International Entrepreneurship & Development
Minor code: WM-MI-101
This minor program allows students to work abroad to develop technical solutions for complex challenges that will contribute to socioeconomic development.
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Maximum participants: 60
- Fulltime availability for the program (so NO re-sits planned for semester 1)
- Being selected for the minor
- This minor is open for English speaking students
This program is highly demanding. You will not have time to do any resits of other courses. Also, it requires a strong ability to adapt to a different cultural setting in which you will work and live intensively together with your team during the internship abroad.
Above all, this program is prone to the ever-changing environment. Especially with circumstances such as coronavirus we need to prioritize health and safety issues which might mean that you cannot travel to the country of your destiny. Instead, we will then adapt by offering an internship based in the Netherlands possibly combined with online interactions with people in the Global South. Such internships may be organized in cooperation with partners that are eligible to have students meet the learning goals of the intercultural internship.
What will you learn?
During the minor you will work in multi-disciplinary teams to solve a challenge that has been assigned to you by a project provider. The majority of these challenges are located within developing and emerging markets and focus on pro-poor growth. Together with your team you will learn how to manage and work in a technology related project in a different cultural and institutional setting and learn.
The minor program is structured as follows:
In the first 2 months, students will complete a set of four courses to help prepare them for their time abroad. These courses will help students adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to work effectively in different cultural contexts. Students will also learn how to conduct research and learn about the local ecosystem and stakeholders of their challenge. Finally, they will prepare a project plan for their time abroad.
In the second phase of the minor, students will travel abroad. During their time abroad, students are required to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as they research, develop and execute a solution to a challenge. Challenges providers include non-governmental organization, (social) enterprise, universities or governmental organizations.
At the end of the minor, student will assess the impact and feasibility of their solutions and reflect on the competencies they have developed as a team and as individuals.
Note: All courses will be given in English.
- Preparations for Intercultural Research Project (7 ECTS)
- Development Sustainability and Impact (4 ECTS)
- Entrepreneurial Thinking (4 ECTS)
For course descriptions, please visit the study guide.
- Intercultural integration project (15 ECTS)
Register for this minor
- Make sure you have signed up for the Minor on Osiris
- Prepare a motivational video of max. 2 minutes in which you convince us why we should select you. You will be able to submit a URL of the video in the application form below. In this video tell us:
- Why you want to participate (how will this contribute to you as an individual and your future career?).
- What experience you have (e.g. through extra-curricular activities).
- You may also want to highlight any culturally diverse or team-work experiences.
- Remember to illustrate your experiences concretely with examples.
- Complete the application form using this link no later than April 15th 2022 latest.
- For any question regarding the application procedure you can contact Gareth Wakeling firstname.lastname@example.org.
" Development projects do not always bring lasting opportunities. But if you can help people set up an independent business elsewhere, a real change has been made."