Are you looking for a comprehensive study in which you take a deep dive into topics such as politics, psychology, economics, global health, earth system, and data science?
A program in which you study global challenges and explore local solutions? Then the Bachelor in Science, Global Responsibility & Leadership of University College Fryslân is perfect for you!
This hands-on bachelor is a future-oriented program inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It's dedicated to training a new generation of leaders to address global challenges by finding innovative local solutions. As a student, you get the opportunity to foster your personal development in a small-scale, international learning community. During this bachelor's, you will be taught and guided by ambitious researchers who strive to make the most of your potential. Experience it yourself!
In the first year, you create a solid knowledge foundation by following a variety of courses that will reveal the underlying interconnectedness of global challenges and local solutions. You will also get familiar with academic skills such as conducting and presenting research, academic, and intercultural communication, and work on your leadership skills. Next to your study, you can take part in extracurricular activities organized by fellow students or yourself.
In the second year, you further tailor the program to your own needs, by specializing through one out of three Majors: Responsible Governance, Responsible Humanity, or Responsible Planet. Additionally, you will follow courses in ethics and leadership, and you will have the opportunity to put learned theory into practice by completing a Living Lab (research internship) in collaboration with one of our non-academic partners.
In the third and final year, you continue following courses in your chosen Major. Furthermore, you have the option to participate in an exchange program abroad, a minor at another faculty or university in the Netherlands, an internship or complete a pre-master in preparation for a Master's degree. You will complete the bachelor with your Capstone, which is a creative way to present the results of your academic research and written thesis.
Why study this program in Leeuwarden?
Inspired by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development
Small-scale and personal education
Residential university college
Living Lab projects with local and global partners
After Year 1, the program offers many opportunities for students to put their knowledge into practice and participate in research projects that have a local impact. One of the main features of the GRL program is the Living Lab projects, where students get to work with senior researchers, fellow students, and private or public stakeholders on real-life issues affecting organizations, local governments, or companies.
But the opportunities for developing research skills do not end there! Campus Fryslân offers the opportunity to become a student-researcher by participating in the ongoing research projects related to the Frisian Flagships and SDG’s:
Governance: local & global
Culture, Language and Technology
Health and Food
The cross-cutting theme on Big Data and Innovation
When necessary, students get the opportunity to support senior researchers on their research projects. This allows students to develop networking and research skills and get involved in Campus Fryslân research outputs and contributions to social impact.
Lastly, during the last year, students can opt for a research internship at a local or international organization. Students must look and apply for internship opportunities themselves, but the GRL staff is helpful with sharing ideas and contacts.