Education Minor and Crossing Borders

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  • Education Minor

    Information about the Education minor (Dutch minor Leren Lesgeven) is only available in Dutch. More about the education minor can be found here.  

  • Crossing Borders

    Crossing Borders - International Grand Challenges and Strategies for Technology, Sustainability and Development (1 or 2*15 EC)

    Website of the minor   Canvas page: Crossing Borders 2022/2023
    Responsible Faculty     BMS
    Coordination Team       Laura Franco-Garcia (CSTM)
                                           Ben Jongbloed (CHEPS)
                                           Renze Kolster (CHEPS)
                                           Martin Stienstra (NIKOS)

    Dear students,

    The forecasts are optimistic and we hope that by October 2022 students are able to travel abroad (also beyond Europe) to do a Crossing Borders Field Study. If circumstances change, we will continue to offer interesting alternatives for students that wish to gain an international experience, while staying at home.

    To learn more about the options (field study abroad, virtual project, study tour), you can visit the Crossing Borders team during the Minor Market on 22 March. You can also join our 10 minute presentations followed by 20 minute Q&A sessions. If you wish to receive more information, also if you are unable to attend the Minor Fair, please enroll in the Crossing Borders 2022/2023 Canvas course via:  


    ·       Module 1 (15 EC) consists of three versions, of which you can choose one:

    -       - Version A: Virtual project: staying @home while working on an international project

    -       - Version B: Study tour: organized by UT study associations

    -       - Version C: Extended Field study (part one): go abroad, or stay @home, to work (remotely) on a field study project

    ·       Module 2 (15 EC) consists of three versions, of which you – depending on participation in Module 1 – can choose one:

    -       Version C: Extended Field study (part two): Students continue the field study they started in Module 1

    -       Version D: Field Study: For students that either took Version A or B and wish to go abroad, or stay @home, to work (remotely) on a field study project

    -       Version E: Short Field Study. For students that did not take Module 1 of Crossing Borders, but wish to go abroad, or stay @home, to work (remotely) on a field study project

    Students in Version C will do an internship (in principle abroad) for 15 weeks (from mid-October). Students in versions D and E will go abroad for about 10 after having done the preparation work in the first week(s) of Module 2.

    Beware! This minor has a maximum number of participants for each version.

    REGISTRATION Crossing Borders 2022-2023

    The Crossing Borders minor follows the general minor enrolment scheme. For academic year 2022/2023, no motivation letter has to be written. Yet, there is maximum number of students that can follow the different versions of Crossing Borders. Make sure to register on time.

    Learning objectives

    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, i.a. expressed in UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 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 insight 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?  

    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 Zoom/Teams/Skype/email (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. 

    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.  

    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. Students can contact these organizations, and may also find host organizations on their own. After a field study preparation, students will go abroad to their host organization.


    Minor coordinators: Laura Franco Garcia, Renze Kolster, and Martin Stienstra
    Responsible Faculty: Behavioural, Management and Social-Sciences (BMS)

    For more information, download the brochure.




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