In May 2015, Farhat packed her bags and left Sialkot to move to the Netherlands to pursue her studies in Information Management at Wittenborg. According to Farhat, Sialkot is a small city that is comparable to Apeldoorn, home of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. The Pakistan city is well known for manufacturing sports gear and accessories for companies such as Adidas. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, Farhat was the Assistant Production Manager at Charr Industries, a manufacturing company that makes sports gear and accessories for different types of sport.
Relations between Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and the 5-star Hotel de Echoput have deepened significantly over the past year with the hotel now offering a rolling internship to students from Wittenborg. De Echoput is Apeldoorn’s only 5-star hotel and is well-known in the Netherlands. It is now setting its eyes on gaining international prestige. This summer it will welcome the third international student from Wittenborg, Kossi Hillaire Aziamale from Togo, to work as an intern. He will start from 1 August, just after completing another work placement at Wittenborg.
Enter Wittenborg student Nirusika Ratnasingam, who did her dissertation on developing a customer engagement model to ensure the sustainability of the tea industry. She also looked at the effectiveness of Tea 2030 – an umbrella organisation representing the sector – which believes tea can be turned into a hero crop by identifying the challenges facing the industry and developing innovative solutions. Nirusika did a case study on the English Tea Shop (UK) Ltd., a fair trade company.
When the new academic year starts in September, it will also be a new beginning for Wittenborg Amsterdam as its campus will move from its current location on the south bank of the IJ, to the up-and-coming southeast Amsterdam area where many international companies are located, such as the EU headquarters of Adidas and the Dutch offices of Deutsche Bank. It is also close to the Johan Cruijff Arena, formerly known as the Amsterdam Arena, which is home to Dutch football club Ajax.
Finding a top company to intern at can be challenging and competitive! However, Wittenborg student Arya Khosravivad has challenged the competition and landed an impressive internship at Merck, a leading pharmaceutical company with one of its branches in Amsterdam.
Student satisfaction levels at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences have remained high over the past year, edging above the national average at Dutch institutions of higher education. This is according to the 2018 National Student Survey results, released today.
Which is why he founded Stichting Codine, a youth empowerment organisation, in the same year he graduated from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, which was 2014. He has been running the organisation ever since, alongside doing his master's degree in Germany, getting married and securing a high profile job at a IT company!
The Vespa World Days is an annual and unique event for scooter lovers that takes place in a different country each year (next year is Hungary). This event was hosted last weekend in Belfast, with a “Vespa Village” especially constructed in the actual dockyard where the Titanic was built and launched, now in the shadow of the city’s iconic Titanic Museum. People came on their Vespas from all over Europe – Holland, Germany, Portugal, etc., even Russia.
During the week he is Wittenborg’s student housing coordinator, but, when it comes to the weekend, Karel van der Zande is a qualified glider pilot with 27 years of experience and a love of the freedom offered by the open, blue skies. This summer, Van der Zande will take part in the 2018 Euroglide Race – a gruelling 2,350 km race, which will take participants from Venlo in the Netherlands to the north of Germany, then to the Czech Republic, the west of Germany and back to Venlo.
It was a proud day for Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this week when all its International Business Administration programmes (IBA) received the Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation by the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA). The accreditation is valid until 29 March 2024. The ECA is an association of recognised accreditation and quality assurance agencies in Europe. Their assesment report praised Wittenborg’s international and intercultural learning environment, calling it “above average”.