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”För sitt fantastiska jobb och engagemang”. Andreas de Blanche mottog årets pedagogiska pris av Studentkåren vid Högskolan Väst.

“I am very glad to receive this award. If I can help students learn new things and have fun in the meantime, I'm really happy, says Andreas, senior lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering.

For the past 20 years, he has been teaching computer science, software technology and distributed systems for students in the Computer Engineering programme and in contract education for industrial companies. In addition, he is one of the key figures behind the university's unique courses in Bitcoin and blockchain, which started in 2018.

“I really like teaching, but the pandemic has of course meant some challenges for us teachers. There is a big difference between meeting the students on campus and online. But the course in Bitcoin and upcoming programmes we design to work well both on distance and on campus.”

The Student Union's Pedagogical Award was handed over during University West's Academic Ceremony on Friday 29 October. It was the tenth time a university teacher received the award.

“With this award, the Student Union wants to draw attention to teachers who the students think do an extra good job, says Anders Arkbro, Vice President, Student Union at University West.

“This year, the students have nominated twelve teachers based on criteria such as commitment, competence and pedagogical approach. The nominees have been interviewed by our former Vice President, who compiled the interviews and presented the material for the student union's board. The board has since made the decision on the winner, Anders explains.

The student union's motivation for awarding Andreas de Blanche is:

“To a person for his humble style and his great interest in sharing his knowledge with students. This person is driven by seeing a change in students.

A person with roots in University West who inspires students with his background and practical examples from everyday life and working life. The person keeps curiosity about how things work out high and transforms it into an eagerness to explain and develop this for the students.

Because the teacher is very keen to capture the students' interest and attention and has the students' perspective in focus – and connects to Work-integrated learning in teaching shaped to the students' needs, both now during the studies, but above all in a future working life.

The recipient of the 2021 Pedagogical Award is Andreas de Blanche ”