News - January 31, 2020

Who will be the Teacher of the Year?

Luuk Zegers

Voting for the Teacher of the Year of 2020 starts soon. Between 10 and 21 February, all WUR students can vote for their favourite teacher.

The student jury of de Teacher of the Year Award. Shiv Vasa stand up left on the photo. © Luuk Zegers

The Teacher of the Year Award is given by the University Fund Wageningen. Students can all select three teachers for the prize. All students who have been at WUR for longer than a year will receive an email about that soon. The 15 teachers with the most votes will get onto the longlist. All longlist teachers will be interviewed by a student jury made up of eight students of different nationalities and on different degree programmes. They will draw up a shortlist of the best five teachers and then decide on the overall winner.

Interactive, enthousiastic and approachable
Shiv Vasa (22), an MSc student from India, is on the student jury. ‘I signed up for the jury because I want to understand their perspective. The interaction with teachers here is different from how it is at home. Wageningen teachers are very approachable. That is quite interesting for me.’

This year the student jury is looking for a teacher who encourages interaction: someone who is both enthusiastic and approachable, says Vasa. ‘And I like it when teachers feel free not to just stick to the curriculum but also to talk about current affairs in the real world.’

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