The Educative minor and Board minor are only available in Dutch. More information about these minors can be found on the Dutch website. For the Crossing Borders minor, please see the information below:
Crossing Borders - International Grand Challenges and Strategies for Technology, Sustainability and Development (2*15 EC)
PRACTICAL INFORMATION CROSSING BORDERS
- Module 1 (15 EC) consists of three versions, of which you can choose one:
- Version A: Virtual project.
- Version B: Study tour (before you register for this version please contact the coordinator, mr. Stienstra).
- Version C: Field study.
- Module 2 (15 EC) consists of three versions, of which you – depending on participation in Module 1 – can choose one:
- Version D: Short field study for those who completed Version A or B in Module 1.
- Version E: Short field study for those who did not complete either Version A or B in Module 1.
- Continuation of field study (Version C) started in Module 1.
The two modules can be taken separately, except for version C. If you are interested in Module 2, we encourage you to also choose Module 1, as it provides essential insights needed for Module 2.
This minor offers students opportunities to gain international experience by going abroad for a field study, a study tour, or by working from the Netherlands with international partners. Where possible, the students’ study background will be connected to the international project that they will carry out. Crossing Borders consists of two modules, each of 15 EC, which can be taken separately.
Students who wish to participate in an international study project will find a clear and challenging framework in this minor and will bring their knowledge and competences to a higher level. The design of the minor is framed around the world’s Grand Challenges. The educational goal of this minor is to contribute to the students’ international skills and orientation. Throughout the two modules students will learn about the Grand Challenges and are encouraged to become aware of the importance of differences between their own country and other countries - in terms of technology, socio-economic structures and culture. This will allow students to develop new insights into the world’s challenges related to Technology, Sustainability and Development.
The minor Crossing Borders is grounded on the belief that the most important issues for ensuring a sustainable future are cross-disciplinary. This will require knowledge, creativity, innovation, and thinking in terms of systems and cross-overs. Tomorrow’s professionals will have to be prepared to work and live in an international environment where they develop and implement innovations that will enhance their organization’s capacity to address the challenges of Technology, Sustainability and Development. In short: there is a need for flexible academics with an international outlook.
International Grand Challenges and Globalization
Our starting point in the minor is ‘International Grand Challenges’. These challenges include:
- How to feed 9 billion people in 2050, on a planet that is heavily pressured by climate change, a lack of natural resources, acidified oceans, and a shortage of food and fresh water (to name a few)?
- How to improve energy security that reduces both political tensions and environmental impacts?
- How can firms raise productivity in an environmentally friendly and socially equitable way, while still being competitive?
- What role is to be played in all of this by governments - on national, regional and international levels?
As part of the International Grand Challenges, globalization processes will be discussed. Cultural differences and internationalization of companies, universities and NGO’s are becoming increasingly important. However, what exactly do we mean when talking about globalization? Is the world getting smaller? Is the role of Western countries diminishing and are emerging countries, such as China and India, taking over the role of Western countries? What will be the role of Africa and Latin America in the future? More information on these and other topics can be found in the brochure.
Short explanation of the five versions
In version A, students work on an international project with a foreign partner organization. Students will be based at the University of Twente (UT), thus experiencing ‘internationalization at home’. To communicate with the international partner they will make use of Skype/email/phone (hence the term ‘virtual’). The project work requires students to solve a practical problem (linked to one of the International Grand Challenges) proposed by an organization located outside Europe. This link provides some examples.
In version B, students will go on a study tour co-organized with one of the UT’s study associations. They will visit one or two countries during a period of 2-3 weeks. Based on their study tour experiences, students will carry out a small research project and deliver a report on their work. This link provides some examples of previous study tours.
Students choosing version C will do an extended field study which will start in Module 1 and will continue into Module 2. Students choosing version D or E choose to complete a field study within one quartile. A large database, containing a broad range of host organizations from around the world, is available for students to choose from. After a field study preparation, students will go abroad to their host organization. This link shows some examples of field work projects that were carried out by students in previous years (in the predecessors’ programs of this minor).