Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences welcomed its latest group of students at a virtual get-together last Friday, which was also attended by members of staff, including the CEO, Maggie Feng, and Sasha Liebhardt, managing director at Wittenborg's partner institute in Munich, New European College.
New Wittenborg Students
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, which was also joined by Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng.
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is introducing an additional support system for new students after they have completed the introduction week at the start of their studies. For a period of up to 9 weeks after students start their studies, throughout the year, new students will have access to workshops and coaching sessions introducing them to the procedures and policies of studies at Wittenborg. The additional support to new students has been introduced as part of WUAS's drive to increase its support for students. The new initiative is the responsibility of the Wittenborg Students Support Team, headed by Support Office Coordinator Sophia Faraji and Front Office/Facilities Coordinator Vikram Athvale.
While student numbers have taken a dive worldwide, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences saw a promising uptick in its second intake for the academic year with more new students attending Introduction Week activities this week than in September. Wittenborg has six entry dates per year.
Safely arrived and happy to be in the Netherlands! This was the mood among the first international students to join Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in person for the new academic year as they participated in (safely distanced) Introduction Week activities this week. The first arrivals hailed from countries ranging from Russia, Iran, the Netherlands and even far-fledged places like Zimbabwe.
The President of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Peter Birdsall, says he is optimistic that the institution can attain at least 60% of its usual September intake of new students despite COVID-19. Birdsall made the remarks in an interview with Dutch daily, De Stentor, along with Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng. Flight restrictions still hamper free travel in many countries and a lot remains uncertain.
Students and staff from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences teamed up last week to host a virtual meet-and-greet with international students who are to start the new academic year in September. The students logged in from a diversity of countries including Japan, Georgia, India, Nigeria, Iran and Cameroon. Even Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng joined in specially from her summer holiday to give them all a warm welcome.
Wittenborg University 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 new block has started and Wittenborg is happy to welcome freshers from Nigeria, UK, Iran, the Netherlands, Brazil, Pakistan, Vietnam. Three of them are MBA and five are EBA students. During two introduction days, they had a chance to meet the staff members, to learn about the university and surroundings. The introduction was wrapped up with an urban quest where the students had to demonstrate their creativity while exploring the neighborhood.