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What does the Tilburg Educational Profile imply for our students?

To grow into 'thinkers with character', Tilburg University prepares students both within the program and beyond for the complex issues of the 21st century. Character-building is one of the fundamental principles of this university. Students are taught to reflect critically on themselves and others, they are encouraged to show initiative and act proactively and they are shown how to act in a socially responsible manner.

Character-building in education

In many courses, the link with society and the professional field will be emphasized, for example by using cases and challenges or by inviting guest lecturers from the professional field. Moreover, every student at Tilburg University will receive philosophy courses in the bachelor's program.

Tilburg University stimulates students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as participation in the University Council or School Council, active participation in student associations and societies, in honors programs or outreaching programs, activities of Studium Generale, etc. These will enable active students to learn skills and create networks which will facilitate professional opportunities.

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This will be an important means to enhance character building. Not only during their education are students invited to take responsibility for their own development; once they are graduated and function as professionals, they are required to reflect on their own role within a team, in a larger organizational context, and in society at large.

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Small-scale classes and mentoring

Tilburg students are part of a learning community in which they develop and grow. Degree programs with a relatively large number of students will apply the principle of ‘small within large’. Students will be part of a smaller core group - a ‘Class’ - which is kept together during at least one year of the program and coached by a dedicated Mentor Team.

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Debating skills, presentation skills, digital knowledge, etc. are directly applicable during classes or assignments. The development of certain specific skills requires special training courses or course components.

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