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Honours College and Classes

About us

The Honours Academy is responsible for the Honours College and Bachelor Honours Classes for undergraduate students. It coordinates the Honours programmes and classes for the University as a whole, and provides about half of the Bachelor Honours Classes that are offered each year.

The Honours Academy acts as an ambassador for the Honours programmes and classes for undergraduates, and coordinates the seven faculty Honours programmes (see tracks). It works closely with the faculties and maintains close contact with the faculty coordinators throughout the year. As the Honours programmes and classes are coordinated by a single entity, this makes it possible to share best practices and ensure that participants receive a University Honours certificate.

Faculty coordination

Each faculty coordinates its own Honours College track. The faculty coordinator is responsible for the track and is the point of contact for lecturers and students. Each faculty also has a designated professor who sits on the advisory board with student members and whose job it is to give shape to the Honours programmes and classes. The board focuses on the Honours track and the Bachelor Honours Classes that the faculty provides.

Each faculty has a number of student ambassadors who promote and provide information on the Honours track and classes at their faculty.

Educational vision

The Honours College promotes a shared educational vision for all its tracks. Firstly, the Honours College tasks itself with allowing the innovative abilities of students grow to a higher level by offering tracks that ‘deepen’ and ‘broaden’ the students’ knowledge in their field of study. Secondly the Honours College identifies itself as a testing ground, offering opportunity for innovation and experimentation of educational methods.

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