Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introducing Talent Development and Honors in European Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. The Benelux Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-42
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  4. The Nordic Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-104
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  5. The German-Speaking Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-177
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  6. Talent Development and Honors in European Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systematic overview of programs for talented students at northern European higher education institutions (HEIs). Starting in the Netherlands, where nearly all HEIs have developed honors programs over the past two decades, the book explores three clusters of countries: the Benelux, the Nordic and the German-speaking countries. For each of these countries, it discusses the local culture towards excellence, the structure of the education system, and the presence of honors programs. In total, the book reviews the special talent provisions for nearly four million students at 303 higher education institutions in eleven countries. In addition, it offers an analysis of the reasons to develop such programs, a look into the future of honors education and a practical list of suggestions for further research.

The Sirius Program assigned Marca Wolfensberger to carry out this research.

Keywords

excellence in education honors programs in European higher education local culture towards excellence northern European higher education institutions (HEIs) structure of the education system talented students in higher education

Authors and affiliations

  • Dr. Marca V.C.¬†Wolfensberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen & Utrecht UniversityGroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12919-8
  • Copyright Information ¬© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12918-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12919-8