Register for the LDE minors 'African Dynamics' and 'Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development'

Registration for the two Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) minors that the ASCL co-organizes will be open from 1 - 15 April. It concerns the minor African Dynamics and the minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development. The minors are only accessible for third-year bachelor students from Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. These are selection minors: the African Dynamics minor can accomodate 36 students, the Frugal Innovation minor 33 students. Registration for both minors will close on 15 April.

African Dynamics
The way in which Africa unfolds will greatly impact the course of the world’s shared future in the 21st century. Sustaining our technologically advanced, climate vulnerable and complex globalised world requires a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasise the necessity of partnership and collaboration to create the ‘World We Want’. Building on the SDGs, the African Dynamics minor fosters a deeper understanding of integrated and sustainable development approaches in Africa. Courses offered by leading Africanists of the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam combine knowledge and expertise in diverse fields to depict Africa from different perspectives, with an emphasis on how Africans themselves view their continent and the world.

The African Dynamics minor:

  • Serves as a pre-master for the Master in African Studies at Leiden University.
  • Includes interactive webinars, excursions and an online global classroom module with students from selected African universities.
  • Includes a three week field study in Africa. Due to the current pandemic, we have to make a reservation on whether field studies can take place. Check this web page for regular updates.

More information on the course programme and application procedure can be found in Leiden University's e-prospectus.

Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development
The joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) minor 'Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development' offers in-depth insight into how and under which conditions frugal innovation can be accomplished and contribute to sustainable global development. Frugal innovation is a recent manifestation of innovation which centres on the (re)design of products, services and systems, thereby decreasing price and production costs without compromising on utility and ease of use. As frugal innovation demands an interdisciplinary approach, this minor combines the unique knowledge and expertise from the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. In terms of learning methods, lectures, readings, online-learning tools, and internships are combined with practical expertise and experience of NGOs, businesses and policy makers. This minor is organized by the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa
  • In teams, students will conduct group fieldwork in a number of concrete cases / internships to apply frugal perspectives critically to a selection of action learning cases. Due to the current pandemic there is a substantial chance that field assignments will not be conducted abroad, but instead will be carried out in The Netherlands. For more information please visit the CFIA website.

More information on the course programme and application procedure can be found in Leiden University's e-prospectus.