This course was requested by eager students, who wanted to prepare for a working environment outside of the academic world. TheRockGroup then started this course in order to learn what skills and knowledge are truly relevant for society.
Each year through this course Jesse and Tim use their passion for sustainable education by coordinating of this second year bachelor student course entitled Science in Practice, on the ins and outs of circular economy. This course in the study program of Beta-Gamma gives students an outlook on how to use their scientific knowledge to solve a real problem for a company. This could be doing a life cycle analysis, innovation funnelling or finding the perfect solution for a problem.
During the Science and Practice course Jesse and Tim coach 40 interdisciplinary students through various projects and cases for different kinds of companies and organizations. They begin the course with lectures on theory about circular economy and connect the students with experts in different fields through guest lectures. Past lectures have included Jacqueline Cramer (Amsterdam Economic Board), Lukas Hoex (DSM) and Jacques Reijnders (UvA). After the students learn the basics of this new economic system that interprets value differently than traditional capitalistic system Jesse and Tim guide the students in the practice part of the course.
During the practice part of the course students are given a case from an organization and begin to deepen their knowledge in the specific field of the organization. In the context of previously learned theory and with the guidance of Jesse and Tim students use their training to solve the business cases. Business cases are always varied to reflect the expertise of TheRockGroup and pertinent topics in society and business such as impact assessment, innovation trajectories and policy making.
The course always leads to positive collaboration between students, the University, and business to use a fresh perspective to advise businesses and organizations.