News feature | 12-05-2022 | 17:00
The Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf, today presented the prizes for higher education at the annual ComeniusFestival in Nieuwegein. The prizes were awarded for the second time to innovative projects in higher vocational education and university education. The first prize of the Dutch higher education prize for teams of universities of applied sciences went to Pulsed by Fontys University of Applied Sciencesamong the university teams this one went to Shaping responsible futures by University of Twente TU
The Comenius Festival celebrates the importance of educational innovation for higher education. By awarding the prize to six different teaching teams instead of choosing one winner or letting the individual teachers win, the Minister wants to value and encourage collaboration and innovations in the field of education. Teams can use the amount won to make a special contribution to the renewal and / or improvement of higher education with an extraordinary project. The winning teams will receive 1.2 million euros for 1e price, 800,000 euros for 2e price or 500,000 euros for the 3e price.
Minister Dijkgraaf: ‘We must give teachers and teaching staff plenty of room to innovate. To challenge, connect and offer tailor-made solutions to students in new ways. It is amazing that with this award we honor top professionals in education and help them take their beautiful projects further. And I hope that these projects can and will be rolled out more widely, which will benefit us all. ‘
The master post Shaping Responsible Futures from the University of Twente TU let students from different educations collaborate on societal challenges in an interdisciplinary way† The jury found it strong that students work on a challenge-based basis in an interdisciplinary context within the DesignLab environment and was impressed with the interdisciplinary aspect of the master’s effort. Involving students from different backgrounds, such as philosophy or technical studies, gives students a completely different view of the tasks that stakeholders present.
Pulsed by Fontys University of Applied Sciences is formed by an enthusiastic team that develops education profiles, education programs and didactic approaches that transcend education, with the aim of training (young) people to become ‘self-governing professionals’. The jury was very impressed with the number of projects developed and realized by this team. In particular, the jury was very enthusiastic about the innovative Empower initiative, where students who drop out in the first and second years work on their personal and professional development process. The diverse initiatives are of great importance to students and teachers, as the team has already reached out with more than 2000 teachers and 1000 students.
Other winning teams
The second and third prizes for the teams of applied science universities go to the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Inclusive Community Lab and Codarts Rotterdam, University of the Arts, Codarts Student Life program, respectively. The inclusive community laboratory† by NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, also known as ‘Just at Truus’, is a place where students from various MBO and HBO courses work on the issue of poverty. Codarts Student Life Program for Codarts Rotterdam focuses on a preventive approach to students’ physical and mental well-being in Codarts courses.
The second and third prizes for the university teams go to Leiden University, The Learning Mindset and the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Law Practice. The Learning Mindset team has developed a toolkit that integrates journaling into teaching at Leiden University College. Journalism is a form of structured written reflection, inspired by keeping a diary. Amsterdam Law Practice allows students to effectively reflect on their professional role and their experience of experience-based legal education based on legal professional ethics and theories.
Award for innovative education
The Dutch Higher Education Premium was established as a recognition for innovation in education at universities and colleges and is also thought of as an important sign of appreciation by educational teams that deliver top performance. It is also an incentive for teachers to continue working on educational innovation and knowledge sharing. The award-winning teams become members of the Comenius Network to share and use knowledge from educational innovation more widely.
From next year, Minister Dijkgraaf also wants to award the prize to educational teams within MBO, where a lot of beautiful and promising things are also happening within innovation, renewal and cooperation with society.