Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences organises numerous activities and events for its students, staff and faculty members consistently throughout the academic year. When it comes to events management, there is a lot to prepare and sometimes it's easy to overlook what pressure goes on behind the scenes. There are weeks or sometimes months of planning to be able to deliver a successful event. The preparation part takes a lot of dedication and patience. A lot of events that Wittenborg has delivered to its stakeholders have been supported by students relentlessly devoting their time as event volunteers during the whole process. Today, we hear from some of these wonderful students about the motivation behind their contribution to Wittenborg events and activities.
Amidst the warm summer afternoon, four young adults, three of whom are from Wittenborg, prepared for a workout session with refugees at the spacious backyard of the former UMW building at Christiaan Geurtsweg in Apeldoorn.
Restaurants, terraces, museums and cinemas in the Netherlands were allowed to open again this week after more than two months of closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Public transport is now also running to normal schedules again after services were significantly reduced. A day later, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences also reopened all its locations in the Netherlands – its two buildings in Apeldoorn and one in Amsterdam are now all accessible again during office hours.
Part of the world's social and economic life is gathering momentum as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. For Oluwaseun Victor Ogunremi, his hope for a better tomorrow may just be around the corner.
As Wuhan, the first city where coronavirus COVID-19 was detected, went into lockdown at the end of January, it trapped millions of people inside its borders - including Wittenborg final-year student Xi Yang, who was now forced to complete the final part of her studies in quarantine. This week, her lonely struggle in these dire circumstances came to a happy ending as she graduated after presenting her final assignment to a panel of lecturers online!
As part of our new series where staff and students share little bits of information on how they are adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have Marc Ryan Smoorenburg sharing his story from Miami, Florida.
A pandemic changes a lot of people’s way of life. We are inside our houses most of the time to avoid unnecessary contact with others to keep ourselves safe. But apart from social distancing, are we keeping our body systems safe? This, of course, has a lot to do with our meal consumption, which whether we like it or not has changed too. Our access to most of the food we consumed before the pandemic struck is now limited.
This week, Salma returned to block 6 classes - online. She was happy that the virtual learning environment (Wittenborg-Online) is enabling lectures to happen while she is on the other side of the world. Salma was also glad to reconnect with her classmates. The only difference is, Apeldoorn is eight hours ahead of Mexico City. And in some days, Salma has to wake up at 3 a.m. to be in class.
Additional measures to tackling coronavirus in the Netherlands are being taken. All public gatherings are banned until at least 28th of April and the rule for everyone to keep a good distance from others will continue. Darwin with his famous quote ‘Survival of the fittest’ didn't mean the strongest will survive, he meant the most adaptable will survive. This is precisely the time to create new thinking patterns and get rid of some old ones. Niklas Lemke from Germany, an EBA of Small Business and Entrepreneurship student at Wittenborg Amsterdam, lists some of the new habits he has developed to gear himself up for the extended social distancing period.