Practical Advice: Starting a Business in the Netherlands
Being your own boss (or somebody else's)
When you graduate from Wittenborg and want to enter the Dutch workforce, there are a couple of options. You can start looking for a job, or you can also start your own business. The Netherlands is very friendly to entrepreneurs and start-ups; it is relatively easy to register a new business. However, it does require some skills, knowledge of Dutch business law and a little bit of luck to find success. To begin with, you need to know which rules and regulations apply when you want to start your business in the Netherlands. It is worth noting that the rules, particularly regarding business subsidies and taxation, are different according to the municipality and can change every year based on government planning.
Wittenborg World Cup Football Pool Won by Student
World Cup football pool among students, faculty and staff remained exciting until the end
Practical Advice: The National Student Survey
Let your voice be heard
This January, all students and some recent graduates in the Netherlands will receive an email containing an online questionnaire regarding their experience while studying here. The National Student Survey (Nationale Studenten Enquête, NSE) is a regularly conducted survey that contains questions about the quality of the programme you are currently enrolled in, as well as your institute of higher education. This year, the survey will take place between 17 January and 13 March.
Higher Costs and Fewer Spots: Parliament Receives Advice on Curbing International Students at Public Universities
A less attractive higher education system
Plans for 2023 already in full swing!
Happy New Year & looking ahead to the coming year
2023 starts pretty much as 2022 closed, and although a new year is filled with hope and expectations of a prosperous year, several continuing political and economic situations around the world will still be of concern to our staff and students. We sincerely hope that the year will see peace prevail. Looking forward to a new year of themes and project weeks and discussion debate, hard study and social events - at Wittenborg we will happily concentrate on all the many projects and developments that make our business school the wonderful place it is!
From the whole management team, we wish all of our students and staff, our friends and relations, a peaceful and healthy year ahead!
Practical Advice: How to Celebrate New Year in the Netherlands
Starting the year with a bang
Every country has its own way of celebrating the New Year. A new year means a fresh new start with new opportunities, and the Dutch have their own way of celebrating. Although most traditions are similar to other countries and cultures, the way the people of the Netherlands experience New Year's Eve is a bit different from what you might be used to. If you decide to celebrate the New Year with your friends the Dutch way, this is handy guide will help you.
New Year's Eve in the Netherlands doesn't really start until around 6 p.m., because from then on you are allowed to set off fireworks. Fireworks play a big part in Dutch New Year celebrations. The moment the clock strikes 12, hundreds of rockets will light up the sky as far as the eye can see. These are the larger rockets, but people also use other forms of fireworks on a much smaller scale. It is not unusual to hear firecrackers popping in the streets. In the north, east and south of the country people do rifle shooting instead of setting off fireworks, shooting the lid of a milk can, which gives a very loud bang. This happens mostly in rural areas and less so in cities.
Wittenborg Closes Year and Project Week with Christmas Drinks
Ending 2022 with Glühwein, hot chocolate, sausages and heartwarming festivities
After an inspiring and exciting Project Week, it was time to conclude 2022 with the traditional Christmas Drinks and barbecue. Wittenborg students, faculty and staff gathered under a warm marquee in the courtyard of the Brinklaan campus. While the Glühwein, hot chocolate and sausages were passed around, students had a moment to recover from their hard work for this semester and the project week. It may have been a cold and rainy winter evening in December, but the festivities were heartwarming.
The Christmas Drinks began just after the students finished their assessments for the poster competition concluding their research for the project week. Christmas songs played as the students gathered around the tables to get something to eat and drink, while the amazing team of volunteers, made up of Wittenborg staff and fellow students, helped everyone enjoy their evening.
Our Christmas Message 2022
Christmas Message 2022 from Peter Birdsall & Maggie Feng
Wonderful Closing of Wittenborg Project Week on Good Health & Well-Being
Overwhelmingly positive feedback from students & staff
Wittenborg's Project Week on Good Health & Well-Being, held from 19 to 21 December, received an overwhelming positive response from students and staff with regards to the activities conducted and the topics covered. The event, in support of the United Nations' SDG#3 of the same name, involved more than 250 master's and bachelor's students as well as faculty and staff. Throughout the three days, students, invited guest speakers, faculty and staff members immersed themselves in lectures, workshops, a panel discussion, live presentations and research.
The culmination of the project week was the Poster Presentation competition. Students, in groups of 4 or 5, were required to research a community/region's access to quality health care services and evaluate possible solutions to the health and well-being challenges faced. They were then asked to evaluate multiple possible solutions to resolve health and well-being challenges faced by the community/region, taking into consideration cultural and economic realities.
Highlights of Day 2, Project Week 3, 2022 on Good Health & Well-being
Panel discussion dwelt on drug addiction, smoking, suicide and stress
Wittenborg's Project Week 3, 2022, on Good Health & Well-being, which kicked off Monday (news here), continued Tuesday with a workshop, a panel discussion, a live presentation and group discussion. The whole event was held at Wittenborg's Spoorstraat building in Apeldoorn. Students participated actively during the Panel Discussion, which covered various health and well-being issues, such as drug addiction, smoking, suicide and coping with stress and depression. The vibrant session was moderated by Simon Boon, a respected social entrepreneur, with a panel made up of Henk Janssen, Wittenborg's Emeritus Professor Teun Wolters, Senior Lecturer Adeyemi Banjo and Somayeh Mouri. Student members were represented by master's students Julian Quint, Agwu Kalu, Payam Gharahansanlo, and Mehdi Kiasati. The discussion also touched on how the government can help resolve the issue of drug addiction and smoking and how Wittenborg can support students who have health and well-being issues in their lives.
Following that, there was a further lecture by Dr Cha-Hsuan Liu. She was assisted by Wittenborg Research Centre Intern and MBM student Somayeh Mouri, who has a PhD in Psychology. The live presentation was by keynote speaker Karen van Ruiten, Directeur Alles is Gezondheid en Positieve Gezondheid (director of Everything is Health and Positive Health).
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