Five new economic part-time programmes of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Business School have started successfully

13 December 2017

This academic year 116 students were enrolled in new economic, part-time study programmes at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Business School. The part-time study programmes Business Administration, Business IT & Management, Marketing Management (CE), Finance & Control and Human Resource Management have been completely re-organised, and are now based on solving professional practice issues.

Modular education instead of courses

All study programmes consist of eight modules each worth thirty study credits. After each module the student receives a certificate which is part of a process ending with a diploma (micro credentialing). A student with eight certificates will receive a Bachelor diploma. Students of these five study programmes take some joint modules, but other modules are programme-specific. This does make it easier to switch between study programmes. In February 2018 the first students of the programmes will receive their certificate. The Business School is at the cutting edge with this type of certification compared to other schools of higher education.

A module is centred around an issue taken from the professional practice. From day-one students work on solving issues from the practice in order to directly apply knowledge, insights, and skills to the workplace. Students will work without as much structure made available to them. “We let the students know where to look without telling them what to look for. This appeals to their self-directing ability”, Robert Bouwhuis, initiator of the new education concept.

On-demand content lessons

Because there are no subjects or assessments, and issues are practice-orientated, the content of the lessons is flexible according to student needs. Recently fifteen experts were made available for a lesson, at the request of the students. “Students were given the opportunity to talk to a professional expert about matters that they had found to be difficult. Both the students, the experts and lecturers were enthusiastic.”

The future

In addition to developing the modules for year two, we are working hard for the future. Hopefully in a few years, the school can be first in issuing digital certificates for passing a module.

Take a look at the interview with Robert Bouwhuis, initiator of the new economic part-time education, about the new modular set-up and its (digital) certification. (interview is in Dutch).

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