Wittenborg Alumnus Leads Petition Group to Safeguard Graduates Prospects

When Indian student, Varsha Punj, graduated from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in July 2019, life was good – she soon started at a large retail firm in Amsterdam and her prospects of getting a permanent position looked fine. That was, until the COVID-19 pandemic reached the Netherlands in March. She soon found herself unemployed, like hundreds of other freshly graduated internationals. Punj is now driving a campaign appealing to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to extend the 12-month orientation year ("zoekjaar"), afforded to international graduates, that allows them to look for a job. Wittenborg has written to the government to request them to extend the so called orientation year for current graduates and those about to graduate.

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