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    Why We Chose to Study in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 10 August 2018, 3:33 PM
     

    "Education is Affordable in the Netherlands"


    What are the factors influencing international students to study in the Netherlands?

    We conducted a small survey among our newly graduated internationals who have just received their degrees at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ 2018 Summer Graduation Ceremony.  

    The most consistent answer seems to be that the Netherlands not only offers quality higher education, but also good value for money compared to other countries where English is widely-spoken, such as the UK or the US.

     

    Why We Chose to Study in Holland

    Other students confessed to much less lofty motivations. At least two students admitted they chose to study in the Netherlands because of a love for a Dutch football team. One of them is Han Cheng from China, who said on receiving his bachelor's degree diploma: “I am a big fan of Dutch football, so that is why I chose to study in the Netherlands. Now that the football team is not doing well, I will have to go back to China.”







    Why We Chose to Study in Holland

    Fojiya Chowdhury from Bangladesh said Holland’s famous tulip gardens were a big attraction. “I found the Netherlands more convenient compared to other European countries. The lifestyle, living standard and definitely the Tulip gardens attracted me a lot to choose the Netherlands as my study destination.”







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    OTS Recipient now Works for Travelbird
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:36 PM
     
    OTS Recipient now Works for Travelbird

    "Internships in Amsterdam are Easy to Find" - Wittenborg Alumnus


    Wittenborg alumnus Andrea Echeveste, from Mexico, graduated with an IBA in Tourism Management in 2017. After obtaining her degree, she now works for one of the fastest growing online travel providers in the Netherlands, Travelbird, whose headquarters are based in Amsterdam.

    You were an Orange Tulip Scholarship recipient, right? Why were you interested in studying in the Netherlands?
    "Yes. I wanted to study abroad and my boyfriend is Dutch. We met in Mexico city."

    What attracted you to Wittenborg?
    "The fact that I was able to do a second bachelor's degree in tourism in 1 year. Also the costs which I was able to cover."

    How would you describe your experience as a student at Wittenborg?
    "Actually, it was tough for me because my English was not as good as it is now and I failed my first 3 exams. Also the adaptation to a new place was a long process. So I did not really enjoy it, but saw it as a challenge."

    You also did your internship at Travelbird. How did you find that job?
    "I found it on indeed.nl - internships in Amsterdam are very easy to find."

    And they offered you a position after graduating?
    "No, I did not have a permit to work so I finished my internship, graduated, got a residence permit and then looked for a job for 9 months. I sent 120 applications and nothing happened. Suddenly an ex-colleague from Travelbird sent me a vacancy, I did two interviews and got the job."

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    Research on Self-Driving Cars
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 6 August 2018, 11:55 AM
     
    Research on Self-Driving Cars

    What the Dutch Public Really Think of Self-Driving Cars - Research

    Wittenborg MBA graduate Jude Niranjan's thesis on self-driving vehicles in the Netherlands was so impressive that it will be presented as a paper at the 2018 European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE) in Utrecht on 5 September.

    The paper was co-authored by Wittenborg MBA lecturer, Dr Geert de Haan, who proudly made the announcement at Wittenborg's 2018 Summer Graduation Ceremony in mid-July. De Haan - a keen academic researcher who teaches ICT-related courses such as database systems, business statistics and information management - was Niranjan's tutor.

    Niranjan, from Sri Lanka, plans to stay on in the Netherlands now that he has graduated and look for a job. He says he chose to study here because it is a peaceful country. "Wittenborg is a fast-growing university and its entry dates are flexible to international students. I would advise students who study here to learn Dutch as soon as possible, as it is important if you want to find a job."

    Research on Self-Driving Cars

    In the paper Niranjan and De Haan note how self-driving vehicles, especially Google's self-driving car, have become popular in the media and are the focus of many reviews. "This study investigates public opinion about self-driving vehicles, and it attempts to identify the main factors affecting opinions about self-driving vehicles."

    Among other questions, the duo ponder the advantages and disadvantages of self-driving and the principal factors affecting public opinion on the matter, such as performance expectancy, usefulness and ease of use.

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    Wittenborg Amsterdam Business School Students also Graduate at University of Brighton!
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 4 August 2018, 10:58 AM
     
    Wittenborg Amsterdam Business School Students also Graduate at University of Brighton!

    Double degree? Wittenborg Amsterdam business students show the way.


    A year of 'hard academic graft' has paid off from Wittenborg's business school students from Amsterdam who have completed the joint degree programme BBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business and BSc in Business & Management.

    Hats off to double degree graduates from Wittenborg Amsterdam who attended the University of Brighton's Summer Graduation Ceremony on Friday where they received their diplomas.

    Wittenborg Amsterdam Business School Students also Graduate at University of Brighton!

