educational projects

educational projects

EFR minor: new economic thinking & social entrepreneurship (12 ECTS credits)

How to contribute to a better world by enlarging your impact and developing sustainable business models?

Many of today’s most pressing challenges spark the need for transformative changes that deeply affect the way we think, organise and behave. They imply a fundamental change to an economy that is sustainable, circular, prosperous and inclusive. In this minor, we focus on understanding why and how transformative business models emerge and how students can contribute by developing business ideas themselves. The aim of this course is to explore new economic futures by critically engaging with innovative entrepreneurs and following academic debates around economic transition.

From May 1 to May 31 2018, you will be able to sign up for the academic year 2018-2019.

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Involve consultancy project (4 ECTS credits)

The EFR Involve consultancy project distinguishes itself from the other EFR’s initiatives by its social and research focused approach. In the programme, twenty students apply their academic knowledge to practice and make a sustainable impact on communities that need it the most. This is done in partnership with an NGO or social enterprise that will guide and assist you in setting up the research. This project consists of four months of desk research and three to four weeks of field research abroad. The previous editions have been to Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Each year, the project develops even further and its success continues to grow.

The Involve consultancy committee's mission has always been to focus on providing sustainable help to underprivileged populations. This goal was already reflected in the primary research question of the first Involve project, back in 2012: "Can we set up a long lasting initiative that provides people at ‘the Bottom of the Pyramid' with clean drinking water?". A feasibility study was then performed on a Dutch NGO to determine whether pursuing projects providing clean potable water in Cameroon was realistic. The following years, the Involve committee performed research on clean water supply in Ghana, on the optimal product basket of social enterprise Healthy Entrepreneurs in Uganda and, this year, the team is working on the Theory of Change of Free Press Unlimited in Nepal and Indonesia.

EFR research project (4 ECTS credits)

Applying your knowledge to real-life cases, that is what an EFR Research Project encompasses. Together with a prestigious company, you will be solving challenging cases while getting to know the firm. In the past, EFR has set up successful research projects with KMPG (2015-2016 & 2014-2015) and Shell (2011-2012, 2012-2013 & 2013-2014). Keep an eye on our website to stay up to date with new Research Projects.

EFR/ESE job market skills (1 ECTS credit)

The EFR/ESE job market skills offers you the chance to develop your soft skills and earn 1 ECTS credit*. Through a wide variety of trainings, you will develop practical skills that will prepare you for the labour market. Not only will you gain a potential advantage during your job applications but you might meet your future employer and you will get an official ESE Skills certificate. In our last edition, the following companies and training agencies joined the course: Young Advisory Group, EY, Young Colfield, Turing Society, Rijksoverheid, GMAT Amsterdam, Careerstarter.

Subscriptions for the EFR Skills Week go through the EFR website and not via SIN-Online.

*Only students who follow a bachelor at ESE will be able to earn an ECTS credit (excluding Fiscale economie students). Master students and students from other faculties are not able to earn this 1 ECTS credit.

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