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4TU.Responsible Sustainability Challenge

a 15 ECTS multidisciplinary and interuniversity track for talented and motivated Master Honours students

4TU.Responsible Sustainability Challenge

After the success of a pilot track (2022-2023), the kick-off of a new track of the 4TU.RSC 2023-2024, bringing academia and industry together, took place at the campus of the University of Twente, on 16 November 2023!

Video by Bas Schollaardt, De Verbeelding Videoproducties

“I would recommend students to do this program”
Aarezo Sha
MSc student, UTwente | Participated in the 4TU.RSC 2022-2023

In the 4TU.Responsible Sustainability Challenge students from Delft and Eindhoven Universities of Technology and the University of Twente work together to solve real-life sustainability challenges? 

Save the dates & stay ready for more news soon!

  • Kick-off event, University of Twente
    16 November 2023

  • Milestone events, Eindhoven & Delft University of Technology
    8 February 2024
    7 May 2024*

  • Final event
    19 June 2024*

* These dates are provisional dates, to be confirmed later.

Specific information for each university

Each university will provide the students with more information. Check the local websites and students' environments for the course design, the syllabus and information on application and admission.

The 4TU.Responsible Sustainability Challenge (4TU.RSC) is an initiative of three 4TU.Centres: 4TU.High-Tech Materials, 4TU.Energy and 4TU.Ethics & Technology. In the second edition of the 4TU.RSC also the 4TU Alliance on Energy Acces is involved; they have representatives in the core team.

Time line and important course dates - 4TU.RSC 2023-2024

Course design - 4TU.RSC 2023-2024


Core team

Dr. ir. Shoshan Abrahami
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, TU Delft
Dr. ir. Maja Rücker
Mechanical Engineering, Energy Technology, TU Eindhoven Mina Shahi
Engineering Technology, Thermal Engineering, UTwente
Dr. Henny Romijn
4TU Alliance on Energy Access, Technology Innovation & Society, TU Eindhoven
Dr. Nowella Anyango-van Zwieten
4TU Alliance on Energy Access, Environmental Sciences, WUR
Dr. ir. Elham Shirazi
Engineering Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Products & Energy Systems, UTwente

Course motivation

From a student’s perspective, this module fills a current need for a practically oriented educational programme that highlights multidisciplinary collaboration. In particular, excellent Master (Honours) students want to improve their leadership/teamworking skills and gain real-life project-based experience in a structured and guided way. This module allows students to step outside their own university and study fields and to put theoretical knowledge into practice. The course is built on the challenge-based learning principles and asks students to drive their own education to gain the knowledge and skills that fit with their individual needs. The module focuses on the topic of sustainability, which is a topic that unites students from all different backgrounds and which sparks tremendous enthusiasm within the student community. The module also brings together staff, student assistants and experts from the four technical universities to increase further collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Core elements

Within the 4TU.RSC track, the focus is on providing students with a structured approach to implement or improve sustainability efforts within organisations. Students work together with their peers from the other participating universities (Twente, Delft and Eindhoven) in multidisciplinary groups. The challenge consists of the following core elements.

“For students, it’s becoming more and more important to learn and to show that you are able to work in a multidisciplinary team on subjects that transcend your regular education. In addition, the current work environment is asking young professionals for skills that can only be gained through practical work experience. That is why this module is particularly interesting for ambitious and excellent students. There’s a student-driven setup to the entire module with the flexibility to let you work on a project within a real-world setting. In the project, you will have a stakeholder to satisfy and a team to bring together in order to solve the problem, and it is great to practice these skills in a guided and structured way. Finally, working on the topic of sustainability together with a group of enthusiastic peers will certainly be a valuable and rewarding experience!”
University of Twente Master Honours student