Our Honours College
Windesheim Honours College (WHC) provides a challenging environment with personal development opportunities to ensure that you realize your full potential as a global citizen. WHC offers two unique programmes: 1. the four-year English taught BBA-programme Global Project and Change Management (GPCM) and 2. the one-year Dutch taught Honours Programme (HP).
The study GPCM is looking for talented and motivated students who want to go the extra mile, who are passionate about global issues, enjoy teamwork, have an open mind, are eager to gain new perspectives and have a solution-oriented drive in approaching challenges. It's important that we're right for each other, not only in terms of the programme content, but also in terms of our approach to learning.
HP is for students who are curious, like to study and are looking for an extra challenge. You work in groups on assignments from organizations that allow you to develop personally. There are three Honors Programme directions: Social Innovation and Technology & Society in Zwolle, and Sustainable Society in Almere. Each program consists of a varied range of guest speakers, workshops and creative thinking sessions.
Our core values
We educate students to become highly competent professionals, who are active across public and private domains, have a reflective attitude, a global mindset, and promote intercultural diversity and sustainability. In order to create a challenging educational environment we make use of an educational concept based on 5 core values.
- Diversity and inclusiveness: WHC seeks students from a diversity of countries, cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs and gives them a safe, respectful environment to share and learn from these varied perspectives.
- Learning community: Students and lecturers work closely to co-develop Windesheim Honours College. Our small-scale and intensive program offers a residential atmosphere, where all students are valued and encouraged to fulfill their potential.
- Personal leadership: We coach our students to discover their strengths and limitations. We offer them freedom and tools to expand their leadership, academic, and practical skills and to develop a value creator mindset.
- Create Value: We offer a holistic approach to prototype the future by - incorporating global challenges and on the job experiences that prepare our students to co-create an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable world.
- Experiential Learning and Critical Thinking: We encourage curiousity and learning-by-doing. We use critical thinking, problem based learning, reflection, and other hands-on methods to help our students make clear, reasoned judgements and solve problems.
Top Rated Programme 2023
For the sixth year, our BBA programme Global Project and Change Management has secured the top position in the Selection Guide for Higher Education (Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs). It means we have the best Business Administration and Management programme in the Netherlands.
What we do
The Advisory Board is important for Windesheim Honours College to discuss developments in the work field that are relevant for our programme and to give advice on our strategy and curriculum development. Together we monitor the connection between our programme and the relevance for the work field. Also, the Advisory Board gives input and suggestions for our partnerships and projects within the programme. The overall goal is to be truly linked to developments in the broad work field we are preparing our students for and to have critical friends helping us to improve. The Advisory Board meets three times a year.
- Michiel van Yperen(opens in new tab), transition manager and business developer CSR (MVO NL/INT)
- Erwin Hollestelle(opens in new tab), Hermeion, Leadership & organizational development
- Elisabeth Rijpkema(opens in new tab), Commonizers
- Nina Pavlovska(opens in new tab), Dance4Life
- Suzan Massier(opens in new tab), Rabobank Food & Agri Education & Engagement at the Banking for Food inspiration center from Rabobank Nederland
- Christian Voortman(opens in new tab), Senior Policy Advisor at Gemeente Zwolle
- Margriet de Boer(opens in new tab), alumna WHC, employee Municipality Steenwijkerland at Gemeente Steenwijkerland
- Roelof van der Weg(opens in new tab), Senior advisor project- and programme management and research
- What we do
Drs. Sander Leusenkamp
Sander Leusenkamp is from the Netherlands and he is a lecturer on the Global Challenges and Business lines of our curriculum. He acts as coordinator of the Civil Society field. Sander is also a career counsellor and member of the Degree Programme Committee (DPC). He has a Master's degree in Culture, Organization and Management from the Free University of Amsterdam. He is currently doing his PhD research on HIV/AIDS medication in Uganda.
Aryanti Radyo-Wijati (MA, MD, MPH)
Aryanti Radyowijati is from Indonesia. She is a lecturer on the courses relating to Global Challenges and coordinates the internship. She holds a medical degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, an MPH from the University of Maastricht and a MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. She combines teaching at WHC with running her own company ResultsinHealth, where she is Technical Director and Senior Public Health Consultant.
Dr. Liesbeth Rijsdijk
Liesbeth Rijsdijk is from the Netherlands. Alongside her management responsibilities as Director of External Relations at the College, she teaches courses in research and works as a researcher at Windesheim's Professorship of Social Innovation. Her current research topic is Wicked Challenges, Leadership Competences and Governance. Liesbeth holds a PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience. Previous work experience includes working for UNESCO/UNAIDS in the Pacific and Central Asia. She is a Board Member of the African Woman Foundation.
