Looking back, looking forward. Liberal Arts in Europe in 2018

This website was launched in August 2017 offering a database of liberal arts education institutions throughout the continent, a publicly accessible source of basic organisational data. ELAI website has attracted over 3.100 unique visitors during the first five months since launch, while the related Google map has been accessed over 2.300 times. An ebook on…

From Hamburg to Hong Kong

Liberal arts education continues to inspire non-Americans to hold debates about alternative purposes and practices of higher education. Tim Hoff from ELAI recently attended two of those and is happy to report on this on-going conversation about undergraduate higher education.Campus Innovation & November Expert Days, Hamburg (#CIHH17 #NEXD17)The University of Hamburg hosted a small conference…

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, Nov. 17

With Christmas just around the corner, one might think that the slow season of the year is already in full swing. There are, however, many interesting initiatives, projects and international collaborations related to liberal arts in Europe kicking off these days. Here is a short overview of what is currently happening in the last quarter…

Liberal Arts Education and the Future University, Aarhus Conference Video 2017

From November 6th to 8th 2017 the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media (CUDiM) at Aarhus University hosted the very first ‘Philosophy of Higher Education Conference’ (#PHEC17). With a very broad interest in the ‘Purpose of the Future University’ the conference attracted 90 scholars from 17…

Elai goes Aarhus

ELAI goes Aarhus

In a few days, the founders of the European Liberal Arts Initiative (ELAI), Daniel Kontowski and Tim Hoff, together with Teun Dekker (v-dean University College Maastricht) will host a panel at “The purpose of the future university. Philosophy of higher education conference” in Aarhus, Denmark. The conference which is co-organised by the Center for Higher…

database methodology

ELAI database methodology

While we consider the European Liberal Arts Initiative (ELAI) to be an ongoing and growing project, one of its fundamental features is the database of existing liberal arts programmes in Europe. We envision this database to be an up-to-date comprehensive catalogue of liberal arts initiatives in the European higher education landscape, based on solid research…

BLASTER conference student session

Continuing on the theme of student experience of liberal arts education (see the recent book available through ELAI website), we are happy to report on a student panel that took place at Leuphana Universitat Lüneburg on 28th of September. The panel was part of a two-day BLASTER conference, one of three events concluding the multi-year,…