Annual Wittenborg BBQ
What better way is there to start the new academic year than with a BBQ? About 80 students, staff members and teachers gathered on 7 October at NETT Drinks & Soulfood in Apeldoorn to enjoy their time talking, eating, drinking and socialising during one of the first in-person get-togethers since the start of the pandemic.
Students and staff gathered next to the BBQ station, enjoying the heat of the fire while getting to know each other in an informal and friendly environment. Some new students got the chance to meet their classmates and instructors in person for the first time since their arrival.
"Like a Dream"
“Gathering with friends seemed like a dream", said Sarah, an MBM student from Iran. "I was counting down the days to the event. Meeting classmates, friends, teachers and staff members in such a warm environment is joyful, and for international students it is like being with your family.” Sarah was also enthusiastic about the food, with plenty of options on offer for both meat lovers and vegetarians.
Dipank, an IBA student from India, said the event was very friendly and he enjoyed reuniting with old friends.
Wittenborg Lecturer Dr Fesefeldt Fighting for Justice as Prosecutor at the General bundesanwaltschaft
(Federal Prosecutor's Office)
Wittenborg is proud to offer its students classes taught by lecturers with a lot of professional experience and interesting careers. A splendid example is senior lecturer Dr Eike Fesefeldt. Dr Fesefeldt has worked as a judge in the District Court of Stuttgart, Germany, as public persecutor in Stuttgart, and as a trial lawyer at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. He has also taught at notable German universities such as the University of Hamburg and the University of Hohenheim.
Last month, Dr Fesefeldt started working at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General at the Federal Court of Justice (in German often referred to as Generalbundesanwaltschaft) in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Generalbundesanwaltschaft represents the federal government at the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) and has primary jurisdiction in offences that fall under the Code of Crimes against International Law (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch) and cases of crimes against the state.
No Radical Shifts Expected in Traditional Education after Pandemic
Traditional public and private university degree programmes will still be the preferred mode of learning for students in the foreseeable future, despite being pushed online by the pandemic and suddenly finding themselves on an equal footing with massive open online courses (MOOC).
This seemed to be the consensus among participants at the recently held 2021 EAIE Community Exchange Virtual Conference and Exhibition, which was also attended by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.
COVID-19 and the consequent lockdown forced schools, colleges and universities to stop all regular face-to-face educational interactions between teachers and students. They had to move literally overnight to the online-only learning/teaching model. Though countries have now started to ease lockdowns, online excursions have given plenty to think about.
Celebrating the Coming of Autumn/Winter with a Sizzling Bash
Wittenborg hosted its annual barbeque for all its students and staff at NETT in Apeldoorn on Friday, 7 October, from 17:00-20:00. More than 75 students and staff turned up for the event.
The sweet, delicious, smoky aromas rising from the grill and the sizzling sound of sauce-smeared drumsticks and burgers filled the air. It was a night of fun, mouth-watering food galore, social interaction and relaxation for the students and staff of Wittenborg. Such events embrace Wittenborg's culture and values, providing different avenues that bring together diverse, international students and staff to socialise and interact.
What better way to celebrate the coming of autumn/winter than with a barbeque?
by Hanna Abdelwahab
2022 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Kick-Off Event in Omnisport
From 23 September to 15 October, 2022, the Netherlands and Poland will be hosting the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship. It is the first time this major sporting event comes to the Netherlands. Apeldoorn is one of the three Dutch cities in which games will take place, which are expected to draw a combined 200,000 spectators. Apeldoorn will host two quarter-finals and one semi-final.
The FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship, in which the women's national teams of countries from around the world compete every four years, is the most prestigious tournament in women's volleyball. It can be seen as volleyball’s equivalent of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
On 27 September, a kick-off event for 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship took place in Omnisport, the state-of-the-art velodrome and multisport indoor arena in Apeldoorn, which will also host the games. It was an opportunity for local entrepreneurs, foundations, and clubs to not only receive information about the event, but also to network.
