Leiden, Delft and Erasmus open their ‘minors’ to each other’s students
As of the coming academic year, students of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam are guaranteed access to each other’s broadening minors. Broadening minors are intended for students from various disciplines.
In the course of the enrolment procedure from 1 May to 31 May, the three universities will make 30 percent of places in their broadening minors available to students from the other two universities. In addition, they will also stimulate and facilitate mutual participation in the minors. Although in theory it has always been possible to follow a minor at another university, this option has so far rarely been used in practice.
Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam actively collaborate in the fields of education, research and valorisation. With this unanimous decision to open their minors, the three universities are taking a step towards realising one of the objectives of their collaboration: broadening and improving mutual participation in each other’s teaching. In doing so they are also responding to the wishes of the students of the three universities.
The three universities have also developed their first joint minor: Responsible Innovation. This minor was successfully offered for the first time in the 2014-2015 academic year. In the near future the three universities intend to offer more joint, multidisciplinary minors. The courses in these minors are taught by lecturers from the three universities, and students are offered the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary research questions together with students from other study programmes.
Most of the bachelor’s programmes offered by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam have a major-minor structure, with a minor component that varies from 15 to 30 study credits (EC). This minor component offers students the opportunity to explore an area outside the boundaries of their own study programme or to acquire more in-depth knowledge of their own field. A well-chosen minor allows students to enrich their own study programme with knowledge, understanding and skills from other disciplines. It also allows them to take preliminary steps towards the master’s programme they wish to follow after their bachelor’s.