Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences sees its role as the education and training of highly qualified, internationally minded, socially responsible and intercultural, critical and independently thinking graduates, who engage in innovative and creative business in companies and organizations around the world, either working for others or in the instigation of business and entrepreneurship. Wittenborg embraces internationalisation as a key value.
To achieve this, the University engages in close dialogue with industry, government and NGOs. Wittenborg strives to bring expertise, knowledge and diversity to the local region in which it operates, thereby enhancing the economy, culture and social environment around the University.
Since 2008 WUAS has only operated in English, at all levels and all departments of the university.
Wittenborg University characteristics are:
- 2/3 of Wittenborg University's executive board is non-Dutch;
- both board members were international students at Dutch universities in the 1990's;
- 85% of Wittenborg University's students are non-Dutch;
- over 50% of Wittenborg University's staff are non-Dutch;
- many international staff have also studied at Dutch universities as international students;
- Wittenborg University's students & staff represent more than 100 different nationalities;
- Wittenborg University's management teams are 90% international;
- Many of Wittenborg University's support staff are international: many are former international students;
- since 2006 Wittenborg University has submitted all its national NVAO accreditations in English, all panels have been composed of international members, and reports have been written in English, NVAO essentially accredits WUAS’ programmes in English;
- Wittenborg University is also internationally accredited by the German, Swiss, Austrian organisation FIBAA;
- Wittenborg University also holds the European ECA accreditation for Internationalisation;
- all Wittenborg University's programme documentation, accreditation documents, publications, internal documents, quality system documents, financial documents, reports and procedures are written in English;
Wittenborg has built its reputation on three cornerstones, three fundamental pillars: Internationalisation, Diversity & Ethics.
The accrediting authorities FIBAA and NVAO, and the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) have all been very positive about these WUAS fundamentals; in its report on internationalisation of the WUAS programmes, FIBAA wrote:
"The panel concluded that WUAS has formulated and documented goals on intentionality and intercultural aspects. The goals are such that a verification of their achievement is possible and stakeholders of the University are involved in these processes. In the view of the panel the overall programme learning outcomes regarding internationalisation found their way into the learning outcomes of the modules. International and intercultural content are key aspects of the programme.
The teaching methods are such that the students are enabled to achieve the intended learning outcomes and the assessment possibilities allow the lecturers to check adequately on the modules specific international learning outcomes.
Job positions of graduates prove that the WUAS’ internationalisation strategy for the IBA programme is successful. The created learning environment regarding international and intercultural aspects is clearly above average in the view of the panel.
The international composition of WUAS teaching and administrative staff as well as the international composition of WUAS student body are remarkable and have a clear impact on the University’s international profile and the quality of studies.
Staff and students together create a truly international and intercultural atmosphere at WUAS, which benefits all University members."