Intercultural learning in higher education

On October 8, 2013, at 16:00 hours, Vitaliy Popov will defend his dissertation in the auditorium (Aula) of Wageningen University, Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG Wageningen. Co-promotors of this dissertation are Dr. Harm J.A. Biemans from ECS and Prof. Andrei N. Kuznetsov from Russia. Opponents are: Prof. T. van Boekel, Prof. A. Weinberger, Prof. M. Valcke, and Prof. J.P.L.M. van Oudenhoven, who (since he had to apologize for absence) for the defence will be replaced by Dr. J.G.M. Jacobs.The topic of the dissertation is intercultural learning within higher education. Continue reading Intercultural learning in higher education

ECER 2013 in Istanbul succesfully completed

The ECER conference in Istanbul was succesfully completed. The VETNET strand within EERA had a strong programme again, with interesting sessions, meetings and symposia. A new board was chosen, partly with the same persons, but also with new colleagues. all board members have assumed tasks. This will make the board more robust and will contribute to the further development of the network. The editors of the new eBook on Educational Design Research, Tjeerd Plomp and Nienke Nieveen, launched their enormous work, which is published online by the SLO, directed by Jan van den Akker. The chapters are for free, including the one David Kintu and I contributed on the validation of design rules of competence-based curriculum development. See Continue reading ECER 2013 in Istanbul succesfully completed

European Seminar on Extension Education in Antalya, Turkey, successfully completed

The 21st bi-annual European Seminar on Extension Education (ESEE) in Antalya, Turkey, is successfully completed. Chaired by Prof. Orhan Özçatalbaş, around 50 papers were presented from just under 20 different countries from 4 continents. I have had the opportunity to present a paper on competence development in cooperatives and learned that cooperative organizations are very differently perceived in different regions around the world. We studied large cooperative organizations in a Western market-driven economy in which independent entrepreneurship is a key assett. Various members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Agricultural Education (JAEE) were present at a board meeting, and I could present the journal at a plenary session of the conference. At the end of the conference it was decided that the 22nd edition of the ESEE will be held in Wageningen, on the same dates as the conference of the Association of International Agricultural Extension and Education, from April 28 to May 1st, 2015. More about this conference will be published in the JAEE and on the website of the journal.

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