THUAS Prize Parade 2020

Thesis award 2020

Initially, the decision had been made to cancel this year’s THUAS Prize Parade 2020 because of COVID-19. However, because the Executive Board of The Hague University of Applied Sciences believes it’s very important (perhaps in these times especially so) to reward wonderful and unique performances within the organisation and across the entire university of applied sciences, there will be a graduation award ceremony during the modified THiNK FeST, called THiNK & CO this year, on Thursday, November 5. See the intranet for more information.

The 2020 THUAS Prize Parade will be a smaller version of the thesis award and doctoral awards. The Olive Award and the Pim Breebaart Research Award will not be awarded this year. 

How will we organise the 2020 Thesis Award?

  1. Each faculty selects one graduation product that deserves a prize on behalf of the faculty. The focus will be on 19/20 graduates.
  2. The faculties will determine for themselves who will represent the faculty and under what criteria the graduation product will be chosen. It could be a classic thesis, a game, a professional product or some other kind of end product. The faculty is free to choose.
  3. Open Access (OA) accessibility of the product (via the HBO Knowledge Base) is not a requirement in 2020. But of course that is a good way for the graduation product to receive the broad focus and attention that you feel it deserves. The Executive Board aims to achieve Open Access of all THUAS knowledge products in general, which aligns with the position of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences about Open Access. So it would be great if free Open Access availability of (a version of) the end product is possible.
  4. Please register the name/names (in case of a group product) of the faculty nominees via before Thursday, October 15 by or on behalf of the faculty dean. Only one submission per faculty allowed.
  5. We would like to receive the following information by email at
  • The name of the student/students (in case of a group) and their (non THUAS) email addresses.
  • The title of the graduation product.
  • The name of the degree programme
  • The name of the thesis supervisor or the person who nominated the student on behalf of the degree programme, including their email address.
  • The type of product (thesis, game, professional product, etc.)
  • Whether the thesis (or a summary or video, etc of the other graduation product) has Open Access in the HBO Knowledge Base.
  • If OA: please include the product (or video etc) as an attachment with the registration email.
  • And last but not least: a short motivation of the nomination. This may include the faculty’s own selection criteria.
  • Please submit the email under the subject: ‘Thesis Award 2020’ and include the faculty name.


THUAS Prize Parade 2019 -


Olive Award 2019 - Jury award

The jury awards the Olive Award 2019 to the Lecturer-team of the Artful Business Creation minor and the Lecturer- team of Social Work part- time.  

  • Faculty Management & Organisation - team Minor ABC
    • Ines Ribbers
    • Paul Treanor
    • Corine Barendregt
    • Kaat Boevé
    • Jacco van Uden
    • Fulya Kuru

Olive Award- juryprijs team M&O


  • Faculty Social Work & Education - team Social Work part-time
    • Wendela de Boer
    • Frank Verveen
    • Els Pereira
    • Kirsten Steenks
    • Diana Landhuis
    • Eric Snaterse
    • Britt Fontaine
    • Marion vd Sande
    • Janneke Wubs
    • Jikke Dokkum
    • Fatima el Bouk
    • Wil IJzereef

Olive Award- juryprijs team SWE


Olive Award 2019 - Public award

The public awards the Olive Award 2019 to the Lecturer-team of the Artful Business Creation minor.

  • Faculty Management & Organisation - team Minor ABC
    • Ines Ribbers
    • Paul Treanor
    • Corine Barendregt
    • Kaat Boevé
    • Jacco van Uden
    • Fulya Kuru

Olive Award publieksprijs team M&O


Thesis Award 2019

  • 1st: Martijn van Essen - Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Faculty Technology, Innovation & Society
  • 2nd: Jesse Groenewegen - Accountancy / Faculty Business, Finance & Marketing
  • 3rd: Tessa van Enter & Ruben de Gelder - Health Technology / Faculty Health, Nutrition & Sport



Pim Breebaart Research Award 2019

Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Faculty Technology, Innovation & Society

