Student wellbeing

Developing an inclusive study climate

Student wellbeing is a broad term and everybody interprets it in their own way. The importance of student wellbeing is abundantly clear and focus areas such as academic success, health, helping students get the best out of themselves and an inclusive study environment are vital priorities within both higher education and upper secondary vocational education. But what exactly do we mean by ‘student wellbeing’. More importantly, once we have an answer to this question, what can we do to optimise student wellbeing among the current and future generations of students? What role do educational institutions play in this regard?

Working together towards student wellbeing

At the end of 2018, ECIO added student wellbeing to its range of advisory and support services. This may well be the best example of a theme that cannot be achieved by policymakers, as student wellbeing can only be achieved by working together. For this reason, we support networks of educational institutions and students who wish to boost student wellbeing, devise solutions, conduct research and gain knowledge and experience, such as the National Higher Education Network for Student Wellbeing and the National Student Wellbeing Task Force. The decision to take on student wellbeing was the result of an initiative by the Student Wellbeing Network, which formulated a student wellbeing action plan (Dutch version) in 2018.