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Course module: 202100308
Autumn Challenge Programme
Course info
Course module202100308
Credits (ECTS)4
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personE. Tsigki
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dr. P. van Adrichem - Rotteveel
L.G.A. Buunk
N. Petrová
Contactperson for the course
E. Tsigki
E. Tsigki
Academic year2021
Starting block
1A/  1B
RemarksThe Autumn Challenge programme is open for all students from ECIU member universities and for life-long learners.
Application procedureBOZ applies for you
Registration using OSIRISNo
After finishing the Autumn Challenge programme, the participant is able to:
1. Analyse  and  critically  assess  complex  societal  challenges  in  the  framework  of  UN SDG’s on a local as well as a global level;
2. Co-design and conceptualise solutions for these societal challenges;
3. Develop  and  demonstrate  the  ability  to  work  in  a  multidisciplinary  and  multicultural team;
4. Reflect upon his or her progress and the progress of his or her team;
Each participant can select from one of the following learning goals to follow his/her individuallearning path throughout the programme:
5a. Develop and apply project management skills in ambiguous and complex open-endedprojects;
5b.  Develop and apply design thinking skills in a responsible manner;
5c. Demonstrate the ability to master the dynamics of stakeholder involvement in ambiguous and complex open-ended projects;
5d.  Develop and demonstrate presentation skills;
5e. Develop and demonstrate the ability to guide, moderate and lead  a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.
The  Autumn  Challenge  Programme  is  a  virtual,  extracurricular  and  short-term  challenge-
based learning (CBL) programme organised and offered by the University of Twente (UT) in
collaboration with Tec de Monterrey (Mexico), and powered by the ECIU University.
Developed under the UN SDG: Sustainable Communities and Healthy Living, the programme
is focused on skilling and equipping the learners to become actors and leaders of change in
the  context  of  the  overarching  thematic  challenge  of  making  smart  communities  and  cities  
resilient and happy.

The Autumn Challenge programme consist of four interconnected components:
Virtual Teams
The  Virtual  Teams  are  the  main  component  of  the  programme.  Participants  work  on  a  
challenge together in a multicultural, interdisciplinary team of 4-6 participants. Virtual Teams
are led by participants themselves under the guidance of a team coach (trained student
assistant or academic staff). Virtual Teams are expected to regularly meet with their coach as
well with a challenge provider (min. 1 hour a week), engage in teamwork as well as complete
individual research and study assignments to tackle a challenge.
Workload: 3 ECTS (3*28 = 84 hours)
Thematic Lectures
To equip participants with necessary background information to work on a challenge, various
topics related to sustainable and healthy communities will be covered during thematic micro-
Workload: min. 0,5 ECTs (0,5*28 = 14 hours)
Skills Labs
To (further) develop the 21st century skills that are required for not only solving a challenge
but to succeed in today's world, a number of workshops are organised. In total, the Autumn
Challenge  programme  offers  four  mandatory  Skills  Labs  and  four  elective  Skills  Labs  from  
which a participant is expected to participate in a minimum of 1.
Workload: min. 0,5 ECTs (0,5*28 = 14 hours)
Cultural Activities (optional)
Cultural  activities  provide  participants  with  an  opportunity  to  bond  with  other  programme  
participants, and to learn and understand other cultures. Participation in Cultural Activities is
non-compulsory, however, highly recommended.

The Autumn Challenge workload is 4 ECTS but we offer the opportunity to increase your workload to max. 5 ECTS by following additional educational activities.

Assumed previous knowledge
The Autumn Challenge programme is open for all students from ECIU member universities and for life-long learners.
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


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