Wittenborg Students Give Teachers Score of 3.80, Compared to 3.73 Nationwide
Wittenborg students have rated the school’s academic staff above average, according to the results of the 2022 edition of the National Student Survey (NSE), published on 31 May. While Wittenborg’s teachers were awarded a score of 3.8 out of 5, the Dutch national average is 3.73.
In total, 143 Wittenborg students answered the survey between 17 January and 13 March, assigning ratings that ranged from 1 (Very Dissatisfied/Disagree) to 5 (Very Satisfied/Agree). Conducted by Studiekeuze123 on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, the study encompasses six main themes: Content & Organisation, Connection to Professional Practice/Career, Teachers, Guidance/Counselling, Examination & Assessment and Engagement & Contact. These themes, in turn, are divided into multiple subtopics. Moreover, the survey also assesses the students’ general level of satisfaction with their programmes.
Activity Sheds Light on Hotel’s History and Operational Aspects
To provide Wittenborg master’s students specialising in hospitality with a behind-the-scenes view of a traditional luxury hotel, associate professor Vanessa Menezes organised a group visit to the Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam on 3 June. Conducted as part of the module International Hospitality Development, the activity was attended by eight students.
Participants Develop Advisory Reports for Famous Apeldoorn Zoo
In partnership with Apenheul Primate Park, Wittenborg organised a project week for 130 bachelor’s students between 30 May and 3 June. The activity’s goal was to provide the famous Apeldoorn zoo with advisory reports on the latest changes in consumer behaviour, also detailing how to effectively serve consumers in the current scenario.
Having been divided into groups of five or six, students were required to act as consultants, defining the key issues related to Apenheul’s challenges, offering accurate analyses through facts and figures and presenting an array of diverse recommendations and long-term solutions.
The initiative included an excursion to the zoo on 31 May, which in addition to familiarising students with the organisation was also a fun-filled way to encourage them to reflect on topics such as sustainability, tourism and animal conservation. At the end of the project week, all groups were required to deliver a consultancy report and a video presentation, and each student was tasked with submitting a group evaluation and self-assessment.
Event Included Singing, Dancing, Drinks and Snacks
To celebrate the great weather and get people ready for summer, Wittenborg organised the Summer Jam party for 106 students and five staff members on 3 June at the popular Schenkers café in Apeldoorn. The sunny and warm evening was filled with singing, dancing, lively chats and laughs, and all attendants were offered drinks and snacks.
During the party, a DJ played songs requested by the students – encompassing music from multiple countries and styles – and people had the opportunity to indulge in karaoke singing. Moreover, the venue included an outdoor area where students could enjoy the sun.
More than 450,000 Opportunities Available for Job Seekers
Students and professionals looking for work in the Netherlands might find opportunities in multiple sectors, as the number of job vacancies in the country is on the rise, having reached 451,000 at the end of March, according to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Data shows that in the first quarter of 2022 there were 133 job vacancies for every 100 unemployed people, up from 106 opportunities per 100 unemployed workers in the last quarter of 2021.
In the same period, the country reached the lowest unemployment rate in 20 years at just 3.5%, corresponding to approximately 9 million people currently employed, while businesses are struggling to fill vacancies. Therefore, job applicants can take the opportunity to negotiate for higher salaries or more advantageous contracts. For students, in particular, this means that businesses might be open to more flexible arrangements, such as part-time positions and internships.
Tackling Real Business Challenges in Master's Project Week
Real Challenges Faced by Real Companies
With the aim of providing students the platform to learn within the context of real, problem-based learning, 64 students from the Business Administration (MBA) and Business Management (MSc) are participating in the Master Challenge Project Week. The 7-week long project is coordinated by Wittenborg's Head of School of Business Dr Rauf Abdul and Education Support Administrator Hanna Abdelwahab. During the project week, groups of 6 students will be matched with a real-life company based in the Netherlands to help them resolve their business challenges.
Ibukun Babafemi’s Study Connects his Background to Theory
Having previously worked as a Robotics Process Automation (RPA) developer in a Nigerian bank, Wittenborg student Ibukun Babafemi decided to connect his background to theory by writing an MBA thesis on the adoption of RPA by Nigerian financial institutions.
Edith Nordmann Discusses International Law in Business and Commerce
On 23 May, Wittenborg hosted a guest lecture with experienced corporate and commercial litigator Edith Nordmann, who is managing partner and attorney at law at ACG International, Amsterdam. The activity had the goal of introducing bachelor’s students from various specialisations to different legal aspects of international business transactions, including risks and opportunities, types of agreements, methods of dispute resolution, choice of law and choice of jurisdiction. During the session, Nordmann exemplified each topic with real-life cases she encountered during her career.
The guest speaker stressed that businesspeople and entrepreneurs need to pay attention to the rules and details of business agreements, such as the challenges involved and who is going to bear the costs if the risks are manifested. Nordmann highlighted that, when working as a mediator in alternative dispute resolution cases, she makes use of her background as a lawyer to try to find the best possible agreement for her clients.
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