Event Held in Barcelona Gathered 6,500 Higher Education Internationalisation Professionals
Between 13 and 16 September, Wittenborg participated in the 32nd European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference, which this year took place in Barcelona, Spain. The school was represented by its president Peter Birdsall and Accreditation and Assurance of Learning Manager Kriszta Kaspers-Rostás, in what was the first in-person EAIE event to take place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Held with the theme ‘The future in full colour' – which focused on the embracing of the ever-expanding spectrum of tools for internationalisation – the conference was attended by over 6,500 people from all parts of the world. Noticeable absences were China, in view of its ongoing closure, and Russia due to the war in Ukraine – but Ukraine itself was represented.
Coming Together as a Community
On Saturday, 24 September, Wittenborg's Spoorstraat location was the site of a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Days open event. The meeting was part of SDG Action Days 2022, which took place across the Netherlands. The occasion on the 24th was organised by Gelre Regio Partners, and was attended by members of organisations including Accres, the Province of Gelderland, the Municipality of Apeldoorn, the Municipality of Epe, KleinGeluk, Foenix Kringloop, students from a local primary and secondary school and more. Social Entrepreneur and Chairman of Gelre Association International, Simon Boon, was also in attendance.
Wittenborg thanks all who attended for coming and providing important insights into regional answers for the United Nation's SDGs.
'We Deserve a Normal Life'
On Thursday, 22 September, Iranian students of Wittenborg arranged a silent protest to commemorate the life of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman. Amini is thought to have been murdered on 16 September by the so-called 'Iranian Guidance Patrol' – also widely known as the ‘morality police. Her killing is said to have occurred while being reprimanded for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly according to an increasingly strict interpretation of Sharia. “As usual, Iran's government denied killing her,” says Bahar, a student who helped organise the manifestation. The vigil held for Amini in the Amaliapark was also meant to voice opposition against Iran's oppressive government.
Empowerment Through Education
On, Monday 19 September, Wittenborg's Amsterdam campus was proud to host part of day-one of the Women In Tech® Europe Awards 2022. At the celebration, Wittenborg staff and students in Amsterdam got the chance to connect with inspirational professional women. This included Ayumi Moore Aoki, founder and CEO of Women In Tech® Global, and President of Women In Tech® Netherlands, Dr Cara Antoine.
Project Partners Enthusiastic About Successful Project Completion
The Third Transnational Partner Meeting of the Erasmus+ Eco-systems of Open Science Schooling Project (“Eco-OSS Project”), which is led and coordinated by Wittenborg, took place virtually on 29th August 2022. This was the final occasion for the Knowledge Partners, Wittenborg and University of Eastern Finland, and the Practice Partner schools from Lithuania (Pasvalio Levens Primary School), Poland (Liceum Ogólnokształcące z Oddziałami Dwujęzycznymi im. Adama Mickiewicza), Turkey (ITU ETA Foundation College) and Romania (Gheorghe Titeica School), to come together to discuss the final project-related works to be carried out in September ahead of the project completion at the end of September. The agenda for this meeting consisted of discussion regarding the finalisation of the Intellectual Outputs (“the IOs”); preparation of the Multiplier Events; financial administration, and the progress of the final report.
Wittenborg President Participates in EAIE Panel on Diversity and Inclusiveness
Peter Birdsall Highlights Need for Concrete Actions by Higher Education Institutions
Wittenborg president Peter Birdsall participated in the online panel ‘How to Mix All the Colours on Your Palette’ on 13 September. The event was organised as part of the 32nd European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference, which this year took place in Barcelona, Spain.
Hosted by Manager of Accreditation and Member Services at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Marine Condette, the panel also featured Robert Buttery, Head of International Relations at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
Maaz Awan Highlights the Importance of Working Hard and Making Connections
“When you get a job, you have the opportunity to show people that you are a good professional and that leads you to other opportunities, such as promotions. The secret is hard work and being loyal. Sometimes, this can even result in good recommendation letters when you are changing jobs,” says Wittenborg graduate Maaz Awan, currently working as an assistant operations manager at the Odyssey Hotel Group.
Having obtained an MBM degree in International Hospitality Management at Wittenborg, Awan is originally from Pakistan and has been living in the Netherlands for almost eight years. Initially, he moved to the country to study for a bachelor’s degree in International Hospitality Management at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden.
Study Analyses How Lecturers Assess Students
To better understand how lecturers of Dutch universities of applied sciences design assessments and examine students, two Wittenborg staff members and a lecturer from the University of Brighton co-wrote a study that was recently published by international peer-reviewed journal ‘Quality in Higher Education’. Titled ‘Learning-outcomes-based Assessments at Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands: Perceptions of Business Lecturers’, the paper is authored by Wittenborg Head of the School of Business Rauf Abdul, Assurance of Learning Manager Kriszta Kaspers-Rostas and University of Brighton’s Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education John Canning.
Everybody Needs Help Sometimes – Practical Advice
Your time at Wittenborg is meant to be fun and exciting. As you embark on a new academic journey – perhaps in a new country – you should be enthusiastic at the prospect of overcoming novel challenges and connecting with those you meet. We hope you are able to reflect fondly on your time here once you have left as an intellectually empowered graduate, ready to take on the world.
However, during your stay, some of you will inevitably struggle with issues that are difficult to explain to other people. You may need follow-up services for mental healthcare you received in your homeland. Perhaps after coming here, you have started to feel melancholic due to homesickness or stressed out as you enter another life stage. Maybe you have been dealing with certain feelings and habits for a while but have recently found yourself at a breaking point. Recognizing this possibility, Wittenborg has equipped your academic tutors with the knowledge to refer you to the proper professionals.
Beautiful Brinklaan: Wittenborg Family Loves New Campus
In with the New
Earlier this year Wittenborg's directors made the decision to purchase a new building to accommodate the rapid expansion of its student body and staff. The new building, located on Brinklaan street in Apeldoorn, is already well-loved by those who enter.
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