With almost 700 students from 80 different nationalities, Wittenborg is considered one of the fastest-growing, most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands. Wittenborg, having celebrated its 30th birthday in 2017, is ranked among the top four Dutch universities of applied sciences (HBOs) in the annual report of Keuzegids HBO 2018. It has locations in three European cities - Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Vienna – offering Bachelor, Master of Science and MBA degree programmes.
Investment in Apeldoorn
After over twenty years in Deventer, Wittenborg moved to Apeldoorn in 2010. It now occupies two buildings close to the central station, with various student accommodations across Apeldoorn.
Wittenborg’s main education partner is the University of Brighton in the UK, jointly offering four Master of Science degrees. Since 2011, Wittenborg has partnered up with the Shanghai Business School and more agreements with international partners are expected.
Wittenborg works actively with associates from local and national government, education and business. Companies provide study programmes with work placements, student excursions, and seminar lecturers, preparing students for their careers in the most effective of ways: to be aware of industry needs and expectations, fully equipped with the necessary theoretical, practical expertise.
Smart Industry and Sustainability
Wittenborg is continuously involved in various research projects centered around renewable energy and smart industry. It is an education partner in the Robotics Experience Centre Testing Ground Project - advancing robotics technology in the eastern provinces of the Netherlands. Wittenborg has also been involved in the GREAT Project - EU-funded research into growing renewable energy applications and technologies.
In 2013, Wittenborg launched its in-house publishing arm, Wittenborg University Press. Titles to date include Dr Teun Wolters’ “Sustainable Value Creation”, examining the need for entrepreneurship and innovation to integrate sustainability into business processes, and Ben Birdsall’s “Whisky Burn”, an experiential study of the distilleries of Scotland.
Wittenborg's ten-year plan, unveiled in 2013, sees it aspiring to reach a total of 1,500 students. It also aims at growing into a broad university with five schools: the Schools of Business, Hospitality, Education, Arts & Technology, and Health & Social Care.