Category Archives: Within ECOLAS

Call for applications: J.J.Kidd Travel Research Fellowship – 4th round (2018)

ECOLAS is pleased to announce that it has launched the fourth call for applications (2018) for Julie Johnson Kidd Travel Research Fellowship.The fellowships were developed to assist faculty in the liberal arts and sciences in research projects. Thirty fellowships were awarded throughout the first three programme’s years. Here you can see the profiles of last year’s successful fellows. Here you can find information about the programme and application procedure. We are pleased to receive applications until 26 November, 2018.

New ECOLAS Partner – University College London

Partnership in ECOLAS network, which lists 24 liberal arts and sciences programmes and colleges from 7 European countries, now welcomes Arts and Sciences BASc programme at University College London. Existing only for six years, they have marked down remarkable success. Almost half of their graduates continue studies in a very wide range of master’s programmes, often at elite universities (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College, LSE, NYU, Johns Hopkins, Sciences Po etc.).

 

Within the UK’s specific flexible labour market and progressive recruitment programmes, the second half of alumni who seek employment right after graduation, enter a very wide range of sectors of work from investment banking and consultancy work, to government and NGOs, to marketing, branding and PR, to heritage, cultural and educational sectors.

 

Dr. Carl Gombrich, the programme’s director who is nominated as a primary contact person for ECOLAS partnership, says that the range of master’s and PhD studies is extremely broad, from business and economics, through humanities and law, to sciences and engineering. The school is also proud on its graduates who do exciting things in journalism, education, arts, start-ups etc. For more information about Arts and Sciences programmes at UCL, visit their website.

Two events hosted by BLASTER project this September

After the successful Teachers’ Training Workshop in Bratislava this May, ECOLAS takes part in two more events that are part of BLASTER project open to audience interested in liberal education:
Free symposium: Undergraduate Research in the Liberal Arts, 24–25 September, University of Warwick, UK
The event will celebrate the launch of Companion to Undergraduate Research in the Liberal Arts. It is aimed to attract teachers and leaders at academia who are interested in enhancing research profile of students at bachelor level of studies.
Introduction to Quality Standards in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in Europe, Modernizing undergraduate education in Europe through LAS. 28–29 September, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
The event will introduce a new Guide to Emerging Liberal Arts and Sciences Practices in Europe. It hopes to attract leaders of Liberal Arts programs and leaders in higher education who are considering implementation of Liberal Arts features at their institutions. All information regarding conference programme and registration can be found on the event’s website.

ECOLAS Welcomes New Partner

ECOLAS is pleased to welcome the new BA degree programme in Global Governance at the University of Rome Tor Vergata to its newest partner.  The programme is an interdisciplinary degree option that combines Arts and Humanities, Economics, Engineering, Law, Medicine and the Sciences to help prepare professionals for the challenges of the 21st century.  Limited to 40 students, 20 Italian and 20 international, the programme is taught in English and, in addition to its small class sizes, features special seminars on globalization and governance using the vast resources of the Italian capital to invite prominent professionals to lead discussions.   Professor Gustavo Piga will serve as the campus liaison to ECOLAS.  For additional information see the programme’s website.

ECOLAS at the Global Liberal Arts Alliance Meeting

Samuel Abraham and Laurent Boetsch were recently invited to a meeting of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance at Denison University (USA) to introduce ECOLAS and its objectives to senior administrators from among the 29 institutions worldwide that make up the GLAA. Their presentation focused on the history of ECOLAS and its activities with a special section devoted to the current Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership initiative, BLASTER. The lively discussion that followed the presentation examined short-, medium-, and long-range opportunities for collaboration between ECOLAS and its affiliated institutions and the schools associated with the GLAA including issues regarding student access, mutual communication and funding strategies and faculty networking. Both consortia agreed to continue discussing possibilities of mutual collaboration.

You can read a summary of ECOLAS presentation here.

Project BLASTER at Its Halfway

BLASTER project’s Steering Committee has gathered at Leuphana University Lüneburg, 20 October, for its midterm meeting. The project partners have made progress in all three project “pillars”: Quality Standards in Liberal Arts, Teacher Training and Professional Development and, Undergraduate Research. A short report from the meeting and summary of activities up to now can be found here.

ECOLAS offers a scholarship for the advancement of teachers in liberal arts and sciences

We are pleased to announce that we have started a new initiative called ECOLAS Scholarship for the Advancement of Collaborative Teaching to help teachers with the development of their professional skills. The focus of the program is to promote innovative projects in collaborative undergraduate teaching for the improvement of student learning. Click here for more information.

Julie Johnson Kidd Fellowships Awarded

The call for proposals for the first Julie Kidd Johnson Fellowships to be administered by ECOLAS yielded twenty-two strong applications from thirteen separate  institutions.  A broad range of topics related to liberal arts and sciences learning was represented and included projects are dedicated to teaching, research and curricular development. Ten grantees from this first round of fellowships have been awarded (see the list) and a call for new proposals will be forthcoming in early 2016.

