Want to make change happen?
Today’s challenges are complex and “wicked”. The depletion of natural resources, reduced food security and rising sea levels are examples of wicked challenges which need an innovative and multidisciplinary approach. In this programme you will work on a complex project for an international or Dutch client. The project is related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Besides this, emphasis is placed on skills, such as collaboration, leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving.
What’s Managing Projects in a Globalized World like?
This programme (worth 30 ECTS credits) is part of the bachelor's degree Global Project and Change Management of Windesheim Honours College (WHC). Here, you will further develop your strengths and acquire new insights. We will coach you to develop a ‘growth mindset’: to see challenges, not problems and to be motivated by the success of others. Your multidisciplinary team will work on a complex project, which is valuable work experience.
Agile project management (15 ECTS credits)
During the first period of the semester, you will be trained in agile project management. This focuses on managing projects in ways that create and respond to change and deal with uncertainty. You can immediately use this value-driven management approach in your project, as it is relevant to the kind of wicked problems we try to tackle for our clients in this exchange programme.
Research (5 ECTS credits)
During the first period of the semester, you will learn how to develop a research proposal, design the research you will be doing for your project and think about methodology. All elements of the research proposal will be discussed and you and your team will be taken step by step through the development of your research plan. In addition, you will receive specific coaching on your research topic.
Leadership and team development (5 ECTS credits)
A key element of this programme is the Leadership Development training. In this intensive training, you will have the opportunity to embark on a conscious path of personal development in an environment of mutual support. Besides increased self-awareness and personal leadership, there will be a particular focus on shared leadership as practised in collaborative environments and self-steering teams. Building authentic leadership capacity requires questioning existing beliefs about “self and others”, new insights and understanding, conscious reflection on values and purpose, and active experimentation with (new) skills and qualities.
The module consists of interactive training sessions, personal coaching and peer group counselling.
Elective workshops (5 ECTS credits)
Choose a workshop that meets your learning needs and ambitions. You can choose from Grant Writing, Family Business, Visual Change Management or Human Flourishing and New Economic Paradigms. Each completed workshop is worth 5 ECTS credits.
This is an introductory, hands-on course in which you will learn and practise a step-by-step process for writing grant proposals. Your assignment is to write a project proposal for an existing NGO. Students work in pairs to complete the assignment. In addition, you learn about the types of funders, categories of funding supported by grant-makers, and where to find grants. This course also promotes the importance of building and maintaining relationships with funders. You practise creating a prospects list of potential funders and conduct an interview with grant-makers and/or grant-writers. You film this interview and make a short 3 minutes YouTube video about it (= individual assignment).
Family business, challenges in the business, family and ownership
Throughout the world, family business ownership is the most prevailing form of ownership. They are considered to be the engine of national economies, contributing to job creation, the nation gross product and innovation. It is therefore important to develop more knowledge and skills if you want to be successful when dealing with family businesses as an employee, consultant, or successor. During this course you will follow workshops about topics like strategic management, governance, succession, change and value creation and relationships and conflicts in the family business. The educational setting is an interactive workshop setting. You will gain knowledge about the field of family businesses, their economic contribution around the world and learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Some workshops are organized around the case study method. In each workshop, real- life cases will be discussed. In addition, professional presentation techniques will be trained. All workshops contain a theory part. The last two workshop sessions will be pressure cookers in which you will analyze the case, develop a recommendation and present the case.
Visual change management
Bringing about change is one of the most difficult tasks in a professional setting. Learning about and using different tools to make change happen is therefore important for future changemakers. In this course we focus on learning and using visual tools, such as metaphors and models, visual meetings, road maps and visual plans. These tools will enable you to envision and design change in order to get the desired results. We draw on the fields of design thinking, visual literacy, information design and change management. Working individually and in teams, you will gain strong analysis abilities, enhance your visual literacy skills, and develop your changemaker skills.
Human flourishing and new economic paradigms
Most of us are aware of the need for profound changes in our economy. Three massive powers determine our future and are often commended as sources of transition: science, technology, and economics. Yet they can contribute to de-humanizing processes in our society. Fortunately, several emerging economic paradigms are promising. This module addresses some of them. They have a broader and normative understanding of human flourishing in common. You will explore how human flourishing and new economic paradigms relate to transition management and key elements of authentic and responsible leadership.
Complete your exchange semester or year by taking one or more electives. The module Introduction to Windesheim is compulsory for all international students, but you are free to choose from the other options. You will receive ECTS credits when you complete a module successfully.
Want to know more about the exchange programme of Managing Projects in a Globalized World? Check the course catalogue for more information about matters such as assessment and teaching methods.
- Agile project management (15 ECTS credits)
Requirements and application
You are required to have two years of Bachelor’s study experience in a relevant field and English-language skills at least B2 level, but preferably C1 level.
- Year 3 students: 120 or 150* ECTS credits attained
- Year 4 students: 180* ECTS credits attained
- Motivation letter
* If one or two courses are missing, please explain in your motivation letter
When you decide to do an exchange programme at Windesheim, you have to sign the Learning Agreement of your programme. The Learning Agreement is a crucial document for the recognition of a study period abroad. It is an agreement between you, your university and Windesheim.