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Symposium: 'Universities in the 21st century: For infinity'

When:Th 12-06-2014 09:30 - 17:00
Where:Bernoulliborg, Zernike Campus, Nijenborgh, Groningen

On the occasion of its 400 years anniversary the University of Groningen will organize a symposium dedicated to the theme: “Universities in the 21st century: For infinity”

For this symposium national and international partner universities are invited as well as Groningen university staff and students. Delegations of the prestigious Coimbra Group, the European network of comprehensive research universities will be present.


Three keynote speakers will address the conference theme from the perspective of education and innovation, while taking into account labour market issues, globalization and other societal needs. This will be followed by workshops on important current topics in teaching and learning, for instance MOOCs, blended learning, international classroom, collaborative learning, campus building etc.

09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:40

Welcome address by Rector Magnificus Prof.dr. Elmer Sterken

9:40 - 11:00 Keynote lectures by
  • Professor Robert E. Slavin, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and University of York
  • Professor Emmo Meijer, Corporate Director R&D, FrieslandCampina
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee/tea break
11:30 - 12:15

Keynote lecture by Max van den Berg, the King's Commissioner in Groningen

12:15– 14:00 Lunch
14.00 – 14:45 Workshops in parallel sessions, Session 1
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee/tea break
15:15 - 16:00 Workshops in parallel sessions, Session 2
16:15 – 17:15

Panel discussion with university leaders

Go to the website for the full programme.


To take part in the conference please fill out the registration form, using the code REGISTER. You will be notified when registration for workshops is open.

Delegates from Coimbra Group Universities should register via their registration form for the Coimbra Group annual conference.

Participation in the conference is free. Cancellation is possible until June 6. For late cancellations and no-show, a fee will be raised of €50.