exactly the same curriculum and planning as in Apeldoorn, from where the programmes will be administrated. It will partner with one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria, EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien).

Peter Birdsall said earlier: "This is a completely new market for us. Austria has a vastly different international student market from the Netherlands. We hope to open new frontiers by attracting students from countries like China, which has so far not been hugely attracted to Austria. But also from a host of other countries like Slovenia, Russia, Poland and Germany. We think there will be a big interest."

WUP 24/11/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press


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The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking Country

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 13:46

The Dutch have overtaken Sweden as the most proficient English speakers in the world outside the Anglosphere.

The 6th annual EF English Proficiency Index which ranks countries by the English skills of its inhabitants was released this week. For the first time, the Netherlands has come up on top after years of playing second fiddle to Nordic countries like Sweden and Denmark.

“Our research has shown that better English correlates with higher incomes and better quality of life,” the report reads. Almost a million people in 72 countries were surveyed. In nearly all of them women have stronger English skills than men.

The regions performing the best in the Netherlands were South Holland, North Holland and Gelderland-Overrijssel – the area where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ is located. The Dutch scored high across all ages, particularly young adults in the 21-25 age bracket. Men fared slightly better than women.

The Netherlands got an overall score of 72.16 – a whole point higher than second-placed Denmark (71.15), followed by Sweden (70.81), Norway (68.54) and Finland (66.61). Singapore jumped from 12th to 6th place this year, overtaking countries like Luxembourg, Austria, Germany and Poland. The Middle East and North Africa has the lowest level of English proficiency in the world.

“English is becoming a basic skill for the entire global workforce, in the same way that literacy has transformed in the last two centuries from an elite privilege into a basic requirement for informed citizenship. On the individual level, English has the potential to generate opportunities, strengthen employability, and expand horizons,” the report comments.

“There are clear reasons why countries with strong English proficiency tend to thrive in the innovation sector. English skills allow innovators to read primary scientific research, form international collaborations, bring in talent from overseas, and participate in conferences. English proficiency expands the number of connections innovators can make with the ideas and people they need to generate original work.”

WUP 22/11/2016

by James Wittenborg
©Wittenborg University Press

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International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 19:40

Wittenborg alumnus, Alex Gu, has built a highly successful career in Hong Kong – testifying to the value multinational companies place on graduates who have an international education.

Gu, who was one of the first international students to graduate from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, returned to the Netherlands this week for a visit to his alma mater.

He obtained his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Wittenborg in 2005, when it was still situated in Deventer, and seemed pleasantly surprised at how much the university has since grown. He was particularly impressed with the new Spoorstraat building in Apeldoorn where he was welcomed by Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng.

He currently works for the British ADM Group, one of the largest independent marketing services businesses in the world. Before that he worked for an international trading company Li & Fung as a product developer.

Gu has many fond memories of the Netherlands and even contemplates a return, citing the high quality of life the Dutch enjoy. “People are friendly and I really like the lifestyle – lots of space, barbeques, hot chocolate met slagroom (with whipped cream) and fishing.”

Is there anything he did not like about Holland? “The Dutch eat a raw fish called haring (herring) – you tilt your head back and put it in your mouth. I really hated the taste of that fish in the beginning, but after trying it a few times I fell in love with it!”

Why did he decide to study in Holland. “Since I was a boy of about 7 years in Shanghai, I wanted to study abroad. I applied first to the UK, but the visa process was complicated, which is how I ended up in Holland.”

According to Gu there is a lot of multinationals in Hong Kong, which is why international graduates are highly valued. “It definitely helped me in the job market. Multinationals usually want people with intercultural skills and experience in Europe.”

WUP 18/11/2016

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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