With the 'Obama Summit' coming to Amsterdam in 2013, excellence in teaching will be a large issue in the agenda of higher education institutions in the Netherlands. With the conference 'Evoking Excellence in Higher Education', the Hanze University of Applied Sciences will provide a lot of inspiration in this topic.
On October the 4th and 5th Groningen will turn into an 'honours experience' with a large programme. This spring Marca Wolfensberger, professor in 'excellence in higher education', called out to everyone working in the field of excellence to submit their ideas and best practices. During summer now, the programme is getting shape.
Researchers from around the globe are attending the two day conference at Hanze University of Applied Sciences to share their insights. For example Gregory Lanier from the University of West Florida and Richard Scott from the University of Central Arkansas will give lectures on the development of student learning outcomes.
From the Netherlands several researchers and teachers from other Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) will be in Groningen to give their view on themes like 'what is an excellent professional', 'how to involve students in an honours programme' and 'the identification of excellent students.'
Other UAS such as HAN, Saxion as well as the University of Utrecht and Hanze itself largely contribute to the two day programme. The programme is almost full and can be found here. It is still possible to participate in the conference. If you want to attend, registration can be found here.