Bridging the Generation Gap in Higher Education

Erasmus+ Crossroads Staff Week, 10-13 June 2024

From June 10th to 13th, the International Office of Erasmus University Rotterdam will host an Erasmus+ Crossroads staff week. We particularly invite our UNIC colleagues and staff members from our EUF partner Universities to apply.  

Staff members working in higher education are all dedicated to investing in our future generations. While a large part of the workforce in higher education currently is made up by Boomers, Gen X and Millennials, most of our students are defined as Generation Z. To effectively engage with our students, it is essential to understand and appreciate the unique perspectives, values, and skills that Gen Z brings to the table, and to be aware of our own pitfalls and biases. Bridging the gap between the different generations allows institutions to enhance collaboration across generations and to better meet the needs of their students, thus contributing to a positive and inspiring learning experience. During the Staff Week on "Bridging the Generation Gap in Higher Education" we will explore a range of themes linked to the Generation Gap within higher education with higher education staff from different  countries and backgrounds.

Who should participate?

The programme is targeted at International Relations Officers, Student Advisors, Student Counsellors, Study Programme Coordinators, Education Innovators and Marketing and Communication Officers/Managers, and other higher education staff members interested in learning more about the theme.

How to apply?

The digital application form is available until 1 May 2024. You are kindly requested to provide your personal details, work profile, experience, and motivation (please write a motivation of max. 1000 words).

Selection process

A maximum of 30 participants can be admitted to the staff week. The applications will be assessed based on the information provided in the  application form. As we have limited space, we will only be able to admit over two staff members per institution if our capacity allows. UNIC & EUF applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Applications from non-UNIC/EUF partners will be assessed after the application deadline, which is set on April 15th 2024. Successful applicants will receive detailed information on the staff week with the letter of acceptance. 


The participation fee is 75 euros for UNIC/EUF university partners. The participation fee for non UNIC/EUF partners is 100 euros. The fee includes a welcome dinner, catering, work materials, and social events (including a visit of the Euromast tower and a visit of Kinderdijk). 
Note: participants may apply for Erasmus+ staff mobility grant at their home university to cover the costs of the event. 

Preliminary programme

Venue: Woudestein Campus, Polak Building

  • 09.30 - 10.00 | Arrival & registration
  • 10.00 - 11.00 | Welcome, introductions & ice breakers
  • 11.00 - 11.30 | Coffee break
  • 11.30 - 12.30 | Objectives and learning goals
  • 12.30 - 14.00 | Lunch at Erasmus Pavillon
  • 14.00 - 15.00 | Boomers, Millennials, and Gen Z: Getting to know the generations by Aleksandra Stuip
  • 15.00 - 15.30 | Break
  • 15.30 - 16.30 | Generation Game
  • 18.00 - 21.00 | Welcome dinner

Venue: Woudestein Campus, Polak Building, Kinderdijk

  • 09.30 - 10.00 | Coffee & Networking
  • 10.00 - 11.00 | Bridging the (digital) gap: dynamic ideas for better engagement by Ana Uribe Sandoval
  • 11.00 - 11.30 | Break & Energizer
  • 11.30 - 12.30 | Email or Insta? Experiences in boosting student engagement
  • 12.30 - 13.30 | Lunch at the Food Court
  • 13.30 - 14.30 | Design Thinking Workshop: Bridging the Generation Gap
  • 14.30 - 18.00 | Visit of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk

Venue: Woudestein Campus, Living Room, and Erasmus Sports Building

  • 09.30 - 10.00 | Coffee & Networking, Student Living Room
  • 10.00 - 11.00 | From study success to student success: the shift to student wellbeing by Marilisa Boffo
  • 11.00 - 11.30 | Discussion & sharing best practices
  • 11.30 - 12.30 | Lunch at Erasmus Sport
  • 13.00 - 14.00 | The impact of Covid 19 and performance pressure on students' mental health by Kayla Green
  • 14.00 - 14.30 | Discussion
  • 15.00 - 16.00 | Panel: Student perspectives on creating a meaningful international experience
  • 16.30 - 17.30 | Finding balance: optional Yoga class

Venue: Rotterdam City Centre / Woudestein Campus, Education Lab


If you have questions regarding the staff week, please do not hesitate to contact us via
Martine Wierenga, Head of the International Office
Sabaï Doodkorte, International Partnerships Officer
Janna van der Wel, Communications Advisor

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