Organisation - November 6, 2019

WUR joins network for innovation in science education

Luuk Zegers

WUR has joined CDIO (conceive, design, implement, operate), a worldwide network for educational innovation at science universities.


‘The world is changing at an ever faster pace, and that calls for continuous adaptation of our education,’ says Emiel van Puffelen of the Education & Student Affairs department. He represents WUR in 4TU, a collaboration between the four science and technology universities in the Netherlands, and he arranged for WUR to join CDIO. ‘By joining this network, we can learn from educational innovations at our fellow universities. That way you make progress faster.’

CDIO was set up in 2008 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and three Swedish universities. There are now 175 science and technology universities around the world taking part in the network.

WUR teachers have access to information about CDIO’s innovations through the 4TU website. ‘There they can find out more about which educational approaches combine well, what works and what doesn’t in the area of living labs, and you shape multidisciplinary, international and project-oriented education,’ says Van Puffelen.