Evoking Excellence in Higher Education and Beyond
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Marca Wolfensberger leads the research group “Excellence in Higher Education and Society” at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Her fields of interests are faculty development for gifted programs, honors communities and citizenship, relationship excellent professionals and curriculum design, and the integrated world of excellence.
Wolfensberger is honors director and researcher at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, where she has been employed since 1996, and where she received her MSc cum laude. Marca co-founded one of the first honors programs in the Netherlands. She has published a range of (research) articles on honors education in several academic journals.
Marca feels honored that the Minister of Education has appointed her as a member of the jury selecting the best primary and secondary schools. She was a member of the Sirius assessment committee, hosted by the Platform Beta Technology. This committee reviewed the proposals for excellence programs from over 30 higher education institutions on behalf of the Dutch government. In 2008, the National Collegiate Honors Council acknowledged her as site-visitor for honours programs (see CV site visitor NCHC).
Marca is dedicated to assisting (young) people in defining their goals & purpose in life. She is passionate about creating educational settings that can support people in reaching out for their goals.
Short CV via linkedin / CV M.V.C. Wolfensberger
Marca has a dream: Every student should be able to get the education that suits him/her best – this includes the highly motivated and talented students. Centers of applied research and innovation, international research groups, and teachers focused on talent development and excellence within higher education are essential to achieve this. It is our ambition to closely connect our research with practices, with education; to achieve education that allows young people to achieve their goals and dreams.