This year Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is hosting ECIU Masterclass on LEADING AND (RE)DESIGN STUDY PROGRAMS. The 2-day event will be held in Kaunas, in innovative and open minded city in the heart of Lithuania, on November 22nd and 23rd, 2017. The masterclass is being conducted in collaboration between KTU, Twente university and Kaospilot.
Target group: study program directors, study program coordinators, study program committee members, university academic and administrative staff.
Short description: University programs exist and evolve in a fast changing context: expectations and requirements of the students, labor market, the technologies changing at an exponential speed, the new teaching and learning paradigm. Under such circumstances, universities are responsible for the graduates’ employability in the labor market in a long-term perspective and for meeting the social needs as well as making the difference in everyday lives. Therefore, a study program must be constructed on the grounds of satisfying the wide demand and responding to the question “Why we need what we are learning?” In this setting, the role of study program management is key. Leading study program enhancement processes in a multifaceted environment with multilayered stakeholders requires special competences, of which curriculum development and leadership are two important ones. Competences in curriculum development may help program directors to (re)design or enhance programs of good quality that meet the needs of society and learners. The competent leader has a vision and knows how to inspire and motivate people to get that vision realized. This Masterclass is devoted to both areas. In a project-led setting, and inspired by theory and examples from successful practices, participants will work on (re)designing or enhancing their study program and structure, and on creatively rethinking their leadership role.