Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has expressed concern about a possible bias against the promotion of Dutch universities of applied sciences in China.
For the second year in a row, Wittenborg has not received any incoming students from China through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS), managed by the Netherlands Education Support Offices (Neso) in different countries. This is in stark contrast with other Neso-countries like Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Korea from which it did receive OTS applications.
Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that you can choose between two types of education: research-orientated education offered by research universities, and higher professional education offered by universities of applied sciences such as Wittenborg.
Nesos are run under the auspices of Nuffic - the Dutch agency for internationalisation in higher education. Wittenborg has contacted Nuffic for comment.
Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, has said he will be traveling to Beijing in two weeks and hopes to discuss the matter with Neso China during his visit.
Just two weeks ago Wittenborg’s CEO, Maggie Feng, was part of a trade mission to China where she made cooperation agreements with at least 5 institutes of higher education, including Shanghai University of Sport, one of the top sport institutes in China.
by Anesca Smith
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