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Next normal: Including students’ views into shaping future higher education

October 15, 2020 @ 00:00


Presentation with discussion

The past months have changed higher education in a quick and unprecedented way: from March on, Higher Education has mostly happened online and at distance. Since then, we have interviewed students on their experiences, ideas and visions on studying now and in the future for our podcast series “Studium im Shutdown” and “NextNormal”. But what should the “NextNormal” of European student life look like? How can we learn from the digital turn in order to create a better future higher education? In our webinar, we want to talk about the past months, but also about how students perceived being heard and included in the debate or not – and what potentials there are in better including them for creating a better future of higher education together. We will talk to learning innovation expert Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, a student participation expert from ESU and to students that have been part of the podcast series in order to discuss ways of including students into creating a better future higher education.
Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
EDEN EC member, Chair of Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe, learning innovation expert, Vice-president of EURASHE, Germany

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is a learning innovation expert, founder of, serial entrepreneur, and Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2017 he held the position of Vice President at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. Ulf has delivered keynotes and been speaking to audiences in more than 45 countries. He is author of more than 10 books and 150 scholarly articles with over 3000 academic citations. Ulf is a trained coach, facilitator and expert for mindful communication, and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Education Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honours in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003. He was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen. His writings on Quality in education are internationally awarded.

Laura Eigbrecht
Researcher at the Chair of Education Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany and
NextEducation research team

Laura Eigbrecht is a researcher at the Chair of Education Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University and part of the NextEducation research team. She is currently doing her PhD in the field of European higher education and participatory Future Skills. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in European Media and Culture and her Master’s degree in Kids and Youth Media, she was a PR assistant at KiKA (Children’s TV channel) as well as teaching, counselling and coordinating in the field of migration, refugees, language and education. Since the beginning of the COVID 19-induced lockdown of most higher education institutions, she has hosted the podcast series “Studium im Shutdown” and “NextNormal”, interviewing students about their study experiences and visions for the future of higher education.

Lilith Diringer
Student and part of the Digital Changemaker initiative, Germany

Lilith Diringer is currently studying International Relations at Technical University of Dresden. Her interests and engagement spread far beyond that. She has been freelancing as a journalist, author, speaker and moderator for six years and is working in several volunteer programs. Not only is she a member of the WWF Youth Council, but also she works for the campaign organisation ONE as Youth Ambassador and has been involved in the Digital Changemaker Program of the HFD (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung). She is representative of ESU (European Students‘ Union) and student participant of the “NextNormal – WeStudy@Home” podcast series.


Carmen Romero
Membership Coordinator, European Students‘ Union
Carmen Romero studied a BA in Political Science and Public Administration in Madrid and currently she is studying a Master’s Degree in the same field with focus on Politics and Governments in Brussels. In Spain, during her studies in high school, she started participating in the students movement. During her BA, she was part of the local students’ union and after that, she held different positions at the National Students Union CREUP in Spain. At the same time, she collaborated with different NGOs. She is passionate about organisational development and the role of civil society in Europe. Due to that, she believes that the engagement of students and its participation is fundamental for the well being of societies. Carmen strives towards building a positive and inclusive culture within organisations and movements.


Ruben Janssens
European Students’ Representative at ESU for the VVS/Vlaamse Vereniging van Studenten
Ruben Janssens is a 22-year old student in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Ghent. He has also been a student representative for five years, advocating the students’ perspective on educational policy in Ghent, in Flanders and in the European Students’ Union.



October 15, 2020
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