International Week: 13 – 16 May 2019

NHL Stenden will host the International Week from 13-16 May, 2019. The International Week will be held at the location of NHL Stenden in Leeuwarden with an excursion to the campus in Emmen. 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 about the week will be published later. We very much look forward to welcoming you in Leeuwarden, Fryslan, Europe’s Cultural Capital 2018.

During this International Week, the interface between internationalisation and DBE will be explored and you will be able to learn from experts. We are excited to be able to offer you a four-day long experience for teaching staff and non-teaching staff with teaching opportunities, workshops, job-shadowing sessions and exciting social events.

Design Based Education & Internationalisation of Higher Education

Design thinking is the source of inspiration for the way in which learning and teaching are designed at NHL Stenden. In its current form, the concept of Design Based Education (DBE) that has been opted for at our institution is an innovative one and is increasingly the focus of global interest. It builds on experiences gained elsewhere in the world (such as Stanford, Potsdam, Design Factory) and matches with a number of scholarly substantiated insights into effective learning.

Environment and people-orientated, commitment, iteration and experimentation, creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and prototyping all lie at the core of Design Thinking and DBE. The multidisciplinary approach and the phases of Design Thinking (such as empathise, define, ideate, prototype, test) are closely in line with innovation, finding solutions to complex problems and creating valuable new ideas, products or services. This also involves learning by doing and from making mistakes, instead of ‘unlearning’. Feedback, evaluating, reflecting and adjusting are natural parts of the cycle. DBE is a great learning environment for our students and also works wonderfully well as a vehicle for international collaboration and projects. As our Innovation Lab puts it: "The DBE approach is a perfect way to combat false assumptions and generalisations, thus creating room and structure for a creative and problem-solving process."

Preliminary Programme

Monday 13 May

  • Welcome, registration and introduction
  • Guided tour Campus Leeuwarden
  • Panel discussions and workshops Design Based Education

Tuesday 14 May

  • Teaching possibilities/job shadowing Campus Leeuwarden or Meppel
  • Keynotes and sessions by and with Exchange students

Wednesday 15 May

  • Teaching possibilities/job shadowing Campus Emmen
  • Programme at Wildlife Adventure Zoo

Thursday 16 May

  • Teaching possibilities/job shadowing Campus Leeuwarden
  • Keynote by a professional from an international work field
  • Networking Lunch


The registration period starts on 10 December and ends 15 February 2019.

If you have any questions about the International Week please contact our International Mobility Team.