The Most Essential Form of Insurance
Like many things in the Netherlands, health insurance – depending on circumstance – is a legal obligation. All working people in the Netherlands are required to have health insurance. But there are different rules for those on a study visa. The healthcare system here can be quite confusing for people from other countries. It is best to do your research before you come here, so that you can be aware of your options and what is expected of you.
Exams to Be Taken at End of Each Learning Phase
With the goal of monitoring and evaluating the progress of its students from a more comprehensive and in-depth perspective, Wittenborg is implementing Multidisciplinary Exit Exams (MEEs) from the academic year 2022-2023. Therefore, in addition to the normal assessments that lead to credits, students will also be required to complete an MEE at the end of each learning phase. This means that, for bachelor’s students, there will be a multidisciplinary exit exam at the end of phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3, while for master’s students the exit exam is at the end of semester 2.
The MEEs will take content from all taught modules from either the completed phase or, in the case of the master’s programmes, both semesters. The examinations might take one of three different formats: closed-book exams (generally multiple choice), open-book exams (with students having the opportunity to access the internet) and presentations or interviews.
Elevating the Integrity of Admissions
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is no longer accepting the at-home version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The move is in response to strong indications of academic fraud. Specifically, there is evidence that certain candidates are either not taking these exams themselves, or are otherwise cheating while taking the tests. Instead, Wittenborg's Admissions Team is opting for more robust metrics for prospective students. The TOEFL certificate will still be accepted if the test is taken on-site, however.
The TOEFL Home Edition is a language test that is verifiable online, which takes stock of a candidate's English language skills. A certificate demonstrating competence in the English language is a general requirement for those arriving from places where English may not be their mother tongue. The test covers four different areas of language: writing, listening, reading and speaking. Each section is worth a maximum of 30 points.
All Students who Applied for Housing Provided with Rooms
For 58 students who have just started their programmes at Wittenborg, the business school is not only the place where they have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and make new friends, but also their new home. All of the students who applied for Wittenborg’s student housing before this block and fulfilled the requirements – having obtained a visa and paid the accommodation fees – have managed to get a room provided by the institution.
While 49 new students are living in the facilities owned and managed by Wittenborg, nine are making use of the services offered by the school’s partner company FSG. In total, Wittenborg currently offers 74 beds, but 75 new apartments are being built by the institution on De Ruyterstraat, close to the Brinklaan building and the already existing dorm. The new facilities are expected to be operational by early 2023.
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen
WUAS Statement: Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II embodied stability and continuity, she was also a rock on which the concepts of internationalisation, diversity and ethics have become the normality in many parts of the world, values that are so important to us at Wittenborg. The Queen’s reign defined much of the history in the 20th and early 21st centuries of the UK, the Commonwealth, and many parts of the modern world.
We will remember her, and our condolences to everyone affected by The Queens’ passing today.
by Peter Birdsall
Document Aimed at Ensuring Dutch Education Institutions Provide International Students with Proper Information
On 1 October, a new version of the Code of Conduct for International Students in Dutch Higher Education will be published, after the conclusion of a revision process that took nearly two years. Implemented in 2006, the Code of Conduct is an instrument of self-regulation aimed at ensuring that Dutch higher education institutions provide international students with proper assistance and information. Moreover, it also establishes English-language requirements for international students who want to pursue their education in the Netherlands.
The document is a joint initiative of the Dutch government and the country’s higher education institutions, represented by the three umbrella organisations pertaining to the segments of research universities (Universiteiten van Nederland), universities of applied sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) and private education institutions (NRTO).
Yingping Li Encourages Students to Have a Positive Attitude and Develop Soft Skills
Although Yingping Li had worked for several years in the field of logistics while living in China, she felt the need to expand her knowledge and experience of an educational system that was completely different from the one she was familiar with. For this reason, Li decided to quit her job and move to the Netherlands to study for a bachelor’s degree in Logistics & International Trade at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.
Having completed her programme in November 2021, she explains that she chose Wittenborg for various reasons. “At the time I made my decision, the COVID-19 pandemic was a serious issue, and because of the lockdowns and travel restrictions I felt I had to take action immediately because otherwise I would not be able to leave China. Wittenborg’s flexible entry dates were convenient, and I was also attracted by the fact that the school is a very international environment. Plus, I had discovered, by reading some articles, that the school’s CEO Maggie Feng is Chinese, and I found that really interesting.”
Wittenborg Comments on 'recruitment of international students in the news again'
Public universities lax with applying for visas for students from 'risk countries'.
Last week the Dutch newspaper NRC reported on a problem faced by public universities of applied sciences regarding the recruitment of international students requiring a visa.
Importantly, it should be pointed out that the Dutch often refer to the 100,000+ ‘international students’ as one group, whilst around 75% of these are students from the European Union, mainly Germany, studying at Dutch universities for the same low tuition fee as Dutch students (fully funded by the Dutch taxpayer). Only 25% of international students are from outside the European Union and generally require a study visa, which in the Netherlands is arranged via the ‘modern immigration act’ for knowledge migrants, which lays responsibility for the document collection, checks and balances with the university.
Allegations of Student Visa Abuse at Public Universities
It is about to become more difficult for students from certain non-Western countries to obtain a study visa in the Netherlands at public universities. A number of public universities in the Netherlands have been following admissions processes that do not properly vet academic performance or financial stability.
In order to provide students with guidelines and tips on how to dress for specific occasions and activities, as well as help prepare them for the social expectations related to their future careers, Wittenborg has adopted a clothing etiquette with effect from the new academic year 2022-2023. With this, the school intends to help students develop good work ethics, given that clothing is also a means of communication. The detailed information can be found in Wittenborg’s Education & Examination Guide (EEG) – Part 4: Practical Information Guide.
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