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Metropolitan University College receives two grants for talent development of studentsMetropolitan University College receives two grants for talent development of students

Metropolitan University College has received a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, which will be the starting point for the talent programme Metropolitan Honors College. The programme will strengthen the talent development across the educational programmes of Metropolitan University College.

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Additionally, Metropolitan University College has received a grant from the European Union initiative Erasmus+ programme, which will allow for closer collaborations with other European institutions also working on talent development in higher education.

The two grants received for talent development projects is poised to accelerate the development of talents amongst the more than 10,000 students at Metropolitan University College. The two projects will simultaneously support and reinforce the effort to support  talented and ambitious students of Metropolitan University College and consequently create a new talent culture. 

The grant of DKK 1 million initiates the development of Metropolitan Honors College, which aims to develop and nourish talent within the science aspect of teacher education. Metropolitan Honors College is a talent programme designed to enable students within the teacher education programme to encourage more pupils in primary school in choosing the science related subjects. The programme is also designed to motivate young people to choose programmes and careers within these science related fields. 

The grant from Erasmus+ will ensure Metropolitan University College’s role in a larger collaboration with other European educational institutions across seven countries. Methodology development and knowledge sharing on talent development remains the focus of the collaboration. 

Stefan Hermann, Vice Chancellor of Metropolitan University College says: 

“Metropolitan University College has a clear ambition to have the best bachelor’s degree graduates within their profession. We now have an opportunity to realise this ambition and take it to the next level. The two grants will strengthen our platform for talent development and support the talented, motivated, and ambitious students” and continues: “We need to become better at identifying these talented students as well as fulfil their potential. In the long term, our efforts will have a significant effect in the professions our talented students will find themselves in.”

About Metropolitan Honors College

Metropolitan Honors College will first and foremost target ambitious students and provide support and motivation to foster their talent, which will later benefit their field of profession. The project will initially focus on the teacher’s education programme. 

Metropolitan Honors College is a supplementary programme to the existing teacher education programme. Students may be considered for admission after two years completed of their teacher education programme. Students admitted to the talent programme will have the opportunity to participate in specific talent-internships, in which the student will assess contemporary problem areas in close collaboration with internship-partners. Additionally, students will receive an offer to participate in summer school with international capacities. 

The Metropolitan Honors College is a 1-year pilot project supported by the grant of DKK 1 million awarded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The design plan of the talent programme is currently being formulated and is expected to be ready by winter 2018. Metropolitan University College and the Novo Nordisk Foundation will then re-evaluate whether the talent programme should be established and scale-up, in which case the programme will be open for student applications in September 2018.  

Read more about the grant on the Novo Nordisk Foundation website

The WeTalent project 

The WeTalent project is a co-operation between higher education institutions from seven European countries and the European Honors Council, which purpose is to facilitate and promote talent development in talented and ambitious students. The European Union initiative Erasmus+ is supporting the project with a combined grant of DKK 3 million. Metropolitan University College participates in the project with a focus on university colleges. 

The object of the project is to establish and strengthen teachers’ ability to identify, support, and stimulate talented students, including the development of methodology and knowledge sharing across the participating institutions. During the project, Metropolitan University College will host several international workshops with participating institutions from European countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria.

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Further information and contact

Trine Fuglsang, email: trfu@phmetropol.dk or +45 51 63 28 22