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University Teaching in Europe

Students work on innovative teaching methods

Munich, 04/13/2010

More than 100 students chosen to represent the 22 universities that make up the League of European Research Universities (LERU) will meet at LMU from 15 to 18 April to exchange views on the theme “University Teaching in Europe: Challenges and Perspectives". In special workshop sessions, the participants will discuss how university teaching in Europe can be improved, what conditions must be met to facilitate this task, and how international cooperation can contribute to achieving this goal. On the final day of the conference, the results of the workshop deliberations will be presented to all delegates and will be distilled into a paper, which will then be submitted to all the institutions that comprise LERU. The Bright Students Conference brings together Europe’s best students to hear presentations by experts on topics of current interest in academics, politics and economics and is now in its seventh year.

Several prominent experts from LMU will address this year’s gathering. Among the invited speakers are the social psychologist Professor Klaus Dieter Frey, Rudolf Tippelt (Professor of Education), Joachim Winter (Professor of Economics) and Dr. Andreas Hendrich (Director of the Teacher Training Programme PROFIL). Heinke Deloch, who specializes in focusing therapy, will also be among the lecturers.

Students who wish to take part in the conference must have completed at least 2 years of study and undergo a selection procedure at their universities. The successful applicants have an excellent command of English, an outstanding academic record and a strong interest in European cooperation and the topic of the conference.

LMU Munich is one of the founding members of LERU, a network of research-intensive European universities, which was set up in 2002 with the objective of improving the quality of teaching and research by formulating agreed positions and goals, and taking an active part in the shaping of research policy in Europe. The League now has 22 members, all of them universities with a strong commitment to research. In May 2008, Professor Bernd Huber, the President of LMU, was elected Chairman of LERU.

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