Intimate approach, global reach

Established in 1987 and located in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, Wittenborg is a small-scale, privately funded and not-for-profit university of applied sciences. Today it provides competitive higher education in an intimate setting to almost 400 students of more than 60 different nationalities. Wittenborg has partnerships with various institutes around the world, including the University of Brighton, with which it runs double degrees and combined masters programmes. Other partner institutions include schools in Shanghai, Freiburg (Germany), the Dordogne and Galicia. 

Making it official 

The first contract for the expansion to Amsterdam was signed on 28 April. On the occasion Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren said that “Amsterdam is one of the world’s most attractive cities to invest in or start a business. The availability of highly educated international talent is an important condition for this success. Therefore we warmly welcome higher education institutions, like Wittenborg University of Applied Science, that attract talent and promote entrepreneurship.”

Ambitious plans 

Within the next five 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 of about 15. The academic programme will be complemented with top-notch student accommodation, thanks to a partnership with the Student Hotel in Amsterdam. 

Wittenborg’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, is delighted about the expansion, commenting in a release: “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.”