International Business and Natural Resources
Do you wish to shape a future towards circular and bio based economy for international businesses? Do you wish to create bridges between economy, society and ecology for natural resources? Do you wish to create and test sustainable international business models? Do you wish to shape international circular supply chains and networks? Do you wish to challenge your own linear mindset? Do you wish to become a pioneer in (re)designing sustainable systemic international businesses that connects matter, energy, nutrients and water through physics, biology and green chemistry? Do you wish to innovate international businesses and at same time create jobs and revitalize nature?
The minor International business and natural resources provides you the opportunity to systemic (re)design international business in cooperation with other (inter)national universities, companies and governments in a complex real life project with people who already travel on the road to sustainability and circularity
The minor International Business and Natural Resources aims to provide you with a knowledge, skillset and attitude that prepare you for your task ahead: (re)designed a future for society, international businesses in a sustainable and bio-based system.
As such this minor prepares you for your future as international sustainability leader in an unknown and unpredictable world you will live and work in! You do this together with passionate teachers, coaches and mentors who also travel along you on this path to an unknown future.
Van Hall Larenstein applied university in the Netherlands supports The Ellen MacArthur Foundation in their quest to transform current economic linear economy to a circular economy in the future. And Van Hall Larenstein also adopted the United nations sustainability goals to create a new future.
This minor in International business and natural resources management supports this transition through the ‘green wing ‘of the circular economy system of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Natural resources are renewable biobased sources such as water, soil and air that provides the basis for providing continuous food and feed for living and breeding animals and plants, whether they are large or nano sized living organisms in an dynamic changing ecosystem.
It is very likely, that you have to deal with sustainability issues in your future job as a manager, consultant, business developer, mediator or innovator in:
• A company or an organization that has international operations or is involved in international trade. Because society and government demands more responsibility in the sourcing of goods, companies are expected to take responsibility for their whole supply chain from natural resources based point of view. You might be confronted with unsafe or unethical labor practices, destructive environmental aspects or unfair trade principles. You will need to advise or take actions that involve moral and ethical issues which are not always in accordance with current business practices or laws.
• An (international) context. Sustainability and circularity criteria are becoming more important for financial investors and business to create sustainable value for society. You need to balance different and often conflicting arguments in your advice or solution.
• An NGO or governmental body. You have to weigh different arguments to come to an advice/decision that is acceptable in terms of People, Planet and Profit.
• Your own company. Sustainability will be an important driver for new business opportunities within a chain. You might initiate business models that provide solutions for social or environmental problems.
o Applying knowledge in sustainable systemic design thinking in international business processes to rethink and redesign current linear economy and society to move to a circular world;
o Formulating and implementing bio - cascading methods for natural resources in international businesses via the application of biomimicry based technology and ecosystems service management ;
o Formulating, as a junior consultant, an integrated corporate social responsible solution to wicked and complex issues;
o Development of your personal and professional leadership skills to be a game changer in an ever changing dynamics between international business, environment and society.
Non EU students are requested to provide prove of IELTS 6 level in English and have equivalent prove of Bachelor propaedeutic diploma from EU accredited universities in applied sciences. And minimum of 50 ECTS of second academic year.
Deviations are possible when student is able to convince minor management with motivation letter with relevant experiences in sustainability, please contact minor coordinator for more details
Bachelor propaedeutic diploma from EU accredited universities in applied sciences
And prove of minimum of 50 ECTS of second academic year
Requirements for VHL students:
Bachelor propaedeutic diploma from EU accredited universities in applied sciences.
And minimum of 50 ECTS of second academic year.
Deviations are possible when student is able to convince minor management with motivation letter with relevant experiences in sustainability, please contact minor coordinator for more details.
T-01 Project – group assignment, minimum of 5,5 passing grade, 12 EC
(calculation of 60 % report and 40 % presentation and defense)
T-02 Exam – individual assessment, minimum of 5,5 passing grade, 8 EC
T-03 Assessment– individual assessment on consultancy skills, pass/fail, 4 EC
T-04 Innovation assignment – group assignment, minimum of 5,5 passing grade, 4EC (calculation of 60 % report and 40 % presentation and defense)
T-05 Personal development – iindividual assessment, pass/ fail, 2 EC
A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains: Repair, Remake, Redesign, Rethink (2017), Catherine Weetman, 1st edition, Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN: 9780749476755 , Price: € 45-50,-
Combination of (guest)lectures, workshops, trainings, excursions, self-study and field trips either initiated by you as student or by teachers. On average 2,5 day per week you are invited to join group learning and teaching activities. The other 2,5 day are needed for self-study project and assignment work.