New Students Start Classes this Week
The latest group of new students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences joined an online session to meet members of staff and fellow students. The Netherlands is counting on having everyone in the country vaccinated by the beginning of July; hence, it is believed the next group of new students will be able to gather in person, not online, when the new academic year starts in September.
Students were welcomed by Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng, President Peter Birdsall and
Sasha Liebhardt, managing director of Wittenborg's partner institute in Munich, New European College. While some of the new international students already find themselves at Wittenborg's locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Munich, others logged in from their home countries as they wait to travel to Europe.
Students got a warm welcome from all staff members who expressed the hope of meeting the new students in person soon. Liebhardt said that one thing the past year has shown is the ability of students and staff to adapt quickly and to work within a digital transformation. "We learned how to balance working from home with working from the office and using technology as a tool."
The new students are from Japan, Nigeria, Syria, Russia, Cameroon, Jordan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, France, Nepal, China, Iran, Turkey, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Bangladesh, Morocco, South Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Marwan Alshashtari from Jordan, a dog lover who will do a MBM (MSc) with a specialisation in Hospitality Management, said he is looking forward to all the new experiences in the Netherlands. "For instance, I see all the people using bicycles as transport here - we don't have that in Jordan."