Why hosting this conference?
Although we see many developments in higher education to establish educational curricula crossing the borders of domains, interdisciplinary education has yet to become part of the mainstream. In order to fully integrate knowledge and skills from various disciplines and obtain a more complete understanding of our complex society in transition, we need a new approach to education. Therefore, in 2016 the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) of the University of Amsterdam, started to build an active interdisciplinary education network in the Netherlands (and the rest of the world) to be able to combine forces to cope with challenges that interdisciplinary education brings, and define the standards of Interdisciplinary Education together. This resulted, among other things, in hosting an interdisciplinary conference for all academic universities, and applied universities of The Netherlands – and Belgium. This conference took place in February 2017 and set an example to be followed. I4TU.CEE hosted the second edition of this event. The third edition was hosted by Utrecht University in 2019. Maastricht University will host the fourth NIE conference in June 2020.
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies has gathered valuable experience and expertise during the last 15 years, collaborating with our partners from both inside and outside the academic world. We have now made it our mission to share our knowledge and insight with teachers, curriculum developers and programme directors, thereby promoting the growth and further development of Interdisciplinary education in the Netherlands.
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The NIE 2020 core conference committee is composed of: Prof. Teun Dekker (Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Maastricht), Dr. Herco Fonteijn (Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, Maastricht University), Dr. Karlijn Haagsman (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University), Prof. Valentina Mazzucato (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University), and Dr. Simone Schleper (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University).