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Roosendaal gets special college education

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Dozens of young people came to the old tax office at Mill Hill Square on Tuesday night for the open evening of the new Associate degrees Academy. This special higher professional education school has to be started above ground with effect from 1 September with ten different higher vocational education programs, which last only two years.

Because there is still a lot of work above ground to finish everything on time, the open evening was held in the basement. “This gives you a feeling of where you will soon be at school.”

The Associate degrees Academy must form a bridge between HAVO / MBO 4 and the four-year HBO. “Especially in MBO students there is a group that has doubts about the transition to the four-year bachelor’s programs”, says Bas Husstege (project team Marketing & Communication). “That’s because they actually make the jump from level 4 to level 6.”

The new school in Roosendaal has to fill the gap between MBO4 and HBO bachelor. Anyone who has completed his studies will then also receive a legally recognized HBO diploma. “Students, but also companies have to get used to it,” says director Roland van der Poel.

“In the Netherlands, only two per cent of the pupils are enrolled in an Associate degree, but in America, for example, this is 53.8 per cent and in Europe the average is around 20 per cent, and the Netherlands is lagging behind.”

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And that is what the Associate degrees Academy wants to change. The future students can choose between ten programs: Business, Engineering, Finance, Human Resource Management (HRM), ICT, Logistics Management, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and a completely new course: Health & Social Work.

“I hope that we can start with a class of twenty people on 1 September 2018,” says the director. That would mean that the school starts with two hundred students. “If that is less, then that is also good because we understand that it is all new,” says Van der Poel.

“Pupils who go to school here are going to pioneer with us.” To date, fifty students have signed up for this adventure.

Practically oriented

Because the message is still reasonably new, it is already the fourth time that the new training in Roosendaal has an open evening. “Having a full-fledged HBO diploma within two years, that attracts attention.

There is a lot of interest from the young people, but it takes us a lot of time to get that message across. For example, the Associate degree is much more practical than the four-year higher professional education courses. “Anyone listening to one of the presentations of the various degree programs will quickly get an idea of ​​this.

Good luck

The Associate degrees Academy is a collaboration between Avans University of Applied Sciences and HZ University of Applied Sciences.

The idea for an Associate degree comes from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, where 168 students started in September 2011. Meanwhile, that concept has evolved into a full-fledged education program with nearly 3,000 pupils. “We also started there in a cellar”, laughs Van der Poel.

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Dutch people with lower education often do something for someone else

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An average of one third of Dutch people do something for someone on a daily or weekly basis. The group that does this is almost 1.5 times as large among the lower educated as among the higher educated, according to research by I & O Research.

The report published in Friday states that 41 % of the lower educated helps someone daily or weekly. The higher educated is 28 %.

Lower educated people give both lighter and heavier help. Light assistance includes the care of other people’s plants or cats and the removal of garbage. For heavier help, it is about helping someone to get dressed.

There are relatively more higher educated than lower educated who offer administrative help or assistance with computer affairs.

The research also shows that higher educated people are willing to do more for others than they already do. This applies to all types of help, with the exception of helping someone with showering.

There are relatively more people among the group of lower educated people who never do anything for someone else (10 %). For higher educated people, this is a 7 % share. 60 % of all people who never help mention the main reason that nobody asks for it.

No major regional differences

There are no major regional differences. “In all parts of the country people are more or less equally helpful”, according to the researchers. In the south of the country, the average number of people doing something for others is 4 percentage points higher than the national average.

People in non-urban areas often help from the point of departure that you help the neighbors when needed. For example, in these regions more often a waste container is put out for another. Residents of cities often help people out of affection or love. This is how they keep company people lonely more often.

7 % of Dutch people see the provision of aid as a tax. This is especially true among those who provide heavier help (32 %). It is true that almost 80 percent of people are satisfied with offering help. In the group that provides heavier help, it even goes to 92 percent.

The figures are based on a survey by I & O Research among 2,251 adult Dutch people and was commissioned by the NOS and regional broadcasters.

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Avans University of Applied Sciences acquires numerus fixus training in Nursing In 2019

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Avans University of Applied Sciences has been abolishing the numerus fixus for the Nursing study from the academic year 2019-2020.

In the academic year 2018-2019 there is already room for 15 percent more students. In the coming academic year, 380 students can start the Nursing program, Avans University of Applied Sciences reports on Friday. From 2019 onwards, no maximum number of students will apply. The Nursing study is offered in Breda & Den Bosch.

The reason for abolishing the numerus fixus, according to Avans, is the rising shortage of personnel in the healthcare sector. Hedzer Schotsman, director of the Avans Academy of Healthcare, says he has had many conversations with healthcare institutions before the decision to abolish. “More students also means that more internships are needed.”

Schotsman says he is happy that care institutions think along and cooperate. “Together with the professional field, we can train more nurses, and that is badly needed by the increasing demand.

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Part-time journalism training Erasmus stops immediately

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The postgraduate part-time journalism course (PDOJ) at the Erasmus Academy disappears immediately after 28 years.

This has been decided by the chief editors of ten participating newspapers and the management of Erasmus University Rotterdam, writes Villamedia, among others.

The reason for terminating the training is that the number of registrations has been decreasing for some time. This made it more difficult to select journalistic talent and guarantee the quality of the intake, says the university.

The number of reduced registrations may be caused by a combination of less job security in journalism and the fear of building a study debt.

The PDOJ, which is not subsidized, may receive a follow-up. This is now being looked at by newspapers and the academy.

Training created by newspapers

The post-academic part-time journalism course was founded in 1989 by the newspapers and Erasmus University. People who had already graduated in other directions could learn the tricks of the journalistic profession.

“You get a training for five months and then start working full-time for three months, then you hope you get work with an editor or a freelancer, but the jobs are not up for grabs, that’s just a few,” says Ad Hofstede. from the Erasmus Academy, which includes the PDOJ.

The last PDOJ-education consisted of eighteen students. Fourteen of them received their diploma last week, the other four were off on the way.

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