Wittenborg CEO Encourages New Students in Welcoming Note
After an intense week of Introduction Week activities, new students from 10 different countries are starting their classes at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. The university held an online meet-and-greet session at the end of last week to engage with other students and members of staff. The session was also joined by Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng, who spoke a few words of encouragement.
Excitement about starting their studies abounded during the session. The new students are from Cameroon, Nigeria, China, Vietnam, Iran, India, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Liberia and Morocco. About half of the new students will start their study journey from abroad due to limitations caused by COVID-19, while the rest will follow the current hybrid teaching policy at Wittenborg.
Provisional numbers from the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) have shown that this academic year has seen an increase of about 10% in international students studying in the Netherlands despite COVID-19. There has been a slight drop in students from outside the EU, though this is not reflected at Wittenborg.
Last week, students joined in a full programme of Introduction Week activities, which covered all aspects of their forthcoming academic journeys at Wittenborg – from doing academic papers, research, and ICT to online studies.
In her welcoming note, Feng encouraged students to make full use of their studies at Wittenborg to network as far and wide as possible, and also to be active in community service when they are in the Netherlands like volunteering. "Be nice. Being nice will get you places."
The new student intake comprises bachelor's and master's degree students. About 10% of new students will study at Wittenborg's Amsterdam location.
by James Wittenborg
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