Academic Consultancy Training

Do you have an innovative idea, a question or an unsolved problem that you cannot get to? Working with students of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) could be the solution. Society Based Education connects questions from society to education at WUR. The course Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) is an example of a course in which students can get started with your consultancy question! Society Based Education is constantly searching for problem-orientated, interdisciplinary, consultancy questions in which a multidisciplinary group of 5 to 7 students can use their creativity to find a solution!

The WUR offers the possibility for projects to be realized by Master students at relatively little cost and time. This is an opportunity for students to work on a consultancy question for a commissioner in a real-life setting in the final phase of their studies.

The course Academic Consultancy Training (ACT):

  • Is a mandatory course for different Master's programmes of the WUR. Students of different studies and nationalities work together as one team;

  • Is a course in which students work in teams of 5 to 7 people on a consultancy question for 8 weeks, where the students will be guided by a coach and an academic advisor from the WUR during this time period;

  • Is a course in which many international students participate;

  • Is scheduled five times throughout the academic year.

Examples of student projects

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

In the video below, students tell about the ACT project they workon on and about the ACT course. This student project won the Academic Consultancy Training Award last year.

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Criteria for ACT question of company/commissioner

  • It is an actual question;

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

  • The question falls within the domain of Food and Living Environment;

  • The students have to look for practical solutions based on scientific knowledge;

  • The question requires knowledge from different academic disciplines.

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


Do you have a problem-orientated, interdisciplinary, consultancy question and are you considering working together with students? Information about what is expected of you as a commissioner and the procedure for submitting a question can be found here:

Does your consultancy question not fit the requirements of ACT?

Do you have doubts whether your consultancy question suits the characteristics of the ACT course? Please contact Society Based Education via the contact form. Together we will discuss the possibilities for your question.