As the Bologna Agreement has enabled higher-education institutions to differentiate between a undergraduate and graduate phase, a clear distinction can be made between bachelor’s and master’s programs.
The founders and partners of ECOLAS believe that by renewing the European liberal arts tradition during the bachelor phase, students will be equipped with the right tools to pursue a more specialized master’s program or to enter the professional world. Ultimately, they will acquire the necessary skills, tools, and solutions needed for tackling issues and problems they are faced with in the twenty-first century.
Liberal arts and sciences students are first and foremost trained to:
• cultivate a broad and interdisciplinary education;
• develop a passion for life-long learning;
• think analytically and critically;
• approach issues from multiple points of view;
• communicate effectively;
• to solve problems efficiently.
The liberal arts and sciences teaching philosophy presupposes that a general, broad bachelor education is the first step towards a more specialized master’s program. The interdisciplinary approach provides both breadth and scope: students are introduced to a variety of subjects from different academic disciplines and acquire essential academic skills. Thus, a liberal arts and sciences education by far offers the ideal basis for students to cultivate an open and critical mind, enabling them to cooperate within a globalizing, multicultural society and workforce.
A liberal arts and sciences education flourishes best in an environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding. An internationally oriented approach in combination with an international student and faculty body provides the perfect context to achieve such an environment. In addition, a personal and close interaction between students and teachers is indispensable in this process of learning.