7th June 2013 - Open Day for the Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Master programmes - Wittenborg University opens its doors to interested students in 3 MSc programmes from the School of Hospitality and Service Management. The Full Time and Part Time MSc degree programmes start in September and last 1 and 2 years respectively.
WUP 6/5/2013 Chinese to implement 5 year visas for foreigners to stimulate knowledge migrants. While the Dutch government is concerned about how to bind its non-EU graduates to the Netherlands in a bid to fill the gap that is developing in the source of knowledge workers, the Chinese government has just announced planes to drastically relax its visa regulations for knowledge migrants.
WUP 5/5/2013 - Most international students in the UK not expecting to stay - the Netherlands looking for more knowledge migrants! Whilst the Netherlands is increasingly looking at ways to bind their non-EU University graduates to the Dutch economy, a recent survey carried out by study abroad publishers "Hobsons" has revealed that the majority of students who head towards the UK for their studies are not intending to stay there.
WUP 3/5/2013 Dual Vocational Education in China offering the win-win solution - Germany is helping to instigate vocational education in China, through the Dual Method which combines working and learning. Companies such as Bosch and Siemens involved in projects coordinated by the German Chamber of Commerce are enabling technicians to follow courses while working in manufacturing enterprises China.
WUP 30/4/2013 Dutch Parliament gets itself into a nonsensical debate about the academic title "Bachelor". At present the Dutch Government has not completely agreed on a transparent method of applying titles to their higher education in English, although a bill to do so has narrowly been passed through the 2nd Chamber of parliament.
WUP 29/4/2013 - Witenborg University at the Dutch Days in Shanghai Wittenborg director Peter Birdsall assisted Neso Beijing on its stand at the 2 day Dutch Brasserie held as part of the Dutch Day celebrations in Shanghai, surrounding Queens Day and the coronation of the new King, Willem-Alexander. The stands were situated Jing An park, just of the famous central Nanjing Road in Shanghai's central shopping area. The brasserie was opened by the Dutch Consul General in Shanghai, Mr Peter Potman and was visited by many local Chinese, interested in what was going on, and getting a small taste and introduction to the Netherlands, however the stands were also an attraction for Dutch living in Shanghai, to get together and meet with both new and familiar faces.
WUP 27/4/2013 A Birdseyeview- Youth unemployment rising around the world - governments should take care of their higher education offerings - In the Netherlands, and in many developed countries of the West, youth unemployment has been steadily rising, however in developing countries this is also the case, and according to The Economist, in a recent publication, ('Generation jobless', 27th April 2013), two main factors are contributing to the rise in jobless youths. In the West it sees the slowdown combined with the very strict labour laws as a reason, and in the developing world it is the continuing population explosion. Although University graduates are much more likely to find employment than those youths who drop out of education at an early age, the recent trend of Universities offering non-specific, or generalist degree prograammes has also led to a higher number of graduates who find it difficult to find employment after their studies.
WUP 25/4/2013 - Wittenborg students embark on Social Media Project. At least 6 times a year, Wittenborg’s IBA students are challenged during the Project Week, by a real life, real time project organized by Wittenborg in cooperation with various companies. The students, divided in project groups, receive an assignment which has to be dealt with in a short period of time, usually a week. This means working with deadlines, under pressure. In short: a stimulating and educational experience that prepares students for the reality of their future careers.
WUP 24/4/2013 - Education Update - Universities in the Netherlands to raise tuition fees for their "top programme"! The Socialist Party of the Netherlands has called for a stop to a difference between high quality programmes for which students have to pay and the mass-education programmes for which "normal students" are foxed to study. The comments were made by socialist Dutch politician Jasper van Dijk, on the even of a debate in parliament about an Act of Parliament that will allow state funded Universities to charge 5 times the normal fees for their excellent studies!
WUP 20/4/2013 - Make it in the Netherlands - Yesterday the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) unanimously gave its support to the advisory report "Make it in the Netherlands" and urged Minister Bussemaker of Education to quickly implement its recommendations. The recommendations of the SER include the lengthening of the so-called "Search Year" (Zoekjaar) from 1 year to 3 years, the abolition of the 10 hour a week work restriction for studying students, to be replaced with a yearly maximum, and a greater stimulation in the recruitment of international students.