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Dutch Higher Education Award

The Dutch Higher Education Award is created to value, encourage and reward educational teams that achieve a special impact for students, teachers or the educational field through innovation in higher education. For the second time this year, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is awarding the Dutch Higher Education Award to three higher professional education teams and three university education teams that have delivered an outstanding or special performance with regard to innovation and/or improvement of higher education. The Dutch Higher Education Award is the highest award awarded in Dutch government-funded higher education in recognition of – and as an impulse for – educational innovation and improvement of higher education. The highest award from the Dutch Higher Education Award is €1.2 million, second place is €800,000 and third place is €500,000.

More information

More information about the grant and conditions can be found in the brochure on the website of the Dutch Higher Education Award.

Application procedure

For the second time this year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science is awarding the Dutch Higher Education Award to three higher professional education teams and three university education teams that have delivered an outstanding or special performance with regard to innovation and/or improvement of higher education. The Dutch Higher Education Award is the highest award awarded in Dutch government-funded higher education in recognition of – and as an impulse for – educational innovation and improvement of higher education. The highest award from the Dutch Higher Education Award is €1.2 million, the second place is €800,000 and the third place is €500,000.

Each year, the University of Groningen may nominate a teaching team for this prestigious prize. An education team has the following profile:

  1. The education team consists of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people.
  2. The education team is employed by the same Dutch-funded higher education institution.
  3. The education team consists of members with different roles, ground lecturers, involved education director, education researchers, hybrid lecturers, Ph.D. students, student assistants, etc.
  4. The members of the education team must be able to use the available resources as a team (as far as possible) for projects that contribute to the renewal and/or improvement of higher education.
  5. The special performance of the teaching team that forms the basis of the nomination is not determined in advance with this premium.

More information about the grant and conditions can be found in the brochure on the  website  of the Dutch Higher Education Award.


If you are involved in an educational development that could qualify for this premium, we cordially invite you to submit it. The procedure is as follows:

  1. No later than 14 January, teams that plan to apply for the higher education premium can submit a short motivation for the prize and a concise CV/description of the team to their dean. The description shall in any case contain the special achievement and the members of the team;
  2. By 17 February at the latest, the deans will forward the nominations to the rector. Advice from Talent Development and the TAG is consulted for the prioritization by the rector.
  3. No later than 4 April, the rector will select the most promising nomination. The selected team has a kickoff meeting with Talent Development and the TAG and starts filling in the nomination form.
  4. At the beginning of July, the first feedback round with the rector, Talent Development, and the TAG will take place.
  5. The final version must be sent to the rector by the end of September.
  6. The final nomination must be submitted by the Executive Board no later than 1 November at 5:00 PM

First interview round
23 and 24 February 2022
 
Announcement of the six nominated education teams
15 March 2022
 
Second interview round
30 and 31 March  2022
 
Award ceremony
12 May 2022

Do you have any additional questions? You can reach out to the talent and grant coordinator, Dr. Maaike Engels via  M.C.Engels rug.nl.

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