23 May
10:30 - 17:00

5th Global Citizenship Education Symposium

The theme of the 5th UM Symposium on Global Citizenship Education is transformative engagement, one of the pillars of the UM GCEd initiative and a key competence of UM graduates who will become tomorrow's leaders and changemakers. 


Morning programme (Tapijn Brasserie, Tapijnkazerne 20)
10.00 – 10.30: Registration
10.30 – 10.45: Welcome
10.45 – 11.30: First keynote: Professor Martin Tomitsch
11.30 – 11.45: Break 
11.45 – 12.30: Second keynote: Professor Colin Wayne Leach
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch   

Afternoon programme (EDLAB, Tapijnkazerne 23)
13.30 – 16.00: Two rounds of break-out sessions
16.00 – 16.40: Plenary wrap-up
16.40: Drinks


The first keynote will be delivered by Professor Martin Tomitsch, Head of the Transdisciplinary School at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Tomitsch will offer insights into the design of the TD School’s transdisciplinary programmes and share his latest book, Designing Tomorrow, which focuses on life-centred design and tools and strategies for creating positive change.

The second keynote presenter is Professor Colin Wayne Leach, Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York. Professor Leach, who has an academic focus on morality, protest and resistance, and interdisciplinary approaches, will discuss the place of protest in ethical citizenship in a global world. 

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Break-out sessions

  • Teaching peacebuilding. Anne de Graaf (Amsterdam University College) explores how we might accommodate conflicting narratives in human rights and peace education in a global context, sharing lessons learned in PeaceLabs in Kosovo and Rwanda,
  • Community engagement. Martijn Weijenberg, Cheyenne Dohmen (SSC), Maartje Nollen (Brightlands Smart Services Campus) and Charlene Arsasemita (Stichting Goed Volk) present varied perspectives on how we can collaborate with our (Eu)regional community on an equal basis to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome and allow our students to take first steps to become community leaders.
  • Transforming Education Through Entrepreneurship: A New Role for Teachers!? Frank Govers (Health Services Research) will argue that to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, teachers themselves must transform. They must adopt innovative teaching strategies that promote problem-solving, risk-taking, and collaboration. This journey transforms the educational landscape, making learning a more engaging, relevant, and empowering experience for students.
  • Tackling global issues equitably. Manre Chirtau, a development practitioner from Nigeria, and Lisa Maza, a Dutch-Colombian peace and development practitioner, host an interactive workshop looking at how to democratize projects aimed at tackling global issues. They will be discussing how the processes of priority setting, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes can become more people-centred, power-equal and representative in the context of international collaboration, using real examples from the world of development cooperation.
  • Preparing for Generation Alpha. In the late 2020s, Generation Alpha will begin entering universities. Casper Gardeniers, a teacher at Porta Mosana, will bring some of his pupils to this break-out session devoted to exploring expectations and potential trends to consider, given that Gen Alpha students are believed to be more tech-savvy, entrepreneurial, and culturally and environmentally aware.
  • Disinformation, the age of AI and the relevance of information- and digital literacy. In our increasingly complex digital world, knowing how to distinguish fact from fiction online is crucial, especially given the rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In this workshop, Anna-Lena Hoh (University Library), we will delve into the importance of critical thinking when it comes to disinformation, as well as the relevance of information- and digital literacy for Global Citizenship Education.
  • Positive Eco-Psychology. Nicole Geschwind and Marjolein Hanssen (Clinical Psychological Science) explore how to use validated positive psychology exercises to help students deal with climate worry in an adaptive and proactive manner that enhances not only their well-being but also their pro-environmental inclinations.

Creative goodbye – Find your GCEd spark

During a wrap-up session, Rene Bräuer (Educational Research and Development) will guide you through a powerful ideas exercise and help frame the next steps ahead for us all, after which further discussion or collaboration can start over drinks.

Global Citizenship Education at Maastricht University

The framework of global citizenship education at Maastricht University is based on three main pillars: global competence, social responsibility and transformative engagement. For more information, please visit our website.

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