Renovations on Het Loo Palace to Be Completed in 2022 and Royals Under Pressure to Open Entire Estate from Next Autumn
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Apeldoorn - the Dutch city where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has been located the past 21 years - is its direct connection to the Dutch Royal family. The Royals' summer residence, Het Loo Palace, is located in the area and although the actual palace is currently closed for renovations and the extensive grounds around it will only open again on 26 December, 2021, all of this is set to change next year.
Renovations on the palace are due to be finished in 2022 although a date has not been released. In the meantime, the beautiful palace gardens have remained open to the public. The Het Loo Crown Estate, though, is a different story.
Meet Marius Zürcher – Wittenborg’s New Marketing & Communications Project Manager
Marius Zürcher rew up in a multilingual background with influences from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Liechtenstein, mainly surrounded by the hustle and bustle of hotels and restaurants. Marius helped out in his family business for a while he says, which enabled him to gain a varied experience that is still benefitting him to date.
In 2014, Marius graduated with honours from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor of International Business Administration (IBA), majoring in Economics and Management. After his successful journey as a student at Wittenborg, Marius, with his partner, then invested his efforts in a small agency specialised in Gen Y and Z marketing and employer branding called '1520'. With his breadth of experience from the family hotel and 1520 Marius was able to build a network, resulting in a variety of speaking engagements as well as a monthly column for Foodservice Consultant, a global hospitality and foodservice trade magazine.
Wittenborg Dedicated to Housing Every International Student at Apeldoorn Campus
News about foreign students unable to find housing in the Netherlands for months has been a hot topic among universities and students. Some international students who have come here to study found themselves stranded without a place to stay, with student housing in short supply and many Dutch student houses not welcoming them. But at the Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences Apeldoorn campus, every international student is allocated housing for at least the first 4-5 months of their first study year.
WUAS Advisory Board Member Johan Kruithof is a Pillar of the Community
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) advisory board member Johan Kruithof (1952) has a long history of serving Apeldoorn, both as a politician for the Dutch social democratic party and as a private citizen.
As a member of the PvdA, the social democratic party of the Netherlands, he served as a member of the city council from 2002 to 2012 and as an alderman1 from 2012 to 2018. Having been a student during his time as an alderman, I witnessed first-hand the role he played in making sure that the city of Apeldoorn recognises the value that WUAS and its students add to the community. It made me proud to vote for him during the 2019 elections for the regional water authorities (waterschappen).
Ex-Wittenborg Professor Pioneered Pastoral Care Programme
Professor of Applied Sciences Dr Teun Wolters will no longer be teaching at Wittenborg from September 2021, but his presence at Wittenborg will not end there. He is now busy promoting HOST Apeldoorn, a Pastoral Care programme for international students, whether from Wittenborg or any other universities/universities of applied sciences.
Studying abroad may be the zeitgeist of today, but it is not without its problems. Whether it is difficulties adapting to the cultural norms in the new country, keeping up with the rules and regulations, missing family or simply making new friends, many international students experience challenges in coping with their new lives.
The best way to mitigate these away-from-home effects and other potential problems is to get support from current students or to get in touch with an organisation that can help them with their challenges and to facilitate them to assimilate better into their new environment.
Thematic Academic Year
From the Academic Year 2021-2022 onwards, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is pioneering an innovative initiative - that is, to have a thematic academic year. This means that for every year, for the next ten years, Wittenborg envisages having a single theme connected to its curriculum, teaching and learning and university-wide activities. This is an initiative to heed the United Nations’ call to be more involved in the dissemination of current knowledge to youngsters and make them more aware of the local, regional and global contexts in which they live, and to equip them with the skills to make ethical choices or apply systems-thinking approaches to serious societal problems. Both faculty and students will be involved in deciding what the theme for the next academic year will be, as they are the main stakeholders in the Wittenborg community.
This year, the theme Climate Change has been chosen by its President, Peter Birdsall, and supported by the Executive Management and its Education Board team. Climate Change was chosen to coincide with the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 31st October to 12th November. This event, which many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get “runaway climate change under control”, will be presided by the UK in partnership with Italy.
A Fruitful and Rewarding 'Study and Life Experience Sharing Session'
The 'Study and Life Experience Sharing Session' held online by Wittenborg's Amsterdam campus proved to be a fruitful and rewarding event for new students. The session, hosted by Senior Lecturer Dr Dadi Chen, was to help new students fit in the Wittenborg family sooner and better. The 'speakers' invited were current EBA students Luuk Ornstein and Lilly Seijffert, master's students Milad Goudarzi (MBA) and Kejsi Hoxha (MBM), and MBA graduate Gauhar Kassymbek.
Primary tabs View(active tab) Edit Unpublish Delete facebook twitter email print Wittenborg Students Turn Up in High Numbers on First Day of New Academic Year Joy of Returning to 'Almost Typical' Academic Year This yea
Joy of Returning to 'Almost Typical' Academic Year
This year, the number of students physically attending classes was higher compared to the start of the previous academic year. However, some students still opt to join lessons online thanks to the hybrid policy and the decision made by Wittenborg not to eliminate the use of online tools completely, such as Moodle and MS Teams. Students and staff attending in person can be seen wearing masks in all public and common areas.
“It is good to be in touch again with the joy of my job,” says lecturer Andreas Ooijer referring to the experience of the first physical session with his students at the Wittenborg premises in Amsterdam after a period of one year.
Wittenborg's Sustainable Development Journey
In 2015, Wittenborg embarked upon a sustainable development journey in terms of mapping, learning and teaching activities and infusing aspects of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its curriculum. Recognising that it has a critical role to play in the attainment of the SDGs, Wittenborg aims to implement not only sustainability, but also climate change in its core operations for the academic year 2021-2022 and also to encourage its students and staff to ‘walk the talk’.
The United Nations 17 SDGs are an urgent call for all countries, whether developed or developing, to ensure peace and prosperity for people and the planet. The main aim of the SDGs is to mobilise efforts, on a global scale, to end poverty and other deprivations, reduce inequalities, improve health and education and tackle climate change.
Academic Year 2021-2022 - Welcome to Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
A warm welcome to all our new and returning current students from around the world! Whichever programme you are studying, or starting, one of the pathways and specialisations of the Bachelor of Business Administration, an MBA -Master of Business Administration specialisation, or one of the Master of Science MBM programmes, we want to empower you to get the very most out of your studies.
If you returning to your studies with us, or have just started your degree, you will be experiencing a unique blend of international higher education, and you will be challenged with a double- accredited, intensive, and rewarding experience.
We are starting this new academic year, in 2021, after having experienced a period of disruption, angst, and lockdown across the world caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By now it is clear that we will (globally) be living with the effects of the coronavirus for some time to come, however due to the vaccination programme here, we see that the Netherlands, along with much of Europe is 'getting back to normal' and preparing to 'put up with covid’.
Keep on Moving