Movement Towards More Vulnerable New Kind of Leadership, Says Expert
MBA students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recently had the rare privilege of meeting the author of one of their textbooks - the acclaimed Irish writer and speaker Dave McKeown. During the hour-long session, McKeown, who is an expert on the topic of leadership, unpacked some of the concepts in his book The Self-Evolved Leader.
McKeown was a guest lecturer last week for the Human Resource module "High Performance Leadership", which is part of Wittenborg's Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme. The module is shared by lecturers Bert Meeuwsen and by Faheed Shakeel. Meeuwsen said about the module: "It is not only about the know-how of leadership, it is also on how-to-do leadership. For this, practical tools are needed and the textbook by McKeown provides this."
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Longer Rainy Weather But Summer Is Around The Corner
The Netherlands is known for having several days of rain throughout the year, but this spring 2021 has been surprisingly rainier for the Dutch. Paradoxically, last year during the spring of 2020 while the whole country was in total lockdown, it was registered as one of the sunniest and warmest spring seasons in years. Moreover, 2020 was catalogued as the hottest year with over 280 consecutive days of temperatures above 10°C. However, these days, when people are technically allowed to get back their freedom outdoors, the rain has made its statement.
Coldest spring in 35 years
Despite spring being a rainy season, the temperatures, usually warm, have been significantly lower in 2021. In April, the average temperature was 6 to 7°C, while during May it was between 9 and 12°C.
Youngsters and foreigners new to the country might have found this weather unusual. However, the older generations may remember a similar weather situation, which happened 35 years ago! In fact, this has been the coldest spring since 1986.
Wittenborg's Novel Post-Master's Programme Set to Take Off
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences launched a novel post-master's programme, Post-Master's in Business and Social Research Practices, to complement its bachelor's and master's programmes, during a pivotal time in the education sector where online or hybrid learning is the norm due to the pandemic. The post-master's certificate and diploma programme will lead to a PhD/DBA programme, offered by one of Wittenborg's partner universities. The 2-year English-language programme is structured in 3 stages, with the respective awards:
Part A: 1-year Post-Master's certificate
Part B: 1-year Post-Master's diploma
Part C: 2-3 years PhD/DBA study (at a Wittenborg Partner University)
The programme is set to start in June 2021. Depending on the focus of the individual student, who will be able to prepare for two types of doctoral research programmes at a Wittenborg partner university - a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).
No COVID-19 Test or Self-Quarantine for Visitors from "Safe Countries"
This week, the Netherlands has lifted entry restrictions for several countries - including 7 countries outside the European Union or Schengen Area. International students fall under the exemption categories and are thus allowed to travel to the Netherlands.
The European countries that have been added to the "safe list" from 15 May are Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta and Portugal. This means arrivals from there will be eligible to enter the Netherlands for tourism purposes, alongside residents of the North Aegean region of Greece and the Spanish Balearic Islands.
New Students Start Classes this Week
The latest group of new students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences joined an online session to meet members of staff and fellow students. The Netherlands is counting on having everyone in the country vaccinated by the beginning of July; hence, it is believed the next group of new students will be able to gather in person, not online, when the new academic year starts in September.
Students were welcomed by Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng, President Peter Birdsall and
Sasha Liebhardt, managing director of 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.
Solar Panels Installed at Wittenborg's Apeldoorn Campus
The past week has seen 64 solar panels installed on the roof of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences' Spoorstraat building in Apeldoorn, near the city's railway station. With the solar panels in place the energy consumption will go down to approximately 19,000 Kwh of energy per year from the current 38,000 kwh per year. That's about 8,740 kilos less CO2 emitted.
The project was completed this week over a period of five days, according to Vikram Athavale, Wittenborg's Coordinator Student Support, Facilities and Student Housing. "For me this effort is one more step towards a sustainable, carbon-free and cost-effective, efficient energy source," he said.
Survey: COVID-19 Not Diminished Interest in Studying in Netherlands
Interest in studying in the Netherlands has not waned despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study from Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, has shown. The quality offered by the Dutch education system is the biggest drawcard for international students. Nuffic surveyed more than 500 prospective students in March about their plans to come and study in the Netherlands.
The decisive factor is the quality of education: for almost nine out of ten students, this is an important reason to come to the Netherlands. No less than 87.2% of respondents indicated that this factor makes them more likely to choose the Netherlands.
Surprise Boom of Gig Economy
The COVID-19 pandemic will eventually subside, but its toll has pushed millions of people into unemployment and threatens to undo decades of progress all around the world. The pandemic has exacerbated trends in poverty and income inequality as it affects workers in many industries, especially retail, wholesale, travel and tourism. It has been less grievous though for the food and delivery industries and for those working in the education and technological sectors. However, one of the surprising, positive effects of this debilitating pandemic was the surprise boost of the Gig Economy. And for recent and future graduates, getting into this Gig Economy might just be the way for them to get by in the next couple of years.
Sudanese Student Selected to Play in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
Wittenborg student Amro Abbas, from the HBA Sports Management bachelor's programme, has been selected to represent Sudan’s National Football team in the World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
An early start to football
Abbas , 21, was born in Sudan but has lived most of his life in the UAE, until he came to study at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. Around the age of 7, he started to play football as his father took him to the local club of Al-Ain city, Al-Ain FC, in UAE. By the time he was 17, Amro had already played in the under-17 Sudanese football league, competing in tournaments against other African countries. He highlights the support given by the UAE Al-Ain FC as regards salary and schooling.
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