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MOOC lecturer appointed as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor TU Delft

Professor Arno Smets

Professor Arno Smets

The aim of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek chairs (AvL) at TU Delft is to promote young, excellent academics to the position of Professor at an early age so that they can develop their academic careers to the fullest possible extent. Nominations are assessed by the Advisory Appointment Committee on three criteria: research, education and organisation.

Historically, the main criterion for an AvL appointment has been the academic status, based on evidence of outstanding achievements in research. As part of the Year of Education this time a candidate was nominated who has not only an outstanding research performance, but a very strong education profile as well, both within and outside the university.

TU Delft has appointed Dr. Arno Smets as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor. Arno is an excellent researcher in the field photo-voltaic material and devices. He is also the lecturer of our most popular MOOC, a MOOC on Solar Energy, with over 120.000 learners. This was one of the first two MOOCs TU Delft launched on the EdX platform. It has had three runs already and has been translated into Arabic. The MOOC has provided Arno’s group with important research data as well. With his drive and enthusiasm Arno has made his MOOC to an international  success. This has given his department an even stronger postion on the world map as one of the world’s important groups for teaching and research on solar energy.

Arno’s work also shows how interlinked research and education are at universities, in developing new ideas, creating new networks, collecting data and of course in academic careers.



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