Introduction to the conference

Higher education institutions are characterised by increased diversity, with a growing emphasis on internationalisation and interdisciplinarity in research and teaching. Students not only represent different social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds: there is also a great diversity in their ages, their motivation for learning and their educational needs. Renewed models of teaching and learning are needed in response to this diversity. This situation involves both possibilities and challenges for academic institutions as they embark on planning and re-developing their learning environments.

The main topics of the conference are

  • The challenges posed by diversity
  • The creation of effective learning environments

The conference emphasises the learning experience, and the organisers would encourage all participants to engage themselves in learning activities before, during and after the conference.