Radboud International Training on High Ability

Who are we?

Radboud Centre for Social Sciences

We are the Radboud Centre for Social Sciences, Educators in People & Society. For more than 20 years, we have been providing post-initial training programmes for professionals with a scientific background in social sciences. We focus largely on quality assurance and continuously work on the development and improvement of our training programmes.

Being part of Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) means that we remain close to the development of new knowledge. Translating this knowledge into practical insights allows us to form the link between science and the professional field. Educational innovation is high on our agenda: our learning environment is supported by the latest developments in the field of education. The Radboud Centre for Social Sciences is a personal organisation, which values effective cooperation and a friendly atmosphere.

Educators in Man & Society
Our centre creates a powerful and inspiring learning environment by combining (scientific) knowledge and practical experience. We are able to do this by working closely together with more than two hundred practice-based organisations and experienced and enthusiastic international lecturers from both the professional field and the scientific community.

The Radboud International Training on High Ability programme challenges you to bring out the best in yourself.


The RITHA team

Our RITHA lecturers have an immense expertise and enthusiasm. They truly care about your understanding of the most recent and important theories on gifted education ánd know how to teach you how to implement this knowledge into your day-to-day practice. They are easy to connect to. Guiding, nurturing and inspiring YOU, both online and ‘live’- interactive and personal.  

Dr. Lianne Hoogeveen

PhD, Developmental Psychologist, Programme Director of RITHA, European Council for High Ability (ECHA), Specialist in Gifted Education at the Radboud International Training on High Ability programme, board member of the Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany) and member of the ECHA Executive Committee

Dr Lianne Hoogeveen PhD is program director of the RITHA and ECHA training for Specialist in Gifted Education. She is also the coordinator and one of the teachers of the master specialisation ‘Gifted Education’ at Radboud University.

As a mental health psychologist, she examines and counsels gifted children, adolescents and adults at CBO Talent Development in Nijmegen. She is member of the General Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), president of the qualification committee of the European Talent Centers and vice-president of the Education Board of ECHA.

Lianne Hoogeveen is a guest teacher in several European and non-European universities. She is involved in scientific research on giftedness and education in cooperation with colleagues of other universities, in- and outside the Netherlands.

Sven Mathijssen, MSc

Vice Programme Director of RITHA. 

Sven started his career in the field of giftedness as an intern at the Center for the Study of Giftedness. After graduating in 2012, he became part of the staff as a developmental psychologist until March 1st, 2019. 

Sven is also a lecturer for the ECHA-training, a post-graduate program by the European Council for High Ability. Attending teachers and psychologists are trained to become ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education. Sven teaches a theoretical introduction to giftedness, makes and assesses exams, assesses written reports, and supervises (thesis) researches done by ECHA-trainees.

Besides his activities as vice programme director and lecturer, Sven is an external PhD candidate at Tilburg University. In his doctoral research program, he analyzes human figure drawings (HFDs) of highly gifted children. The goal of this research program is to develop a screening instrument for analyzing HFDs; a step-wise scoring system, with which talented children who are in need of more challenge than is offered by the standard school curriculum can be more easily detected at an early age.

Liesbet Stam - Gommans, MSc

School Psychologist, CBO Talent Development / RadboudCSW (Radboud University).

Liesbet started her career in the field of giftedness as an intern at the Center for the Study of Giftedness. This internship was part of her masterdegree in pedagogical sciences. After graduating, she became part of the staff as a pedagogical scientist. Her job consists mainly of advising parents and teachers in how to deal with the child at hand, or with children at a more casestudy level. 

She also tests of and (profoundly) observes primary school aged children. Liesbet has also a degree in teaching at primary school level and that combination is an asset when speaking with individual teachers or schoolteams.

Liesbet is also a teacher for the ECHA-training, a post-graduate program by the European Council for High Ability. Attending teachers and psychologists are trained to become ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education. Liesbet teaches in the practical modules, where theory and practice come together. Enrichment and counseling are two streams in which a student can develop him-/herself and Liesbet will guide him/her in this proces, for it is not just teaching, but also coaching!

Dr. Enyi Jen

PhD, Educationalist, RadboudCSW (Radboud University)

Enyi started her career in the field of giftedness as a secondary school teacher. She was a gifted education coordinator and also taught affective curriculum in a selective high school in Taiwan for 5 years. Enyi got her maser degree in gifted education and her thesis was “The study of the verbal characteristics of talented preschoolers in the Multiple Intelligences (MI) program.”  She received herPhD degree at Purdue University in the United States in 2015. Her dissertation was " Incorporating a Small-Group Affective Curriculum Model into a Diverse, Summer Program for Talented Youth: ADesign Based Research Study." 

During her time at Purdue University, she was the coordinator of different talent development student programs. She supervised teachers and camp counselors to serve the learning and social-emotional needs of high-ability students. After graduating, Enyi became an instructor of the gifted education licensure program and also taught doctoral-level thesis writing preparation course.  

Enyi is an active member in the field of gifted education, she teaches, publishes, serves as journal reviewers, and provides professional development to different educational settings by requests. Her research interests and expertise include talent development, the social and emotional development of gifted learners, qualitative methods, and design-based research.

Lonneke Luycks, MSc

Educational scientist/coordinator

Lonneke studied Educational Sciences at Radboud University. Since 2006 she works for the Radboud Center for Social Sciences.

In recent years she has worked on a number of major educational projects, such as the switch to digital learning and the shift to competence-based learning, in addition to her role as coordinator and manager.

At the moment she is focuses as an educational expert on promoting educational innovation in existing RadboudCSW programs, developing new innovative programs, and supporting and facilitating teachers and supervisors in this. Her drive is to shape postgraduate education in such a way that it meets the wishes of the individual student and that it leads to transfer of learning: that students actually perform better in their profession.

ir. Rob Rutten

IT in education

Rob studied Information Technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology and has – since then – worked in hard core IT, innovation, marketing and management.

Since 2010 - when we introduced Moodle as our digital learning system - Rob is working at RadboudCSW to get the best out our educational programs by using IT.

Rob’s greatest challenge is to make the transition from traditional face-to-face to true online-first programs without any losses in educational quality. 

Our guest lecturers

Guest lecturers will include: Prof. dr. David Cropley (professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia, internationally recognised expert on creativity and innovation) and Prof. dr. Christian Fischer (psychologist, internationally recognised expert on gifted education and self-regulated learning).

Prof. David Cropley

PhD, Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia.

David started his career as a naval officer in the United Kingdom, before joining the South Australian Institute of Technology as a lecturer in electronic engineering in 1990. Following the establishment of the University of South Australia in 1991, he completed a PhD in Measurement Systems Engineering in 1997, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2002.

David began exploring creativity in 1996, conducting research to understand better the role that creativity plays in technological problem solving. Over the last 20 years, his research interests have expanded to include the measurement of product creativity; the measurement of innovation capacity in organisations, creativity in schools and education, creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.

David is the author of four books on Creativity including Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Fostering Creativity: A Diagnostic Approach for Higher Education and Organisations (Hampton Press, 2009).