EnRRICH coordinator VUB participating in EUA Thematic Peer Group on empowering students for future professional life and civic engagement

VUB vice-rector Educational & Student Affairs Prof. Jan Danckaert was selected to participate in the Thematic Peer Group “empowering students for their future professional life and civic engagement” of the new Teaching & Learning Forum of the European University Association. These groups consist of 6-7 university members each and will be active from February to 30 September 2017 and will provide EUA member universities with a unique opportunity to exchange good practices in organisational, educational and qualitative aspects of learning and teaching with other European universities.

The thematic peer groups will cover four different topics of learning and teaching:

  • addressing larger and more diverse student bodies ensuring student success;
  • empowering students for their future professional life and civic engagement;
  • building a link between research and teaching missions of the university;
  • fostering engagement in developing learning and teaching.

Especially the Peer Groups about "empowering students for their future professional life and civic engagement" and "building a link between research and teaching missions of the university" are very close to our EnRRICH work and will hopefully stimulate our policy work as well. The work of the groups, along with the other activities of the EUA Learning & Teaching Initiative, will feed into EUA’s policy work and thus the discussions of the Bologna Follow-up Group and the upcoming Ministerial meeting in 2018.