ETEN conference in Denmark, April 22-24, 2021
University College South Denmark (UC SYD) is proud to announce that we are hosting the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference in 2021. The conference will take place April 22-24, 2021, at University College South Denmark (UC SYD) in Esbjerg.
Conference theme: Interprofessional Cooperation
The theme of the conference is Interprofessional Cooperation. Read more below.
A few years back, internationalisation was very high on the educational policy agenda in Denmark, and it was a stated ambition that all institutions of higher education should turn out graduates who were citizens of the world - with broader insights based on a global outlook.
At that time, internationalisation was its own justification. We did not even have to ask ourselves why internationalisation was important, only how we could live up to the political requirements of the time concerning the volume of student mobility.
Today it is different. Answering the question 'why internationalisation?' is now vitally important if we are to attract the attention of politicians and corner resources for international work. Higher education institutions in Denmark - Universities, University Colleges, Academies - have been forced to think creatively in order to explain why we really need to internationalise our courses of study and our young people. But it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, as the saying goes, and at this point both research and interprofessional cooperation can step in to play their part on the international scene.
Danish institutions of higher education have thus begun digging down to a deeper level of justification, which is now required if we are to give internationalisation the attention it deserves, both within institutions and, of course, in relation to the wider world.
Whereas research is almost by definition international in nature - so much so that we almost forget that an international perspective is the very foundation of research - the international angle is not something that one naturally associates with interprofessional cooperation.
People mostly think about local and regional cooperation between the professions – between teachers and social workers in schools, for instance, or between midwives and nurses at hospitals. There is nothing wrong in this, of course, but it is not enough if we are to understand and challenge our own professions and the interaction between professions. The international perspective is a formidable tool to open up new realms of discourse. By gaining insight into the professions in other countries, and the cultures in which they are embedded, professional workers may become much more aware of why things are as they are in their own countries, as well as the advantages and limitations of their home culture.
Internationalisation is so much more than student mobility - an important point that this conference will focus on. Whether we come from a large country or a small one like Denmark, our courses of study and the whole study environment benefit greatly from all kinds of international cooperation. International cooperation must be seen as a means to ensure greater quality and relevance in the strategic planning of our educational institutions – never as a goal in itself.
Registrations for the conference are no longer open.
The mission of The European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) is to promote cooperation, exchange, research and possibilities for universities and institutions engaged in education. ETEN has 50 different member institutions in nearly 20 countries around the world.
If you are interested in learning more about ETEN, you can find more information here.
We are working on the programme for ETEN 2021. When it is ready you will find it here.
Accompanying persons will be offered their own daily programme. The programme will be announced here.
Thematic Interest Groups (TIGs)
You will have the opportunity to participate in one of the eleven Thematic Interest Groups (TIGs) during the conference.
Identity & Diversity
Science & Technology in the Digital Era
Special Ed Needs
Call for papers
The deadline to submit a paper proposal is January 15. Read more here.
Accommodation near the meeting venue has been reserved at preferential rates for conference participants. For more information, click here.
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After the 20th of February 2020 a partial refund of the registration fee may be considered only in extenuating circumstances.
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You can find us here:
University College South Denmark (UC SYD)
6705 Esbjerg Ø
How to get to us
University College South Denmark (UC SYD) is located 60 km from Billund airport.
There is two public buses from the airport to Esbjerg (line 144 and line 944X). This journey takes approximately one and a half hours. Please visit Rejseplanen to find timetables and informations about prices and tickets.
There is an airport shuttle bus from Aarhus airport to Aarhus railway station. The shuttle bus runs 20 minutes after each arrival.
Copenhagen airport is 300 km from University College South Denmark (UC SYD). If you plan on travelling here, you can take a train from the airport or Copenhagen central station to Esbjerg. The trip takes four hours.
Timetables to and from Aarhus or Copenhagen airport can be found here.
There is no direct train from Billund airport to Esbjerg. But you can take the bus from Billund airport to Vejle and from Vejle the journey continues by train to Esbjerg.
From Aarhus railway station or Copenhagen central station you can take the train to Esbjerg.
Use Rejseplanen to plan your trip.
We are 30 minutes away on foot from Esbjerg railway station. There are busses from the station that brings you to the main entrance of University College South Denmark (UC SYD).
Bus timetables can be found here.
Who are we?
In the video below, you can find out more about University College South Denmark (UC SYD).
Welcome to Esbjerg
Whether you enjoy nature, food or museums, there are many things to do in and around Esbjerg. For further information check out: