Want to be a social change agent?
Our world faces many challenges: from global warming, wars, political uncertainty to a widening gap between the haves and have-nots. The world is also rapidly changing in terms of technology, social movements, approaches to community, and new economic models. Even at local level, our societies are becoming more complex, with growing cities, ageing populations, fluctuating employment, escalating health care costs and increasing environmental instability, affecting agriculture and food production. We believe that positive change is possible: from individuals to communities to economies to societies. We also believe that young people, YOU, can lead the changes needed to create a more just world; one that provides for future generations. The Value Creators programme will teach you how to create societal value by seeking novel approaches to address complex issues that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
What's Value Creators like?
This full-time programme (30 ECTS credits) is part of the bachelor's degree Global Project and Change Management of Windesheim Honours College (WHC). During this semester, you act as an independent change agent consultant. You will learn how to work transdisciplinary, addressing issues which affect not only one organization, but integrating the needs and expectations of multiple actors, actants, and networks.
Final value process (20 ECTS credits)
During the semester, your team delivers 4E-Model reports based on the 4 phases:
At the end of the Value Creators journey, you will deliver a final product and presentation. This product may have different formats. For some, it may be a written text, such as a handbook, a tool kit, training modules, or an advisory report for networks. For others, this is the time and opportunity to organize community activities such as events, concerts, projects, festivals etc. You may also choose to create a documentary, podcast series, app or other digital tools, set up your own company or organization, create a new network, etc. How you create value is up to you! Creativity and diversity is welcome.
Personal and professional profiling portfolio (4 ECTS credits)
You get to choose how you shape your personal and professional profile as a change agent. You have the freedom to invest 112 hours on your development. The hours are allocated as follows: 56 hours for professional profiling activities and 56 hours for activities related to your personal profiling. You create a learning plan detailing how you will use these hours. Possible activities include:
- Volunteer job related to the topic
- Courses and webinars (online/offline)
- Congresses or conferences
- Mini internships
- Shadowing different professionals for one day
- Reading articles or books
- Open days for masters programmes or other types of education
VC Knowledge Portfolio (6 ECTS credits)
To create your portfolio, you need to attend all mandatory workshops and deliver the homework or activities required (3 ECTS credits). In order to support your portfolio topic, we ask you to select other learning activities such as a mix of MOOCs (online courses), workshops (offline/online), readings, webinars, conferences or other learning activities. This is also worth 3 ECTS credits.
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.
- Course catalogue
- Final value process (20 ECTS credits)
Requirements and application
You are required to have 2 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.