New Students from 16 Different Countries
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences welcomed almost 40 new students this week - its last intake for 2019, with the youngest among them a 17-year old from Ukraine, and also featuring a member of Turkey's national showjumping team.
The group represents 16 different nationalities: Russia, Rwanda, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Nepal, Iran, Ukraine, Pakistan, Uganda, Ghana and Indonesia. The majority of students will study at Wittenborg's main campus in Apeldoorn, while about 15%, doing entrepreneurship studies on both Master and Bachelor level, will join Wittenborg Amsterdam.
They start classes on Monday, but participated in several orientation activities during Introduction Week. On Thursday, the group had an informal lunch with members of staff and fellow students.
The group was welcomed by Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, who jokingly told the international students: "Sorry for the Dutch weather!" She encouraged them to utilise their time in the Netherlands to the full and make as many connections as possible to widen their networks.
One of the new admissions is Keji Karenm from Nigeria, who will do an IBA (Bachelor) in Economics & Management. She said she chose to study in the Netherlands because the cost of study and the cost of living is more affordable than some other countries. "Many Dutch people speak English, at Wittenborg the entry dates are very flexible, so all-in-all I've had a good impression of the Netherlands so far."
Sri Lankan student Sarani Wijesundara will do a Master in Business Management (MBM) at Wittenborg. She loves the fact that there are so many different nationalities studying at Wittenborg - close to 100!