Call for Proposals

For the international conference Master’s admission for a diverse classroom to be hosted at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on July 6-7 2017 we cordially invite speakers to send in a proposal on relevant practice and/or research.

The conference is the key dissemination event of the Mastermind Europe project. This ERASMUS+ project from September 2014 until September 2017 has developed and tested Guiding Tools and supporting material for master’s programmes with a need to adapt admission to suit a diverse international classroom.

The conference Master’s admission for a diverse classroom offers Faculty deans, Master’s coordinators, policymakers and university administrators insight in current practice, trends and debates on the recruitment, selection, and admission of applicants to their programmes. It offers them expertise to create a diverse (international) Master’s classroom in the post-Bologna era in European Higher Education.

Topics will include alternative approaches to traditional diploma recognition, to the paradigm shift this entails, to development of an internal and external coherent admission framework – and many other issues that provide food for thought on matters of validity, transparency and efficiency.

Conference Programme

The Conference Master’s admission for a diverse classroom will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which is located in the Amsterdam business district with excellent train and air connections.

The conference will run from Thursday July 6th 9 am until Friday July 7th 1 pm. There will be an informal welcoming event on Wednesday evening July 5th and a conference dinner on Thursday evening July 6th.

The programme will have limited number of plenary sessions with invited speakers representing the European perspective, a national perspective and a university’s perspective on the subject and a presentation of the Mastermind Europe tools. The main body of the conference will consist of parallel sessions in which the selected session proposals will be presented.

More information

Session proposal information

Proposals should be no more than 1 page (A4), and should clearly answer the following questions:

  1. What is the proposed title of the presentation?
  2. Who is the proposed speaker?
  3. What is the main argument of the presentation?
  4. How does the presentation specifically address aspects of the conference themes?

Proposals are invited across a wide array of aspects of Master’s admission: on the process or the underlying methodology of master’s admission, on validity, transparency, and efficiency dimensions of master’s admission, on specific practice experience with recent reform of admission for specific master’s programmes, for specific disciplines or rather for multidisciplinary master’s programmes; with specific focus on the legal/regulatory dimensions or the multicultural dimensions, etc.

The first round of proposals was closed on March 1st and we will shortly inform applicants if their proposal has been accepted. We still can accept a few more session proposals, which can be sent to Kees Kouwenaar using the submission form following the link below. They will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee in the order of submission. Speakers will be informed if their proposal as soon as possible.

Submit your proposal

Selected speakers will receive a waiver for the conference fee. Contributions to travel expenses can unfortunately not be provided.


Conference planning committee

Kees Kouwenaar, project coordinator and key expert
Inez Meurs, key expert
Mariam Assefa, project Quality Council member

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