Artevelde University College Ghent Explores Possibilities for Further Structural Collaboration With Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland

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For many years, Artevelde University College Ghent (AUC) and Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK) have been good partners. Not only have we been exchanging students and staff from various programmes for a long time, but since this academic year, we also cooperate very closely in 3ID LABS: a brand-new educational project in which students from different disciplines, different countries and of different ages spend a semester working together on a solution to a complex social problem using the principles of studio learning and design thinking.

Building on this innovative form of cooperation, the Office of Educational Development and Internationalisation of AUC invited four educational experts from OAMK on 21 and 22 November to reflect on the education of the future and to examine further possibilities for structural collaboration.

The focus was on three themes: digital learning, future-proof curriculum design and internationalisation. The educational experts from the two higher education institutions went deeper into topics such as the digital learning environment of the future, virtual reality in education, video pedagogy, the valorisation of competences through open badges, the implementation of 21st-century skills in curricula, the campus of the future, the involvement of the professional field in the programmes, the organisation of international mobility, and teaching to international classrooms.

By exchanging good practices in a very open atmosphere, we came to understand that we share the same vision of future-oriented education. Therefore, we decided to set up a joint online 'Teams site' on which the educational developers of both institutions will share more information. Furthermore, both AUC and OAMK affirmed their commitment to apply for a joint Erasmus+ project about the use of open badges in the LABS. In conclusion, rector Tomas Legrand was also officially invited to attend the international week of OAMK from 1 to 5 April 2019, together with nine other European rectors.