Research Backs Wittenborg's Choice to Teach Students in Block System
An Australian study has found that teaching students in "blocks" - as at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences since 2006 - improves students' results significantly. The study was done at Victoria University and came out a few months ago. The method involves teaching units sequentially in blocks of several weeks instead of delivering multiple subjects simultaneously in semesters.
According to a report in the weekly Times Higher Education (THE) undergraduates' results improved by an entire grade, transforming credits into distinctions. The benefits were strongest for subgroups at risk of performing poorly, including the economically disadvantaged and students with little prior education or modest results.
Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said the study results are "really good news. We designed our programmes according to the block teaching method in 2006 and it has been a tremendous success. All our master's programmes are also designed like that and this research proves that we are right."
MBA Graduate Receives Offers from Top Universities
Jessie Thao Du, a Wittenborg 2020 MBA graduate, has received offers to do her doctoral study from the University of Winchester and University of Stirling in the UK and Maynooth University in Ireland. She has opted for Maynooth, attracted by their academic and financial offer.
Thao, from Vietnam, graduated in June 2020 with an MBA in Education. Pursuing a PhD degree has always been her dream and she hopes to become an educational leader, professor and researcher. Before coming to the Netherlands, Thao worked as an English teacher for about 4 years. Besides teaching, she also had the opportunity to lead a few academic projects in the international school where she worked. From there, her interest in both academic research and leadership management was nurtured and, after getting her MBA, she decided to go further. Her master's thesis, entitled “Distributed Leadership through the perception of teachers and managers in an English Language School in Vietnam: A Case Study”, opened up a new direction for her to do PhD research.
First MBA Students from Wittenborg's Munich Campus Graduate
The first students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences' Munich campus have graduated – a remarkable feat for these MBA students as almost their entire programme the past year and a half had to be followed online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Germany and Europe as a whole, including the Netherlands.
The students who graduated are Mahmut Cagatay Kirici from Turkey, Gustavo Buendia from Colombia and Sushma Rajanna from India. All three of them graduated with an MBA in International Management. The students were supervised by Wittenborg senior lecturer Dr Alexander Bauer.
Wittenborg Amsterdam Students Compete with Thousands Around Globe for Hult Prize
In a first for Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, students at its Amsterdam campus recently organised their own Project Week, which saw five groups competing with thousands of other students from around the world for the annual Hult Prize by developing a start-up idea with a huge impact, often around a single social issue. The theme for 2021 is "Food for Good". The students' mission is to transform food into a vehicle of change by creating jobs, stimulating economies, reimagining supply chains and improving outcomes for 10 million people by 2030. The prize is awarded by the Hult Prize Foundation.
The Project Week was led by final year undergraduate BBA student Sa'ad Daoud, who is from Jordan and studies at Wittenborg's Amsterdam campus, and is the Hult Prize Campus Director. Daoud said "Wittenborg is the first university in the Netherlands to adopt this programme".
The Chaos Theory
Have you ever heard of the ‘Chaos Theory’? No, it is not referring to the pandemonium caused by an earthquake or a fire outbreak. Chaos is a “science of surprises”. The Chaos Theory is a relatively new branch of mathematics that deals with surprises, the unpredictability of events and the nonlinearity of life. Knowing what it is can actually teach us how to expect and deal with the unexpected and how to cope with uncertainties and changes.
Students to Slowly Return to Class from 26 April - Dutch Ministry of Education
In three weeks' time, students in the Netherlands will be allowed to attend classes in person again! The ministry of education wrote to all institutions of higher education as the Easter weekend commenced to inform them that from 26 April students will be able to attend one class per week, after receiving online education for months now since the Netherlands went into lockdown on 14 December, 2020.
One of the big factors behind the change in regulations is the Dutch cabinet's decision to make self-testing kits available to students and staff at universities from 26 April, which is part of a wider introduction of these kits to society as a whole as another tool in the fight against COVID-19. The Netherlands intends to get everyone who wants to be vaccinated their first shot by at least 1 July – including international students.
Interest among Russian Students in Studying Abroad Picking up Again
While the market for higher education in Central Asian countries is still struggling, interest in studying abroad among Russian students is picking up again. This was one of the outcomes of the recently held ICEF Virtual Eurasia event, which was attended by six representatives from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.
The international education event is a new ICEF addition aimed at helping institutions around the world identify new student recruitment partners and refresh existing relationships with agents across Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
New Students from 15 Different Countries
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences welcomed its latest group of students at a virtual get-together last Friday, which was also attended by members of staff, including the CEO, Maggie Feng, and Sasha Liebhardt, managing director at Wittenborg's partner institute in Munich, New European College.
While some of the new international students already find themselves at Wittenborg's locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Munich, others logged in from their home countries as they wait to travel to Europe. What was indisputable, however, was everyone's enthusiasm to start their studies at one of the Netherlands' most international institutions of higher education.
Feng also shared some great news with students, namely that Wittenborg will possibly be able to start with hybrid education again by the end of April as the Netherlands has been in lockdown since mid-December and all education moved online. Feng said she hoped to see everyone face-to-face again soon.
Director of Dutch Ice Skating Federation, Remy de Wit, Talks to Wittenborg Students about Business of Managing Elite Athletes
Want to rise to the top of the sport industry – not as an athlete, but as a business manager? Students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recently got a lesson on how to get there by someone who knows what he is talking about: Remy de Wit, High-Performance Director of the Dutch National Ice Skating Federation (KNSB). And that means something - the Netherlands is one of the most dominating countries in the world when it comes to speed skating. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, it won 20 medals and is looking to top that number in 2022 in Beijing.
Motorcycle Brand Yamaha Offers Wittenborg Student Job Before Graduating
Talk about top female talent! Not only is Wittenborg student Giti Irantaj about to complete her second master's degree, but she has already landed a cool job in Amsterdam with one of the world's most recognisable brands, Yamaha Motor - the Japanese company best known for manufacturing motorcycles. We caught up with her before she starts on her exciting new journey.
Hi Giti, can you tell us more about yourself?
I am Iranian and doing my second master's, majoring in Digital Marketing and Communication. In general, I’m an active person and I like activities that give me an adrenaline rush. I don’t like routine activities. I am interested in travelling to different countries, playing tennis and driving. Multitasking makes me happy and when I reach my goals I appreciate myself and try to enhance my effort for the next steps.
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