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Building capacity for cultivation of extraordinary intelligence in individuals and groups ● Toolkit for progressive cutting-edge methods and frameworks of thinking ● Intense workout for the intellect: disciplined yet open-ended
'To think out of the box will require to rethink the box as well!'

Jean Paul Van Bendegem

Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Instructor at the School of Thinking, mathematician, philosopher of science, VUB professor

School of Thinking
2019-05-30T14:01:25+00:00

Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Instructor at the School of Thinking, mathematician, philosopher of science, VUB professor

Jean Paul Van Bendegem
'To think out of the box will require to rethink the box as well!'
'Once a critical thinker, always a critical thinker. Unexpected perspectives lead to deeper insight. Asking questions to which there are not always answers, rather new questions, are the lubricant to wisdom.'

Jan De Maeyer, Fellow at the School of Thinking, Guest Professor U.Gent, Consultant at Denkpalet

School of Thinking
2021-03-11T13:34:51+00:00

Jan De Maeyer, Fellow at the School of Thinking, Guest Professor U.Gent, Consultant at Denkpalet

'Once a critical thinker, always a critical thinker. Unexpected perspectives lead to deeper insight. Asking questions to which there are not always answers, rather new questions, are the lubricant to wisdom.'

'The School of Thinking is just what you need to hone your skills in dealing with complex, multidisciplinary problems. This postgraduate teaches you the "Four Cs", the most important skills required for 21st century education: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. Effective thinking is the most critical skill of all, yet you cannot study it anywhere. The School of Thinking finally fills that gap!'


Francis Heylighen

Francis Heylighen, Instructor at the School of Thinking,  VUB Professor, Director of the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

School of Thinking
2019-05-28T15:25:24+00:00

Francis Heylighen, Instructor at the School of Thinking,  VUB Professor, Director of the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

Francis Heylighen
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'We have been waiting for a School in which thinking again becomes a challenge, a commitment, an adventure, a responsibility. It's here, it's SoT.'

Karin Verelst

Karin Verelst, Instructor at the School of Thinking VUB, Researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T13:00:37+00:00

Karin Verelst, Instructor at the School of Thinking VUB, Researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

Karin Verelst
'We have been waiting for a School in which thinking again becomes a challenge, a commitment, an adventure, a responsibility. It's here, it's SoT.'
'The School of Thinking is exactly how I expected it to be: nothing like I thought it would be and more!'

Tom Van Damme, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Senior Manager at TomTom

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T12:50:22+00:00

Tom Van Damme, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Senior Manager at TomTom

'The School of Thinking is exactly how I expected it to be: nothing like I thought it would be and more!'

'A Post-Graduate School of Thinking to bolster extraordinary intelligence! Practice in embodied thinking, systems thinking, game playing, complexity, individual and collaborative thinking! What a great and timely idea! I wish I’d had such a curriculum instead of having to cobble together my own exploration of these topics. So take advantage of this curriculum if you can: it’s an unparalleled opportunity that will prepare you for anything you ever want to achieve!'


Robert Root-Bernstein
School of Thinking
2019-05-28T15:15:36+00:00
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'The School of Thinking provides a unique way to integrate information, tools, data, techniques, perspectives, concepts and theories from multiple disciplines to emphasize on fundamental understanding of how thinking processes are involved in every part of life. A multi-creative, sometimes confrontational but must-experience approach, a brainiac adventure and an eyeopener.'

Gys Godderis

Gys Godderis, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Founder of Planet Polaris - Clever & Cool

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T12:31:11+00:00

Gys Godderis, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Founder of Planet Polaris - Clever & Cool

Gys Godderis
'The School of Thinking provides a unique way to integrate information, tools, data, techniques, perspectives, concepts and theories from multiple disciplines to emphasize on fundamental understanding of how thinking processes are involved in every part of life. A multi-creative, sometimes confrontational but must-experience approach, a brainiac adventure and an eyeopener.'
'If you like to rediscover the joy of doubt and wonder, the School of Thinking might be a great place to start.'

Joris De Kelver, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Iota, 2020-2021)

School of Thinking
2021-03-12T08:29:46+00:00

Joris De Kelver, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Iota, 2020-2021)

'If you like to rediscover the joy of doubt and wonder, the School of Thinking might be a great place to start.'
'What an inspiring and refreshing experience, this Postgraduate. The joy of being a student again, the miracle of meeting so many like-minded people and the bittersweet frustration of not having enough time to read all you want to read about the subjects!'