Non-EU Students Must Travel to Utrecht to Register Vaccinations from Abroad For Now
International students who had their COVID-19 vaccinations outside the EU or Switzerland and suddenly find themselves unable to gain entry to certain places for lack of a standardised European QR code are not completely stranded - they can still apply for the code after making an appointment in Utrecht.
Since 25 September it is mandatory in the Netherlands to have a corona pass or Corona Check App for those who want to visit cafes, clubs, restaurants, theatres or attend a sports event. The app generates a QR code which shows whether the user has been fully vaccinated, has recently had coronavirus, or has had a negative test within the past 24 hours. The person checking the code with a scanner will see a green tick or a red cross.
This week the student union, LSVb, raised the alarm that many international students were left out in the cold. The app only works with QR codes standardised in Europe. Students vaccinated elsewhere who want to apply for a European code can do so by making an appointment in Utrecht.
A quick survey among Wittenborg's non-EU students revealed that 38% of them have experienced problems in the past few days for lack of a European QR code.
Debate Touches on Problems, Opportunities & Ethical Dilemmas
On 29 September, Wittenborg students from the EBA (Entrepreneurial Business Administration) and MBA (Master of Business Administration) programmes participated in an intercollegiate debate with American students from the Institute for the International Education of Students Study Abroad programme in Amsterdam. The central topic was child labour in the West African cocoa industry, but the debate also touched on sustainability, transparency in the supply chain and corporate social responsibility.
The participating students formed teams representing the different stakeholder positions (business enterprise, farmer, NGO and consumer) to discuss the problems, opportunities and ethical dilemmas. The students reconvened for a rousing debate in which each team described its community’s role in addressing the problems of child labour in the supply chain and its vision for the future. Wittenborg lecturer Amy Abdou organised the event on behalf of Wittenborg and moderated the debate. Students from both programmes were supplied with background articles and documentaries in preparation for the debate.
Marketing Apeldoorn to the International World
If we mention the word ‘Netherlands’ or ‘Holland’ to any foreigners, the first city that comes to their minds is ‘Amsterdam’ or ‘Rotterdam’ as these cities are widely known all around the world. Apeldoorn is basically unknown to many people as it does not have the same international vibe as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or The Hague. That is why Wittenborg’s 1st Project Week of the new Academic Year 2021-2022 starts off with the task for the students to do some ‘City Marketing’ of Apeldoorn. It was a week packed with activities including kick-off session, elevator pitching of their ideas, discussions, creation of websites, presentation and finally compilation of their reports.
Wittenborg Vice-President Part of Panel Discussion on Education Strategies for Future
A select group of university leaders from across Europe, including Wittenborg's Vice-President of Academic Affairs Professor Dr Ron Tuninga, took part in an online panel discussion this week on how lessons learned from the pandemic period is informing their education strategies for the future. The pros and cons of hybrid learning in particular was a big discussion point.
The discussion was hosted by British weekly Times Higher Education (THE) as part of their Student Success Forum event. The session was titled "Leaders Panel: Education Strategies for the Year Ahead".
Tuninga said one of the interesting things for students was that Wittenborg was able to invite more business leaders as guest speakers online. "Everyone is now more comfortable with Zoom and while in the past it took time to travel to the campus and deliver a lecture, they are now more willing to do an hour online without the travelling, and this allows for a more diverse group of practitioners from industry.
Wittenborg Committed to Supporting UN SDGs
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences hoisted the UN SDGs flag at its Spoorstraat Campus in Apeldoorn on 24 September to show its full commitment towards supporting this UN vision. Wittenborg believes that higher education institutions should contribute to local communities and businesses as well as to the national and global arena. The aim of a university of applied sciences is not only to educate youngsters to prepare them for the working world, but also to prepare them for life in general. By partaking in activities that affect the global community, Wittenborg will equip students with a well-rounded education and with a sense of global awareness that can help in their future lives.
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