ECOLAS Activities Will Be Coordinated and Spread By Institutional Liaisons

Owing to the increasing number of activities open to interested liberal arts and sciences colleges and programs through ECOLAS, we have recently created a network of campus liaisons to serve as the principal points of contact between their institutions and ECOLAS. Approximately 20 schools have agreed to join the liaison program which aims to improve communication within the network, increase participation among all members and provide a means of collecting and sharing important data for the three projects to be realized through BLASTER, funded by a 275,000 euros Erasmus + grant. For a full list of campus liaisons and their institutions, click here.

Erasmus+ Application by ECOLAS, University College Roosevelt and Four Other Partners Successful

ECOLAS is pleased to announce that the recent Erasmus+ grant proposal BLASTER (The Best Liberal Arts and Science Teaching Expanded and Reinforced) prepared by ECOLAS and five strategic partners – University College Roosevelt (NL), Leiden University College The Hague (NL), Warwick University (UK), Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany) and Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) – has been accepted and approved for funding in the amount of 275,500 euro by the Dutch National Agency Nuffic. The funds will be applied over the next two years to three project areas critical to the success and development of liberal arts and sciences programmes: 1) Quality Standards and Assessment; 2) Professional Development and Teacher Training, and; 3) Undergraduate Research. More information on the project proposal is available here.

 

While the strategic partnership will be responsible for the realization, dissemination and sustainability of each of the projects, we will be seeking the assistance of the entire ECOLAS network in the process of gathering ideas, data and suggestions to feed into each area. Additionally, over the two-year period of the grant there will be a number of transnational events that will be open for participation from schools outside the strategic partnership.

ECOLAS Scholarship For Teachers With Liberal Arts And Sciences Affiliation

ECOLAS is delighted to announce a new opportunity for faculty of liberal arts and sciences programmes throughout Europe.

 

The Julie Johnson Kidd Travel Research Fellowships aim to assist faculty in the liberal arts and sciences to carry out travel and/or research projects that will help inform their classroom teaching.  Up to ten awards of 1500€ each will be administered for the 2015-16 academic year.

 

The deadline for submitting the application is July 31, 2015.

 

More information about the fellowship is available here. The information includes application materials, a brief description of the programme as well as a few words about Julie Johnson Kidd in whose name the fellowship is awarded.

ECOLAS cooperated on a conference hosted by Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) on liberal arts colleges

Annual ACA European Policy Seminar in 2014 was dedicated to Liberal Arts (and Sciences) education in Europe. It took place in Brussels on October 9. The conference offered five presentations on issues related to emerging liberal arts programs in the EU as well as three workshops in which students and alumni of the liberal arts shared their experience with regard to the international aspects of the liberal arts, careers available to liberal arts graduates and an examination of the liberal arts format for education.
The conference programme was made in cooperation with ECOLAS.

ECOLAS hosted a faculty development seminar

In collaboration with the Global Alliance consortium, ECOLAS has sponsored a faculty development seminar devoted to teaching practices and methods in the liberal arts including innovative and interactive approaches to classroom teaching.  The seminar took place on March 4-6, 2010, the workshops were facilitated by faculty representing the Global Alliance and was hosted by the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA).

 

For more information, see this website’s Events section or contact us.

ECOLAS Conference Attracts European Educators and Students

The Czech Senate in the famous Wallenstein Palace in Prague was the site of the recent European conference on liberal arts education organized by the European Consortium of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS) and hosted by the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague, 8-9 June 2009. University educators from fifteen countries representing twenty-one liberal arts colleges and programmes as well as students from Charles University, Roosevelt Academy,  and the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts gathered to discuss the issues provoked by the conference theme, “Liberal Arts and Sciences in Europe: Bringing Bildung Back In”.

 

This conference represents the culmination of two years of organizing work on the part of ECOLAS which remains dedicated to the cultivation of liberal arts and sciences education throughout the European Higher Education Area. Summaries of the panel presentations will be available soon on this website. Additional information can be found in this website’s section Events.

ECOLAS Conference Features European Higher Education Policy Update

ECOLAS and Amsterdam University College hosted a two-day conference on October 30-31 for seventeen leaders from European liberal arts and sciences colleges and programs. Discussion sessions included: an introduction of ECOLAS as a consortium dedicated to the cultivation of the liberal arts and sciences within the European Higher Education Area; the role of liberal arts and sciences within the Bachelors degree cycle of the Bologna framework; a report on the recent position paper, “College Learning for the New Global Century”, produced by the American Association of Colleges and Universities; strategies for the next stage of evolution for ECOLAS including a general conference on the liberal arts and sciences to be held in April, 2009, and future funding opportunities. More information can be found among Events.