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“UCU20” – Documentary film release for University College Utrecht’s 20th anniversary

Founded in 1998, University College Utrecht (UCU) celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. As the first university college of its kind in the Netherlands, UCU has a rich history of pioneering their distinctive vision of liberal learning in the Dutch context. The following short documentary film by UCU alumna Abigail Prade shows how the university…

Daria Kleeva – Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Cognitive Style

ELAI continues to encourage liberal arts students and alumni in Europe to reflect on their pathways throughout their studies and afterwards. Today, we are happy to publish a piece by Daria Kleeva who is in her last year of studies at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia.Over the last decades, plenty arguments, numbers, and facts…

Liberal Education Student Conference – LESC 2018 final report published

The 3rd edition of Liberal Education Student Conference took place in Utrecht in May 2018. Rising up to the expectations, the gathering was highly successful in attracting students from a diverse array of liberal arts institutions and programmes, including Eastern and Southern Europe (that were less represented in previous editions).A tip of the hat to…

European Liberal Education Student Conference – LESC 2018

With more than 90 participants from 10 different countries, the third European Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC 2018) is about to start at University College Utrecht – appropriately for the 20th anniversary year of the very first University College in the Netherlands. This year’s edition will feature discussions around liberal education with regards to pressing…

There’s no such thing as bad press – Lessons from FHS, Prague

In this first institutional profile published on ELAI blog, we offer a snapshot overview of a liberal arts programme as reflected by one of their members. Liberal arts initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe started in the 1990s, but language barriers and sometimes arcane organizational arrangements limited their recognition. Today, Mgr. Vratislav Kozák tells us…

ELAI Research Group email list

We would like to invite you to join our ELAI Research Group email list that would facilitate discussion on European forms of liberal (arts) education across institutions and generations. Our aim is to slowly built up a network of both young and accomplished professionals in various domains of educational scholarship who share the passion for…

Videos on Liberal Arts in Europe

Videos on Liberal Arts in Europe

Every week, the ELAI database keeps growing slowly and now it includes videos. Youtube, and sometimes Vimeo, became important channels for institutional PR and attracting potential students. While often underestimated by some faculty and researchers, such channels provide valuable information in a whole different form.Liberal arts being liberal arts, some are getting creative about it.…

Freya Tilleman On Bridging Gaps and Responsible Citizens: What a Liberal Arts and Sciences education has meant to me

Freya Tilleman – On Bridging Gaps and Responsible Citizens: What a Liberal Arts and Sciences education has meant to me

The book “What is liberal education – and what could it be? European students on their liberal arts education” has been published in October. It can be viewed online here, while those from all over the world who are faithful to reading in paper are more than welcome to order one through a form. ELAI…

Organisations and associations promoting liberal arts in Europe and beyond – Launching 3.b

It has been almost 6 months now since the European Liberal Arts Initiative was launched and we are still keen on expanding our database which sits at the heart of ELAI. Today, we are launching a completely new category: organisations promoting liberal arts education in Europe.So far, ELAI database has only included universities offering a…

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…