WUN - Maastricht University International Classroom Symposium

Over the past years, the concept of internationalisation has become increasingly important in the higher education landscape. Today, academic institutions worldwide consider it an integral part of their policies and practices, and an important driver for the development of education and research agendas. Yet, understanding of this concept is still limited and challenges of the internationalisation imperative – both on a national and global scale – require a more detailed examination of the situation, in order to fully comprehend the role and effect of internationalisation in the higher education environment.

At Maastricht University, the ‘International Classroom’ constitutes a continuous and integrated approach to teaching and learning and a mindset in both our students and staff. It is an integral pillar within our ‘Internationalisation at Home’-policy and activities. In October 2014, the first International Classroom symposium took place at Maastricht University, aimed at internal stakeholders. During the WUN Conference and AGM in April 2016, Maastricht University will organise its second International Classroom symposium, this time for an international audience, inviting WUN partners to share their research insights and best practices in the field.

What is the added value of digital learning in higher education? How can intercultural competences become an integral part of education activities? What are benefits and challenges of having a student body composed of multiple nationalities? To what extent does globalisation have implications for the higher education process? These and other questions will form the focal point of the symposium which consists of four interactive workshops led by experts in their field.  

This symposium is jointly presented by Maastricht University and the Worldwide Universities Network. 

This event is part of the WUN Conference & AGM 2016


Dr Joseph B. Berger is the Director of the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work focuses on the development of higher education in various national contexts. He has provided leadership for projects in Malawi, China, Russia, Palestine, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Dr Berger is also the Chair of the Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) Initiative for the Worldwide Universities Network.


We are proud to welcome Dr. Darla Deardorff (Duke University) as keynote speaker at our symposium. Currently executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, Darla is a world-renowned expert in the field of international education, global leadership and intercultural learning/assessment. Her intercultural competence models developed through her (doctoral) research are being used by organisations and institutions around the world.

Dr. Lynette Shultz (University of Alberta) will organise a workshop on ‘ethics of international education’. Lynette will discuss in what ways transnational subjects are constituted and framed, and what the implications for these processes are for higher education. Questions addressed include: how might global learning provide a platform to address the current issues that face humanity, such as climate change, poverty, or long enduring wars?

‘Digital Diversity, Learning and Belonging’ will be the topic of the workshop given by Dr. Sue Timmis (University of Bristol). Sue will introduce participants to the concept of widening participation (WP) and explain how digital technologies are impacting on the successful engagement of diverse and under-represented students whilst studying at the university.

Dr. Loretta Baldassar (University of Western Australia) will talk about ‘intercultural learning at home’ (ILH) and how to promote internationalisation on campus. The ILH project offers international students opportunities to interact with local students. Together they reflect on intercultural learning through experiential learning.

In the Virtual International Classroom workshop, Dr. Emilee Simmons (University of Leeds) together with Herco Fonteijn, Albertine Zanting and Dr Nynke de Jong (Maastricht University) will familiarise participants with methods for broadening the educational, social and cultural horizon of students through a range of interactive technologies. Examples from business, psychology and global health curricula will show how universities can enable students to have an international, intercultural experience without leaving campus.

Last but not least, a team of internationalisation experts from Maastricht University, Dr Heidi Maurer and Dr Fred Stevens will stimulate a discussion on how to define and monitor quality of an international classroom after presenting a mixed method empirical study on student perceptions of the International Classroom in three faculties. The study has been part of Maastricht University’s wider range of International Classroom activities.


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Special delegate rates have been negotiated at a number of hotels in Maastricht. These official conference hotels can be booked through the online registration form. Student guides will be based in the lobby of official conference hotels throughout the conference to provide advice and assistance; and for events that require bus transport, buses will only pick up from official conference hotels. 

Getting there and away 

Delegates can book airport transfers from Düsseldorf (DUS) or Brussels (BRU) at a cost of €30 each way, or Amsterdam (AMS) at a cost of €50 each way.

Delegates who have already booked airport transfers from Brussels Airport but wish to cancel or change their transfer to Dusseldorf Airport or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport should email transportation@jacobsbus.com

Delegates arriving through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) might also consider taking a train to Maastricht. Trains depart from the airport terminal every 30 minutes. Delegates must change trains (briefly) in Utrecht. The train journey takes approximately 2.5 hours. For more information visit Dutch Rail.

Visiting Maastricht

Maastricht is a charming Dutch town with a rich history, engaging culture and delightful cuisine. You may choose to extend your stay in Maastricht following the conference. To learn more about Maastricht go to Visit Maastricht.