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To become a good teacher it is good to have an open attitude towards other nationalities and cultures; it is important to broaden your mind and horizon. So, become inspired and meet international students, future teachers for primary and secondary education, by participating in the Teacher in Europe student conference in Zwolle, the Netherlands, Monday 24 until Wednesday 26 April 2023!

We invite students from international teacher trainer colleges for both primary (age group: 4–12) and secondary education (age groups: 12–15 and 15-18) to come to Zwolle to participate in our conference. Making fun, working together and having informal chats are far easier to establish while we're in the same room. So you are very welcome!
We will have a very interesting programme with keynotes to be inspired by, workshops to discuss with professionals and group sessions where you will be challenged to work with peers and maybe find friends for life.

The conference theme will be Teacher in Europe: How to practise United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) in the classroom. A range of experts will provide you with theoretical reflections and practical tools to prepare you for this task!

Information about the two keynote speakers;

Bruce Mutsvairo
Bruce Mutsvairo is a professor in the Humanities at Utrecht University. “After completing his undergraduate studies at Utrecht University (UCU), Bruce graduated with three Masters degrees in International Journalism (Cardiff), International Politics (Hull) and International Business Management (VU Amsterdam) before earning his PhD at the Graduate School of Humanities at Leiden University in 2013. Before joining Utrecht University, he was a Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Auburn University in the US. He also served as an Associate Professor in Journalism at University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media at Northumbria University, UK and Assistant Professor in Digital Media at Leiden University.” How does commitment to inclusivity improve international student mobility and equally enhance global awareness on the SDGs? Our first keynote will lead us into the topic of ‘Unlocking opportunities for international student mobility’ and how the role the stimulation of inclusive recruitment polices of international students, for example, could contribute toward ensuring universities meet these important UN targets. In addition, he will also talk about why universities and students should consider collaborating with and engaging local communities to meet their endeavors.

Elena Lengthorn
We are proud to announce that last year’s keynote, Elena Lengthorn, will also be part of the programme of TIE2023. Elena Lengthorn is a senior lecturer in teacher education. She teaches both geography and science education across the primary and secondary centres at the University of Worcester on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In 2021 Elena has been developing two Green Impact projects to embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the UN SDGs into the Worcestershire education community.

To prepare well for the conference and the SDG goals, all participants will receive a preparatory assignment to be submitted within two weeks before the conference. 

During the conference days, the students will work in groups on an international project plan and will be guided by coaches. During the final day of the conference, each group will present their plan to the other groups. 

Conference fee:

  • Students participating on location in Zwolle.: € 90,-, accommodation (two overnights) and catering included.
  • Students from Hogeschool Utrecht, KPZ or Viaa (including Erasmus students at these universities): no conference fee

University teachers who would like to participate are asked to coach small groups of students. Before the conference, the teacher will be informed and prepared for the coaching. Funding with financial support from the Erasmus programme will be possible for teachers (Erasmus teaching mobility). Please ask your international office about the possibilities. Teachers do not pay conference fee, but have to arrange accommodation themselves.  

Please note: All participants, students and teachers, have to attend the entire programme.

Rules regarding admission:

  • A maximum of 4 students from the same university.
  • A maximum of 1 lecturer (coach) per 4 students, from the same university.

These rules are to ensure that there is sufficient diversity in the composition of groups of students working together. If there are more than 4 students from the same home university who want to participate, they will be placed on the waiting list. After the deadline, it will be checked if it is possible to admit more students.

In case of cancellation after the deadline: March 20, 2023, approx. 4 weeks before the conference, the participant owes € 25 administration costs. For cancellations after April 1, conference fees already paid will not be refunded.

Please check this schedule to determine your conference fee (participant type):

Overview Participant types:

 A1. Students HU (Utrecht), KPZ or Viaa (also exchange students at these 3 universities)
 A2. Students from all other universities (not belonging to the group mentioned in A1)
 B1. Teachers
 C1. Conference Organisation

Maybe your Dutch University is Cilo-member?
Students from Dutch teacher training universities that are belonging to the Cilo-partnership have reserved places until  15 February 2023 under the afore mentioned conditions of payment and balance between NL students and students from outside NL. For each teacher training programme with a Cilo membership, the first registered student does not have to pay the TiE conference fee. Please check the following site if your university is member of Cilo: Nuffic/Cilo-Leden.


To give you an impression of the conference herewith these links:

Registration procedure participants. Information and instruction:

  1. Click on the title: ‘Student conference Teacher in Europe 2023’ (or: click on ‘Log in’ - right corner of the home page)
  2. You enter the page to register. The first time here, you create a new account by clicking on ‘Create new account’
  3. Fill out the questions to create your account (For the question about participant type, read the information on this homepage)
  4. You receive a link in your mailbox to confirm your registration.
  5. Please confirm your registration by following the instructions in the 'confirmation email' and entering the Teacher in Europe Moodle environment.
  6. Click on the conference title: 'Student Conference Teacher in Europe 2023'
  7. 'Enrolment options' appear (above the conference title) on your screen.
  8. 'Log out' and wait until you receive an email about the further procedure. 
  9. You have registered now for Teacher in Europe 2023.

10. We will check all registrations regularly

11. You will receive an email informing you about the conditions to admit you as a participant (coach or student, online or face-to-face). When we have received the payment, you will be admitted to the conference. We will inform you by email.

12. When you are admitted, you have access to the Moodle environment of Teacher in Europe 2023.

13. Click on your username (at the top, right side of the home page), select 'preference' and 'edit profile'. Please add your picture and introduce yourself (by adding extra information)

14. A few weeks before the conference starts, we will inform you about the preparatory assignment.

If you have any questions about the procedure or if you have other questions, please contact International Office KPZ (+31384217425). 

Please note:  As we expect many registrations from students and because we want a fair share of participants from different universities, we use the following policy for admission:
Non-Dutch students from Europe will be accepted in balance with Dutch students and, in the same way, we maintain a balance between different nationalities and students for primary education and secondary education. This means that we will have to decide based on this balance. Be aware of this, it can result in some time between your application and our answer. If larger groups - from the same home university - want to register, they should contact International Office KPZ (+31384217425). We will see what is possible. We have places for approximately 100-120 participants.

Payment procedure conference fee:
Conference fee € 90,-
Please pay the required contribution to: Stichting Hogeschool Viaa, IBAN (bank account nr.): NL19RABO0314622802
Please add this reference to the payment: 'TIE2023 + your name'
BIC /SWIFT nr.: RABONL2U. Name and address bank: Rabobank, Willemskade 1, 8011 AC ZWOLLE (NL)
Please note: Send proof (print) of your payment (by email) to KPZ International Office.

Conference organisation:
Bert Kuiper (Viaa), Wouter Krol (Viaa), Geert van Rooijen (HU), Romy Worst (KPZ), Marlinde Lieffijn (Viaa), Megan van Abbema (Viaa), Femke Koopman (KPZ)