Team Utrecht University wins Hogeronderwijspremie universities of 800.000 euros
The Mixed Classroom team of Utrecht University has won the Hogeronderwijspremie of 800.000 euros. That is the second prize in the category of universities. With this innovative form of education students and professionals learn from and with each other.
Minister van Engelshoven presented the prize to team member Jesse Hoffman during the online Comenius Festival. This new education prize is the counterpart of the Spinozapremie for research and was established to underline the high quality of education at universities and colleges.
The jury was impressed by the rich exchange of knowledge between students, policy staff, but also scientists, artists and designers. "Learning takes place where decisions are made. The various perspectives and contexts, such as those of the business community or artists, are well taken into account. Students are taught to look for solutions in a learning way. Solid bridges between science and practice have been built."
In the Mixed Classroom of the Urban Futures Studio, students and policy staff investigate together how we imagine the future and how we can do better. Maarten Hajer, professor Urban Futures and Director of the Urban Futures Studio, reacts to the news: “This feels like a great recognition. The Mixed Classroom started as an experiment to bring university closer to the world of politics and policy. But it has grown into an innovation that shows that education aimed at professionals and regular education benefit greatly from cross-pollination. The Hogeronderwijspremie allows us to introduce more students and teachers to our 'futuring education."
The Mixed Classroom has grown into an innovation that shows that education aimed at professionals and regular education benefit greatly from cross-pollination.
By awarding the prize to three different teams of lecturers from academic and higher professional education instead of choosing one winner or letting individual lecturers win, Minister van Engelshoven also wants to appreciate and stimulate cooperation and innovation in education. The prize also sends the message that you can make a career in higher education not only as a researcher, but also as a teacher.
Rector Magnificus Henk Kummeling is very proud: "It is great that the ministry is underlining the importance of education with this prize and is rewarding a team. That fits in perfectly with the development that universities want to go through. I think it is wonderful that the Mixed Classroom has been selected. It is a good example of educational innovation that connects science and society. Something that is characteristic for education in Utrecht."
It is educational innovation that connects science and society. Something that is characteristic for education in Utrecht.
"Additionally, education aimed at professionals builds bridges with the field. We present professionals with the latest insights and in return, they provide us with their knowledge and experiences. I would like to congratulate the Mixed Classroom team on this national recognition!"
Bridging the outside world
The Mixed Classroom is the first product of the search for "the new classroom" that bridges the outside world. The project is an initiative of the Urban Futures Studio (UFS) in collaboration with the departments of Social Geography and Urban Planning and Sustainable Development (Copernicus Institute) of the Faculty of Geosciences.
This new concept is an important innovation within Continuing Education – education aimed at professionals.
Team Mixed Classroom:
- Prof. dr. Maarten Hajer
- Prof. dr. Tine Beneker
- Dr. Jesse Hoffman
- Dr. Peter Pelzer
- Dr. Joost Vervoort
- Dr. Jeroen Oomen
- Dr. Sandra van der Hel
- Astrid Mangnus MSc
- Lisette van Beek MSc
- Hilde Segond von Banchet
Coordination and support in applying for grants
The Center for Academic Teaching (CAT) has coordinated the nomination and provides support in applying for grants to improve and renew education at Utrecht University. For an overview of all grants and prizes, visit the CAT website or send an email to email@example.com.
Continuing Education at Utrecht University
Our Continuing Education focuses on professionals with academic training questions and is directly linked to research and education at Utrecht University. By developing educational programmes together with the professional field, UU helps professionals to identify problems and learn how to work on solutions using today's knowledge.