Reinvent the 21st century university



This website shows the results of research by independent researcher Frans de Vlieger on the functioning of the human psyche.


2 modes of our psyche – 2 different ways of learning

The main finding of this research is that we can distinguish two different modes of our psyche, two different ways of learning, and that it is possible to switch from one to the other.


Learning at the next level

If we can consciously switch between these two learning modes of our psyche, we reach a next level of learning that has previously been described in various ways, such as:
  • From linear learning to transformative learning
  • From learning from the egocentric perspective to learning from the perspective of the ‘whole’
  • From learning from the outside to Learning from the inside
  • From competence-oriented learning to sustainability-oriented learning


A possible answer to the challenges in this world

Learning at the next level is possibly the essential answer to the challenges we are facing in this world today for which we can not find solutions using the current ways of learning. Next Level Learning is learning at a different level than we are used to and goes beyond existing knowledge and theories. It involves learning things that do not yet exist and that are unimaginable. And yet, most of us experience this every day for example when we get a great idea in the shower that we wouldn’t get by thinking about it intensively for days. Or the way children just ‘play’ at the balance beam and learn new tricks out of nowhere using an energy from within. We have all experienced this way of learning sometime in our life. How to intentionally get ourselves into such a mode of learning however was for long considered to be the holy grail. But the development of the tool on this website might make this possible.


Tool for Next Level Learning

Insights from the research mentioned above have resulted in the development of a tool with which you can come to understand two different modes of your psyche, two different ways of learning, and a way you can switch from one to the other. Going through the tool only takes you 15 minutes. It is freely available on this website. The tool consists of two animations and after doing both you can start learning on the next level. Any feedback will be used to further enhance the tool.


A shared perspective

A side effect of Next Level Learning is that everyone looking at a specific issue, situation or case will see it from a shared perspective. Thus bringing together standpoints that would normally seem incompatible. You will find an example at the end of the tool about the way tensions and conflicts in the world can be solved with Next Level Learning.


Towards the university of the 21st century

If we can consciously switch between the two learning modes, a large number of possibilities and a wide range of applications come into view. My research has focused on education, pedagogy, entrepreneurship and science. The end of the tool describes why university education seems to be the most promising place to start Next Level Learning. In many aspects, it ties in with the global movement 'Reinvent the 21st century university'.


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More research results can be found on the 'About CFUP' page.