The international masterclass series Thinking, creating and networking in honors is organized by Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen since October 2014. This masterclass series is supported by the Sirius Program

Aim of the series
Overall aim of the series is to stimulate professionalization and internationalization of honors education by bringing in international experts on talent development and professional excellence in higher education, who share knowledge and exchange ideas. Participation facilitates learning of new ideas, exchange of best practices and the initiation of international cooperation.

Set-up of the masterclasses
Each seminar consists of three interrelated parts:

  1. Thinking honors: in a lecture, the educational ideas behind honors education and/or talent development strategies are made clear by the international guest, followed by discussion.
  2. Creating honors: in a workshop, experiences are shared about how to put ideas into practice. For example: how have programs developed, what educational forms are chosen?
  3. Networking in honors: in a structured round table discussion, practical dilemmas are put on the table and an inventory is made of issues for future meetings.
Division in these three parts ensures each seminar moves beyond theoretical discussions, towards the application of ideas and practical solutions. In addition, there is always ample opportunity for exchange of ideas.

Masterclasses so far

So far, five masterclasses have been held.
The first masterclass was themed Talent development and professional excellence in a broad perspective. Main guest was Roland Persson, professor in Educational Psychology at Jönköping University in Sweden. This meeting was held in Amsterdam in October 2014 and was hosted by Amsterdam UAS and Hanze UAS. image Professor Persson's main presentation can be found on the Materials page.

The second masterclass was centered around the subject of entrepreneurship in relation to honors education. Main guest was Pål Simon Fernvall, manager of the Talent Programme at the Skylab at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). This meeting was held in Nijmegen in June 2015 and was hosted by Radboud University Nijmegen and Hanze UAS.
image Fernvall's presentation can be found on the Materials page.

The third and fourth masterclasses were held at the Dutch 'Day of Excellence' on 22 January 2016 at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.
Our guests were:

Stefan Hermann
Rector Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen (Denmark) and former Head of government working group on talent
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Talent development in Danish education has received a great boost in the last decade. From a country with a highly egalitarian culture, Denmark has developed into a place where talent is a much-discussed topic. Honours programs have started and legal opportunities for talent development initiatives have been broadened. Stefan Hermann is a key person in all these developments. As president of the government's working group on talent he initiated revolutionary ideas and produced a landmark report. Now he is rector of the country's second largest University of Applied Sciences, bringing his ideas to life. He is also a welcome guest to discuss these topics in Danish media. What is his vision on talent development and how does he see the role of universities of applied sciences? And how does he look at developments in The Netherlands?
In the part 'Thinking Honors', Stefan Hermann used his Danish experience to link talent development to the quality issue, in a presentation titled 'Educational quality and talent development policy: bridging gaps throughout the higher education system'. Then, in the part 'Creating Honors' a round table discussion with participants was held about the theme 'The uneven distribution of talent initiatives among professions, disciplines and institutions'.

Kacper Nosarzewski
Polish Society for Futures Studies, 4CF Strategic Foresight consultancy
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How does a futurologist look towards the future of education, and how does he see the future role of talent development? Kacper Nosarzewski is a member of the board at the Polish Society for Futures Studies and a partner at 4CF Strategic Foresight consultancy. He works with Riel Miller on futures studies for UNESCO publications and constantly investigates the uncertainties the future brings, and how to bend these uncertainties in your own advantage. He is an experienced researcher on the ways in which the imaginary future can be used to understand the present and presented at scientific congresses as well as TedX events. What will the future of education look like and how does this link to talent development? In this masterclass, Kacper Nosarzewski offered an inspiring perspective on the future of education, bringing the ideas of the participants to waver.

The fifth and latest masterclass was held on January 19th, 2017 at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.
International guest speaker was professor Kirsi Tirri from Finland. imageKirsi Tirri is a Professor of Education and Research Director at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the Chair of Doctoral Programme SEDUCE (School, Education, Society and Culture) and the Chairman of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She has supervised 21 doctoral dissertations in education and theology and mentored many postdoctoral students who are now professors and researchers in education. You can read more about her work on her webpage.
This masterclass was part of the PhD research/teaching day: bridging honours research and practice.
More info can be found in this brochure.

This masterclass series is supported by the Sirius Program.