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International Project 1

General objectives

This minor is the first of two minors. This minor is continued by the minor International Project 2 (IP2).

In the environment of a complex multidisciplinary engineering project students originating from several European and non-European countries will broaden and/or deepen their professional knowledge and skills depending on their discipline, interest and experience within one of the three main processes of the project, i.e.

1.       Project Management

Managing the team members in the engineering and support processes on the strategic level and on the operational level.  This means setting up and controlling vision, mission, strategy, planning and control on the basis of all kinds of budgets (mass, energy, volume, finance, …). Performance control of all engineering and support processes, meaning diagnosing of and intervening in these processes.

2.       Engineering

Depending on the phase of the project and the discipline of the student (mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science, physics, mathematics, mechatronics, etc, etc) he/she will make a contribution to the orientation phase (setting system and subsystem requirements), design phase (ideas, concepts, designs), construction phase (procurement, assembling, production), application or consumers phase (performance, participating international contests).

3.       Support

The support processes are in the domains of marketing, communication, information management, human resource management, public relations, finance, fund raising etc. Students will develop business objectives, plans of approach and execute them.

4.        Project Based Cooperation

by making use of the relatively large freedom the students gets and being responsible for the own task and the project as a whole.

5.         Personal development

Reflection on own performance by applying his/her insight in the own talents and insight in the own motivations.


The added value of these type of projects for students is the experience of working in a team that is both international and multidisciplinary. Students need to learn to deal with the complexity of the project that arises from the strong entanglement between the disciplines (and thus the personal assignments of the students) and the level of ambition (mostly international contests and/or the application of advanced technologies) as well as with different cultural perspectives among the project members. ‘Standard’ competencies are thus broadened in a highly ambitious environment. This implies the development of both technical knowledge and (inter)personal and cross-cultural skills to the next level.


Summary of contents

Student will participate in one of the projects below. The selection of the project is done in a mandatory intake (see ‘entry requirements’) before the minor starts. Project assignments are subject to change, because they are based on actual demand from the relevant industries and relations with other institutes.

Living Lab “Sustainable mobility”

This lab runs various projects on the topic of sustainable mobility:

·         Urban Innovations 

The ultimate aim of this project is to produce an electric powered car designed for passenger and/or cargo transport in the urban area of the city of Delft. The project includes quantifying the vehicle’s ecological footprint. The state-of-the-art technology used will of course take into account sustainability and user-friendliness.

·         Formula Student

Aim is to build a race car that will compete in a race in Silverstone 2017 and maybe in Germany and Austria as well.

·         Other projects

Projects come and go. Please inform the coordinator for other opportunities.


The student has shown that he/she can perform successfully as a young professional in a complex multidisciplinary engineering project on the next four aspects, i.e.

  1. Technical aspect: he/she has completed a personal technical or business oriented assignment in one of the three main processes (see above) of the project. Skills involved are creative thinking, designing and improving, testing, producing, project reviewing, reporting in word and writing.
  2. Interpersonal aspect: he/she has cooperated with his/her fellow team members to accomplish his/her task; has taken responsibility of his/her own and project tasks and obligations. Skills concerned are cooperation, accepting and dealing with previous results, conflict handling, decision making, information exchange and networking, keeping up to norms and values of the project team.
  3. Personal aspect: he/she has shown to be critical on his own performance and has taken action to align up his/her knowledge, skills and personality to the project goals and processes. Skills involved are reflection, giving feedback, dealing with feedback and developing personal skills.
  4. Intercultural aspects[1]:

Cultural empathy: awareness and understanding of feelings, thoughts, behaviour of persons with a different cultural perspective. Open mindedness towards people from another culture

Social initiative: the ability to be out-going, to enter into contact with persons from other cultures.

Flexibility: the ability to switch from one behavior to another, depending on the cultural context.

Cultural consciousness:  a combination of intercultural knowledge, self-consciousness and confidence to deal with various cultural and interpersonal situations

Tolerance of ambiguity: the ability to deal with insecurity and indistinct situations. Emotional stability is a factor that contributes to a high score on this dimension.

5. Language: Students have improved their English language skills spoken and written.

In the IP1 minor the student will demonstrate these competences in a complex environment with intense guidance and coaching in the form of workshops, lectures and personal and group coaching.

Note: In the next minor IP2 the same competences will be deepened with less workshops and lectures. The student will have a more ambitious assignment and more responsibility for his/her own production and learning process. Guidance will be by personal and group coaching. 

This minor is meant for students from all educations in the engineering domain. Therefore the competencies are described at top level according to the profile for the Bachelor of Engineering[2].

Competences Bachelor of Engineering (Level)

  • Understanding the assignment or problem situation (2)
  • Designing the product, service or control (2)
  • Elaboration on and planning of project, tasks or activities (2)
  • Execution of the tasks according to the planning (2)

International and intercultural competences (Level)

  • Communication in an international and multicultural context (2)
  • Cooperation in an international and multicultural context (2)

Personal development (Level)

  • Reflection on own performance (1)


Aanvullende informatie

Indication of target group

Engineering students of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, but also students interested in project management, marketing, communications, human resource management and /or finances.

Students of above mentioned educations originate from all over Europe.


Teaching methods + studyload

Study load is 420 hrs = 15 credit points (cp)

·  Project and Personal Coaching: 24 hrs

·  Project Management Courses: 86 hrs

·  Project Work: 276 hrs

·  Languages & Culture: 28 hrs

·  Social Activities: 6 hrs



Educations of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, partners in the European Project Semester (EPS) network, companies and sponsors.


Contact hours

With team: full time (40 hrs/wk), including personal coaching of 1 hr/wk.



This minor and the minor International Project 2 are considered as a whole lasting in total one semester. This minor is executed in combination with the minor ‘Living Labs’.


As the student will be involved in a complex multidisciplinary project the entry requirements are as follows:

  1. A match has to be made between available assignments within a specific project and the student. This is done in a mandatory personal interview with the senior project leader. For this the student has to send in an application letter including a detailed portfolio / curriculum vitae and grades to the contact person of this minor.
  2. The student has mastered English spoken and written and will show this in an interview.



The assessment is done on the basis of the following deliverables of the personal assignments

  1. Technical report and observations by the guiding lecturer on performance as member of the project team.
  2. Oral reflection on the basis of personal process report on mutual cooperation and own performance.

Minimum requirements for adequate performance:


  1. Technical report in readable English , meeting the requirements of methodology and knowledge that the own education imposes on an internship report or otherwise a generally accepted way of reasoning in problem analysis , quantitative research including conclusion and recommendations or otherwise reflection from a preselected professional perspective on one or more processes within the project. Partial grade is expressed as a number C1 between 0 and 10.
  2. Additional courses on project management and/or systems engineering and/or cultural differences and/or English language. Partial grade C2 is expressed as a number between 0 and 10.
  3. Process report in readable English with at least five fully elaborated incidents. Partial grade is expressed in ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.


The overall assessment is expressed in the final grade is a weighted averaging of the above figures: Final grade (C): C= 0,7 x C1 + 0,3 x C2. In order to be awarded this grade, the process report should have been graded with ‘pass’.

The final grade is transformed to the standards of the own education.

In case of minor omissions a second chance is given in terms of a complement of the assignment. If a student shows severe malpractice and/or misbehaviour he/she is removed from the course and a second chance is given in another project if available and suitable.


Study aids:

Blackboard, handouts, readers, project archive. Books related to own assignment and personal learning goals. Students are stimulated to consult academic libraries as well as visiting conferences/symposia/exhibitions etc.


Ten days before the start of the minor, an email with information about scheduling will be sent to you.