Netherlands, The Hague

Global Trends

when 23 January 2017 - 3 February 2017
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 899

Calling all visionaries to join us in Winter too!

The world is getting more and more connected, not only consumers but also organizations are increasingly interlinked. The public and private sector, once clearly separated, are moving closer to each other and will continue to do so. More and more new initiatives will stem from the interfaces between those sectors. The next generation of leaders will be inspired by and will seek the connectivity between the public & private worlds in order to be a catalyst for change.

In this general module students are introduced not only to trends, but also to methods and tools that help create (a vision on) the future and therefore help shape that future. The focus will be on future trends, for business and public sectors, but also trends that are already taking shape in the current reality.

In this module you will look at several global trends that also have a connection to water since this year our Summer School theme is 'water'. The world has at last recognised the importance of clean drinking water with the new Global Goal six focusing on clean water and sanitation. Global Goal 13 on climate action also addresses rising sea levels and the changing weather patterns causing drought and floods.

There are many organisations based in the Netherlands that use their 'water' expertise at home and abroad. With our long history of flood and sea-level management, we know the importance of managing water.

During this module, you will be given a real-life challenge to tackle in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team using planning and practical methods. Every morning, from Monday to Thursday, there will be inspiring lectures by Dutch experts from the government and private sector and international lecturers. All Summer School students will work in groups on their challenges discussing the topics in depth to broaden your views.

On the last Friday there will be a finale where you will present your work to each other and related stakeholders.
The general module content will be connected to the elective module of choice, in the late morning and afternoon.
In the afternoons you will chose an elective: :
Entrepreneurship in the next economy
Human Security, Rights and Development

For more information contact

Course leader

To be announced

Target group

The program is open to anyone who has completed their high school diploma (or equivalent) and has completed at least their first year bachelor degree level education. Applicants whose native tongue is not English, should have a good knowledge of the English language (Level B2 or higher). The Hague Summer School reserves the right to determine if applicants English language level is appropriate.

Course aim

Objectives of the course are:
Develop the ability to take action and the confidence to take risks to create opportunities for new/existing products, ideas and services.
Recognise and evaluate trends and patterns in international business and public sectors and raise awareness of recent developments in specific regions.
Recognise trends and the influence you could have on the visions and strategies of organisations.
Learn 'scenario thinking' and apply it to real-life situations.
Recognise issues and find ways to overcome them.
Develop and build relations with other students from various educational backgrounds and nationalities.
Applying the tools to a real life case at a company or organisation visit.

Credits info

The Hague Summer School are assigned ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The amount of credits for each course depends on whether you choose the two or four week program. The two week program is worth 4 ECTS. It consists of a general module worth 1 ECTS and an elective module worth 3 ECTS. The four week program is worth 8 ECTS. It contains two general modules worth 2 ECTS and two elective modules worth 6 ECTS. Detailed program descriptions and outlines will be provided to the students to facilitate the credit transfer.

Fee info

EUR 899: The two week program of The Hague Summer School has a tuition fee of 899 Euro. However the 2 week course includes staying at the Student Hotel which is mandatory, the total package costs 1499 Euro. Discounts apply to students from partner Universities.


Students from partner universities can use a discounted rate