WUP 7/6/2013 - Dr Teun Wolters talks about his new book Sustainable Value Creation - Various economic theories deal with the question of how economic value can be created by the production of goods and services that are useful and valuable to people. With value creation comes the question as to how the producers can capture that created value as income, rather than letting others disproportionately benefit. If that is not possible, value creation cannot be sustained. Therefore, in business we see that value creation and value capture in one way or the other (depending on the business case) go hand in hand.
WUP 25/4/2013 - Behind the scenes: Chinh Ha - Chinh Ha is a Marketing & Communication student at Wittenborg University from the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. She visited the Netherlands for the first time, in 2010 when her father was studying in The Hague. “The Netherlands is a very beautiful country and the people are friendly and nice” says Chinh. “That’s one of the reasons I decided to study here”.
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 22/04/2013 - New Bachelor EBA Accredited! - Wittenborg University's Bachelor Entrepreneurial Business Administration accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) - Wittenborg was pleased to receive a positive decision of accreditation from FIBAA last Friday for its Bachelor of Business Administration focused on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in business. The programme, which opens in September, is completely geared towards on the entrepreneurial student - the student who wants to combine study with setting up and running their own company! Teachers include entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, Europe, North America and Asia and from the start students are asked to take on business projects that include sales and product development. To receive more information on joining Wittenborg University’s new BBA programme for Entrepreneurs please contact our admissions office at email@example.com
WUP 13/4/2013 - Lyniks Systems launches new web portal Lyniks Systems is a part of Wittenborg University Network - the Entrepreneurship Incubator at Wittenborg, that supports students and staff in new ventures and projects. Lyniks Systems manages the front and backend of easy-to manage and cheap to start websites for medium and middle-sized companies and businesses, as well as supporting student start-up companies. Lyniks Systems will play an important role in supporting the EBA programme and its student's businesses and ventures.
WUP 10/4/2013 Study in the Netherlands made easier and cheaper by new Dutch Visa Regulations! - The new visa and residence permit regulations that come into force as part of the Modern Migration Act on 1 June 2013 will make it more easy and financially attractive for international students to study in the Netherlands. The new regulations will ensure that students no longer have to wait for their residence card once arriving in Holland. The entry visa procedure (MVV) and the residence card procedure will all be started while the student is still in their home country. A real benefit of the new system will be that students are granted an ID card (Residence Permit) for the whole duration of their studies, which could be up to 5 years, including a preparation / foundation year if necesary. This will mean that students are no longer required to renew their permits, which will save them some considerable cost.
WUP 28/3/2013 - European Union wants to make study in Europe more attractive to International Students! - The European Commission is planning to introduce a new directive that will allow non-EU students to work for at least 20 hours a week in member states, stimulating them to find part-time jobs that will enable them to pay for their studies. Currently in the Netherlands, non-EU students are limited to 10 hours a week of work, however recently Minister Donner remarked that with the introduction of the Modern Migration Act (1st June 2013), institutes will monitor study progress more effectively and therefore raising the number of hours to 20 would be less of a risk.
WUP 25/3/2013 - New Dutch Immigration Act (Law) to come in from June 1st 2013 - The Modern Migration Policy Act - Almost two years later than planned, the Modern Migration Policy Act will be implemented, which brings with it benefits for students and more stringent control measures for higher education institutes. The new Act brings a more easy, simplified Visa and Residence Permit Application process, merging the two into one single application. Also, an international student will now be issued with a residence permit that is valid for a much longer period than 1 year, which saves them, from having to renew it every year, which in turn makes study in the Netherlands cheaper for them.
I wonder whether international students achieve more in life than students who didn't take that giant step in studying abroad . Have there been longitudinal studies? From my own experience as a teacher and lecturer in higher education, I think that students who do more than just study, so called extra curriculum activities, experience more and get more out of their life than those who just do their job. This is especially so for those who want to get a taste of different cultures.
A few times a year you may read somewhere that there is a possibility to make a trip as a student to another country, usually in a class-free period. Sometimes you also can get even some credits for it. Almost two years ago two colleagues and I accompanied two groups of students for a trip to Kenya. Our students received support from students of the MOI University in Eldoret, who also did this during their holiday. They still communicate via Facebook.