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Wittenborg Working towards International Recognition

Wittenborg Working towards International Recognition

Institution Going through Multiple Accreditation Processes

To ensure that its bachelor’s and master’s programmes have high standards of quality, international recognition and meet all legal requirements, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has been going through multiple processes of accreditation nationally and abroad.

In the Netherlands, accreditation takes place at the level of programmes, which means that higher education institutions can only offer degree programmes that have been officially accredited by the government. These processes are conducted externally, by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), and involve panels composed of academics, professionals from the industry and students.

Each degree offered is individually accredited and has to go through this cycle every six years, in a process that concerns the broad programmes, not their specialisations. Wittenborg’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Management (MBM) programmes have been accredited separately on different occasions.

While conducting the process, the NVAO panel focuses on items such as the structure and concept of the programme, how it fulfils the requirements of the job field and the output of the students, including their graduation assignments.

Ice Skating Lesson Proves a Hit with Wittenborg Students

Ice Skating Lesson Proves a Hit with Wittenborg Students

Skating Activity Offered to Wittenborg Amsterdam Students

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A group of 11 Wittenborg Amsterdam EBA and MBA students participated in a fun and laughter-filled ice skating group lesson at the Jaap Eden skating rink, in Amsterdam, on 28 February. The facility is the largest outdoor skating rink in the Netherlands and was named after the famous Dutch skater, Jaap Eden.

During the activity organised by senior lecturer Amy Abdou, students learned to skate with the help of a metal frame that allowed them to maintain balance and glide across the ice. Afterwards, many of the participants exchanged photos and phone numbers, and some even expressed interest in going skating again before the season is over.

Apeldoorn Goes to the Polls

Apeldoorn Goes to the Polls

Wins and Losses in Local Elections

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Last week, people across the Netherlands were allowed to vote in the council elections of the city or village they live in. Eligible voters included people with Dutch passports as well as certain foreigners that have lived in the Netherlands for more than five years.

Local elections usually take place on one day, but this year people were able to vote on three days - 14, 15 and 16 March - due to COVID-19. Although people had more time to vote than ever before, turnout has never been lower. Some observers blame it on the elections being overshadowed by international events, whereas others point towards voters' dissatisfaction with national politics. It is true that, if you look at the results of all local elections combined, the four parties that govern together nationally - the conservative-liberal VVD, the conservative-Christian democratic CDA, the social-Christian democratic ChristenUnie (CU) and the social-liberal D66 - have lost percentage points. This is also the case in Apeldoorn, although the losses were from negligible (VVD, CU) to manageable (D66) for all but one of the four parties (CDA).

Wittenborg Alumna Participates in Neso Indonesia Holland Scholarship Days

Wittenborg Alumna Participates in Neso Indonesia Holland Scholarship Days

Nadia Deandra Represents Wittenborg at Online Event

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Wittenborg alumna Nadia Deandra represented the institution at the Neso Indonesia Holland Scholarship Days 2022, which took place last month on 5 and 6 February online, with the goal of raising awareness about available scholarships to study in the Netherlands. The annual education fair is organised by Nuffic Neso Indonesia and includes various presentations and info sessions about the Study in Holland initiative and different scholarship programmes.
 
Apart from delivering a presentation, Deandra, who has completed an MSc degree in International Hospitality Management at the University of Brighton, UK, also managed Wittenborg’s virtual booth. Among other topics, she provided Indonesian students with information about the school, life in the Netherlands, finances and funding.

WUAS Annual Staff Dinner 2022 - First Big Event Since Lockdown

WUAS Annual Staff Dinner 2022 - First Big Event Since Lockdown

Wittenborg's Milestones and Developments in the Pipeline

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Complete freedom of social integration may not be on the menu as yet since the lifting of the lockdown in the Netherlands, but gathering in big numbers definitely feels strange to some staff of Wittenborg. However, the gaiety and merriment shown on the faces of staff and guests at Wittenborg’s Annual Staff Dinner on 11th March was evident. Many felt relief after being isolated for so long and glad to be able to be with friends after a long time apart. The mood, from the reception, waiters and event organisers to staff and their spouses was one of determination to enjoy the solicitous ambience as they came dressed in glamourous cocktail attire. Words such as "It feels strange" and “It’s so good to finally meet everybody” abounded. Such was the feeling in the air at Wittenborg’s first social event since the start of the lockdown two years ago.

