MHE CONFERENCE 2017

MODERNIZING UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION IN EUROPE THROUGH LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

 

Thursday 28 – Friday 29 September 2017

Leuphana University Lueneburg

Higher Education in Europe has been subject to debate over the last decade. The European Union clearly asks for a modernization of practices in Higher Education that leaves the conception and practices of the 19th century behind. Which direction these reforms should take is less clear, though. In particular on the level of undergraduate education there are controversies about its purposes, the contents, and the forms.

Three areas are receiving particular attention: First, how necessary depth of knowledge, and a certain degree of specialization, can be combined with breadth of competences. Second, how a community and culture of learning can be created, in which intensive learning can take place. Third, and most fundamentally, how learning and teaching can be given the status at institution of higher learning that it merits and needs.

This conference will propose the tradition of Liberal Arts Education/ Liberal Arts and Sciences and its recent revival in Europe as an important source for orientation. It will present outcomes of an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership on the best practices in the Liberal Arts and Sciences in Europe (BLASTER). On the first day, a Guide to Emerging Liberal Arts and Sciences Practices in the EU will be introduced in its three main parts: Essential features of the Liberal Arts and Sciences; case studies showing the flexible and context-specific implementation; Quality Standards and Assessment.

The conference will be a space for intensive debate and discussions. It is aimed at decision makers in the field of Higher Education. Educators, both from within and outside universities, and people who have set up a such a programme already or are interested in doing so.

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Leuphana University Lueneburg
Universitätsallee 1 
D-21335 Lueneburg
Germany

Email: mheconf@leuphana.de