Higher education is changing rapidly and needs to do so to keep pace with changes in society. Education strives increasingly for interdisciplinarity, societal interaction, and flexibility of programmes.
Focus Area Higher Education Research
Continuous education is stimulated, but simultaneously education is challenged by fluctuations in student inflow and by changing in formats of delivery and assessment. All these changes make innovation of education a must to increase quality and answer the demands by society.
Utrecht University strives for evidence informed innovation, which is a challenge because of the high context-dependency of education. Context-rich knowledge is therefore needed to inform practice. Utrecht University provides a unique setting to investigate the higher education domain, combining excellent theoretical and experimental educational research groups with a large number of distributed chairs in all faculties with a focus on education yet rooted in the different subject disciplines, thus providing research access to higher education practice.
Enhancing collaboration and improving visibility
In the focus area, researchers at Utrecht University work together to examine implications of the afore mentioned changes for teaching and learning in higher education. They aim to improve quality of education and to provide an evidence-base for academic teachers and higher education institutes to continuously improve education and respond effectively to societal changes. The focus area aims to achieve these goals by enhancing collaboration in the field of higher education research, and by improving the visibility of the field.
To achieve these goals the focus area invests in network events and provides seed money for collaborative research projects. The focus area starts with a kick-off meeting on October 3rd 2019, first calls will be announced at this meeting.