What we do for companies/organisations

Do you have an innovative idea, a question or an unsolved problem that you are unable to get round to? Working with students of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) could be the solution. Society Based Education connects questions from society to education at WUR. To do this, we help to focus your question, formulate student projects and we look for a suitable Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at WUR.

There are various Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in which students work in teams on questions from entrepreneurs, companies and non-profit organisations. Students work on assignments in the Food and Living Environment domain. These are short-term assignments on which students, with different or the same study background, work full or part-time for a period between 3 and 8 weeks. We can also translate the assignment into an internship or thesis assignment. Internship and thesis assignments are long-term assignments on which one student with a specific expertise works for 4 to 5 months.

Depending on the type of question, its size and to what extent the question is mono or multidisciplinary, we try to match it with a course in the education at WUR. When a match has been found, we fine-tune the research question in cooperation with you, so that the question also matches the learning process of the course of the students.

Criteria for the question of the company/organisation

  • It is an actual question;

  • The question is on an academic thinking and working level;

  • The question falls within the Food and Living Environment domain.

The student teams work within a learning environment, which means that you are expected to be open to guiding students to achieve their learning goals.

Submit a question

Do you have a question/project that meets the criteria, and are you considering working with students? Please fill in the 'Project submission form' and send it to us via the contact page. We will contact you as soon as possible to go through the following steps:

  1. We will discuss with you your question/project

  2. We check whether your question/project is suitable for one of our Bachelor's or Master's programmes

  3. We discuss with you in which period and course your question/project can be offered to students, and which preconditions apply to that course.

Project submission form

Contact page

Academic Consultancy Training

An example of a course in which students work on an issue of a company/organisation is Academic Consultancy Training (ACT). Every year, students from almost all WUR Master's programmes participate in this course. Students from different study programmes work together on a consultancy or design-oriented assignment. More information about ACT can be found on the website of Academic Consultancy Training.

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Examples of student projects

Examples of student projects in which students have worked on a question from entrepreneurs, companies, government institutions or non-profit organisations can be found here:

Examples of student projects