Why do you choose for the minor Sustainable Development?
Students who have completed the minor Sustainable Development tell about their experiences and how the minor has influenced their further study and career.
'During the minor Sustainable Development I was confronted with the major challenges we face. It seemed that humanity and nature are nearly collapsing and nobody is acting. Luckily, that last thing is not true. Many people work towards a sustainable world. As the former chair of the National network of sustainability students I worked with multinationals, politicians, the (local) government(s),NGO's and many others at speeding up the sustainability transitions needed. For example, we organised a sustainability ranking for all Dutch universities to push higher education in taking the lead. Also I gave inspirational sessions to DJ's of the public radio, boards of public broadcasters and MBA-Students in Swiss. The minor was the start of my sustainable drive to work towards my desired future.'
'This minor gave me the opportunity to explore the field of sustainability. I was able to enroll in the Master Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, I participated in the Sustainability Challenge 2015 (and won!), after which I started my internship at a Dutch Water board (HHNK). Here, I am learning a lot about socially & environmentally responsible innovations and how sustainability can put into practice.'
'As the head of CML told our class of sustainable development in 2014, 'do what you really want to do in life, because that's what will make you happy.' After the minor, I took up on his advice and exchanged biomedical sciences for a career in sustainability. Now I'm working for Ecolution, a circular economy initiative in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, and studying Industrial Ecology!'