16 May 2017

Launch of Utrecht Centre for Academic Teaching

The new Utrecht Centre for Academic Teaching (U-CAT) is set to open its doors on September 1st. The Centre represents a further investment by Utrecht University in the professional development of lecturers and appreciation of teaching in the coming years. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus: 'The new Centre should become the central information and activity centre  for  teacher development’' 

The Utrecht Centre for Academic Teaching – to be housed in the Uithof University Library – will first and foremost  be a meeting space for cross-faculty exchange of experience and knowledge. It will serve as an umbrella facility, in which various existing initiatives, programmes and resources s in the areas of education innovation and teacher development will be brought together. The University intends for the Centre to become a central space where lecturers can find support for their personal development as well as the development of their teaching methods.

The aim is to make the activities of the Centre worthwhile for the full range of academic staff, from starting  lecturers to the many educational leaders at Utrecht University. Next to enhancing excellence in teaching, the Centre will encourage lecturers to develop their skills with regard to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), while working in close cooperation with educational experts from UU. And thirdly the centre will support and promote innovation in education, in alignment with the idea of ‘the lecturer as initiator of educational innovation.

Manon Kluijtmans, who served as overseer these last few months and focused on the plans for the Centre, will be appointed Academic Director as of 1 September. Mirjam Bok, currently policy advisor on education at the Academic Affairs Office, has been named Managing Director for the Centre.

More information

Wietske de Lange, press officer Universiteit Utrecht, w.delange@uu.nl, +31 30 253 4073.