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.
President Highlights Key Activities & Challenges for 2022-2023
Wittenborg’s faculty members gathered for the first time since the summer vacation to kick-off the start of the new academic year 2022-2023. The half-day meeting was held on Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 at Wittenborg’s Spoorstraat campus in Apeldoorn and streamed online for faculty members who were not able to attend in person or who were outside the country. During the meeting, President of Wittenborg, Peter Birdsall gave an overview of Wittenborg’s upcoming activities as well as the challenges ahead. Highlights for the coming year include the Opening of Brinklaan 268 campus & BBQ on 26th August, EuroCHRIE Conference in October and Wittenborg's 35th-year Gala Celebration in November.
New Chapter for Wittenborg and Apeldoorn
“We meet here today to celebrate what is soon to become a part of Apeldoorn's emerging modern identity," said Deputy Mayor Jeroen Joon during his speech.
On Friday, August 26, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences hosted its Annual BBQ for staff and students. However, last Friday's occasion was unique to previous Wittenborg BBQs. This year, the event commemorated the opening of the Brinklaan building. All in attendance – including Deputy Mayor of Apeldoorn, Jeroen Joon – were treated to complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and a BBQ cooked up by Wittenborg staff members.
"We have been supported by many, many businesses, by the city government and by our friends... Everyone has chipped in, has made this possible. We're really grateful. This is a new chapter for Wittenborg," said CEO Maggie Feng during the BBQ.
Wittenborg was thoroughly privileged to host members of the surrounding Apeldoorn community, who seemed to enjoy getting to know the Wittenborg family.
The event opened with a speech delivered by Deputy Mayor Joon about Wittenborg and Appeldorn's future with one another.
New Faces and New Beginnings
For Block 1 of Wittenborg's 2022 academic year, the school is embracing more diversity with regards to scenery and student body. This year saw Wittenborg's Spoorstraat location undergo a facelift operation, an exit from the Aventus building and move into the Brinklaan building, in addition to an influx of more students from increasingly diverse locations.
At the Amsterdam campus, Support Office Administrator Xiaoli Wu expressed her excitement at the new Wittenborg students. "I'm always happy to see these new passionate faces and always have faith in them that they will excel in their studies here at Wittenborg, and make themselves and us proud with their best efforts and results!".
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