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The Institute for Learning in Higher Education

The Institute for Learning in Higher Education is an international academic, not-for-profit association founded in 2007 to advance Learning-Centred Higher Education.

We help universities improve learning-centred higher education through research, consultancy, and publishing.

History of the Institute for Learning in Higher Education

The Institute was initiated as a collaboration between Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Cass Business School, London. From 2007 to 2011, the administrative support was located at Cass Business School, from which it moved to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Aim of the Institute for Learning in Higher Education

  • We explicitly work to improve learning-centred higher education to benefit students’ learning outcomes, self-development, and employability.

We support higher education institutions moving from a traditional paradigm with content-based syllabus-driven didactic teaching to a learning-centred paradigm focusing on the relationship between curriculum development, teaching and study methods, and students’ learning outcomes. Our underlying argument is that such a shift in higher education benefits student learning and facilitates students’ self-development of higher-order thinking skills and transferable competencies.

  • We work as a network organisation bringing together international researchers and practitioners within higher education to advance further international research on how to design and implement Learning-Centred Higher Education successfully.

We bring together scholars engaged in institutional research, dealing with strategies for quality enhancement of learning-centred Higher Education that ties together the institutional and operational levels. Strategic quality enhancement is an intricate process in a polyphonous context with multiple stakeholders. Learners, teachers, departments, study boards, faculty, university administration, and management groups are essential internal stakeholders. Employers, partners, politicians, press, local community, potential students, and parents are imperative external stakeholders. The Institute for Learning in Higher Education produces and disseminates successful strategic quality enhancement and institutional governance methods.

  • We organise international symposiums about learning-centred higher education in close collaboration with universities worldwide.

  • We have worked with Stellenbosch University, the University of Michigan, University of Technology Sydney, University of Akureyri, Birmingham City University, University of Adelaide, Stockholm School of Economics Riga, Copenhagen Business School, and Cass Business School London.

The symposiums organised by the Institute for Learning in Higher Education are genuinely collaborative and output-driven. Each symposium brings together scholars to finalise a book manuscript showing excellence in learning-centred higher education. Our books are published worldwide by Libri Publishing Ltd., Oxfordshire, UK.

The Institute for Learning in Higher Education is not founded to challenge the conventional academic conference with hundreds if not thousands of delegates and massively parallel streams with short presentations and even more concise discussions.

The Institute for Learning in Higher Education is devoted to bringing together small groups of experts in ways that encourage joint research, collaborative publications, professional networks, and lasting professional friendships across borders.

We return to a relatively neglected format for our international meetings – the symposium – which combines formal and informal conversations and creates shared products. All our activities have a demand for actual output.

Achievements of the Institute for Learning in Higher Education

The Institute for Learning in Higher Education is here to create and facilitate collaboration, learning, and dissemination within the field of learning-centred higher education.

Within our first 14 years of existence, we have arranged 23 international symposiums. We have published 23 international books. We have facilitated networks between our members, which have led to the publication of joint journal articles and joint bids for EU research grants.

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