Team Building Activities
With Block 1 of the Wittenborg calendar year about to begin, office staff and directors alike are giving their all to provide a proper welcome to new and returning students. Part of that is making sure student housing – namely the De Ruyterstraat accommodation – is up to scratch.
Wittenborg President Peter Birdsall and CEO Maggie Feng place great importance on making the De Ruyterstraat accommodation more comfortable for residents.
So, on the Monday of Introduction Week, 22 August, different members of Wittenborg's office staff voluntarily donated one working hour to cleaning the student building.
Armed with hoovers, mops, sponges and cleaning fluid, staff entered the facility and got to work. The atmosphere was jovial, with everyone smiling and helping each other throughout the unconventional team-building activity.
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences Officially Opens its new campus building in Apeldoorn
Theme to Be Addressed from Multiple Perspectives, Involving Students, Lecturers and Staff
In line with its embrace of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Wittenborg has chosen SDG number 3 – Good Health and Well-being – as the theme of the academic year 2022-2023. Therefore, the theme will be looked at from economic, sociological and political perspectives, with lecturers of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes being asked to address ‘Good Health and Well-being’ in every module they teach this year. Moreover, Wittenborg’s traditional themed project week, which takes place just before the Christmas break, will have the same focus.
Hanna Abdelwahab’s Study Analyses Students’ Perceptions of the Teaching of AI in Higher Education Institutions
Wittenborg Education Support Administrator Hanna Abdelwahab, Head of School of Business Rauf Abdul and associate professor Dadi Chen co-authored a paper that was recently published by international peer-reviewed journal ‘Industry & Higher Education’. Based on Abdelwahab’s master’s thesis, the study analyses how business students of Dutch higher educational institutions perceive their schools’ efforts in preparing them for Artificial Intelligence (AI) work environments.
Erasmus+ Research Initiative Brings Together Institutions of Four Countries
With the goal of discussing important details and planning the next steps of Erasmus+ research project #Influera, Wittenborg participated in the initiative’s first physical meeting held in Athens on 26 July. The activity brought together the four institutions that are part of the project, also including its coordinator, Fundacja Eduvibes, from Poland, as well as Social Cooperative Enterprise Drosostalida (Greece) and Tum Engelliler Kultur Sanat Dayanisma ve Spor Dernegi (Turkey). Wittenborg was represented by CEO Maggie Feng and EU project coordinator Aydan Ismayilova.
During the activity, the four institutions finalised the project’s work plan and outlook, confirmed the budget and established the guidelines necessary to start the development of the first intellectual output. Additionally, they set the date for the next partner meeting, which will be hosted by Wittenborg in Apeldoorn in December 2022.
Michael Sheppard Working on Building New Relationships and Strengthening Existing Partnerships
Between 1 and 7 July, Wittenborg Sales & Admissions Representative Michael Sheppard was in Dubai, where he had a series of meetings with local student agencies and agents. According to Sheppard, the outcome of the conversations was very positive, and Wittenborg has managed to establish new partnerships and strengthen existing ones.
“The agents definitely recognise the high quality of education in the Netherlands, and they see Wittenborg as a prime example of it, due to the school’s international character, hands-on approach to teaching and flexible entry dates, among other factors. One significant thing they said is that quite often the Netherlands can be slightly overlooked as a study destination when compared to France, Germany or the UK, and certainly generally overlooked compared to the other native English-speaking countries,” he pointed out.
Having joined Wittenborg in 2011, Wang Helped the School Grow and will Be Missed by Colleagues
In the 11 years Daphne Wang worked as Wittenborg’s Senior Financial Administrator, the school grew significantly, and part of this success was due to her hard work and dedication, as well as her expertise in the fields of finance and accountancy. Having recently decided to pursue other ventures, Wang will be missed by her colleagues, who organised a farewell lunch for her on 27 June.
Originally from China, Wang studied English at the Beijing Normal College of Foreign Languages. In 1997, she moved to the Netherlands to study for a bachelor’s degree in Business Economy at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, where she was one of the first Chinese students ever to enrol.
Carolina Lopez Roque Gets Inspiration from Five-Star Hotels to Provide High-Quality Services
For Wittenborg graduate Carolina Lopez Roque, quitting her job in the hospitality industry to start a new career as the owner of the Brigi Nails salon, in Amsterdam, was not an easy choice to make. “If you are an entrepreneur, you must know your value, and this is the most difficult thing. You need to believe in yourself, have the courage and take the risks. It took me some time to learn that, but after making that decision things have grown so fast,” she says.
Iranian Graduate Farnoosh Dabiri Seeking to Expand Personal and Professional Horizons
By moving from Iran to the Netherlands, Wittenborg graduate Farnoosh Dabiri has had the opportunity to greatly expand her professional horizons and experience a diverse and international business environment. Dabiri, who completed an MBA degree in International Management in 2021, points out that she decided to pursue the programme because she wanted to develop her career as a project manager. “Back in Iran, I had previously worked as a project manager in the petrochemical industry, but I wanted to learn more about topics such as sustainability and corporate responsibility.”
Maggie Feng Now Part of Organisation Aimed at Giving Visibility to Highly Qualified Women
Because Wittenborg sees diversity and inclusion as essential elements of social progress, the school has been involved in multiple initiatives that seek to promote these values. In line with this approach, Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng recently joined SER Topvrouwen, an organisation that is part of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) – an advisory body to the Dutch government that discusses and monitors social and economic policies.
Composed of women who occupy leadership positions in large Dutch institutions and corporations, SER Topvrouwen is aimed at giving visibility and helping accelerate the advancement of female talent. Among other contributions, the organisation has created a database of highly qualified women, open to professionals who have relevant work experience in business, public or semi-public organisations, active in management, directorship or executive positions. By accessing the platform, companies and institutions can search for female candidates with the right profiles for their open positions.
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