Minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development

A new Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor will begin in September 2018: ‘Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development’.  This multidisciplinary minor is easily accessible for Bachelor’s students at Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam.  Lecturers from these three universities all contribute expertise from their respective disciplines. In the minor, participants will have the opportunity to work with students from other universities and fields, allowing them to step outside of their monodisciplinary frame of reference. Find more information below. 

‘Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development’ minor.

Frugal Innovation concerns the (re)development of products, services and systems for the lowest possible cost price, while retaining user quality. Frugal Innovation can therefore make a substantial difference to the quality of life of consumers and producers at the lower levels of the socio-economic pyramid. This burgeoning innovation concept is also linked to issues of economic and ecological sustainability and social inclusion – not only in developing countries, but also in Europe.

This minor introduces students from a range of degree programmes to the concept of Frugal Innovation, the underlying principle of ‘frugality’ and the applicability of the concept within the framework of the United Nations’ sustainable development objectives.


Practicing frugal innovation

In addition to academic modules in the minor, students will attend (guest) lectures from experts from the business community, government bodies and NGOs. In the second quarter students will work in a so-called pressure-cooker environment on a real-life case. They will integrate economic, sustainability and developmental perspectives. In the second part of the minor, students will put their acquired expertise into practice during an internship abroad in f.e. Kenya, South Africa or India. 

This minor is fully developed by the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa.  Registration for the 2018-2019 edition is closed. In May 2019 registration will be opened again for the next edition.
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