VIU Global Challenges Initiative
Virtual Sessions | August 29 – November 21, 2022
On Campus | November 28 – December 3, 2022
Call for applications: December 1, 2021 – June 15, 2022
This Graduate Seminar will be led by:
- KU Leuven, Belgium
- Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Waseda University, Japan
The focus of this program will be on the subject of Digital Citizenship. It will challenge you to explore in an interdisciplinary way with your peers the questions of how we become digital citizens and how we manage, protect, and nurture our new digital society. More specifically, the program will aim to identify the worldwide challenges that digital citizenship might entail and how to tackle these challenges, be it social, economic, environmental, or otherwise.
Ronald Cools, KU Leuven (scientific coordinator)
Hitoshi Mitomo, Waseda University (scientific coordinator)
Bart Nuttin, KU Leuven (scientific coordinator)
Kanshukan Rajaratnam, Stellenbosch University (scientific coordinator)
Marleen Willekens, KU Leuven (scientific coordinator)
Joep Crompvoets, KU Leuven
Kate Elwood, Waseda University
Atsushi Kato, Waseda University
Lode Lauwaert, KU Leuven
Frederik Truyen, KU Leuven
- To understand the different disciplinary approaches and perspectives to digitalization
- To be able to apply your knowledge and understanding through devising and sustaining arguments related to digitalization
- To gather relevant information about various aspects of digitalization
- To produce clear, well-organized written communication, as well as verbal presentations to express ideas and conclusions
- The develop transversal skills (intercultural, international, presentation and meeting skills)
- To demonstrate leadership skills and be able to contribute substantively to group assignments, projects or discussions
- To critically reflect on your cultural background and that of others, in order understand how this influences knowledge
- To have developed an international network of fellow students and staff
- Part I – Virtual: over the course of three months, participants will come together on a regular basis in virtual sessions.
- Part II – On campus: after the virtual program, participants will travel to Venice International University from their home institutions to attend the Graduate Seminar in person.
Who can apply?
This Graduate Seminar is primarily offered to advanced Master and early PhD students in all disciplines from all VIU member institutions, with an interest in the subject of Digital Citizenship. Applicants are not required to have pre-existing knowledge on the subject but should have acquired a solid knowledge base in their own academic fields and should have the necessary analytical skills to treat and discuss the subject in an interdisciplinary way. Applications from excellent candidates from non-member institutions will be also considered and evaluated.
Fees & grant support
Students from the VIU member institutions will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to support, partially or fully, the costs of international travel and accommodation.
Excellent candidates from non-member institutions will be also considered and evaluated, although these candidates will pay fees and are not eligible for financial support (further information available in the Brochure). VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.
Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s research interests, a curriculum vitae and a photo.
For further information please download the Brochure and the Program (available soon) or write to: email@example.com
As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation; should it prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.