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For students and professionals

We invite you

If you were to establish a school, what would students definitely learn? How would you deal with conflicts and express yourself in a constructive way? What does a professional need to perform mentally well?

Share your ideas about new education and development pathways that align with the societal challenges of our time. If your input leads to a program or event, we will get in touch with you. This way, we build the university of the 21st century together.

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Bildung Network

The Bildung Network means for you:

  • The opportunity to contribute with your input to building new education and development programs.

  • Access innovative ideas on personal development from our online manifesto

  • Stay informed about new programs for you as a participant, trainer or coach

  • Find assignments and job opportunities with affiliated organizations

These people are already building

The Bildung Network is a community of more than 3,000 students, (young) professionals and organizations. We move in education, science, the arts, the public sector and sustainable business.

Charlene

Alumna
Ambassadeurs van Amsterdam
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Laures Nooren

Remind Learning
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Ylke van der Zwet

Alumna
Halfjaarprogramma
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Vinod Subramaniam

Chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Twente
Professor
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Cas van Egmond

Alumnus
Halfjaarprogramma
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Durk Gardenier

Board De Bildung Academie
Public Sector Relationship Management
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Hans Schnitzler

Bildung Lecturer and Philosopher
Writer
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Tomas Björkman

Writer
Social entrepreneur
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Floris Witteveen

Alumnus
Communication Studies
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Arabella Meyer

Project coordinator and Bildung coach
Educational Developer
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Roos Herings

Alumna
Psychology student
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Zakaria Makieh

Alumnus
Samen bouwen aan de toekomst
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Niels Koldewijn

SH!FT Foundation
Grensverleggers
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Vera Donkers

Brand manager De Bildung Academie
Creative strategy
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Nicole Bakker

Manager of Development & Guidance
Generation
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Michiel Tolman

Director De Bildung Academie
Relationship Management Companies
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Alviano Assen

Bildung coach
Ambassadeurs van Amsterdam
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Rebecca Trouwee

Bildungtrainer
Educational Developer
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Roel Bakker

Alumnus
Halfjaarprogramma
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Jaap Voigt

Bildung teacher and Inspirator
Inspiration
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Steven de Clercq

Alumnus & bildung teacher
Project Manager
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Anne van der Krol

Alumna
Farmer in training
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Dylan Vianen

Board De Bildung Academie
Education Relationship Management
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Joris van der Krogt

Owner
Hashtagmedia
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Jan Rotmans

Transition Expert
Professor
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Huib Pruymboom

Bildung guide
Philosopher
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Merel Overgaag

Bildung teacher and coach
Creative concept developer
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Marijn Moerman

Bildung and theater teacher
Philosopher
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Nick van Ballegooij

Alumnus
Student Communication
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Vincent Vegt

Alumnus
Halfjaarprogramma
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Jan Geurtz

Bildung teacher and writer
Teacher of Tibetan Buddhism
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Jerry Colas Montes De Oca

Alumnus
Ambassadeurs van Amsterdam
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Astrid Elburg

Bildung teacher and coach
Leadership
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Leonard Hoek

Owner
Generation
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Leonie Moraal

Bildung guide
Entrepreneur
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Pablo Cantatore

Photographer
Social entrepreneur
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Joost Verdonkschot

Bildung coach and trainer
Education Professional
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Coco van der Burgh

Alumna
Food Technologist
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Elize

Alumna
Grensverleggers
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Wiek Huibers

Bildung guide
Alumnus
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Zelah Dorrestijn

Bildung coach and trainer
Psychosocial Therapist
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Tiffany Gritzalis

Project coordinator and Bildung coach
Applied Psychologist
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Klaas van Egmond

Bildung teacher and speaker
Professor of Environmental Science
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Anneke Godding

Bildungcoach
Event Manager
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Lene Rachel Andersen

Writer
Head of Global Bildung
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Jeroen Smits

Strategist & Storyteller
Nice
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Halima el Hajoui - Özen

Bildung coach and trainer
Inclusion and diversity manager
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Fiorella Rijo

Bildungcoach
MBO-denktank alumna
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Haroon Sheikh

Bildung teacher and scientist
Bijzonder Hoogleraar
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Fatima Bouddokar

Bildung coach and trainer
Diversity & inclusion
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Koen Wessels

Co-initiator
Educational Innovator
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Mae-Yin Chan

Bildungcoach
Social Designer
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Rosa van de Griendt

Alumna
Halfjaarprogramma
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Odette Kuipers

Alumna
Halfjaarprogramma
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This is how you build

Shape new education and development programs

The input, needs and ideas of people and organizations in The Bildung Network form the basis for our program' and development projects.

