Living Labs - a tool for global citizens 27 Mar 2019 11:00 12:00

Living Labs - a tool for global citizens 27 Mar 2019 11:00 12:00

Dong-Eun Kim Presenter
Mr Rob Maat Presenter
Ms Eva Knechtl Chairperson


Living Labs - a tool for global citizens

Three Universities, Konkuk University Seoul, Windesheim and Fontys Universities of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, joined forces and built a Dutch-Korean Living Lab. This living lab uses the quadruple helix model of Nuffic & UASA4Europe and is both physical and digital. It provides a fertile learning environment and it allows students to learn to react and adapt quickly to changes and challenges in an intercultural setting. Changes and challenges in the development of technology and internationalisation in societies, industries, organizations as well as Higher Education Institutes. Internationalisation is all around and an international perspective including international skills as well as intercultural awareness have become a necessity for the employability of students. Students are coached during their study career to become global citizens who make themselves employable all over the world and who are able to tackle the challenges of the future. In order to enable students to become global citizens, HEIs need to expose them to global problems through international cooperation. Students can develop the needed skills best in dynamic and fertile learning environments with real-life challenges and assignments from businesses, (governmental) organizations and consumers/citizens. Studying, researching and working in a Living Lab creates students’ and lecturers’ awareness of cultural dynamics and brings theory into practice.

The learning objectives of the panel session are sharing knowledge and expertise with international education experts. A set of tools which is embeded in international curricula and combines mobility, applied research and internationalisation@home will be presented. The set of tools cover the following challenges: - how to enhance employability of students on the global market, - how to create fertile learning environments for students, - how to set up education hubs abroad, - how to internationalise curricula through problem-based learning, experience-based learning, - how to integrate innovation-focused learning for wicked problems, - how to train students' entrpreneurial and intercultural mindset.



Ms Eva Knechtl
Head of Internationalisation
Academy for Creative Industries
Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Eva Knechtl is Head of Internationalisation at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries and co-chair of the NAFSA Creative Industries MIG. Her focus areas are international relations as well as internationalisation policies and strategies. She is a strong believer in global citizenship and its importance when coping with future challenges.

Dong-Eun Kim, PhD
Vice President for International Affairs,
Konkuk University,
South Korea

Dong-Eun Kim, Ph.D. born in Busan, Korea in 1969, is currently vice president for international affairs in Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Ohio State University, USA in 2001. He has been serving as a faculty of the Biotechnology in the universities for 17 years with research and education activities. He has initiated the K-lab project in Konkuk University with a bilateral cooperation with the living labs of Netherlands universities.

Mr Rob Maat
Head International Office
Windesheim Univerrsity of Applied Sciences

As Head of the International Office at Windesheim UoAS Rob leads the Internationalisation process of the institution covering both internationalisation@home and abroad. Within this role and as a current Trainer Corps Member at NAFSA Rob loves to engage in international and intercultural activities that involve sharing of knowledge and skills.

Room 302