National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2015, Volume 16, Number 2.


Copyright © 2015 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Honors education at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS) focuses on students who are willing to invest more in their study than the average student. Selection criteria are the students’ willingness to develop beyond what is offered in the regular curriculum and are not based on previous accomplishments. By using these criteria, we made the honors program broadly—but not freely—accessible. The task we set for all students is “Surpass Yourself!” The additional challenge of the honors program lies in its multidisciplinary teamwork. Students say that the program teaches them to appreciate different perspectives on issues and to integrate these with their own perspectives (Lappia, Weerheijm, Pilot, and Van Eijl). We stimulate honors students to get the best out of themselves and to develop themselves as junior innovative professionals. Our honors students “work with others to achieve innovative solutions that are of practical value and appropriate to be adopted in socially relevant issues” (Hogeschool Rotterdam).