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Responsible Sustainability Challenge

a 15 ECTS project for Master Honours students (or students on a similar track)

The 4TU.Responsible Sustainability Challenge is an initiative of the 4TU.Centres High-Tech Materials, Energy and Ethics & Technology. This course will start as a pilot in November 2022. 

A 15 ECTS multidisciplinary project for 4TU. Master Honours students (or students on a similar track).


The announced pilot of this 4TU.Responsible Sustainability Challenge will officially kick-off on the 19th of November 2022, at the University of Twente!


Core team

Dr. Shoshan Abrahami
Materials Science and Engineering, Coordinator 4TU.RSC, TU Delft
Dr. Maja Rücker
Energy Technology, Coordinator 4TU.RSC, TU Eindhoven
Dr. Mina Shahi
Energy Technology, Coordinator 4TU.RSC, 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.

Aside from these core elements, we are working with (student-driven) organisations at the three universities to create a broad network to support the different groups and to provide engaging and inspiring sessions throughout the track.

This course will start (as a pilot) on the 14th of November 2022 (Q2) and conclude with a central symposium in July 2023 (Q4).

“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