International Week 2018

International Week: 14 – 17 May 2018

NHL Stenden will host the International Week from May 14-17, 2018. The International Week will be held at the main locations of NHL Stenden in Leeuwarden.

Universities around the world prepare students for an ever-changing world by exposing them to a range of meaningful experiences at home and abroad. Such experiences exist in the formal and informal curricula and seek to facilitate learning. How do we educate students to be connecting, enterprising and inventive professionals? How do we equip them to be ready to face the future and to acquire sufficient skills and knowledge to be able to make informed choices? How do we connect the international, the national and the regional dimensions as a breeding ground for learning, research, improvement and innovation?

Learn from experts and share your knowledge about internationalisation and Design Based Education during our International Week: a four-day long experience for teaching staff, non-teaching staff, and students. With teaching opportunities, workshops, job-shadowing sessions, and exciting social events.

As a partner you are invited to give a lecture or workshop about your application of Design Based Education and/or in e.g. Marketing, Business, Economics, Communication & Multimedia Design, Engineering, Teacher Training (primary and secondary), Communication or Social Work. A more detailed programme of this international week will be published later.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our International Week in Leeuwarden, Fryslan, Europe’s Cultural Capital 2018, in the North of the Netherlands.

Register now

Representatives of partner universities only. Registering is possible up until and including 23 March. If you are an NHL Stenden employee and would like to attend one of the keynotes or workshops, please email


Preliminary Programme

The preliminary programme will be finalised as soon as possible. We are glad to say that our three main keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Betty Leask, Emeritus Professor of Internationalisation and former Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at La Trobe University, Australia.
  • Marit Bouwmeester, Professional Sailer & Olympic Gold Medal Winner.
  • Ruben Terlou, Dutch Photographer, Journalist and Medical Doctor.

The keynote speakers represent different topics that are related to the themes internationalisation and change. Betty Leask is leading expert in approaches to Internationalisation of the Curriculum, a very relevant theme while we all make the transition to Design Based Education. Marit Bouwmeester is a (former) Stenden alumna and professional sailor. She will share her personal story and her drive to work hard in order to achieve great results. Ruben Terlou is a successful photographer, journalist, and medical doctor. Ruben is fluent in Mandarin, which he studied in China, and will share his passion for this country and its people.

09.30 – 10.00                Registration at Central Hall
10.00 – 11.15                 Introduction: who is who 
11.15 – 12.00                 Guided tour Campus buildings Leeuwarden
12.00 – 13.30                 Lunch
13.30 – 16.30                 Keynote Betty Leask  and workshops (Internationalising the curriculum and DBE)
16.30 – 17.30                 Closing session and looking forward to Tuesday  
09.00 – 11.45                 Teaching possibilities/job shadowing at NHL Stenden Emmen, Meppel & Leeuwarden
12.00 – 13.00                 Lunch at NHL Stenden Emmen / Meppel / Leeuwarden
13.00 – 16.30                 Keynote Marit Bouwmeester and workshops (Lifeskills: deal with change)
18.00 – 22.00                 Drinks & Dinner

09.00 - 11:00             

Fries Museum: tour and workshop Escher

11:00 -  12:00           

Walking tour in Leeuwarden

12:00 -  13:00            

Lunch with the Mayor

13:00 -  14:30            

Boat tour Leeuwarden

14:30 -  …                 

Return to Fries Museum or free time

Thursday 17 May

09.00 – 11.15                 Teaching possibilities/job shadowing Leeuwarden                                                              
11.30 – 12.00           Wrap up
12.00 – 13.00                 Keynote Ruben Terlou
13.00 – 14.30                       Farewell Lunch 

Incoming partner universities



University College Ghent


Guangzhou College University


Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences


Tampere University of Applied Sciences


XAMK University of Applied Sciences


Savonia University of Applied Sciences


HWR Berlin


Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau


University of Oldenburg


Technological Educational Institute of Epirus


University of Western Macedonia


Suor Orsola Benincasa University


University of Groningen




Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal




Hacettepe University