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Helix21

08 september 2017
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What is Helix21?

Non-profit, three-day event aimed at students of the University of Groningen with the case featuring the housing situation in Groningen. This involves cooperation between companies, the University of Groningen, NGO's  and the municipality. Students from all faculties of the University of Groningen provide a solution to the case at hand.As a result, the event will increase the students' employability by developing their 21st century skills.

So, what are the 21st century skills?

Advancements in technology mean that the tasks performed by workers in the labour market are rapidly changing. In light of that, more and more students are required to develop and to make use of what are called the 21st century skills. These are skills that combine the efficiency improvement that can be provided by the use of technology with specific skills and tasks which computers cannot provide. This means that 21st century labour market relies on creativity, innovation and adaptability. We believe some of these skills are missing from the academic curriculum and intend to address them during Helix 21. These include:

  • Working efficiently in a multidisciplinary and international environment
  • Ability to reflect on the team's and individual performance
  • Lifelong learning by putting theoretical knowledge gained during studying into practice

The case: "The housing situation in Groningen"

Due to the increasing numbers of (international) students the demand for student housing in Groningen is on the rise. Also, since students demand housing on a more temporary basis many rooms seems to be unoccupied during summer.

The SHH has a contract between the RUG and the Hanze, which facilitates the process of supplying student rooms, since a great percentage of accommodations are privately owned. What seems to be lacking is a sufficient building stock and sustainable solutions to the so called ‘housing situation’. The private estate companies are hesitant to cooperate as there are is a high risk involved in building new facilities. Also, the city wants to avoid building more accommodations and there seems to be a lot of uncertainty between the affected parties.

We highlight some aspects we believe are important in this case:

  • Increasing housing demand:
    • Groningen has been receiving more international students lately. That, coupled wiht the fact that most of the housing in the city is privately-owned, means that there may be supply and demand issues for renting a room or a house in Groningen.
  • Students' housing demands are more temporary:
    • There are a lot of exchange students, who only stay in Groningen for a limited period of time
    • The increasing number of internationals also means that there are more vacant houses during vacation periods
    • Expectation management
  • There is a lack of sustainable solutions to help tackle the housing situations

The event itself

Helix 21 will take place in Groningen between the 24th and the 26th of November. This year, we will tackle the housing situation in Groningen. This involves the cooperation between the University of Groningen, the Hanze, companies, NGOs and the municipality of Groningen. Students from different backgrounds and faculties will have the chance to address a business case on the topic of housing. By doing so, they will get a chance to increase their employability by developing their 21st skills.

Preliminary schedule?

24th November

Time

Activity

City Hall

14.30 – 15.00

Walk-in / Welcome

City Hall

15.00 – 15.15

Word of welcome by the moderator

City Hall

15.15 – 16.15

Speech by the Vice Mayor

City Hall

16.15 – 16.45

Introduction to Helix 21

Business Case description

City Hall

16.45 – 17.00

Closing

17.00 – 17.30

Break / reallocation

Van Swinderenhuys

17.30 – 18.00

Introduction of coaches

Van Swinderenhuys

18.00 – 19.30

Dinner

Van Swinderenhuys

19.00 – 21.00

Groupwork

Van Swinderenhuys

21.00 – 21.30

Closing, further instructions

25th November

Time

Activity

10.00 – 10.15

Walk-in / Welcome

10.15 – 11.00

Speaker

11.00 – 13.00

Continue work in groups

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch

13.00 – 18.00

Pitches and feedback

Meeting with coaches

Market research

Continue work

18.00 – 20.00

Dinner

18.00 – 21.00

Continue work

26th November

Time

Activity

Van Swinderenhuys

10.00 – 10.15

Walk-in / Welcome

Van Swinderenhuys

10.15 – 11.00

Speaker

Van Swinderenhuys

11.00 – 13.00

Continue work in groups

Van Swinderenhuys

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch

Van Swinderenhuys

13.00 – 16.00

Continue work

Meet with coaches

Prepare and finalise pitch

Van Swinderenhuys

16.15 – 17.30

Pitches to jury members

Van Swinderenhuys

17.30 – 18.00

Winners and final words

Van Swinderenhuys

18.00 – 19.00

Drinks and snacks

Registrations and tickets:

Registration first takes place through Google Forms. When you are selected to take part in the event, you can register here and pay the €15, - ticket fee.

Registrations are open until the 22nd of November.

Laatst gewijzigd:23 oktober 2017 14:59

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