Content description

From Mine to Finger. A deep dive into the world of Diamonds is an intensive summer school, hosted by the University of Antwerp (UAntwerp) and the Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC). Throughout this intensive programme, students will discover the world of diamonds in every aspect. Topics include the historical, geological, technical, economical, commercial and ethical perspectives of the global diamond trade. Additionally, the course offers a series of talks focusing on future trends, challenges and opportunities by focusing on innovation and sustainability in the Industry in all its facets. The course includes fascinating virtual site visits, lectures, workshops and keynotes by internationally renowned academics and professionals. This first digital edition offers the same inspiring content, innovative approach and collaborative environment as the physical version does.

Online learning environment

The summer school will be hosted via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the collaborative online learning platform of the University of Antwerp. Participants need to have a stable internet connection, a headset, a computer and a webcam. The summer school offers a variety of teaching methods. Most sessions will be held “live” in the CEST time zone as to enable interaction and debate. All lectures will be recorded and made available so that participants joining from different time zones can catch up at their own convenience. Some theoretical or introductory sessions will be recorded and shared beforehand. Moreover, an interactive workshop and several breakout sessions will assure the exchange of knowledge and perspectives among the participants.

Preparative period

The summer school takes place from 30 August - 3 September 2021 and is preceded by an introductory module from 23 - 27 August during which primary insights will be given so participants can duly prepare for the course. These preparatory talks, readings and clips will cover all topics dealt with during the summer school. All participants are invited to follow this track as a more equal starting level of understanding will favour collaboration and maximise the knowledge transfer during the summer school itself.

Students interested in earning ECTS credits are expected to submit an individual paper within two weeks after the end of the course. The goal of this paper is to apply some aspects of the knowledge taught during the sessions. In doing so, students are expected to make a hands-on interpretation of (some of the topics) dealt with during the course. The aim of the group work can be mapping a situation, analysing problems and providing procedures or ideas to solve them, hereby making content handled during the course (lectures, reading materials, etc), own experiences and other external sources.

A list of possible topics to work on will be provided before the start of the summer school. During previous editions, the following topics were covered:

·         Sustainable Diamond Trade, KP 2.0? On the need and relevance of international regulation schemes

·         Getting sustainability in. On new marketing approaches.

·         How to change a challenge into an opportunity? On the emergence of laboratory-made diamonds

·         D is for Diamond, and Disruption. On the introduction of new technologies

·         Trade of tomorrow. Retail business models in a changing industry

Target group

The summer school is designed for final year Bachelor students and Master students from different disciplines, as well as for young professionals and researchers, interested in deepening their knowledge about diamonds and its industry.  Participants looking for a relevant mixture of theoretical, empirical and practical insights from an interdisciplinary perspective are warmly encouraged to apply. The summer school is open to students and graduates from different disciplines.

For students looking to earn ECTS credits at the summer school, a specific learning path is designed. 

English is the language of instruction. As active participation is compulsory in the course, English proficiency is required.

Study credits and deliverables

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the base of attending the preparatory track, 100 % (active) participation during the course (one week) and submission of an individual paper two weeks after the course ends.

 To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at their university. A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.