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Dr Ronald Tuninga wants universities to make a social impact
It was announced on 13 October that Dr Ronald Tuninga, a popular member of the Wittenborg family, is resigning as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at WUAS to start a new chapter in his professional career as Vice-President and Managing Director Europe, the Middle East and Africa of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This is the world's largest alliance for business education and accreditation, where he will oversee the membership of more than 500 business schools in the EMAE region. Long before he arrived at WUAS, Tuninga's life was filled with unexpected twists and adventures in international education, beginning when he moved to the USA to study. Or as he describes in an interview, 'I went there with only two suitcases; I lost one on arrival and came back with two containers of stuff and a family with two children.'
Internationalisation as a Wittenborg model
Earlier this month, the Dutch Cabinet expressed the intent to limit the number of incoming international students within Dutch higher education, as Dutch research universities find it difficult to cope with the high numbers of international students. The stated intention is to gain better control of the total immigration flow into the country.
Long Live LONKT: Wittenborg-Backed Programme Reflects on Success
Knowledge is power
Once you finish your studies (and sometimes alongside your studies) you should be ready to go out into the world as an empowered working person. If you aren't from the Netherlands, going out into the working world can be somewhat confusing, and it can sometimes be difficult to find the correct information. According to the 2022 Annual International Student Survey conducted by the Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg (Dutch National Student Association), international students often feel as though they are not given enough clear information about Dutch laws and norms before they arrive. This deficit of information can leave many students feeling anxious and disempowered, which is not how students and future workers should feel. Therefore, it is imperative to read up and share information with your peers so that you can have a better grasp of the way of life in your new chosen country. This article will give you a basic overview of what you need to know about working in the Netherlands.
Report: Wittenborg Employees Have Healthy Habits, Good Working Atmosphere
Health equals wealth
In August 2022, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences offered a preventative medical examination (preventatief medisch onderzoek – PMO) to employees in collaboration with the third-party occupational health and safety service, Perspectief. The aim of the PMO was to allow employees insight into their health, lifestyle and work ability. In turn, Wittenborg gained insight on employees’ general health situation, workability and potential risks or areas which require attention at an organisational level.
A fairly simple system
From the minute you set foot in the Netherlands, you will have to start learning about how to navigate across the country. There are many options: walking, cycling, driving, taxi, boat and, of course, public transport. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) – which translates as Dutch Railways – the national train service provider, and one of the last state-owned travel enterprises in the country. NS trains reach most areas of the Netherlands. When it comes to trams, buses and trolleybuses, depending on the region, various private companies, such as Breng or Keolis, tend to dominate. Be sure to look at the prices and regions for each service before you make your choice.
How expanding our scope of knowledge can change our way of lecturing
Wittenborg lecturer Bert Meeuwsen, is a well-known name within the business sector. For that reason, he was asked to write a chapter for the new book, Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge. In his chapter, “Universe, Pluriverse and a Blue Ocean: Reflective Analogies and Philosophical Considerations for Decolonising Education”, Meeuwsen describes how curriculum knowledge should be decolonised. Knowledge first available from indigenous peoples lost through colonisation and the imposition of Western, Eurocentric education and thinking can broaden our curriculum by adding it back to our frame of reference.
Three and a half decades of internationalisation, diversity and ethics
On Friday, 11 November, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences held a gala to celebrate its 35th anniversary as a higher education institution. The 35th Anniversary Gala gave thanks for all the hard work put into creating what is now the most international business school in the Netherlands, in addition to recognising the success of this ever-expanding academic gem for the world of business education. Festivities were held at the Orpheus theatre in Apeldoorn, whose dedicated staff made sure the event went off without a hitch. The theatre was decorated with a red carpet for guests, and historic Wittenborg advertisements were on view throughout the venue. The main portion of the gala was hosted by young Wittenborg student Alexandra Kukhtina, and Marlon Birdsall, son of Wittenborg's President Peter Birdsall and CEO Maggie Feng.
Global Gathering of Education Industry Professionals
From 30 October to 1 November 2022, Wittenborg President Peter Birdsall and Wittenborg Corporate Relations Manager Iryna Bernatska attended ICEF Berlin 2022, the flagship event of the International Consultants for Education and Fairs, which took place in hybrid format, both virtually and physically at the Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin, Germany.
ICEF Berlin is the largest and most comprehensive global B2B networking event in the international education industry. This year marked its 27th edition with 2,427 industry professionals representing 1,665 organisations from 114 countries participating.
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