Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences reports that 90% of its students are international, making it the most international university compared with any other Dutch educational institution.
Nuffic NESO, representing Dutch higher education abroad, has published a report about the amount of overseas students at local, government-funded educational institutions. According to this report, Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam is the most international institution in the Netherlands with 68% of its students coming from abroad.
As a private university, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences was not included in Nuffic NESO’s report. However, according to the university’s data, Wittenborg boasts a higher level of international students; approximately 89% of the student body comes from another country.
Around 500 students from 70 different nationalities are enrolled at Wittenborg University. The institution seems to be most popular among students coming from China, Nepal, Nigeria, Germany, Australia, Georgia, Mexico, Kazakhstan, the UK, and Turkey.
Why internationalisation is important
People are heavily influenced by their backgrounds. Factors such as where they come from, what languages they speak, and what type of culture they grow up in will impact the strategies they use when it comes to problem solving at both school and work. Understanding how to work with and manage people from various backgrounds provides a huge advantage to those looking to start an international career.
Studying in an international environment is a great way to become exposed to people from different cultures, languages, and backgrounds. While it can be challenging at times, this experience helps students develop a unique skillset that is in high demand and perfect for working in multinational organisations.
Internationalisation is one of the key concepts at Wittenborg, evident in its graduating classes. Last week, 40 graduates from 13 different countries received their Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas. Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, told them: “It is important that you are ambassadors of internationalism in a world where people seem to struggle in coping with the concept”.
What you can study at Wittenborg
Wittenborg University is a private higher education institution that is accredited by the Dutch government. It offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in various fields of Business, including an MBA programme.
The university’s main campus is located in Apeldoorn, with the Amsterdam campus being home to the IBA course in Entrepreneurship and Small Business. All of Wittenborg’s programmes are taught in English.
To see more about programmes at Wittenborg, please visit the university’s website.