Engage, inspire, collaborate and make a difference

  • The programme is an English selective 15 EC honours course at graduate level, to be taken on top of any Master's programme
  • The programme is accessible to all UU Master’s students
  • The programme aims at a substantial participation of international students and is taught in English as the issues transcend national and cultural borders
  • The programme starts the second weekend of November 2020 and ends May 2021
  • The Young Innovators community gathers 3 weekends (Friday night, Saturday all day), 1 trip of 5 days abroad in February 2021 (with an official exculpation for their respective master courses), and 7 Tuesday nights for workshops
  • Seminars, workshops, and site visits are organized, according to what serves the community most at that time
  • Extra time: five hours weekly (preferably on Tuesday nights) for (team)work in addition to these sessions
  • The programme encompasses a kick-off weekend in November, a trip abroad in February/March and a final public event where the students present their work in May
  • You pay a contribution of €150,- upon registration. Once you are selected you will receive more information on the payment details
  • Note: depending on the COVID-19 policies of the time, the program may change format

Three modules

In 3 modules you will learn to approach real world issues from a systemic and personally relevant perspective. You will develop your personal leadership, deepen your understanding of regenerative practice, your social innovation skills and build a learning community.

  1. Foundations in regenerative practice
  2. Learning from place and building a learning community (in Sicily)
  3. Personal quests and collective interventions


Workshops are organized on innovation processes (e.g. TheoryU, Design Thinking, etc.), teamwork, group dynamics, and leadership. Through extra activities the students will develop the skills needed to successfully accomplish the challenge. For the workshops the students and staff will invite inspiring speakers from societal, public, academic, political, and business perspectives. During this programme you will be stimulated to collaborate, produce and learn in multidisciplinary teams. In this, you are challenged to take ownership of both your own and collective learning processes and thereby invited to co-create the program design.