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Last academic year, DO! collected almost 100 challenges for teaching staff to choose from.

Purpose

Every academic year lots of students are working on projects during their studies at Ghent University. We want to help you to as teaching staff to provide relevant project challenges for your students. Call for Challenges matches organizations and teaching staff with each other.

This matchmaking provides students a chance to work on realistic projects from real life while having the freedom to look for the most suitable solution. This gives students a better idea of how things work in companies and gives them valuable hands-on experience. Besides, it is very motivating for students to do their part to help create a solution for a societal relevant problem.

To further stimulate their entrepreneurial mindset and to promote student entrepreneurship, we encourage students to carry on with the challenges after the course ends, if the agreement with the organisation allow this.

Process

The Call for challenges matchmaking consists of 3 steps. At this moment we are at step 1: collecting courses with an interest.

Step 1: Collecting courses

In the first phase we list all courses or projects at Ghent University with an interest in receiving challenges.

Deadline: 1 May 2021

Step 2: Looking for challenges

In the second phase we look for governments, organisations or companies who have challenges that students can work on.

Deadline: 15 August 2021

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Step 3: Matchmaking

Once the challenges are in, the matchmaking can begin. We bring organisations and professors in contact which each other.

During academic year 2021-2022

Collecting courses

We are looking for Ghent University project-based courses, projects and events for academic year 2021-2022. The end result of these courses should be concrete(for example a prototype, marketingplan or solution) and provide an added value for the organisation or society in general. Be aware that the focus of the project should be practice-oriented and not research-based.

At DO! we do our best to obtain the best possible match. However, we do not guarantee a match between course and challenge. It is always possible that for certain courses no or not enough challenges are found.

Register your course or project now and let your students work with relevant real-life cases from the professional field!

Deadline: 1 May 2021

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