Lies Poignie, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Publisher at Academia Press

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T16:37:58+00:00

Lies Poignie, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Publisher at Academia Press

'What an inspiring and refreshing experience, this Postgraduate. The joy of being a student again, the miracle of meeting so many like-minded people and the bittersweet frustration of not having enough time to read all you want to read about the subjects!'
'SoT takes you on a journey of rethinking your perception of thinking, inviting you to work on your personal boundary conditions.'

Dirk Van Helder, Fellow at the School of Thinking, Consultant at Stanwick

School of Thinking
2021-03-12T08:35:12+00:00

Dirk Van Helder, Fellow at the School of Thinking, Consultant at Stanwick

'SoT takes you on a journey of rethinking your perception of thinking, inviting you to work on your personal boundary conditions.'
'Each of us is a whole world created by our imagination. In the School of Thinking, the process of creating this unique world becomes conscious, harmonious and free. We rediscover ourselves!'

Gella Dybman, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020)

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T12:03:47+00:00

Gella Dybman, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020)

'Each of us is a whole world created by our imagination. In the School of Thinking, the process of creating this unique world becomes conscious, harmonious and free. We rediscover ourselves!'
'School of Thinking feels like coming home.'

Sacha Moens, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Iota 2020-2021)

School of Thinking
2021-03-12T08:32:54+00:00

Sacha Moens, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Iota 2020-2021)

'School of Thinking feels like coming home.'
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Marta Lenartowicz. On the train of thoughts

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“Thought is but a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.” A less known quote by Henri Poincaré that is the important…

Filosoof Jean Paul Van Bendegem over de School of Thinking

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Denken is een redelijk essentieel onderdeel van elke opleiding of elke studie. De School of Thinking gaat nog een stap verder. Het eenjarige postgraduaat aan…

Year Delta (2021/22): Applications are open

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We are now accepting applications to the third edition of the School of Thinking - regular track (‘Year Delta’ 2021/22). See 'Admissions' in order to…

The ‘Principles of Thinking’ Challenge

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In one of the recent classes at the School of Thinking, Year Iota, the students challenged the instructor, prof. Edward Nęcka, to formulate a set…

The Fellows (2020/21): Inauguration of The Fellows

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The Fellows is a first of its kind thinking initiative at The School of Thinking, designed to advance the participants' expertise in selected heuristics and…

Year Alpha (2019/20): Approaching the grand finale…

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While our Alpha Thinkers are getting ready for the final session of their (corona-extended) curriculum, you might be interested to know that we have been…

Year Iota (2020/21): Ready to launch

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As of 1.09.2020, new registrations to the Iota Year are now closed* and the group is ready to launch. In mid-September the students will receive…

The SoT Research Track: a reorganized and extended curriculum

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The Research Track of the SoT is currently undergoing a reorganisation and will not be admitting students for the Year Iota (2020/21). We are working…

Year Iota (2020/21): Updated schedule

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We continue to accept applications for the second edition of the School of Thinking - regular track (‘Year Iota’ 2020/21). In response to requests for…

Year Iota (2020/21): Applications are open

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We are now accepting applications for the second edition of the School of Thinking - regular track (‘Year Iota’ 2020/21). The application letters are reviewed…

Five OSB-funded scholarships for VUB students and researchers!

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Five OSB-funded scholarships for VUB students and researchers to join the 2019/2020 cohort (Year Alpha) of the Postgraduate School of Thinking VUB.…

Year Alpha fully booked!

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The first stage of admissions to the 2019/2020 student cohort (‘Year Alpha’: the regular track) has ended on August 20 and all available places have…

Applications are now open

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We are now accepting applications for the first edition of the School of Thinking (‘Year Alpha’ 2019-2020). The applications are being reviewed continuously, on a…

First edition: October 2019 – June 2020

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The first edition of the School of Thinking ('Year Alpha') has been scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year and will soon start accepting applications. The…

Officially launched!

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Today, the Postgraduate School of Thinking has been approved the Academic Council of the VUB and officially included to the educational offer of the university.…