Seminar on Recruitment to Teacher Education Draws International Attention

How do universities recruit and retain teacher students? The lack of qualified teachers is a major challenge both globally and in Europe.

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International challenge: 72% of the 6 million people working as teachers in Europe are women. How to get more male students was one of the important issues in the seminar. Photo: private.​

Wednesday March 24, the Faculty of Education and Arts organized a Dialogue Seminar on Teams with the theme “How to recruit and retain teacher students” in which partner universities from Denmark, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands came together to both share about the challenges faced and also for sharing lessons learned and ideas on how to recruit more teacher students. 

One of the issues raised in the seminar was how to work for getting more male students, with the background of that 72% of the 6 million people working as teachers in Europe are women. 

“Sharing experiences and learning from each other is valuable and important for us as a faculty with teacher education. The challenges we face when it comes to recruiting teacher students and retaining the students are much the same in Europe. That’s why it is relevant and good to come together and share lessons learned.” says Dean Egil Solli. 

Participating universities: 

  • ​Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (the Netherlands)
  • University of Hull (the UK)
  • Windesheim University of Applied Scienced (the Netherlands)
  • University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany)
  • ​​University College of Copenhagen (Denmark)​

The seminar was led by Linda Martinussen and Charlotta Langejan. Martinussen is leader of the Teacher Student Recruitment-project, a special project set up by Nord University and financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Langejan is International Coordinator at the Faculty of Education and Arts. ​

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