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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsSummer Schools by interest

History and International Relations

Society, Environment, Transportation and Space (SETS)

22 May - 18 June 2017 , Groningen, the Netherlands


The aim of the summer school is to develop an understanding of the ways in which The Netherlands, considered by many as "The Gateway to Europe", deals with economic, environmental and settlement challenges. These challenges are to be placed in the context of increasing levels of globalization, the expected effects of the changing climate on water management and flood protection systems, as well as sustainability concerns related to increasing levels of mobility in general and car usage and ridership in particular – all of which seem to exercise even stronger impacts on the population of one of the most densely populated countries of the world.

Traumatized Cities

19 - 24 June 2017, Medellín, Colombia


Are you interested in cities and urban life? Are you fascinated by highly complex cities such as Medellín (Colombia) or Santiago de Chile (Chile) and in the way such cities shape our social and cultural imaginations? Are you wondering how cities have been able to cope with war, disaster, violence and conflict? Then this summer school is the perfect occasion for you to engage with these and other questions.

Land acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability

26 June - 7 July 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

Woman in field

This summer school (practical training course) promotes understanding about and develops skills in managing the social risks and impacts associated to the development of public and private investment projects (e.g. mines, dams, highways, industry parks, electricity transmission corridors, agricultural developments, et cetera), and particularly issues related to land acquisition and resettlement. Research into the displacement of peoples following large projects generally shows that, unless properly planned and managed, they are made worse-off.

Understanding the Netherlands

2 - 22 July 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

dutch landscape

The aim of this summer school is to develop an understanding of how the Netherlands, as a medium-sized country, has been able to maintain high welfare levels in a region which is dominated by (regional) international powers such as Germany, France and the UK.

After an introduction on the political and historical characteristics of the N etherlands and Dutch leadership, this summer school focuses on themes such as international relations, the service economy , international trade and the role of export-oriented agriculture.

International Law for Sustainable Societies

3 - 7 July 2017 Groningen, the Netherlands

Light the way - text

This summer school, organized by the Department of International Law, aims to explore the contribution of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs set 169 targets for advancement, including universal access to food, water, health care and education; the sustainability of economic growth; ensuring protection of the environment; and the promotion of peace and justice. These goals intend to ameliorate everybody’s lives, in particular by ending extreme poverty, eradicating inequalities and injustice, and addressing environmental problems and climate change.

Illicit Trade

3 - 8 July 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

Piles of money

This unique summer school course pierces this value of secrecy and teaches students about financing and trading not only through theory and book study, but by learning the actual practices and techniques criminals, terrorists, and dictators use to obscure their profits and evade accountability for their actions, and the corresponding techniques to counter them.

Transitional Justice & the Politics of Memory

3 -13 July 2017, Cres, Croatia


Key themes of the course are:

  • Democratic Transitions, Human Rights, and the Role of External Actors
  • Justice and Accountability
  • Politics of Cultural Memory
  • Social Movements, Arts and Youth in Transitions
  • Conflict, Migration and Identity Politics

Youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas

15 - 22 July 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

Hope of the nation t-shirt

Young people play a crucial role in (post-)conflict areas. Education can be decisive for them to gain skills and an income, as well as self-esteem as they contribute to the community. Setting priorities in this respect is not an easy task for educational professionals at different levels.

This summer school will bring together researchers, practitioners and students from (post-)conflict countries such as Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo and Colombia to share (research) experiences and develop new perspectives.

Groningen Energy Summer School: 'Yes In My Backyard'

17 - 25 August 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

Harmony building

This 6th summer school in a highly successful series discusses energy transition ‘in your own backyard’. In the fossil fuel based energy system citizens and local companies play a passive role as consumers of fuels, gas and electricity. Renewables challenge this in multiple ways. The implications of renewable production tend to be contested, often in ‘not in my backyard’ (NIMBY) terms. Alternatively, households, companies and communities gain new opportunities to produce their own energy as active prosumers. This holds promises both in the Global North and in the South for ‘yes in my backyard’ (YIMBY) developments.

Humanitarian Engineering

8 - 12 May 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

Red cross rescue action

The RUG-TAMUQ school on Humanitarian Engineering will introduce students to the topics of engineering, analysis and ethics in the realm of international humanitarian action. These topics form a natural bond in that engineering solutions need to respond to an actual and well-researched humanitarian crisis and are required to comply with a specific set of ethical guidelines.

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