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Challenge Sustainability

Sustainability is a global and multidisciplinary challenge that requires a cross-boundary approach

In this programme you will make a contribution to sustainable development! With the “Challenge Sustainability” minor, HAS Green Academy wants to connect students from different countries and study programmes. Developed by the department of Environmental Studies and based on a unique concept within the HAS educational programme, this fourth-year minor welcomes students from a variety of disciplines from all over the world.

Given all the uncertainty surrounding the future and the challenges it holds, this minor aims to equip students with knowledge and skills to help them find their way as young professionals. This specialization will take place during the first semester of the academic year. For 20 weeks, groups of students will operate as consultancy teams, working on several sustainability projects. Students can focus on a single project or choose to work on different projects at the same time. The projects will benefit from the variety of expertise and talents contributed by students with different backgrounds. In this semester, the students will be triggered to design their own learning journey.


The learning outcomes of this minor are:

  1. You are independently able to conduct a problem analysis of a sustainability issue including a systemic analysis of the (international) social context and you can substantiate the definition of the problem.
  2. You are independently able to formulate a project aim based on the problem analysis and are able to design an appropriate, reliable and valid research approach.
  3. You are independently able to describe all collected results.
  4. You are independently able to summarize and interpret all collected results in the broader context of your sustainability issue in order to arrive at conclusions and recommendations for the client.
  5. You are independently able to conduct a constructive, multidisciplinary dialogue about your sustainability issue from different perspectives.
  6. You are independently able to critically reflect on (solicited and unsolicited) feedback with regard to personal and team performance.


Students have to able to act as a specialist and have done so in a working environment (work placement). Therefore the access requirements are:

For students from universities of applied sciences:

  • At least 100 ECTS credits of the subjects of the study program
  • At least 40 ECTS credits of a work placement

For students from universities:

  • At least 80 ECTS credits of the subjects of the study programme
  • At least 20 ECTS credits of a work placement


To participate in this minor you must be full time available. No time table available yet. 


In essence, this specialization consists of five assignments that will be assessed to complete this course.

Product 1: Project plan



Product 2: Advisory product



Product 3: Discussion on research



Product 4: Participation test



Product 5: Reflection