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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/Campus FryslânCentre for Sustainable EntrepreneurshipSustainability for you

Sustainability for University Students

Our master programme

The Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship will offer a 1-year fulltime Master of Science Programme in Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Our master programme is unique in its aim, profile, and organisation.

First, our programme enables the development of personal vision and competencies next to and on top of academic skills. This threefold combination of vision-competencies-research enables thought leadership that is relevant for business, public organisations, or policy institutes.

Second, the content of the programme is fully dedicated to understanding and developing successful sustainable entrepreneurship. Our programme reflects the ambition: being successful in sustainable business. A specific academic master that is 100% dedicated to Successful Sustainable Entrepreneurship is unique and one of its kind.

Third, we offer extensive interaction with leading business firms and public organisations. We believe that learning comes from action in different settings. Site visits, best practices, consultancy assignments, and internships learn how sustainability drives leadership, organisational culture and design, strategic alliances, internationalisation, and public policy.

Structure of the master

Our programme builds on research-driven education enabling students to learn in-depth state-of-the-art theories and research methods. The programme consists of two parts:

Vision-based learning is the first pillar of the programme. Successful sustainable entrepreneurship – be it within large multinational corporations, small or medium-sized enterprises, government institutes, network organisations, universities, educational institutes, or a new start-up company – starts with the design and formulation of a personal vision of “successful sustainable entrepreneurship”. For this reason, the first part of the programme explicitly consists of a vision-based learning environment.

Competence-based learning is the second pillar of the programme. We use the University of Oxford Leadership profile adapted to sustainable entrepreneurship:

  • Leadership: the ability to motivate and influence others,
  • Communication: inter/intrapersonal skills, observing and listening,
  • Team working: respecting others and awareness of interdependence,
  • Business and context awareness: understanding the key drives for successful sustainable entrepreneurship in the modern world economy,
  • Initiative and problem solving: applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions,
  • Entrepreneurship: the ability to demonstrate an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking,
  • Self-management: readiness to accept responsibilities, planning & organisation.

The courses of the programme integrate research-driven education with hands-on business challenges of sustainability. Within each course, students have the opportunity to design personal projects.

Career opportunities

The career opportunities for students that successfully finish the programme are substantial. Students will have received research-driven academic courses and developed vision and competencies for successful sustainable entrepreneurship.

Sustainability is relevant for a career in multinationals such as Akzo Nobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina, Heineken, KLM, Philips, ING, and Unilever. These companies have already accepted sustainability as the key value for the strategy and decision-making process.

Sustainability is relevant for a career in fast-growing niche companies in the biobased economy or high-tech systems.

Policy-making national institutes such as provinces or municipalities also require that new employees and current staff members reinvent their personal value system with a sharp eye for sustainability.

Enrolment and entry criteria

The programme will select students based on motivation, research competencies, and managerial skills. Approximately 40-50 positions are available in the programme each year.

The programme is open to Dutch and international students with a qualified bachelor or master academic degree.

The programme is conditionally open to Dutch and international students with a qualified bachelor degree from polytechnic institutes. Students may receive opportunities, such as summer schools or honours programmes within polytechnic institutes, to align their existing knowledge and competencies with the entry requirements for the master programme

Note: You can apply via Studielink as of January 2018.

Laatst gewijzigd:09 januari 2018 14:00