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Challenge Sustainability

Sustainability is a worldwide and multidisciplinary challenge that cannot be met within the walls of a university or the borders of a single country.

That is why HAS University of Applied Sciences wants to connect students from different countries and study programmes in a minor: “Challenge Sustainability”. This fourth-year minor is developed by the department of Environmental Studies and is open to students from all kinds of disciplines from all over the world. It is based on a unique concept within the HAS educational programme. We do not know what the future will hold and what kind of problems we will meet. That is why we want to equip students in this minor with knowledge and skills, which help them to find their own way as young professionals. Students are invited to focus on their personal interests, talents and individual learning goals. They are also responsible for formulating their own educational curriculum. Working with their talents, students will deepen their knowledge and skills in areas of their own choice and apply these in challenging projects with real life clients, developing sustainable solutions for contemporary and future issues, such as spatial planning, development, production and consumption.

The minor will take place during the first semester of the academic year. During 20 weeks, the group of students will operate as one consultancy team, working on several sustainability projects. Students can focus on a single project or choose to work on a few different projects at the same time.

The projects will benefit from the variety of expertise and talent contributed by students with different backgrounds. The minor starts with a training programme on sustainability for all students. Later on in the semester, they can continue to improve their knowledge and skills by choosing from a wide range of on demand workshops and seminars.


In this minor, students will learn how to:

  • Contribute to sustainable development;
  • Develop their own path of growth, based on their personal interests, talents, knowledge and skills;
  • Deepen knowledge and skills of their own choice and apply these in challenging projects;
  • Work in multidisciplinary and international teams;
  • Develop their creativity to solve future challenges.


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 two assignments that will be assessed to complete this course.

  1. Essay (30%) à  individual
  2. Advisory product (70%) à group product