Integratieproject HI (also known as CSR Project) consists of an integrated project that must be carried out in groups of 3 to 4 students from the Master's in Commercial Engineering.
This course unit mainly intends to broaden the frame of reference of the managers-to-be in connection with important sub-areas of society and aspects of the social sector. The integrated approach is a nice addition to the often theoretical courses that they have had over the past three to four years and also sharpened some new or additional basic competencies: working together in small teams, analytical and resolving thinking, dealing with practical difficulties, communicating with multiple parties, ...
The projects have to be completed at non-for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations or other foundations. The students offer their knowledge and skills for free, as if they were junior consultants. Given the broad background of the students, all kinds of possible themes can be addressed. Projects can, for example, be part of the programme:
- the drawing up of a financing plan
- looking at subsidies and/or financing possibilities
- Supply chain
- Optimising the flow of goods
- Explore new channels
- the identification of new market outlets
- organising an event
- mapping of the organisation, processes
- streamlining communication
- the examination of certain legislation in a national and international context
The CSR project has four objectives
- Offer a platform where the student comes into contact with the outside world, including the non-for-profit sector.
- Giving students a broader view of society and allowing them to actively participate.
- Offer a more varied education from the university
- Non-profit organisations in Antwerp (and beyond) try to help by offering a free form of consulting.
At the end of the academic year, the groups of students present the results of their collaboration. The students will give a brief explanation of the specific objectives of the project, the methodology used and the results obtained. Among those present are professors from the University of Antwerp, employees of the non-for-profit organisation and (possibly) a number of interested external parties, all of whom can and may of course ask in-depth questions. In addition, a book of abstracts will be published that combines all the results and can serve as a reference for future years/projects/collaborations.