Guest Lecturer Shares Insights into Career Development and Goals

Guest Lecturer Shares Insights into Career Development and Goals

MAX HRM's Jasmine Chang-Howe Delivers Workshop to Students

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To provide students with tips and insights into how to define their career priorities and look for a job in the Netherlands, Wittenborg invited the general manager of MAX HRM, Jasmine Chang-Howe, to conduct the hybrid workshop “What are your values?”.

During her presentation, delivered on 22 February, Chang-Howe discussed topics such as work-life balance, salary structure in the Netherlands, career development and goals, how to read a job description and how to approach interviews and negotiate salaries. The activity was attended by 42 participants, who actively engaged in the workshop by asking multiple questions and sharing their experiences and perspectives.

Giro555 Campaign for Ukraine Big Success & a message from Wittenborg

Giro555 Campaign for Ukraine Big Success & a message from Wittenborg

Giro555: Together in action for Ukraine

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During extreme circumstances, the 11 biggest aid organisations in the Netherlands come together to collect donations under the banner Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (Dutch for Cooperating Aid Organizations), also known as Giro555, in reference to the collective bank account number that ends in 555. In the past this has, for example, happened in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, as well as during the Syrian Civil war in 2013, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

Wittenborg Associate Professor Co-authors Paper in Journal of Law and Economics

Wittenborg Associate Professor Co-authors Paper in Journal of Law and Economics

Gabor Molnar’s Study Focuses on Access to High-Speed Internet

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Under the affiliation of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, associate professor Gabor Molnar has co-authored a paper that was recently published in The Journal of Law and Economics, a publication by the University of Chicago Press. Titled The Impacts of the Lifeline Subsidy on High-Speed Internet Access, the study was co-written by Samara Mendez, a senior researcher at Rethink Priorities, and Scott J. Savage, a professor in the Economics department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The main topic of the paper is the Lifeline programme, which was first introduced in the United States in 1985 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with the goal of making wireline phone services more affordable for low-income households, by means of a monthly subsidy. After several updates, the FCC recently proposed further expanding the subsidy programme to lower the cost of high-speed Internet to low-income households. The paper evaluated the impacts of this Lifeline subsidy on high-speed Internet prices, demand and welfare.

Based on quantitative data gathered by the researchers, the investigation conducted over a four-year period relies on a demand model to simulate people’s reactions to different scenarios. Among other factors, it analyses the impacts of internet speeds and prices on people’s choice to adopt broadband connection. The datasets used were collected from multiple sources, including the US Census Bureau, the FCC and other organisations, and concern items such as prices and access to broadband in different areas of the United States.

Bachelor’s Project Week Focuses on Personal Development

Bachelor’s Project Week Focuses on Personal Development

Michael Sheppard Conducting Activity for 90 Students

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With the goal of developing important leadership and communication skills, 90 Wittenborg bachelor’s students from three specialisations – Hospitality Business Administration, International Business Administration and Marketing, Communication and Information – participated in the first project week of 2022. The activities were organised by project week coordinators Samantha Birdsall and Lucy Omwoha, together with visiting lecturer Michael Sheppard, who is a freelance business trainer based in Vienna, Austria.

During the project week’s kick-off, on 21 February Sheppard delivered a 4-hour presentation in which he talked about four key business skills: objection handling, time management & prioritisation, how to give feedback and how to develop a team. To keep students engaged and interested, the activity was interactive and included multiple exercises, encouraging participants to share and discuss their ideas.

First Bowling Night in Two Years Brings Students and Staff Together

First Bowling Night in Two Years Brings Students and Staff Together

Event Held at Bowlingcentrum Attended by 90 People

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The night of 22 February was filled with joy and laughter for 75 Wittenborg students and 15 lecturers and staff members who attended the Bowling Night, which took place at Bowlingcentrum Apeldoorn. The 2-hour event was the first of its kind since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that the last time the school had organised a bowling night had been exactly two years prior, in February 2020.

In total, 10 bowling lanes were reserved at the venue, and snacks and drinks were served to participants during the event.

Support Office & External Relations Coordinator Sophia Faraji, who coordinated the activity, stressed how important different types of social events are for people’s mental health and well-being. She added that the school plans to organise more activities like this, as it was before the pandemic.

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