Higher Education with Impact

December 13th - 14th - 15th, 2023

We are honoured to invite you to the “Higher Education with Impact” conference, where we will gather to celebrate the power of higher education, which can facilitate a positive change in society. Join us as we explore and discuss ways to shape the future of higher education.

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For the 50th anniversary of UHasselt we want to bring together educators, researchers and scientific educational experts to talk about higher education with impact. Our Educational Conference will be a platform for innovative thinking about the role of higher education in driving impact and solving complex societal challenges. We aim to explore new ideas and approaches to higher education that create a meaningful change. 


Get ready to immerse yourself in a transformative conference that will delve into the most pressing issues of higher education! This conference will focus on four major themes: Civic Higher Education, Inclusive Higher Education, Student-Centered Higher Education, and Future-Proof Higher Education. We aim to provide a thorough and thought-provoking exploration of the multifaceted aspects of higher education.

Through Civic Higher Education (1), we'll explore the essential role of higher education in promoting civic engagement and social responsibility, diving into topics such as community engaged learning and community service learning. Inclusive Higher Education (2) will challenge us to create a more equitable, inclusive, and accessible higher education system for all students, regardless of their background or circumstances. We'll explore topics such as diversity and inclusion, access to education, and support for underrepresented groups.

With Student-Centered Higher Education (3), we'll center the needs and experiences of students in the learning process, exploring innovative approaches to student-led learning, personalized education, and co-creation of knowledge and skills. Finally, through Future-Proof Higher Education (4), we'll tackle the ever-evolving demands of the future and prepare students with essential 21st century skills, new technologies, sustainability, and the development of a global knowledge economy.

This conference promises to provide a comprehensive and profound examination of the current state of higher education and its impact on society. Join us for an experience that will inspire, challenge, and transform your understanding of higher education.

Civic higher education

The theme of "Civic Higher Education" emphasises the critical role of higher education in cultivating active and engaged citizens who are committed to contributing to the development, health, and well-being of their communities. Civic higher education seeks to promote civic literacy, skills, and values among students, preparing them to participate fully in society and make meaningful contributions. This theme encompasses a wide range of topics, including:

  • civic engagement
  • community service learning
  • community engagement
  • social responsibility
  • collaborative online international learning
  • citizenship

It highlights the importance of higher education institutions in fostering a sense of civic purpose and empowering students to make a positive impact on the world.

Inclusive higher education

The theme of "Inclusive Higher Education" revolves around the unwavering commitment to provide equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background and personal characteristics, to access and excel in higher education. This approach to education aims to promote and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within and beyond the classroom setting, and fosters an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all students. Through the implementation of inclusive practices and policies, students from all walks of life are afforded the same level of respect, dignity, and opportunities, enabling them to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

This theme encompasses a wide range of topics, such as

  • inclusive curricula
  • equal access to higher education
  • decolonization of curricula
  • positive learning environments
  • affirmative action
  • support programs for underrepresented groups
  • academic and social integration
  • universal design of learning
  • inclusive assessment
  • multicultural education
  • inclusive intelligence

It highlights the importance of higher education institutions in promoting equality of opportunity and creating a more diverse and inclusive society.

Student-centered higher education

The theme "Student-Centered Higher Education" emphasises an educational approach that prioritises the needs and experiences of students as the heart of the learning process. This innovative approach aims to empower students to take charge of their own learning, and to foster an educational environment that is adaptable to their unique needs and experiences. With this approach, students are positioned as the main drivers of their education, enabling them to thrive and succeed in an environment that is tailor-made for their personal growth and development.

This theme encompasses a wide range of topics such as:

  • personalised education
  • self-directed learning
  • self-, peer- and group feedback
  • co-creation of knowledge
  • collaborative learning
  • blockchain education
  • student engagement
  • connecting with students

It highlights the importance of higher education institutions in listening to and taking action for students, so that their needs and experiences are met.

Future-proof higher education

"Future-Proof Higher Education" is a forward-looking theme that focuses on the commitment of higher education institutions to prepare students for the ever-changing demands of the future. This approach to education aims to equip students with the essential skills, knowledge, and experiences they will require to thrive and succeed in a rapidly evolving world. The theme encompasses a broad spectrum of topics, including:

  • 21st century skills
  • technology enhanced learning
  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education
  • education for sustainable development
  • innovative teaching and evaluation methods
  • transformative learning
  • rethinking assessment
  • quality assurance in education
  • design thinking
  • green skills

It highlights the importance of higher education institutions in equipping students with the tools they need to thrive in an uncertain future.

Practical information


The Higher Education with Impact conference will take place on

  • December 13th, 2023 
  • December 14th, 2023
  • December 15th, 2023


We would like to invite you to the Old Prison of Hasselt University.

Call for submissions

Submitting a contribution is no longer possible for both national and international submissions. But of course you can still register to participate in the conference!

Still curious about the possible contributions or the evaluation criteria?

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If you want to participate in the conference, you can register here. Registrations are open until December 1st, 2023.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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