Since Bertus Tulleners in 2006 accidentally became student-assistant of Robbert Dijkgraaf, Louise Fresco and Johan van Benthum, supporting them in organizing a course on different discourses around the renewable energy debate we have been ‘in business’ with education.
Bertus worked on the design, development and teaching of a range of courses since that time, including: CSR in practice, Aid & Trade in agricultural value chains, water governance, Innovation in practice, transitions in the 21th century, Science in Practice (circular economy), Extinction, The Tesla Minor.
Ever since the start of TRG, he brought in these activities and involved other TRG colleagues in education. Today education is one of the pillars of our approach to work on the transition to a fair and sustainable society and economy.
We often initiate our own education, working mostly with the Institute of Interdisciplinary studies of the University of Amsterdam on innovative teaching.
Working with different types of students and different objects of study, we aim to approach Academic education more integrally than normally happens. We bring the outside world in, by letting students work with and for specialists and organizations from beyond the University gates. Next to that we take personal development as one of the key-points of our education; we work in a personal way with students and help them to find ways to use their interests and talents to develop an attitude and find a direction that helps them to critically reflect on the world and find their path in it.
This results in a close network of alumni that help each other to utilise their knowledge and talents in a way that creates value for them and other people.