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Dennis Claessen: “Teacher of the Year 2014”

Students of the Faculty of Science have chosen Dennis Claessen (IBL) as the best teacher of last year.

Dennis Claessen has been awarded the prize of the “Teacher of the Year”, which was declared at the New Year’s reception of the Faculty on the 6th of January. He was praised for his active involvement of PhD-, MSc- and BSc-students in his research programme. Dennis stands out as innovator in research and teaching methods, always using the most up-to-date technology and software. His active use of social media in his teaching and research is also much appreciated by the students.

The jury, consisting of the presidents of the student associations and the assessor of the Faculty Board, this time assessed each of the teachers nominated on three criteria: quality, innovation and interdisciplinary education. Dennis Claessen: “I am particularly excited that this award is initiated by students, which apparently really enjoy my teaching activities!”

Research and education are strongly interlinked within the faculty. Multidisciplinary training and collaboration provide our students with the skills they need to become tomorrow’s scientists. It is for this reason that, alongside with the C.J. Kok awards, the faculty also presents the annual ‘Teacher of the year’ award, which started as an initiative of the students.


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