If your idea leads to a new program or event, we will contact you. In this way we build in co-creation new education and development programs that fit the social challenges of our time.

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Inspiration from the online living manifesto

We translate all ideas about innovative education, personal-professional development, and sustainable collaboration into building blocks for our programs and development pathways.

We gather these building blocks and corresponding creative formats in our living manifesto, an online document that grows with us in the coming years. After your registration, you can download the manifesto and you will receive a current update from us every quarter.

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Expanding professional network

By participating in programs or being involved as a trainer or coach, you will build valuable connections with socially engaged people and actively work together on your personal and professional growth.

We keep you informed about new programs and offer you access to interesting assignments and vacancies at affiliated organizations. Think of large educational institutions like Fontys Hogescholen, government organizations like the City of Amsterdam and sustainable companies like Spaak Circular Solutions.

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The Bildung Network

80+

programs

100+

teachers, trainers and coaches

150+

collaborations

3.000+

alumni

Stories from The Bildung Network

Tanja Jadnanansing

Politician | Bildungdocent | Chairman of Amsterdam Southeast district

What I take away from my experience with The Bildung Academy is having the LEF (Listening, Empathy and Flexibility) together to think differently about how to serve our society.

Annemieke Rijke

Advisor | Partner Buitenboordmotor

The Bildung Academy knows how to use methods and exercises to get people to step out of their comfort zone. People who move to another sector often have to accept a lower salary. The module brought an important awareness in this.

Leonard Hoek

Owner | Generation

Our collaboration has become an important extension for the development of the people working with us. Additionally, it strengthens our proposition towards recently graduated individuals and clients.

Anne van der Krol

Alumna | A Broader Mind | Formation in Fluid Times

My first introduction to the Bildung Academy was an instant breath of fresh air, I immediately felt fire. Education that engages all your senses, takes your continuous personal development as its starting point without losing sight of our (invisible) environment.

Laurens Nooren

Bildungdocent | Partner | Remind Learning

The Bildung Academy offers space and reflection to students in a context where scarcity and choice stress is the norm.

Kees Spijker

Director | The New School

With the help of De Bildung Academie, we have woven Bildung into our curriculum in an even broader way. This all contributes to our goal of keeping students aware of their own role in the world.

Vinod Subramaniam

Chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Twente | Professor

What I liked about working with The Bildung Academy was the passion, commitment, innovative strength.

Floris Witteveen

Alumnus | Semester Program | Communication Studies

I found the Bildung Semester program super valuable. It gave me the chance to develop in new areas that don't always get attention in the regular offerings. I better understand who I am, how I relate to others and what I want to mean in this world.

Govert Buijs

Philosopher and Professor | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Connecting to the students' life experiences is important and essential for the success of education. This is precisely what De Bildung Academie does. At the same time, they provide a vision for personal development, new forms of education, and quality.

Eva Meijerink

Program Manager | Free University

The Bildung Academy knows how to place personal development in the current social context. They have the right expertise and guidance for students who want to be more conscious in life.

Fatima El Amrani

Program manager | Municipality of Amsterdam

Working together with you and other stakeholders, De Bildung Academie knows how to create a close-knit team and bring together different perspectives. They are accessible, open, and have consistently demonstrated a critical forward-thinking approach based on the principles behind our leadership program.

Ahlem Taboubi

Marketer

Everyone involved in The Bildung Academy has a love for Bildung and a common goal of providing young people with knowledge and self-development. Because of the common goal, you are willing to give your all and collaborations run smoothly.

