From the 2015-2016 academic year, students at Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam are granted access to the broadening minors at the partner universities. Broadening minors are intended for students from different programmes and do not require prior specialist knowledge.
Joint minors are devised by teachers from the three universities and are open to students at the three universities. Within social relevant themes students from different disciplines work on cases with problem owners from exhisting companies and organizations.
The first Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor, in Responsible Innovation, started in September 2014. Bachelor's students at TU Delft, Leiden University, and Erasmus University Rotterdam took the minor, in which they worked with problem owners in existing companies and organisations on case studies concerning the Maasvlakte 2 project, Google Glass and whole genome sequencing.
Security, Safety and Justice
The minor in Safety, Security & Justice deals with current security themes and their associated basic scientific terms. The multidisciplinary programme is structured around three scientific themes: security, safety, and justice.
Dr Mark de Bruijne, Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology, Department of Policy, Organisation, Law and Gaming:
In the minor students are forced to look from different angles to science because here students from technological and social backgrounds meet and work together. The added value is in the exchange of knowledge. So it's not about delivering a product but above all about the process of talking to each other, exchanging the different angles and perspectives. Students learn a great deal from this interaction.
Geo-resources for the Future: Social, Economic, Environmental and Political Challenges
Natural geological resources play a role in numerous aspects of our daily lives. Consider not only the petrol that fuels our cars and buses, or gas that warms our homes, but also applications such as the metals in solar panels, wind turbines, electrical motors and mobile telephones. This minor teaches students to draw on various disciplines to explore the responsible use and trade of geological resources. We are facing challenges: Increasing CO 2 emissions are causing climate change and call for an energy transition towards renewable energy sources. In addition, the supplies of fossil fuels and minerals are limited and their availability and prices strongly depend on global politics. In order to tackle this complex societal challenge, various viewpoints have to be considered. In this Minor, you will learn about the various disciplines that are involved in a responsible exploitation and trading of geo-resources and practice their integration. You will work on economic, environmental and social aspects that are needed to achieve a ‘licence to operate’. How is it done today and what do we need to change tomorrow?
Minor in Medicine for technology students
This minor is intended for students who are interested in the cutting edge of technology and medicine: how can knowledge of technology contribute to medical science and to improved diagnostics and treatment methods?