Press Release Wittenborg University Amsterdam 2015 - English
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release Wittenborg University Amsterdam 2015 - English
Wednesday, 29th of April
Wittenborg University brings its International expertise to Amsterdam in September 2015
In September 2015 Wittenborg University of Applied Science, one of the most international and
diverse institutes in the Netherlands, will open a new campus in Amsterdam offering an IBA in
Entrepreneurship and SME Management.
The academic programme will be complemented with top‐notch student accommodation thanks to
Wittenborg’s partnership with The Student Hotel in Amsterdam. This partnership also opens the door to
valuable contacts, both nationally and internationally.
Wittenborg’s headquarters will remain in Apeldoorn, where the university is also growing and by this
summer will boast two closely‐located campuses catering respectively for its Bachelor and Master
Intimate Approach, Global Reach
Wittenborg is a small, privately funded university of applied science which was established in 1987.
Today it provides competitive higher education in an intimate setting to almost 400 students which,
together with its diverse staff component, represent more than 60 different nationalities – including
many Dutch students!
It will now use this international experience and knowledge to set up shop in Amsterdam, one of the
world’s most cosmopolitan and creative cities – thus, ideally set to stimulate the innovative approach of
Wittenborg’s IBA in Entrepreneurship and SME Management.
In addition, Wittenborg has partnerships with various institutes around the world – notably the
University of Brighton in the UK, a country which is globally recognized for its excellence in education –
but also in Germany, France, China and Spain.
Ambitious Growth Plans
The IBA in Entrepreneurship will focus on Family Business, Corporate Entrepreneurship as well as Sales
Wittenborg’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, said: “The prospect of offering our
programme in Entrepreneurship in Amsterdam is very exciting, and that we will be working with great
entrepreneurial initiatives like the Student Hotel and that our project is so welcomed by the municipality
of Amsterdam is an enormous boost.”
Within 5 years Wittenborg’s Amsterdam Campus is aiming to have about 300 students, 25 lecturers,
more than 50 associate and guest lecturers, 10 PhD researchers and a support staff number of about 15
who will all contribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of the city of Amsterdam.
International Business Administration (IBA) programmes are accredited by the accreditation bodies
NVAO (Netherlands and Belgium) as well as FIBAA (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
Making it Official
The first contracts for the expansion to Amsterdam was signed on 28 April. The deputy‐mayor of
Amsterdam, Kajsa Ollongren, expressed how pleased the city council is with Wittenborg moving its
Entrepreneurship‐programme to Amsterdam.
“Amsterdam is one of the world’s most attractive cities to invest or start a business,” Ollongren said.
“The availability of highly educated international talent is an important condition for this success.
Therefor we warmly welcome Higher Education Institutions, like Wittenborg University of Applied
Science, that attract talent and promote entrepreneurship.
The contracts were signed by Timo Timmerman (Dean Wittenborg Amsterdam), David van Traa (director
Expatcenter Amsterdam Area), Maggie Feng and Peter Birdsall (directors of Wittenborg) and Frank Uffen
(director, partnership The Student Hotel).
Uffen said: “The Student Hotel is proud to provide accommodation to the first Wittenborg students in
Amsterdam. The Student Hotel will open its second facility in Amsterdam this summer, in the Parool
Towers. Wittenborg students will benefit from world‐class accommodation in an international.”
For more detailed information, please contact:
Timo Timmerman (Dean Wittenborg Amsterdam)
Peter Birdsall (Chairman of the Wittenborg Board of Executives)
Maggie Feng (Director)
Laan van de Mensenrechten 500,
7331 VZ, Apeldoorn
Tel: +31 (0)88 6672 688