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Research project

BLASTER - The Best in Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Expanded and Reinforced

BLASTER is a collaborative research group of 6 institutions who secured Erasmus+ funding to undertake a major project on Liberal Arts and Science education in Europe. Along with Leiden University College, the partners are University of Warwick (UK), University College Roosevelt (Netherlands), Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), and ECOLAS. This project aimed to strengthen the quality and the relevance of European undergraduate education as a whole, and LAS in particular, by expanding and reinforcing the nascent LAS tradition.

Lieke Schreel

The BLASTER project is kindly supported by the Erasmus+ fund.


Moving Liberal Arts and Sciences Forward:

The BLASTER Erasmus+ project and its Outcomes

24 October 2017

Leiden University College The Hague

In the past two years colleagues from six Liberal Arts and Sciences institutions in Europe have worked together in an ERASMUS+ project titled Best Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Enhanced and Reinforced (BLASTER). The aim of this project was to further enhance liberal education in Europe by combining the expertise of the six strategic partners on LAS specific Teacher Training, Undergraduate Research and Quality Management.

On October 24th, 2017, the results of this project will be shared with the wider LAS community in the Netherlands at Leiden University College The Hague.


Tuesday, 24 October

10.00 - 11.00 Arrival and Registration

11.00 -11.15 Welcome by Prof. dr. Judi Mesman, Dean of Leiden University College The Hague

11.00 - 11.30 Overview of the BLASTER Project

11.30 - 13.00 First round of workshops

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 Second round of workshops

15.30 - 16.00 Tea

16.00 - 17.00 The Future of the Dutch Mix For The Undergraduate Research by Hans Adriaansens, Founding Dean of University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt

17.00 - Reception

Discussion Sessions:

  1. Interactive and Innovative Learning in Liberal Arts - prof. dr. Sofie Loyens
  2. Undergraduate Research – prof. dr. Henk Meijer,  Dr. Frans van Overveld, Dr. Bryan Barzeau
  3. Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century– prof. dr. Laurent Boetsch, dr. Volker Balli, Lieke Schreel MA

Admission is free and includes lunch, but registration is required. For registration click here. For more information, please contact BLASTER@luc.leidenuniv.nl

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