Improving undergraduate education in Europe: liberal arts and science colleges

Brussels, 9 October 2014

Programme

Wednesday 8 October

19.00

Seminar dinner

Thursday 9 October

08.30

Registrations and coffee

09.15

Welcome and introduction
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)

Morning session

Moderator:
Rob van der Vaart, Dean, University College Utrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

09.30

The European academic heritage in the aftermath of 'Bologna'
Hans Adriaansens, President, Sirius Leading Experts (The Hague, The Netherlands)

10.00

The philosophy of the liberal arts and science programme
Samuel Abraham, Rector, Bisla College (Bratislava, Slovakia)

10.30

The college system
Nicholas Eschenbruch, Director of Education, University College Freiburg/University of Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany)

11.00

Coffee break

11.30

The undergraduate research focus
Henk Meijer, Professor of computer science, University College Roosevelt (Middelburg, The Netherlands)

12.00

A transferable model?
Vivian Nyitray, Dean, Prospect Colleges (Chongquing and Taigu, China)

12.30

Lunch break

Afternoon session
Three parallel workshops of one hour's duration, each one of them to be held three times.

13.30

Workshop 1: Students and alumni about the liberal arts format: Convergence vs. premature specialisation

Moderator:
Harm Hospers, Dean, University College Maastricht (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

Workshop 2: Students and alumni about the international aspect of liberal arts education and colleges

Moderator:
Antonia Gohr, Director Academic Affairs & International Programs, Jacobs University Bremen (Bremen, Germany)

Workshop 3: Students and alumni about careers in academia and the corporate sector after graduation

Moderator:
Laurent Boetsch, Director of International Education, Washington and Lee University (Lexington, USA)

16.30

Wrapping up: a European network of liberal arts and science colleges?
Barbara Oomen, Dean, University College Roosevelt (Middelburg, The Netherlands)

16.45

Goodbye
Bernd Wächter and Rob van der Vaart