Groningen, Netherlands

Entrepreneurship and Youth Development in an International Context

when 20 July 2022 - 30 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 400

What to do when you have finished your studies? How to prepare yourself for working life during your studies? The transition from studying to working is not a straightforward one. Some young people have a fixed idea of what profession they would like to learn, and some adjust it with every new insight in their studies. Some people gradually develop an idea of where to start their career, and some start a (small) enterprise of their own trying to build a sustainable livelihood.

The question for this summer school is how higher education and other forms of education can facilitate and support this quest of young people to organise their lives. We will explore this in the context of Gulu, a town in northern Uganda that is reinventing itself after the violent conflicts in that area. Lecturers from the international collective ‘Youth, education and work’, coming from Uganda, Sudan, Colombia, Israel, South Africa and the Netherlands, will share their research experiences on these issues. This will feed into fieldwork to be conducted in and around Gulu, together with students and graduates from different educational institutions, and young entrepreneurs. This way, you will gain hands-on experience with Participatory Action Research. Together, you will analyse the issues at stake and design innovative ways to support young people to build a livelihood for themselves and contribute to their environment. The UNESCO chair on ‘Lifelong learning, youth and work’ has a track record of bringing together the people and organisations that work on these issues.

The summer school will form a platform for young people to exchange experiences, develop their own thinking and design innovative solutions. The learning outcomes of the summer school will not only serve the participants, but will also be channelled back as recommendations for educational innovations, and will be disseminated in research publications.

Course leader

Josje van der Linden (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Groningen )

Target group

This course is designed for people who are at a minimum 3rd year bachelor level of education with an interest in the theme of lifelong learning in a global context, from very practical to more theoretical.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Work in an international setting;
- Apply a global, multicultural perspective on local initiatives;
- Conduct Participatory Action Research;
- Use the valuable connections from the international, interdisciplinary research network ‘Youth, education, and work’.

Credits info

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance.

Fee info

EUR 400: Fee incl. coffee, tea, lunch, local transportation