  • Johan Woudstra
  • Diëgo Zuidervliet
  • Pepijn van Willigenburg



Doctoral candidates 2019

  • Jan Bats - Faculty Business, Finance & Marketing
  • Herman de Bruine - Faculty Public Management, Law & Safety
  • Joris Hoeboer - Faculty Health, Nutrition & Sport



Prize Parade 2019

At the THINK FEST on 7 November 2019, various THUAS awards will be presented for exceptional performances. Each faculty is challenged to propose nominees by no later than 11 September for:

Pim Breebaart Research Award

The Pim Breebaart Research Award (PBRA) is an award for inspiring research conducted at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The Hague University of Applied Sciences initiated the award in 2010, the year in which Pim Breebaart left his position as President of the Executive Board. The Pim Breebaart Research Award has been presented annually since 2017 (previously every other year since 2011).

With this prize we want to reward partnerships between research-education-practice. That is why in 2019 we will award a prize to a team of THUAS staff members who jointly created a research project. We are looking for mixed teams composed of students, lecturers, researchers, professors (and ongoing partners abroad).


THUAS established this award to:

  • promote its research programme both inside and outside of its own institution promote research that makes a distinctive contribution to solving a current issue
  • encourage and challenge promising THUAS staff members to deliver outstanding achievements in the field of research
  • appreciate and recognise staff members for who they are
  • thank Pim Breebaart for his efforts towards making research a serious endeavour at The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The prize is 5,000 euros for the winning research and a figurine. The money is intended for the research.


  1. Pim Breebaart - Former chair of the Executive Board
  2. Ad Straub - Researcher at TU Delft
  3. Jamie Teunissen - Electronic Engineering Student
  4. Jacqueline Langius - Lecturer Faculty Health, Nutrition & Sport
  5. Lieke Hubregtse - Strategic Advisor of the municipality of The Hague

Olive Award

The Olive Award is presented to the team of lecturers that succeeds most effectively at creating engaging and challenging education. Considering the importance of the teams in designing and carrying out education, the Executive Board and deans believe that this award should not go to an individual, but to a team.

The goal is to demonstrate appreciation for the work carried out by lecturers and to draw attention to their contribution to quality education. The (new) format also enables the university of applied sciences to draw attention to the strength of a highly collaborative team (of 3 to 8 persons). From the winning team, a lecturer will be selected to participate in the national ‘Lecturer of the Year’ award competition.

The jury award for the winning team is 1,000 euros, to be spent on literature, and 2,500 euros, to be spent on an activity carried out together with students in the professional field/at a social organisation. The Public Award for the winning team is 500 euros, to be spent on literature. The other one or two nominated teams receive a bouquet of flowers and a small gift.  


  1. Rajash Rawal - Executive Board Member
  2. Jos Beelen - Professor Faculty Management & Organisation
  3. Chris Heydra - Lecturer Faculty IT & Design
  4. Gina Ibeawuchi - European Studies Student

Thesis Award

The Thesis Award is presented to students who carry out the best graduation research project.
The goal is to draw attention to theses that reflect the philosophy of the school, both within and outside of the university of applied sciences.

Every nominee from each faculty receives a gift card of 50 euros. The top 3 winners receive 1,500, 500 and 250 euros, respectively.

With any questions and/or comments, please see the Education, Knowledge & Communication contact person per award, they can be found in the nomination forms or via


  1. Jan Companjen -  Former library director
  2. Karijn Nijhoff - Senior researcher Faculty Public Management, Law & Safety
  3. Jos Walenkamp -  Emeritus professor

Nationwide awards for students

Annual Student Research Conference (SRC) in the Netherlands gives bachelor students of all disciplines the opportunity to present their research at an academic conference. The SRC is a contest exclusively for undergraduate research and follows common academic practice: after a call for papers (deadline 26 August 2019), a committee of experienced researchers reviews the submitted papers, selects the approx. 60 best for a workshop or a poster presentation and provides feedback on all the papers. The students incorporate this feedback in their papers, after which they give a presentation at the conference and in this way compete for the Student Research Awards.
The persons to contact for this price are Niloufar Soekhai ( en Saskia Rademaker (