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Final Statements Eurotop for Top Students

21 November 2005, 13:39

There is not one ‘University of the Future’ but there are several. Diversity in as wel education programmes as teaching methods will remain essential in the future. Because exactly that diversity makes it interesting to participate in exchange programmes and to cross boundaries.

There is not one ‘University of the Future’ but there are several. Diversity in as wel education programmes as teaching methods will remain essential in the future. Because exactly that diversity makes it interesting to participate in exchange programmes and to cross boundaries.

The organizational structure of universities however does need more standardization to simplify these exchanges. And to enable students to make their choices as optimal as possible, universities need to be as transparant as possible on what they offer. Not by producing rankings themselves, but by making public as much information as possible on their actions and motivation.

These are the recommendations made by the thirty top students of the Eurotop for Top Students for the future of academic education in Europe.

In the past three days, the students met in Maastricht to discuss ‘The University of the Future’. From now on, this international and innovative conference will take place each autumn in Maastricht.

‘It is our conviction that an academic community has to be shaped by and for students, in an international context’, said president of the Executive Board Jo Ritzen in his opening speech on Wednesday. ‘With this conference UM wants to enforce this view.’

The participants came from universities that have close connections Universiteit Maastricht, namely the universities of Copenhagen, Dublin, Warwick, Mannheim, Toulouse, Aachen, Liège, Hasselt, Tilburg and Eindhoven. Each university had been invited to delegate three top students to Maastricht.

In practice these were mostly students who were locally well-known, for example because they were members of the representative advisory council. Therefore, they are very much involved in educational reform.

During the Eurotop for Top Students the participants debated amongst others on the basis of the Problem Based Learning Method of Universiteit Maastricht. On Thursday, Prof. Dr. Roger Dassen (President of the Board of Deloitte Nederland) en Prof. Dr. Geert Blijham (President of the Board of the Utrecht University Medical Centre) joined the debate. Dassen is UM alumnus and Blijham is a former UM professor. There was also a House of Commons debate and a Final Debate.

The above statements were presented after the Final Debate. These will amongst others be communicated to the ministries of Education of the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, England, Ireland and Denmark.

Universiteit Maastricht is very satisfied with the course and the outcome of the conference. The expectation is that the number of participating universities will rise in the years to come.

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