Welcome to the next part of our series following how lecturers and students are keeping themselves occupied during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we are catching up with Theodoor Breevoort, one of our part-time lecturers and Dutch national.
Today we speak to Sadaf Sakhi, Wittenborg's student registry administrator, 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. As anyone who has ever crossed paths with Sadaf will attest, she is one of the most positive and cheerful people at Wittenborg with a wicked sense of humour.
More than 75% of hospitality organisations believe they will start hiring staff again over the next 12 months, a quick survey by Hosco, the world's leading hospitality network, has revealed. This is good news for hospitality students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and others for whom an internship in the sector is part of the curriculum, often leading to a job after their studies.
The plight of hundreds of international graduates in the Netherlands who petitioned the government to extend the 12-month orientation year (zoekjaar), afforded to international graduates allowing them to look for a job, has reached the Dutch parliament. D66 MP Jan Patternotte has addressed written questions to three ministers which they have to respond to later this week. The matter has also been highlighted on the EU website in a news brief.
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 Dutch-led team of researchers made headlines around the world this week with the news that they have discovered a human antibody that can block the coronavirus. The discovery has been hailed as "groundbreaking" by media outlets and seen by scientists as an "initial step" in the fight against COVID-19.
From 2nd June Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will cautiously reopen all its locations in the Netherlands for appointment-only meetings and for students who wish to use its library or internet facilities. This follows a gradual ease in COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Dutch government Wednesday evening. Students and staff are strongly cautioned to adhere to those regulations that will remain in place such keeping a distance of 1.5m and newly issued ones like wearing a mask when using public transport.
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.
In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are encouraged to practise social distancing, self-quarantine and to stay at home by the authorities. For some of us, we may be experiencing another symptom, in addition to the stress of being isolated. It is called ‘cabin fever’.