The European Honors Council opened for membership in June 2016. The background for and the process of founding the council is explained below. The council aims are explained here.
In its start-up phase, the EHC was kindly supported by the Sirius Program, a program (2008-2016) funded by the Dutch government to foster talent development programs in higher education.

Activities

Key EHC activities include:

Background

What do European higher education institutions (HEIs) offer to students who can and want to do more than just the regular study program? Marca Wolfensberger, Professor at the Reserach Centre for Talent Development in Higher Education and Society at Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in The Netherlands and Fellow of the American honors organization NCHC asked herself this question in 2013. It soon turned out that information to answer this question was lacking. Therefore she launched the research project Honors in Europe, first making an inventory of honors programs and the national culture towards excellence in eleven northern European countries. This led to the book Talent Development in European Higher Education: Honors Programs in the Benelux, Nordic and German-speaking countries, published in open access at Springer in early 2015. In the research for this book, it turned out that there is a great demand for exchange of knowledge about this subject at a European level. People involved in honors and talent development were very eager to get to know colleagues working on the same subjects in other countries. However, there was no structure to support this kind of exchange. Therefore Marca Wolfensberger joined up with Ron Weerheijm (Rotterdam UAS). They decided to invite a select group of key persons from northern Europe to the honours conference at Radboud University Nijmegen in June 2015, to discuss possibilities of European network formation. The idea was met with great enthusiasm and the added value of a European network was recognized among those present. The group started working on the founding of the EHC, which opened up for membership in June 2016. Progress since then can be found in the news section or other sections on this website.

Added value

The added value of the European Honors Council compared to existing networks is recognized in two main distinguishing features:
For its members, the EHC offers opportunities for exchange of knowledge and good practices, possibilities for student and teacher exchange at honors level, joint research projects and a platform to support the development of (structural embeddedness of) honors programs in national education systems.