Joris van der Krogt

Owner | Hashtagmedia

The Bildung Academy has an open way of working. Moreover, the opinion and advice of the professionals they work with is really appreciated. We enjoy working together and hope to do so for many years to come!

Pablo Cantatore

Alumnus | Artist

You get access to opportunities, tools and a large network to think about concepts that make the city more beautiful. Joining Ambassadors of Amsterdam made me decide not to go to college and choose my own path.

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The Bildung Network

We invite you

It's great that you want to contribute to building the university of the 21st century. What is your ideal vision of education, learning & development? Join us in creating development programs that align with the current era.

  • Build new education and development programs

  • Discover innovative ideas from our online manifesto

  • Stay updated of new programs

  • Find job openings at affiliated organizations

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bildung?

Bildung is actively, consciously, and ethically relating to your inner self, others, and the world. It represents the ideal that people develop themselves as broadly and fully as possible and take on social responsibility.

We have been inspired by the ideas of classic bildungsdenkers such as Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767 - 1835) and Theodor Adorno (1903-1969), but also by contemporary thinkers such as Gert Biesta, Martha Nussbaum and Roman Krznaric.

‍Readmore about Bildung and our genesis

What is the university of the 21st century?

In our ideal world, we bring as many people as possible into contact with themselves and connect them with others. As a collective, they tackle personal and societal challenges.

That's why we are building the university of the 21st century: representing the ideal of learning, development, and education. It's an open invitation to collaborate in the coming years in creating more opportunities for everyone to develop themselves as fully as possible.

The university of the 21st century is not an existing institution and has no fixed location. It represents an ideal that we are continuously building on with The Bildung Network. Read more about our building blocks here.

How can I help build the university of the 21st century?

Share your ideas! Together, we co-create new educational and development programs that align with the current era we live in.

  • Shape new education and development programs: if your idea serves as a direct catalyst for a new program or event, we will get in touch with you.
  • Inspiration from our living manifesto: take initiative and work on innovative ideas about personal and professional development, along with corresponding creative methods from our living manifesto.
  • Expand professional network: participate in programs or join as a trainer or coach, and establish new connections with socially engaged
Does The Bildung Network cost money?

No, joining The Bildung Network is free of charge. With it you get the opportunity to share your ideas, you have access to inspiration from the online manifesto and we keep you informed about new programs and interesting job opportunities.

Note that you also help build the 21st century university by participating in programs. Many of these programs are free of charge and some are paid. Depending on your personal situation, we sometimes ask you to determine your own contribution.

What is The Bildung Network?

The Bildung Network is a collective of individuals and organizations driven to connect with themselves and others while taking on social responsibility. We operate in education, science, the arts, the public sector, and sustainable business. Together, we are building the university of the 21st century: representing the ideal of education, learning & development.

We collect innovative ideas about education, personal-professional development and sustainable cooperation into building blocks. With these, together with The Bildung Network, we create education and development programs that fit the challenges of this century.

Can I study at the university of the 21st century?

The university of the 21st century represents the ideal of education, learning & development. We are not an existing institution. Instead, we create programs and offer advice, coaching, and training that, in our view, align with that ideal vision. You can participate in these, in other words, 'study.'

The university of the 21st century has no fixed location. We offer some of these programs or pathways in collaboration with educational institutions, such as universities or vocational colleges (ROC's), or with sustainable businesses. We see opportunities everywhere for personal development, as long as you cultivate an open and attentive mindset.

What does The Bildung Network mean to me?

The Bildung Network means for you: 

  • The opportunity to contribute with your input to building new education and development programs.
  • Access to innovative ideas about personal development from our online manifesto.
  • Stay informed about new programs for you as a participant, trainer or coach
  • Find assignments and job opportunities with affiliated organizations
What is The Bildung Academy?

De Bildung Academie develops programs and offers training, coaching and consulting around personal-professional development and social responsibility.

In our ideal world, we bring as many people as possible into contact with themselves and connect them with others. As a collective, they tackle personal and societal challenges.

That is why we are building the university of the 21st century. We do this together with The Bildung Network: a community consisting of new generations of students and (young) professionals, teachers, artists, scientists and organizations within the public sector, education and sustainable business.