Course or training on sustainability: What is possible?

Increasingly, a course or training is focused on sustainability and ecology. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. Both HVE, bachelor and master programs are fully engaged in climate change and its possible approaches to inspire graduates to develop sustainable solutions and strategies. It is also possible to take a part-time course in sustainability. These are often of shorter duration and less labour intensive. This makes them easy to combine with a job. Below are a few examples to inspire you.

Education HVE

HVE courses last three to four years and are in most cases only feasible on a full-time basis. The spectrum is very large. For example, with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability you can work in a laboratory, in an economic environment or in the open air surrounded by flora and fauna. See the entire list here.

Environmental Sciences

This Bachelor’s degree is offered in Leeuwarden and Den Bosch. With Environmental Sciences you will learn all about the current climate change and you will search for solutions. The course is very broad and eventually you will come up with your own solutions which you can relate to your interests. Whether these are solutions for the countryside, in the city or on the water, everything is possible. This training gives you all the necessary information to be able to specialize in certain approaches. The course lasts four years and is offered on a full-time basis.

International Development Management

Located at the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, this four-year programme will teach you everything you need to know about managing social and ecological problems and processes. Sustainability and working towards global equity are central to this course. The Global Goals, set up by the UN, are therefore regularly mentioned. As a graduate, you have a strong understanding of problem-based work. You are also capable of making the best choices for companies and organisations with a sustainable perspective. Sustainable business on an international scale becomes easy to implement.

Biological and Medical Laboratory Research

For scientific insights into substances and the creation of new compounds, this practical research course is the right place to be. Chemistry and physics come together here and increase scientific knowledge in various fields. During the course, student contributions are taken seriously; for example, companies provide real assignments for students to work on. Eventually, students can delve into certain angles to come up with sustainable alternatives; think sustainable medicine and new renewable energy sources. This study takes four years and is offered in Emmen and Leeuwarden, among other places.

Academic Education

Bachelors usually last three or four years and are always based on academic sources. Sustainability courses are often quite theoretical but also offer practical experiments to really get your hands dirty. This does vary per course.

Future Planet Studies

In this future-oriented bachelor, students combine society with nature. The combination of these two sciences creates a strong foundation on which students can build possible sustainable solutions. Students can specialize in the alpha program, focused on society, or the program, focused on biology, and work towards a specialization. Future Planet Studies takes three years to complete and is held at the University of Amsterdam.

Global Sustainability Science

The bachelor Global Sustainability Science at Utrecht University provides students with the tools to come up with sustainable solutions and strategies, just like many other programs. There are several factors involved in the current climate issue. Therefore, this program focuses on multidisciplinary issues to give students the best possible picture. To create specialization, students choose a direction in the first year. They can be from; chemistry of the earth, science of energy generating technologies, politics or economics. The programme lasts three years and offers access to a wide range of master’s programmes.

Environmental Sciences

At the University of Wageningen you can follow the three-year bachelor Environmental Sciences. Here, students learn in detail about the current climate crisis and the inequality that is only exacerbating it on a global scale. The natural sciences and social aspects form the basis of this course. Students also learn about different technologies to gain strong insights. Upon completion, students will have insight and solutions from various perspectives for a sustainable future with a healthy living environment.

Masters Sustainability

Environment and Society Studies

This master’s program offers several options one year that are all in the theme of sustainability. Therefore, they also fit perfectly with many of the bachelors discussed above. During this master the emphasis is mainly on the political and social factors in combination with sustainability. This master is goal-oriented and helps students to solve questions; what needs to change and how does it need to be done to tackle climate change? How does this manifest itself in science and how does it combine with social factors? In addition, this sustainability master has a strong international character. Students learn about countries, international law and possible solutions to reform politics in order to work together effectively towards sustainability. But it is also possible to specialise in local initiatives and the creation of sustainable cities. The master’s degree can be followed in Nijmegen at Radboud University and its duration depends on the number of chosen specializations. Read more about the four specializations and their content here.

Sustainable Business and Innovations

This two-year master’s programme in Utrecht is a good fit for students with a background in natural sciences who want to work in companies and businesses. This master specialises students in sustainable entrepreneurship, based on scientific sources and possibilities. Students learn how to make sustainability work on a professional and large scale and also do their own research into possibly effective strategies to achieve this. Because of the individual research component, the master’s is also practical for preparing students for a real job and for building a network in the meantime.

Sustainability Science, Policy and Society

The one-year master’s in Sustainability Science, Policy and Society at Maastricht University already gives a lot away in its name. Sustainability and the science behind it, political regulations, rights and society form the basic principle. Since these three themes go hand in hand to realize a green future, this master prepares students with curriculum and theory on the connections between the themes. This master specialises students in processes of sustainability development at an interdisciplinary level in order to come up with solutions. Students actually go to work in the field with a client to get used to these solutions and the challenges of sustainability.

Course sustainability and part-time courses sustainability

Certified Professional Program Sustainability

The Open University offers this one-year course which takes place online and can therefore be followed from home. At an academic level, you will learn how to put sustainability into practice. After the course you will be an expert in sustainability and can easily make greener choices on a large scale. You can decide for yourself when you work on it and that is why this program is very suitable for working individuals. The Open University does, however, recommend that at least twelve hours a week be devoted to the course. To be admitted, a higher education thinking level is required. In addition, you should have already established a career that is somewhat in line with the opportunities that this course offers. Read more about the price and qualifications of this home training course here.

Sustainability Course

If the Open University home study course is too long, the Sustainability course at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) is also an option. It lasts ten weeks and takes place in the evening. According to the HvA, you spend twenty hours a week on the course, so it’s easy to combine with a part-time job. The course is at HVE level and prepares professionals for the process and the steps towards sustainable business. The course is both theoretically and practically oriented, ends with a personal business plan and provides ample opportunity for networking.

Which sustainability course is right for you?

There is a lot to choose from, and the examples covered are just a small handful from the full range. That is why there are several tools online. Here you can take an online personality test to find out what kind of education and function suits you and make a selection. You can also easily compare courses on the same website. Of course, an education is not necessarily necessary for sustainable business. In many cases, you can apply for sustainable job vacancies and thus also achieve success and growth in the field of CSR. In addition, reading books can also inspire and provide tips. In the end, it’s never too late to learn whether it’s through formal training, a book or in practice.

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