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Responsible Innovation
a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor

Biotechnology, artificial intelligence, solar energy: all innovations with ethical concerns. Who is the innovation for and what are its external effects? This goes beyond just sustainability. In the minor Responsible Innovation, you will become acquainted with the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that underpin innovation. Lecturers from Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam teach you to look at this subject from different perspectives.

The joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are multidisciplinary and open to all students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

responsible innovationIn the minor Responsible Innovation, you will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company and of an entire economic system; and how responsible innovation can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided. Lecturers from Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam teach you to look at this subject from different disciplines.

The programme offers in-depth insight into how responsible innovation can be understood, accomplished and promoted. During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss ethical and other conditions for innovating responsibly. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company and of an entire economic system; and how responsible innovation can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided.

This minor is a joint collaboration by Leiden University, TU Delft en Erasmus University Rotterdam and is accessible to all their students. Read more about the course programme and classes in the study guide of the coordinating university. You can register for this minor through your own university.

Take a look at the courses of this minor programme 

LDEReasons to choose a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor:

1. Joint education programmes provided by three top universities.
2. Urgent social issues and new potential solutions.
3. Lecturers and students from a range of specialisms.
4. Case studies from businesses, government authorities and NGOs.
5. A network in Leiden, The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam.

More Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors

What are the key features of the multidisciplinary Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors?

  • Admission requirements: Most Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are open to all students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. A small number also require prior knowledge or involve a selection process.
  • Number of places: Although it varies according to the minor, between 40 and 90 students can participate (see the link below for numbers for each minor). A number of places are reserved for each university in order to ensure a balanced distribution from the different programmes.
  • Language: All Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are taught in English.
  • Credits: All minors have a coherent program of 30 EC. It is possible to only follow the first block of 15 EC.
  • Location: The lectures and seminars are held in one or more of the following cities: Leiden, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam. 
  • Applications: You apply for a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor via your own university.
  • Selection: Some Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are selection minors, which means you will need to write a motivation letter. Make sure you check the application date.
  • Courses: The course descriptions can be found in the prospectus of the coordinating university. 

Take a look at the courses of this minor programme

Students about this minor:

   'Teachers from different universities give you the opportunity to look at problems from different points of view.'

Evan Yap Peraza is one of the students who took this minor: 'Teachers from different universities give you the opportunity to look at problems from different points of view, and they challenge you with different learning methods. That gives us the opportunity to create new knowledge from a responsible angle.'

henk de vriesHenk de Vries, lecturer at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University: 'One of the cases in this minor is about the climate effect of our computer use. That's bigger than you think. The question for the students is how they can make users aware of this, by not only providing factual information but also making the impact tangible – the latter is where the innovation lies.' Read more

Lotte Pet   'The students come from various courses, such as business administration, international studies, archaeology, civil engineering, history, nanotechnology, and technical administration.' 

Lotte Pet, coordinator of the Minor Responsible Innovation, Leiden University, adds: 'The teachers of the Minor Responsible Innovation come from all three LDE universities. The students come from various courses, such as business administration, international studies, archaeology, civil engineering, history, nanotechnology, and technical administration.'  Read more