Dr. Lineke Stobbe
Lineke Stobbe is from the Netherlands and she holds a PhD in Organization Studies and an MA in Development Studies. She worked and lived in Argentina for five years. At the College, Lineke is Director of Internal and Educational Affairs. Alongside her management responsibilities, she teaches Organizational Behaviour and Managing Diversity, as well as (qualitative) research skills. Lineke is an expert in honours education and is a member of national and international honours networks.
Drs. Maria Garcia - Alvarez (MA)
Maria Garcia- Alvarez is from the north of Spain and she is a lecturer in Geopolitics & Globalization, Rhetoric, Global Challenges and Emergent Futures. She is also the coordinator of the Value Creators programme for year 3 and 4. She holds a Master's degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and specialization courses on Globalisation and Sustainability. She is a certified educator for sustainability by the UN Peace- Earth Charter. Maria is the contact person of UN Habitat for Windesheim University. She is in the Advisory Board of the EU research project TrUST (Transdisciplinary Research for Urban Sustainable Transition); member of the SDSN (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network); and member of the Experts Committee of the Ocean i3 project (SDG 14 transdisciplinary project from the Basque Country university and the Bordeaux University).
Deanne Boisvert (MNPL)
Deanne Boisvert is from the United States, but of French-Canadian origins. She teaches or coordinates courses in writing, presenting, non-profit management/civil society, and WHC's public health electives. She is an internship counsellor and the coach for WHC's final course, the Capstone. She is pursuing a PhD through the University of Humanistic Studies (NL) and holds a Master's in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University (USA), a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA). She has worked primarily in Seattle, Alaska, Israel and Japan.
Maike Verhagen (MA)
Maike Verhagen is from Belgium and is a lecturer in Project Management and courses relating to Social & Behavioural Change. She holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences & Adult Education from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Maike has spent more than a decade in postwar Kosovo and Bosnia working on capacity building (leadership) and socioeconomic development with UNDP, OSCE and other civil society organizations. She has also taught and set up the career services and internship programme at the American University in Kosovo.
Dr. Maarten Punt
Maarten is from The Netherlands. He has his PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics from Wageningen University. At WHC Maarten teaches Environmental Economics, Economics, Social Entrepreneurship and Quantative Research.
Agnes Zenaida V. Camacho
Agnes Zenaida V. Camacho is a lecturer on the Project Management and Global Challenges lines of the curriculum. She holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and is currently a PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. Prior to coming to the Netherlands, she managed a resource and research centre on children's rights and childhood studies based in The Philippines with projects in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.
Guest Lecturer, Wim Rietberg
Wim Rietberg is from the Netherlands and he is a lecturer in Research at the College, and a lecturer in Project Management, Mathematics and Business Processes at the Department of Business IT & Management. He is also an experienced PRINCE2 trainer and career counsellor. Has two Master's degrees, one in Mathematics and one in Information and Knowledge Technology.
- Drs. Sander Leusenkamp
Elaine Leigh, Head Student Affairs Officer
Elaine Leigh, Head Student Affairs officer is half English and half Chinese and is from Hong Kong. She is responsible for all the planning, educational support, student administration, international exchange and Admission of new students. She is secretary of the Examination Board and certified trainer for the personal leadership classes ‘7 Habits for effective college students’.
Vincent Veenstra, General Support (MA)
Vincent is Dutch and supports Elaine in general tasks. In addition Vincent is also responsible for our Administration. Next to this he also helps out the Business Department of Windesheim by teaching Spanish. But also our WHC students can get Spanish Lessons from him for their Personal Development.
Inge Kompier, Student Support Officer
Inge is Dutch and helps out at various tasks in the office. She is also responsible, next to Elaine, for planning, student administration and student support.
Marike Scholten, Recruitment Officer (MA)
Marike Scholten, Recruitment Officer is half Dutch and half Norwegian. She is responsible for the increase of international students at Windesheim Honours College. You can find her in the office when she is not abroad working at international fairs. She is responsible for supporting student events and projects, is a member of the Admissions Board, and communication of Windesheim Honours College is part of her portfolio.
Ilse Roos Gravemaker, Career Counsellor (MA)
Ilse Roos Gravemaker, is from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is one of our Career Counsellors and Seven Habits Trainer. She has recently completed her Master's degree in Learning and Innovation from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and a Bachelor of Journalism. She is currently on maternity leave and will be back in October 2019.
Catriona McConnell, Career Counsellor
Catriona is British and from the United Kingdom. She is responsible for the Career Development programme and also works as a Career Counsellor. In addition she is also a Seven Habits Trainer.
Natalie van Ommen, Career Counsellor and Management Assistant
Natalie is Dutch and has worked for Windesheim quite a while. If you can't find something at Windesheim, ask Natalie! Natalie is one of our Career Counsellors and in addition she also supports the Management Team.
- Elaine Leigh, Head Student Affairs Officer