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Lectorate Study Success

The student population of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is characterised by a great diversity of people with different prior education, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. In order to make a difference in the success of students, it is necessary for lecturers to be able to enter into commitment and involvement on the basis of content. This requires a lot from the pedagogical and didactic skills of the lecturer. Especially since recent figures show that student success is declining. Especially for students from senior secondary vocational education (mbo) and with a non-western background.

In the research on study success, the lectorate will look into the professional identity of the lecturer, which is the foundation for shaping strong student-oriented vocational education. In doing so, the lectorate gives substance to the ambition of the Executive Board to contribute to the optimisation of the intake, retention, progression, training, study success and career prospects of the Rotterdam population in higher professional education.

The study not only looks at the number of students who drop out in the first year and finish their studies after five years. Cognitive development, social involvement during the study and personal well-being up to the moment of graduation are also taken into account. The university of applied sciences itself forms the research area of the lectorate in which various (sub)studies will be carried out in specific contexts. The aim is to contribute to optimising the intake, retention, progression, training, study success and career prospects of the Rotterdam population in higher professional education. On the theme of study success, the lectorate will emphatically make the connection with other universities of applied sciences in the Randstad area.

Research programme

This lectorate falls under the research programme Optimalisation of Learning Processes of Research Centre Urban Talent.

“I would like to explore the broad concept of study success together with teachers, students, managers and external supervisors.”

Ellen Klatter professor Study Success

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