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.
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:
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’.