Education is continuously developing. Every year the Utrecht University uses her brainpower and decisiveness during the 24 hours Education Conference to uncover new chances and share experiences. This year with a social and involved theme.
Four representatives of partners from the Utrecht region started in a panel and addressed to the social responsibility of the university. Judith Deynen (Volunteer Centre Utrecht), Richard Kraan (PwC en Economic Board Utrecht), Judith Werkman (Academie van de Stad) en Peter Steijn (Municipal Utrecht) appealed the participants of the conference of 2018 to increase the community engagement in education:
“Don’t wait any longer and educate students to be meaningful now!”
“We search for young people that can think beyond boundaries and connect knowledge to other subject areas.”
“Don’t search further but look around and use the city as learning environment.”
“We are sitting on gold, now we have to cash in.”
On De Horst Estate in Driebergen over 70 educational managers, vice-deans, teaching fellows, policymakers, student assessors and other colleagues inclined from the 6th to the 7th of June on the question what students should know and be able to after their study to deliver a meaningful contribution to the society. And what should they already mean to society during their study period? Where lie the opportunity’s within and beyond education? The conversation with the panel –moderated by Maud Radstake - varied from vision to practical execution. On one issue all the participants fully agreed: the necessary is high to make education more social involved. Students and society ask for it and community engagement will enrich our education.
Some ideas: describe social involvedness’ in the end terms of a programme, stimulate teachers to put social issues in an academic perspective, stimulate students to volunteer, engage organizations that match clients and issues with students and teachers and to a profound look what fits with your programme. In six workshops the participants deepened into methods to increase social engagement.