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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EFR Research Projects (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.

*These credits are solely an indication of the amount of work you are supposed to put into the project. You will not receive 4 credits after completion of the case. 

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 year, the Involve committee sought to increase the scope of the project by becoming engaged in additional sustainability projects and performing research on clean water supply in Ghana. The team put a greater focus on the financial sustainability of the projects in new markets. This year, twenty students are looking into the optimal product basket of Healthy Entrepreneurs, a social enterprise that distributes healthcare products. In July, they will take off to Uganda to undertake field research. 

EFR Skills Week (1 ECTS credit)

The EFR Skills Week offers you the chance to develop your soft skills and earn one 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 Skills Week: Young Advisory Group, EY, Young Colfield, Turing Society, Rijksoverheid, GMAT Amsterdam, Careerstarter. The next edition will take place in the first half of the academic year. 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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