The Hague Summer School

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. A set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. All courses in The Hague Summer School are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Hague Summer School always focuses on wicked problems.  As a student you can choose different modules varying from Entrepreneurship to Human Rights and from Health, Well-being and culture to Sustainable Housing.

Sustainable Development Goals

At the Hague Summer School  you do not only follow lectures you will actually work in multi-national and multi-cultural groups on case studies. You will put the theory you have gained into practice. This approach can actually already be found in the name of our university: The Hague University of Applied sciences.
The City of The Hague is known as the International city of Peace and Justice. Here, every day, tens of thousands of people jointly pursue a more peaceful, just and secure world. They work in around 200 organisations, such as the International Yugoslavia Tribunal, Europol and the International Criminal Court, along with many other courts, tribunals, international organisations and NGOs. hundreds of companies and various knowledge centres. Besides the theoretical lectures, practical workshops and assignments you will be offered fieldtrips to some of those international organisations and companies.
On top of all we will make your time with us in The Hague unforgettable by offering a social programme. What about a potluck dinner or a barbecue on the beach?! This combination makes THSS unique in the world!
The Hague Summer School is a cutting-edge, two or four week modular course. You will follow an interdisciplinary module (1 credit) with all participants on global trends and/or developments. Besides that you have the opportunity to choose one module (3 credits) of your own choice. More information on these modules can be found underneath.

Global Trends

This so called "general module" is offered to all students atttending The Hague Summer School

The world is getting more and more connected, not only consumers but also organizations are increasingly interlinked. The public and private sector, once clearly separated, are moving closer to each other and will continue to do so. More and more new initiatives will stem from the interfaces between those sectors. The next generation of leaders will be inspired by and will seek the connectivity between the public & private worlds in order to be a catalyst for change.

In this general module students are introduced not only to trends, but also to methods and tools that help create (a vision on) the future and therefore help shape that future. The focus will be on future trends, for business and public sectors, but also trends that are already taking shape in the current reality.

In this module you will look at several global trends that also have a connection to the UN sustainability goals.

During this module students will be given a specific real-life challenge that they will have to tackle in an multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team using futuring and practical work methods.  Every morning, from Monday to Thursday there will be inspiring lectures from Dutch experts coming from government and private sector and international lecturers. Students will work in groups on their challenges, having more in depth discussions on the topics.

The last Friday there will be a closing event in which students will present their work to each other and related stakeholders. On both Friday afternoons students will visit a cultural institution in The Hague.  
As all Summer School students work together in the general modules this will broaden your view and allow you to work in in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Description Human Security, Rights and Development

The Hague, City of International City of Peace, Justice and Security, boasts around 131 international institutes and 80 justice organizations and together with New York, Geneva and Vienna is one of the United Nations cities. Since 1913, the Peace Palace has been a centre of world justice, hosting the permanent Court of Arbitrations and the International Court of Justice. You'll also find, Europol and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, along with many other courts, tribunals and NGOs.

In this module students will be introduced to modern security challenges, protection of human rights and the socio-economic development agenda of countries and population groups suffering grave injustices and poverty.

While getting acquainted with some general (legal) theory and cases, students will experience how to work in reality with international issues through visits to the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, development cooperation organizations and institutions which encourage democratization. The program is both academic and practical (action-oriented).

Examples of the lectures offered: the role of the EU as a peace-building actor, the role of NATO in global peace and Theories of International relations. The workshops are called Migration across the Mediterranean and Sustainable Development goals.

A the end of this module students will have experienced the so-called integrated approach: how to achieve synergy of peace operations, state-formation, poverty reduction and basic human rights.


The world has major sustainability issues (social, ecological and economical). There is a need for innovative leadership and bottom-up solutions to these challenges. This elective is delivered in collaboration with the New World Campus. It builds on a unique combination of the New World Campus-experience in the NGO world, the high-end teaching experience of the Dock20-team and the inspiring academic environment of the Hague Summerschool. This elective aims at broadening participants’ perspectives in current and urgent social, sustainability issues. It is an open, experimental space for students and young professionals to explore their leadership skills with a special focus on bottom-up organizing. The Hague, as a city of peace & justice, offers the perfect environment for that.

The course is designed to support participants in finding their personal leadership direction by focusing on societal issues as the center from which ideas are created. The course combines theory and reflection with hands-on projects for real life assignment providers. Methods from the field of participatory leadership will play an important part in the program. Additionally, this course looks at innovation as a complete process, using design thinking: from idea to prototype, and from prototype to impact. Innovation can only be called as such when it has a meaningful and useful and recognized positive impact for a large group.

Sustainable entrepreneurship in Africa

Africa is emerging, the highest economic growth rates among the world can be found on this continent. African governments are increasingly focusing on sustainable entrepreneurship, which aim to make a positive impact on economic, social, ecological and cultural development of the 54 countries on the continent.

During this module, taught in English, students will be given a specific business problem that they will have to solve in an international, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team. In-depth knowledge and practical experiences will be taught by lecturers from THUAS, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations active in Africa.

Topics that will be discussed are for example:

  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship in SME’s
  • Market entry strategies for Africa
  • Waste Management
In the afternoons students will work in workshops on solving their business case. In the evenings, students can explore the vibrant city of Rabat where the module is given.

On the first Friday of this module students can visit a local company. During the last Friday of the module there will be a closing event in which students present their work to each other and related stakeholders.

The entire module will take place at The Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR) in Rabat, Morocco.


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