Studium Generale - Failing Forward

Failing Forward

Date: Time: 15:00 Location: Online via Zoom

Sharing your failures can make you more resilient in the future and help you deal with setbacks better. However, only a small minority is willing to do so. It’s time to break the taboo! (English / Certificate*)

Time: 15:00-16:30 hrs. 
Online via Zoom. 

Link to the Zoom-meeting

Meeting ID:  974 7541 4372
Password: 6188703399

Normalize failure

If you ask a person whether he or she has failed in the past year, the vast majority will remember a small or big failure. However, only a small minority is willing to share their failures in public.

Intuitively, people tend to hide their failures: only when they have been able to turn their failures into a success, they dare to speak up.

To break the taboo and normalize failure, University College Tilburg, study association Extra Muros and Studium Generale invite students, professors and alumni to share their failures, instead of their success stories.


The event will be moderated by Dr. Ellen Dreezens and the following speakers will share their stories:

Book presentation

The event will include a presentation of the book “Success and Failure in Higher Education: Building Resilience in Students”, which has been published as part of the Tilburg Series in Academic Education.
Dr. Tessa Leesen, one of the editors, will present the book and invite the audience of authors, students and staff members to participate in a virtual roundtable on success, failure and resilience in higher education. Wim van de Donk, Rector Magnificus and president of the Tilburg University Executive Board, will be present to receive the first copy of this book.

Free copy

Due to a high demand, the hardcopy of the book is available to order for free, in limited numbers. It will be available from November 27.

Get your free copy!  


This event is part of the Resilience Project. In the previous academic year, University College Tilburg launched The Resilience Project, which aims to build a more resilient community by offering students tools to deal with setbacks.


This event is organized by Studium Generale, University College Tilburg & student association Extra Muros.

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* This event may count towards the Studium Generale Certificate.



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