Utrecht University stands for broad and interdisciplinary education. Students at Utrecht University learn to look beyond the boundaries of their fields of study and work together in interdisciplinary projects. The education programmes are modern and innovative. Students and high-ranking scientists work together on a better future.
Naturally, the university brings this mission and the education objectives to life in myriad ways. Increasingly, there are a growing number of UU faculty initiating Community Service Learning (CSL) project for students. CSL comes in different forms, but generally refers to a model of active and experiential learning that combines classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals. Real-life experiences in the community are linked to academic content through processes of critical reflection such as journal writing, small group discussion, and writing analytical papers.
At the Centre for Global Challenges we consider CSL as a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study, reflection and analysis to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities (National Commission on Service-learning 2002).