Student-Meet | Learning from Failures – CANCELLED –

Update: due to measures taken due to COVID-19, the Student-Meet on Learning from Failures is CANCELLED!

We aim to organize this event at a later date this academic year. For more information, please contact


Student-meet | Learning from Failures

A Student-Meet is an informal and a low-key gathering open for all students of UM faculties. EDLAB is interested in bringing students from all different academic years together to share experiences and chat about education at UM. EDLAB organizes five Student-Meets per academic year. Every event focuses on a different theme, all with the aim of innovating education. There are no-strings attached when visiting a Student-Meet (you are thus very welcome, yet not obliged, to visit all five meetings and there is no mandatory preparation before the event).

Learning is a desired objective in any university environment. However, in order to learn, is it not essential to be able to fail?
Here at EDLAB, we think the answer to that question is yes. Therefore, our next Student-Meet will focus on the topic of failure. More specifically, on the issue: How can we learn from failing?

In order to answer this, we will look at the optimal environment for learning. Is this also a safe space for failing? What are the consequences of not being able to fail? Additionally, we will pay special attention to the beauty of failing. Does a moment of failure help us move away from a fixed mindset and perhaps even stimulate growth?

Laura Smeets, PhD student at SBE, will be present during the event. Smeets is an expert in the field of assisting students’ employability in higher education. She specifically researches the importance of making mistakes in a work environment.