Nine winning courses of Excellent Education Prize 2021

Published on
June 25, 2021

During an online ceremony on June 22, WUR has awarded nine courses given during the academic year 2019-2020 with the Excellent Education Prize 2021. All 22 nominations received a statue. The coordinators of the nine winning courses received a bigger version of this statue as a token of honour that comes with this Prize.

In March 2020, our education had to switch from on-campus to online education due to measures related to the covid-19 pandemic. It was decided, therefore, to split the Excellent Education Prize for the academic year 2019-2020 into courses given before (period 1-4) and during the covid-19 pandemic (period 5-6).
As a result, there are nine winning courses this year rather than four: five courses from the period before covid-19, and four courses from the periods during the covid-19 pandemic.

From the jury report: “The jury was impressed about the continuing efforts of teachers to provide WUR students with excellent courses, also in times of crisis. It was a real pleasure to evaluate the nominated courses and to come to a ranking.”

The winners of the Excellent Education Prize 2021
The winners of the Excellent Education Prize 2021


The Jury complements the winners (see quotes of the Jury):

From the periods before corona:

  • Basic courses: Forest resources: “Highly appreciated by the participating students’ and Fundamentals of landscape ‘truly multidisciplinary”
  • Advanced courses: Social justice, Technology and Development: “Students mentioned that this course should be made obligatory for the whole university”
  • Specialized courses: Empowerment for Sustainability: “Stimulates critical thinking and is interactive”
  • Large courses: Ecological Methods: “Students get captured by the topic ('it made me like statistics')”

From the periods during the covid-19 pandemic:

The Excellent Education Prize 2021
The Excellent Education Prize 2021
  • Basic courses: Political Sociology for Development: “Due to different types of learning methods, group work and the use of polls students kept engaged during long lectures”
  • Advanced courses: Methodologies for reading sustainable foodscapes: “Methodologies can be 'dry' stuff, but apparently in this course they were taught in a 'juicy' way”
  • Specialized courses: Ethnobotany: “The jury found it very creative to see that home practicals could be done”
  • Large courses: Structure and function of plants: “A perfect example of how a course can be taught online”