What does the Tilburg Educational Profile imply for our students?
To grow into ‘thinkers of character’, it is not enough to simply attend lectures and pass exams. Some character-building activities are integrated into the curriculum, such as classes in philosophy (12 EC for Bachelor’s programs). However, the 21st century has its own, complex problems for which students need to be prepared. In order to prepare students for these challenges, 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.
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. Self-assessment tools will be introduced in the programs.
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.
Developing 21st-Century Skills
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.
More stories of our students
‘I want to get as much as possible out of my time as a student’
At the beginning of a new academic year, new boards of student parties SAM and Front are geared up to defend student interests in the University Council, the university’s participation body. An excellent moment to introduce the two presidents, Paula Schrijver (Front) and Veronique Coenen (SAM). Why did they opt to take up this managerial position? What drives them? What issues are they going to spearhead in the coming year?
I want to contribute to my country with the knowledge I have acquired
‘My dream is to mount a Research Master’s program in my country, Georgia, as soon as I have finished my thesis (on methodology) and successfully complete my studies. The knowledge I have acquired here in the past few years is so useful for me and for my country! The way social sciences in my country are taught and studied is really outdated and aimed mainly at reproduction. Methodology and statistics are not very well developed and lag behind current advances in technology, and that is where I want to make a difference.'
“By writing my Master’s thesis I am contributing to the solution of a pressing societal problem”
Marenne Gevers, Master’s student of Supply Chain Management, for the writing of her Master’s thesis decided to join COMPOSE, a multi-disciplinary research project set up to optimize transportation through collaboration. Fourteen Tilburg students, from the programs of Law, Social Psychology, and Econometrics & Supply Chain Management, are taking part in this project.
Linda Torn has better view of future prospects thanks to National ThinkTank
Linda Torn, a Master’s degree student in Econometrics, interrupted her studies to devote four months to an urgent societal problem. As one of twenty young academics from many different backgrounds she joined the National ThinkTank. Together they considered the question “How can we improve the well-being, welfare, and resilience of the middle classes?” Taking part in the ThinkTank has helped her gain a clearer perspective on her future. “My perfect job is one that allows me to combine my analytical strengths with my social skills.”
Outreaching Honors Program: help others and develop yourself
Xander de Vries and Eva Goudswaard are enrolled in different Bachelor’s degree programs – Global Law and Psychology, respectively – but both of them participated in the Outreaching Honors Program. I asked them about the program and how it relates to the three pillars of the Tilburg Educational Profile: Knowledge, Skills, and Character.
Vlog Student Sunday Heagbetus: ‘Character is the quality that defines us as human beings’
In this interview, Sunday briefly outlines his views on various content elements underlying the new Tilburg Educational Profile. His point of departure in this is the essay Exploring an Educational Vision for Tilburg University by Dean of University College Alkeline van Lenning and philosopher Herman de Regt.
Student Joshua Paas: "Students need to learn to be reflective and critical"
Every student starts their career as a student by checking out the university campus and finding out what the university has to offer. Joshua Paas was no exception in this respect. Four years ago, during the introduction week, he went to the information fair where first-year students are introduced to everything the university has to offer. It was here that he found out about the Cicero debating association, and decided to become a member at the very start of his studies in Tilburg.