    Seven students from Amsterdam graduated with a double degree this summer - an IBA (Bachelor) in Entrepreneurship & Small Business from Wittenborg and a BSc (Hons) in Business & Management from the University of Brighton in the UK. They represent the very first graduates from Wittenborg Amsterdam which opened its doors in 2015.

    Three of them attended the Brighton ceremony on Friday - Manuel Braakman, Graziella Prins and Maria (Maru)  Lizarraga - at the Brighton Business School. They were supported by Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall. Wittenborg's own graduation ceremony was held in mid-July. Students were also congratulated by Senior Lecturer Clare Millington, who is programme coordinator from Brighton for the BSC side of the double degree.

    Wittenborg Amsterdam Business School Students also Graduate at University of Brighton!

    The vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, Prof Debra Humphris, welcomed graduates and said "this is an amazing day for everyone". Later, the VC specially went ...

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    Dutch Universities Expect Record Student Numbers
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 6:26 PM
     
    Dutch universities are expecting record numbers of international students when the new academic year starts in September, the Dutch financial daily Het Financieel Dagblad (FD) reported this week. The paper even talks of an “explosion” of first year students from abroad. Technical studies and International Business Administration (IBA) programmes in particular are proving popular

    New Student Intake at Wittenborg also Expected to Surpass 2017


    Dutch universities are expecting record numbers of international students when the new academic year starts in September, the Dutch financial daily Het Financieel Dagblad (FD) reported this week. The paper even talks of an “explosion” of first year students from abroad. Technical studies and International Business Administration (IBA) programmes in particular are proving popular.

    Meanwhile, the Student Registrar at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Santosh Aryal, says the institution is also impacted by the upward swing of international students although there is still a month to go before the new academic year starts.

    “Compared to last year this time, there has already been a 50% increase in applications from new students.” He puts it down to Wittenborg’s growing presence in the Netherlands and increased interest in its MBA programmes in particular. Summers are the busiest time for the admissions department and the team is working at full strength to deal with applications. Aryal is confident that new student number will exceed the 2017 intake.

    Besides the MBA programmes, the most popular IBA (Bachelor) specialisations are Economics and Management, Marketing & Communication and IBA & Bachelor (Hons) Bachelor Hospitality Management.

    FD spoke to big Dutch universities such as the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen and Maastricht University about their expectations for new student intake. Some programmes are so popular that numbers had to be capped. The growth is thought to be as a ...

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    Wittenborg Students in Georgia
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 30 July 2018, 4:26 PM
     
    Wittenborg Students in Georgia

    "This Trip was a True International Experience."


    Four international students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences just spent a week in Georgia, courtesy of the European Commission's Erasmus + programme where they learned about sustainable practices and what cultural exchange really means.

    The four - Yuji Taike (Japan), Witney Laizer (Tanzania), Kossi Hilaire Aziamale (Togo) and Samiya Tazrin (Bangladesh) - were joined by students from Greece, Georgia, Spain and the Ukraine. The trip was organised by Wittenborg alumnus Serge Gwabene through his social enterprise Stichting Codine.

    According to Witney they had a great time and learned a lot. "We spent most of our time in a small city, Nokalakevi, but also visited the capital Tbilisi. It was also my first time camping! It was scary in the beginning, but did a lot for the coherence in the group and for team building. We not only learned together, but also socialised and spent our free time together. It was a true international experience. And Georgia is beautiful - the best thing about it was the food!"

    Wittenborg Students in Georgia

    The Youth Exchange Project focus on sustainability issues and facilitating intercultural dialogue. Students learned about global health issues such as HIV, cultural differences, society's minority groups and fostering understanding by way of making films, take photos and writing exercises as well as dialogue. There was also plenty of time to enjoy Georgia's attractions and take part in sport activities.

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    Wittenborg Lecturer Presents Paper at TU Delft
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 28 July 2018, 11:34 AM
     
    Wittenborg Lecturer Presents Paper at TU Delft

    Part of Team Working on Project to Rehabilitate Poor Part of Rotterdam


    Wittenborg lecturer, Dr Yasmina Khadir-Poggi, recently presented a paper at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) during the 2018 IFKAD conference. IFKAD stands for the International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics. The theme of the conference was “Social Impact of Knowledge through Design”.

    Khadir-Poggi is a lecturer in Business Studies at Wittenborg Amsterdam. She recently obtained a PhD in Knowledge Management from the Trinity Business School in Dublin, Ireland.

    She said her paper focused on knowledge creation in organisations. “Because of my paper, I was selected to participate in an experimental (and successful) workshop called “The Science of Ideas”. With my team, we spent one day working on a project to suggest an urban design aiming at rehabilitating a poor borough of Rotterdam harbour with a high criminality rate.”

