Students Invited to International Mother Language Day Competition by Embassy of Bangladesh
Celebrating linguistic diversity
Earlier this month, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences' President Peter Birdsall received a letter from the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands, M. Riaz Hamidullah, on behalf of the Embassy of Bangladesh. The letter invited Wittenborg's students to participate in a poster-making competition to celebrate International Mother Language Day, which falls on 21 February.
WUAS Project Week from the Perspective of Simon Boon
Apeldoorn social entrepreneur sees wonderful meeting of cultures
Wittenborg's Project Week SDG#3, 2022, on Good Health & Well-being concluded one month ago, so it is a good time for all participants to look back on these inspiring three days of lectures, workshops and a fantastic finale. Social entrepreneur Simon Boon moderated a panel discussion on the second day of Project Week. He led two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students took part in this lively discussion that covered tough topics such as drug addiction, smoking, suicide and depression. How did Simon Boon participate in this project week? And how did he look back on this panel discussion and hear so many different voices from students and staff?
Video: Watch the EuroCHRIE conference 2022 in Apeldoorn
Look back to EuroCHRIE 2022 in Apeldoorn
From 24 to 27 October 2022, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences had the pleasure of hosting the 2022 European Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE) at the ROC Aventus building in Apeldoorn. Around 170 delegates from more than 20 countries, including places like Japan, France, Morocco, Australia and Finland, came to the conference to network and share information.
Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng announced that she is standing down as Director of Conferencing and Networking at EuroCHRIE. She was elected to this position in 2019 and received great respect from the other board members for "leaving a fantastic legacy for future conference hosts" and for "establishing a EuroCHRIE Foundation."
Wittenborg thanks everyone for enriching this event with their presence and for making this possible. Enjoy this recap of the 2022 EuroCHRIE event in Apeldoorn.
by Niels Otterman
WUAS Project Week from the Perspective of Cha-Hsuan Liu
Wittenborg's Project Week SDG#3, 2022, on Good Health & Well-being concluded one month ago, so it is a good time for all participants to look back on these inspiring three days of lectures, workshops and a fantastic finale. WUAS Associate Professor Dr. Cha-Hsuan Liu gave two lectures during the project week. Both dealt with the world's major challenges facing physical and mental health, such as depression, obesity, climate change and poverty. How does she look back on the project week?
Wittenborg Highly Commended for BGA Business School Impact Award
Recognising institutional talent
In December, the 2022 AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards were held in London, UK, with a guest list of over 200 business school representatives and judges. The evening, filled with fun, friends and exclusive networking opportunities, was particularly special, as it was the first in-person awards show since 2020. Judges were made up of AMBA board members, business experts, education leaders and managers. A total of six institutions were recognised for their excellence in providing business education across seven countries.
Among the guests were Wittenborg President Peter Birdsall, Assurance of Learning Manager Kriszta Kaspers and former Vice President of Academic Affairs Ron Tuninga, who was recently appointed to the AACSB. WUAS had been nominated in the category of BGA Business School Impact Award 2022/23. During the evening, Wittenborg received official high commendations for the BGA Business School Impact Award, which is meant to reward schools with significant societal impact. According to the AMBA & BGA:
“This award is designed to offer a platform through which BGA member, validated, and accredited schools can demonstrate their stakeholder impact – encompassing students and graduates as well as the wider communities in which they operate. Such impact can be demonstrated through programme design, social outreach programmes, alumni relations, careers services and so on.”
Video: Watch the Opening of De Ruyterstraat 5 Student Complex
Relive the opening of Wittenborg's newest student apartment complex
On 11 January 2023, Wittenborg opened its new student apartments at De Ruyterstraat 5 in Apeldoorn. With this complex, the school offers accommodation to over 150 students in Apeldoorn and Amsterdam. At the opening, Apeldoorn alderman Henk van den Berge gave a heartwarming speech in which he expressed his appreciation for the hard work that has made this building possible. "Wittenborg has many students of different nationalities, the opening of the student houses really promotes Apeldoorn well and makes it a good place to study," he says. After cutting the traditional cake, everyone was invited to take a look at the vibrant and breathtaking results of a year of hard work.
The new student apartment complex brings Apeldoorn closer to its goal of providing 600 additional housing units for students by 2030. If you want to know more about this housing plan, read the interview in de Stentor with Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng here.
Wittenborg hopes everyone enjoyed the opening and wishes the new residents of De Ruyterstraat 5 much pleasure living in this amazing student complex. Enjoy the video.
Wittenborg President's Comments on Education Minister's Letter
Cabinet still wants to limit international students
In late 2022, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ President Peter Birdsall penned a letter to the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf. The letter was written after significant agitation within parliament to limit the influx of international students, with parliament reasoning that they are a strain on public resources and contribute to the housing crisis. In the letter, Birdsall lobbied for a nuanced policy toward international students, with specific regard to private institutions like Wittenborg which do not rely on public resources and can house their incoming students. Letters from those in the Dutch higher education sector such as Birdsall appeared to have prompted some reflection from Dijkgraaf, who penned a response which highlighted the importance of international students, yet still lamented a lack of resources. Recently, all public institutions have been told to stop active international recruitment, taking much of Wittenborg's direct competition off the international market.
Study: Lifelong Learning is Untapped Area for Many Business Schools
Understanding the needs of alumni
In Q4 2023, the European Foundation for Management Development, along with the UK-based market consultancy group CarringtonCrisp, released the findings of their ‘Alumni Matters’ study on the needs and potential of graduates. According to CarringtonCrisp, “Schools miss out on opportunities not just to build fundraising, but to better engage corporates, to support their recruitment of new students and to attract alumni to return for further study, to create potential providers of internships and guest speakers and much more.” As such, the Alumni Matters survey, which will be conducted again in August, seeks to elaborate on what alumni desire from a school with the purpose of creating recommendations for plans of action to better appeal to this demographic. As Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is continuing to develop its lifelong learning opportunities, the study provides important insight and takeaways for all business schools looking to serve former students.
Wittenborg Opens Stunning New Student Housing Complex in Apeldoorn
Growing capacity for new students
This Wednesday, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences welcomed the Wittenborg family along with members of the press and representatives of the Municipality of Apeldoorn to celebrate the opening of its new student housing complex. More than 100 visitors – builders, Apeldoorn neighbours, Wittenborg family members and representatives of the Municipality of Apeldoorn, including alderman Henk van den Berge of the SGP and Victor Ledeboer, strategic advisor to the municipality – joined in the festivities. To mark the opening, alderman Van den Berge delivered an address, praising the construction of the building and recognising the efforts of the builders and those who made everything possible. Hielke-Jan van der Leij, building project manager, also offered some words of appreciation. The moment Van den Berge and Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng cut the traditional cake, the doors were officially opened and visitors were invited to witness the result of more than a year of hard work.
Practical Advice: Dutch Food Culture
A quick guide to eating in the Netherlands
If you travel to another country, it means you encounter new food cultures. People moving to the Netherlands have to get used to Dutch food and the etiquette at the dinner table, as it is a bit different from surrounding countries. Dutch food culture is heavily based on meat, bread and potatoes. It is not unusual for the Dutch to eat bread in the morning and afternoon, and end the day with potatoes, vegetables and meat. Although it does not sound so spectacular, Dutch food culture is known for its long traditions and influence from other cultures.
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