In Sustainable Innovation you study innovations from a technological, economic and societal perspective, to enable society at large to consume and produce in a sustainable way.
The study doesn’t just look at the design of an electric car, for example, but at the design in combination with the required infrastructure (charging stations) as well as the development of the market, laws and regulations, and the broader effects on mobility patterns, urban planning and the climate.
This kind of design process always involves multiple actors such as government, industry, groups within society, knowledge institutes and consumers.
Society and technology
Students of the Sustainable Innovation program are trained to use technology to solve societal issues, to strengthen welfare and well-being in the world. Just a few examples are:
the position of the Netherlands in the European sustainable energy market
the design of smart homes and electricity grids
technological innovation in developing countries, such as biofuels in India
assessing the pros and cons of new technologies, such as underground CO2 storage
identifying societal issues in relation to new technologies such as electric cars
Best rated in Guide to Choosing a University and Elsevier
Sustainable Innovation is a major which formally is part of the Bachelor's program Innovation Sciences (Technische Innovatiewetenschappen). The Innovation Sciences Bachelor’s program received a high rating in the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016 (in Dutch) (Guide to Choosing a University 2016). The program scored highly relative to other comparable programs.
In the Elsevier 2015, the Innovation Sciences Bachelor's program is rated (very) good by the students. Eindhoven students of Innovation Sciences state that they are very satisfied with the teachers, the content of the program and the exams.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the best university (of technology) in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier 2015 and the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016 (Guide to Choosing a University 2016). Eindhoven University of Technology was also the best ranked Dutch University in the Global Employability Survey.
Major Sustainable Innovation
Your future begins at TU/e in the Bachelor College, home to the university’s Bachelor study programs. As a student of this Bachelor College, you get plenty of scope to compose your own study on the basis of your interests and ambitions. In the Bachelor College, you begin with a three-year Bachelor, following a number of compulsory subjects like mathematics and physics and learning engineering design. In the Bachelor College, you develop skills that you need in industry and learn to translate your technological knowledge into applications that are relevant for society. Your major forms a substantial part of your Bachelor study. It is where you choose the field in which you want to work later as an engineer. This is the basis of your study program.
This website gives more information about the major Sustainable Innovation. Sustainable Innovation is a major which formally is part of the Bachelor's program Innovation Sciences (Technische Innovatiewetenschappen). After graduation in this major, you receive the diploma of the Bachelor program Innovation Sciences (Technische Innovatiewetenschappen). and the degree of Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Innovation.
Sustainable Innovation is one of the two majors within the Bachelor's program Innovation Sciences (Technische Innovatiewetenschappen). The other major is: Psychology & Technology. The curriculum (the electives) allows you to follow both.
This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (N.V.A.O.).