    According to their website, the purpose of IFKAD 2018 was to explore the role and the relevance of new sources, dimensions and characteristics of knowledge supporting organisations, as well as regional and urban systems in their aim to create valuable societal impact by addressing fundamental questions. What are the major challenges society is facing in the near future and how are they related to knowledge and design? What is the role of knowledge and design to cope with the major challenges our society is facing?

    Khadir-Poggi’s paper abstract reads: “Many scholars concur that organisational theorists have restricted their contributions within a Cartesian epistemology that ignores the ...

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    Meet Our Top Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 26 July 2018, 2:16 PM
     
    Meet Our Top Graduates

    Two Top Students Receive Double Degree from Wittenborg and the University of Brighton

    At this year’s Summer Graduation Ceremony, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences boasted three honours students – in other words, students who achieved a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 8.0 or higher. All 3 are from developing countries and all are women.

    They are Tatiana Nesterenko from Belarus, Maria (Maru) Lizarraga from Mexico and Nirusika Ratnasingam from Sri Lanka.

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    Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said in his speech he couldn’t be prouder. “Not only do we have our first double-degree students from Amsterdam, but two of them attained a first-class honours degree from Brighton as well.”

    The deputy vice-chancellor of Brighton, Prof Chris Pole, also attended the ceremony. In his speech he said universities are becoming more and more inclusive, giving people from many backgrounds the opportunity to transform their lives and prospects.

    Nirusika will move to Germany after graduating and plans to do a Master degree. She received great praise for her dissertation on developing a customer engagement model to ensure the sustainability of the tea industry. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top tea producers.

    Meet Our Top Graduates

    Maria said Wittenborg gave her "a lot". "It was such an honour to meet friends like Tatiana who wants to make an impact in the world. The people I studied with were a bit younger than me and gave me an introduction to the millennial world - they are all so idealistic. I cannot describe my happiness right now."

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    Surprise! It's Hillary Clinton!
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 3:23 PM
     
    Hillary Clinton Guest Speaker as Wittenborg Lecturer gets PhD

    "Hillary Clinton is a very engaging person"


    When Wittenborg Amsterdam lecturer, Dr Yasmina Khadir-Poggi, recently obtained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin, none other than US presidential candidate and former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, was the guest speaker at her graduation ceremony. Clinton also received an honorary degree from Trinity College, one of Europe’s most renowned institutions of education.

    Khadir-Poggi, who joined Wittenborg in February 2018, did her PhD on Knowledge Management. “This was born from my interest in globalisation, the knowledge economy and people in organisations.” Why Dublin? "I wanted to try a new experience and discover another culture. I was also fascinated by the Celtic Tiger."

    Khadir-Poggi is a French national who studied and worked in France before moving to Ireland and now lives in the Netherlands. Why the Netherlands? “I followed my husband,” she says. At Wittenborg she teaches MBA as well as EBA modules and is mostly based at the Amsterdam campus. "I always loved interacting with students and doing research in my field."

    Hillary Clinton Guest Speaker as Wittenborg Lecturer gets PhD

    What were her impressions of Clinton during the graduation ceremony that took place in June?
    “It was a nice surprise to know that she was part of the doctoral ‘students' to be awarded a PhD. We had the opportunity to warmly shake hands and congratulate each other. Otherwise, it was difficult to get close to her as she was ...

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    AR Next Big Thing in Fashion Technology
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 22 July 2018, 10:48 AM
     
    AR Next Big Thing in Fashion Technology

    Graduate research looked at how AR can enhance the decision-making process for Dutch female shoppers online.


    Technology and how we engage with the digital world is becoming a popular research topic with international students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences doing their final graduation assignment – from robotics to social media.

    The latest is from Guyanese student, Rousanna Baird, who wrote her thesis on the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in the retail business – particularly as a personalisation tool for women’s fashion retail in the Netherlands.

    AR is technology that superimposes virtual components on a user’s view of the real world – not to be confused with Virtual Reality (VR) or Immersive Technology (XR), which provides a full 3D experience for users. To give an example, IKEA has been one of the early adopters of AR with their IKEA Place app, which lets its customers see how a piece of furniture will look in their house by using their phone camera.

    Rousanna’s research looked at whether AR can enhance the decision-making process for Dutch female consumers who shop online.

    Retailers Should Rethink Business Models

    “With emerging technology such as AR, marketers and fashion retailers should rethink their business models and implement strategic tools that can boost not only sales but also provide satisfaction for their customers,” Rousanna writes in her thesis.

    Welcome to the Virtual Fitting Room

    “From the primary research, it is evident that AR is a tool that could be accepted as a strategic personalisation tool. About 78% of the survey participants and 86% of ...

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