Government's New Agenda for HE "Unfeasible"

Government's New Agenda for HE "Unfeasible"

"Let Universities of Applied Sciences Do What They Do Best - Teaching Degrees That Lead to Employment"

https://www.wittenborg.eu/governments-new-agenda-he-unfeasible.htm

Despite being a hefty 134 pages long, the Dutch government’s new Strategic Agenda for Higher Education has drawn criticism for its lack of concrete plans and time frames for its execution.

The agenda was recently presented by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven. The document sets out five key goals in line with current trends and needs in the education sector. It includes acknowledgement of the enormous pressure the education system is under due to growing student numbers and the lack of money for research. 

Minister: Private Dutch HE Institutions not Obliged to Justify Use of English

Minister: Private Dutch HE Institutions not Obliged to Justify Use of English

Cap on Non-EU Students "Practically Impossible"

https://www.wittenborg.eu/minister-private-dutch-he-institutions-not-obliged-justify-use-english.htm

While public universities in the Netherlands will likely have to justify why they offer programmes in English in the future, no such obligation will rest on private institutions - like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences - the Dutch minister of education, culture and science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, assured Parliament this week.

Van Engelshoven

Van Engelshoven responded to a question by the Reformed Political Party (SGP) Wednesday evening during the debate on the controversial Bill on Language and Accessibility in the Dutch Senate (Tweede Kamer). The House is to vote on the Bill next Tuesday, 17 December.

Wittenborg Alumnus Finalist in PIEoneer Awards

Wittenborg Alumnus Finalist in PIEoneer Awards

Honoured for Shoe Collection Drive in the Netherlands Benefitting Poor Nigerian Children

https://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-alumnus-finalist-pieoneer-awards.htm

Wittenborg alumnus, Olumide Omotoso, was recently a finalist in the prestigious 2019 PIEoneer Awards, which took place in London, honouring his work with less privileged youngsters in Nigeria the past two years. Omotoso was a finalist in the category International Alumni of the Year - representing Wittenborg as the only continental European institution in a list dominated by American and British institutions.

To Work or Not to Work During your Studies?

To Work or Not to Work During your Studies?

What are the Pros and Cons of Working as a Student?

https://www.wittenborg.eu/work-or-not-work-during-your-studies.htm

To work or not to work while you study? That’s the big question most university students ask themselves. In the Netherlands, students from outside the EU/EEA are allowed to work 16 hours a week alongside their studies. Making a decision on this is quite challenging as there are many pros and cons to both sides of the coin. Wittenborg MBA student Hanna Abdelwahab made a cost-benefit analysis.

Benefits of Working Part-Time

Expert on Migrant Entrepreneurship Shares Insight at Wittenborg Amsterdam

Expert on Migrant Entrepreneurship Shares Insight at Wittenborg Amsterdam

Managers of Amsterdam City Part of Discussion at Wittenborg Amsterdam on Supporting Migrant Entrepreneurship

A European expert on migrant entrepreneurs, Dr Issac Acheampong, recently gave a guest seminar to undergraduate and MBA students at Wittenborg Amsterdam. Acheampong is the Program Manager of the European Regional Development Funds Program (ERDF) at the Amsterdam City Council. He has more than 20 years' experience working with migrant entrepreneurs in areas that have been targeted by the EU for urban renewal. The seminar was for the course Entrepreneurial Behaviour in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Using migrant start-ups in Amsterdam Zuidoost as a case study, Dr. Acheampong led the students through a thoughtful discussion about the motives, inventiveness and behaviours of migrant entrepreneurs. During the seminar, students were able to ask about various interventions and initiatives the local government has taken to facilitate the growth of entrepreneurship.

Managing Stress as a Student

Managing Stress as a Student

Recent Study Revealed 75% of Students in the Netherlands are "Emotionally Exhausted"

https://www.wittenborg.eu/managing-stress-student.htm

Everyone gets stressed out from time to time, but the question is, how to manage it? A study done by the Dutch Student Union revealed almost three quarters of students in the Netherlands are "emotionally exhausted", while 1 in 4 has a higher risk of burnout. MBA student Hanna Abdelwahab has some tips for identifying and managing stress.  

Head of Research Attends Conference at Eton College in UK

Head of Research Attends Conference at Eton College in UK

Character Education Part of Wittenborg Curriculum as Key Value

https://www.wittenborg.eu/head-research-attends-conference-eton-college-uk.htm

Wittenborg's Head of Research, Dr Nicolet Theunissen, recently attended an inspiring conference on character education - which is about instilling values like respect, justice and good citizenship in students. The conference took place at Eton College in England, (in)famous for educating the British elite, including 19 UK ministers as well as royals like Prince William and Prince Harry.

Theunissen said the theme of the conference - entitled "Character Education: theories, practices, processes" - tied in well the ethics taught in all Wittenborg classes as key values. The conference was organised by Eton's Tony Little Center in cooperation with BrainCanDo.

Last Student Intake for 2019

Last Student Intake for 2019

New Students from 16 Different Countries

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences welcomed almost 40 new students this week - its last intake for 2019, with the youngest among them a 17-year old from Ukraine, and also featuring a member of Turkey's national showjumping team.

The group represents 16 different nationalities: Russia, Rwanda, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Nepal, Iran, Ukraine, Pakistan, Uganda, Ghana and Indonesia. The majority of students will study at Wittenborg's main campus in Apeldoorn, while about 15%, doing entrepreneurship studies on both Master and Bachelor level, will join Wittenborg Amsterdam.

They start classes on Monday, but participated in several orientation activities during Introduction Week.  On Thursday, the group had an informal lunch with members of staff and fellow students.

Sadness at Farewell of Student Registrar, Santosh Aryal

Sadness at Farewell of Student Registrar, Santosh Aryal

Under Santosh Aryal Student Registrations at Wittenborg Rose to Almost 1,000 by 2019

https://www.wittenborg.eu/sadness-farewell-student-registrar-santosh-aryal.htm

There was a tinge of sadness in the air as staff and students bid farewell to outgoing student registrar Santosh Aryal, who is leaving Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences after 13 years to pursue new challenges in Belgium and eventually the UK. Under Aryal, Wittenborg's student registrations have risen to almost 1,000 in 2019 after starting in Apeldoorn in 2010 at around 175.

Thursday morning staff surprised him with a little cake party before an after-work gathering later in the day at Brasserie Intermezzo in Apeldoorn. There will be a formal farewell at Wittenborg's annual staff dinner on 10 January, 2020.

Students get Masterclass in Influencing Consumer Choices

Students get Masterclass in Influencing Consumer Choices

Workshop on Beverage Marketing Explores the Art of Influencing Consumers' Choices

https://www.wittenborg.eu/students-get-masterclass-influencing-consumer-choices.htm

Hospitality students at Wittenborg recently spent a fun day exploring how the packaging and branding of beverages influence consumers' choices as well as the importance of sense in the tasting experience. This, of course, meant tasting and discussing both soft and alcoholic drinks from around the world.

The workshop was supervised by Wittenborg lecturer Trinidad Navarro, who teaches the module Beverage Marketing to Hospitality Management (HBA) double-degree students. The latter acted as hosts to MSc Hospitality Management students that got to do the tasting. Both groups shared their experiences afterwards.