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Within the field of student academic development, Studium Generale Wageningen focuses primarily on (the development of and ability to engage in) meaningful reflection.

Studium Generale Tasks

Studium Generale Wageningen counts among its tasks:
- to provide insight into the coherence of the sciences
- to pay attention to personal development
- to promote an awareness of civic responsibility
- to serve as a platform for educational innovation
- to promote cultural and aesthetic education.

Academic development

Consistent with Dutch law, the student's academic development is central to Studium Generale's activities. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) describes academic development as follows:

At university students acquire more than just disciplinary knowledge. They also gain an understanding of scientific methods, they collaborate and learn to reflect and reason. In addition to the learning of academic skills, scientific integrity, ethical professionalism and (global) citizenship also fall within the scope of the student's academic development. Moreover, the acquisition of academic skills involves learning to think logically and critically, which enables students to carry the ‘epistemic responsibility’ that the practice of science requires of them.

Meaningful reflection

Studium Generale is concerned with three forms of reflection.

  • reflection on the personal
  • reflection on the societal
  • reflection on science.

Studium Generale in The Netherlands

Shortly after the Second World War, Studium Generale departments were founded in all universities in the Netherlands, as instructed by the Minister of Education, Arts and Sciences. He wanted to do something to combat the 'irresponsible ignorance among many students and intellectuals of the societal forces that govern our world’.