Boundary Crossing @ WUR

Boundary crossing competence is the ability to learn and work with others outside one’s own scientific domain, institute, culture, or context. It allows you to recognise, seek, appreciate and ulitalise tensions that arise when learning or working with “others”. It is regarded as one of the major competencies needed by future university graduates to respond better to emerging global challenges.

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What is boundary crossing?

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Learning across different practices (e.g backgrounds, disciplines, cultures etc.) can be enriching both for yourself and for the challenge you are faced with. However, can a diverse group of students from different practices be expected to automatically learn with and from one another and work across the differences that exist between them? The answer is no. Explicitly supporting and challenging students to make use of their differences in a positive way, can help to co-create new ideas as well as gain a better understanding of themselves and their own perspective. Incorporating boundary crossing in your education can help doing this.

BC in practice

There is much learning potential when boundaries are acknowledged and crossed, but how to go about it in education? How can students be facilitated to recognise, seek, appreciate, and utilise boundaries for the better? What can we learn from existing examples and experiences in education?

BC@WUR experiences

We have put together a collection of examples and experiences of BC@WUR. Feel free to explore them to gain inspiration for your own work.


Do you want to incoporate BC in your education? At course or curriculum level? We have created an open and online toolbox with learning activities, assessments, examples and tools! Feel free to explore, get inspired and use or adjust the tools to fit your course!

If you have new tools to be added to the toolbox, please contact us!

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