WUAS Poll Reveals Surprises
The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet fully eradicated but the silver lining is that it reveals human ingenuity, innovativeness and perseverance to overcome calamity, to thrive and to continue prospering. For higher education, it was an opportunity to show that universities can transform and adapt flexibly for the sole purpose of not stagnating the education of the younger generation. At WUAS, to assess the sentiments of students and staff in relation to education post COVID-19, an online poll was carried out in June before the end of the academic year. The results of the poll were mostly as expected, though there were a few surprises.
The short poll was participated by faculty and students from all of Wittenborg’s study locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Munich and Bad Voslau. The aim of the poll was to seek students’ and faculty’s opinions about teaching and learning at Wittenborg for the purpose of quality and process improvements. The results of the poll were compiled in a report which will be presented to Wittenborg’s Education Board. Here is a synopsis of some of the results of the poll.
The Advantages of Learning New Languages
Wittenborg's students (and staff members) come from all over the world. To illustrate: In the period between 2016 and 2021, Wittenborg was academic home to students from 116 different nationalities. For many of our students, English is already a foreign language. While at Wittenborg, students have the opportunity to learn even more languages, namely Spanish, French and, of course, Dutch. We encourage our students to take this opportunity seriously, as learning one or multiple foreign languages has many advantages.
Debate Hosted by Wittenborg Attracted 50 People
On 28 June, Wittenborg hosted a debate on ‘The Mobility of Tomorrow’, organised by Apeldoorn citizen group MeetUp055 and inspired by an episode of the Dutch investigative documentary TV series 'Tegenlicht’.
The event featured four guest speakers: filmmaker Rob van Hattum, who directed the documentary on which the activity was based, climate psychologist and lecturer Maurits van der Heijde, from Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Carbyon’s CEO and founder Hans de Neve and Cormorant SEAplanes’ CEO and Head of Design Chris Rijff. Approximately 50 people attended the debate, which was mediated by Anne-Marit Helmink.
On 8 July 2022, Wittenborg said goodbye to another group of bachelor’s and master's graduates, during the Summer Graduation Ceremony in Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn. While some graduates might go on to pursue additional degrees, such as master's or doctoral degrees, for other graduates this graduation ceremony could mark the end of their academic pursuits. That does not mean that they should stop learning, however. Instead, continuous learning, also known as lifelong learning, is something they - and we all - should strive for. There are a number of reasons for that.
Event Conducted at Traditional Theatre Orpheus in Apeldoorn
On Friday 8 July, Apeldoorn’s municipal theatre, Orpheus – one of the five largest theatres in the Netherlands – hosted Wittenborg’s Summer Graduation Ceremony last Friday, 8 July, in Apeldoorn. Having taken place in the afternoon, the event was attended by 44 graduates and their families, partners and friends, as well as Wittenborg’s staff members and teachers.
During the ceremony, the achievements and hard work of 23 bachelor’s and 21 master’s students were praised and celebrated. The event was marked by a joyful atmosphere, and the diverse group of students was composed of representatives of 23 nationalities: Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Italy, Indonesia, India, the Netherlands, Colombia, Cameroon, Iran, Vietnam, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, Nepal, Brazil, Egypt, China, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Malawi and Peru.
While many Wittenborg students will visit their families in their home countries or travel around Europe during the summer break, others will also stay in Apeldoorn. For the latter, it is a great opportunity to get to know the green and royal town, as well as the surrounding area. This summer, we will publish a series of articles about things to see and experience in and around Apeldoorn. In this article, we take look at opportunities to partake in one of the favourite pastimes of the Dutch: swimming.
If you have ever tuned into the Summer Olympics, you know swimming and the Netherlands are a match made in heaven. From jumping off bridges into rivers and canals on blistering summer days, to diving into the ice cold ocean on New Year's Day, the Dutch cannot seem to stay away from water. If you too love swimming, Apeldoorn, although not exactly close to the ocean, is a great place to be.
Guy Millner Stresses Importance of Asking Questions and Listening to Other People
A group of Wittenborg MBM students specialising in Human Resource Management had the opportunity to gain valuable insights into leadership, business management and entrepreneurship by attending an online guest lecture delivered by AssuranceAmerica’s co-founder and Executive Chairman Guy Millner. Organised by senior lecturer Bert Meeuwsen, the activity was conducted as part of the module High-Performance Leadership on 17 May. Additionally, both the session and the module are connected to Meeuwsen’s ongoing PhD research on ‘Ethics Within Business Education’.
During the lecture, Millner discussed multiple topics related to his many years of experience in entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Besides other advice, he encouraged students not to be ashamed of asking questions. “The smartest people are not the ones who have all the answers, but those who are not afraid of asking questions. If you want to be a successful leader, you need to be interested in other people’s ideas and experiences as well as surround yourself with people who can do things better than you.”
Maggie Feng Stresses Students Need to Develop Both Hard and Soft Skills to Succeed
With the number of jobs in the Netherlands on the rise, the increasing datafication of society and the ageing of the Dutch working population, Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng predicts that the country’s job market is going to experience profound transformations that will span decades.
According to Feng, this scenario is filled with opportunities for international students and professionals who wish to build a career in the Netherlands. She highlights that some of the most promising developments are taking place in technical fields, including engineering, manufacturing, finance and the technology sector.
Team-Building Activity Held at Country-Style Venue De Aze
A group of Wittenborg staff members, as well as their partners and children, had the opportunity to share typical dishes from their own countries, learn more about other cultures and indulge in a warm and friendly atmosphere on 10 June. Attended by approximately 40 people, the Staff Cooking Event took place at De Aze, a country-style venue located in Terwolde with a large and well-equipped kitchen. While some participants prepared their dishes during the party, demonstrating their culinary skills, others chose to bring them ready made. The menu offered a variety of options, with different kinds of spices, ingredients and flavours.
According to Wittenborg Head of School of Business Rauf Abdul, the Staff Cooking Event was a fun activity that enabled staff members and their families to meet in an informal setting, and also a great way to promote team building. “I brought Beef Nihari, a traditional Pakistani dish that had been cooked mainly by my wife. I loved all the dishes I tasted, because I enjoy eating all sorts of food, and the event featured an amazing and very diverse international buffet. On top of that, it was really nice to meet other families, especially the children. It was lovely to see all the kids playing together as if they had known each other for a long time.”
Event Enables Participants to Network and Exchange Experiences
Between 30 May and 3 June, Wittenborg was visited by 39 enthusiastic secondary students and nine teachers coming from Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Turkey, as well as two researchers from the University of Eastern Finland. The event was organised as part of Erasmus+ funded project Eco-systems of Open Science Schooling (Eco-OSS), which is coordinated by the Wittenborg Research Centre.
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