If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is how fundamental our local businesses are. One of the effects of the crisis is that we are increasingly becoming a more closed-off society and, as such, it has never been more crucial to take care of our own local resources and businesses. Local businesses are the backbone of many small cities and villages but the shutting down of borders has led to many businesses closing down and people scrambling to find other alternatives to sustain themselves and stay above water. In these trying times, continuing to support local business owners helps the community financially and socially, and this will in turn help the economy in the long run. This is what the Apeldoorn LONKT Project is all about.
Wittenborg University has officially started its own 'speed-dating' programme to ease international students’ shift from their home country. At times, the move from their home country to another for study can be challenging. Hence, Wittenborg is to provide a platform to minimise the first nerve-wracking weeks for freshers, and to help them make friends within the local community, and start integrating into Dutch culture on arrival.