The Master's insert 'Shaping Responsible Futures' at the University of Twente has been nominated for the Dutch Higher Education Award. The study programme, in which Master's students follow an in-depth programme in transdisciplinary work outside their regular study programme. The focus is always on a topical and complex socially relevant issue. The Master's Insert is an initiative of the DesignLab of the University of Twente.
Students who follow the master-insert temporarily stop their regular master studies to increase their knowledge and skills in the field of transdisciplinary work in a diverse composition of students from different programmes. In six months' time, various themes are explored, such as transdisciplinary ways of working, high-level critical & conceptual thinking, participatory & creative problem solving and future scenario building.
The Dutch Higher Education Award is a recognition for educational innovation at universities and colleges of higher education and is also intended as an important token of appreciation for educational teams that deliver top performance. In addition, it is an incentive for lecturers to continue working on educational innovation and knowledge sharing. The Dutch Higher Education Awards were presented for the first time last year. "I think it's important to highlight the top achievements of lecturers," says Minister Dijkgraaf. "Innovation and collaboration are just as important in education as they are in research. That's what I want to appreciate and stimulate with this award."
The Dutch Higher Education premium offers a total of €5 million annually, divided between three education teams from universities of applied sciences and three education teams from universities. The 6 nominated teams receive €1.2 million, €800,000 or €500,000. Teams may use the prize money to make a special contribution to the renewal and/or improvement of higher education with an exceptional project. On Thursday 12 May, the Dutch higher education awards will be presented.
On the website of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science you can find more information about all nominees.