9–25 NOV 2021
massive open online course

Dutch Design
&
Architecture

what is it about
In this Dutch-Russian academic collaboration, academics and practitioners, the most important elements of the creative society are discussed in live online seminars.

The cross-cultural setting, in which these elements are discussed, has both an academic flavour and practical implications. The fact that the sessions are live makes it unique and stand out among other MOOCs, enabling, for example, a live Q&A session with the speakers involved in both languages with the simultaneous translation provided.

Course schedule

Please note that the time and date indicated are in Moscow time zone (UTC+3)

Course contents

1. Introduction Dutch Design & Architecture
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2. Parametric Design in Architecture
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3. TBD
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4. Solar roof technology: is it possible in a household?
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5. Sustainable cities
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6. Are you waste or compost? Coffins made of mycelium
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We know you have questions...
...and we've got answers! (from MOOC Entrepreneurship)
Who are we?
The course is offered by Nuffic, the organisation for internationalisation in education in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship, which is a network of centres operating in almost all Dutch universities, creating and supporting an entrepreneurial ecosystem there. The Netherlands Education Support Offices, the international offices of Nuffic, located in 9 countries, facilitate the course. For more information, please visit the Who are we page.
Who will teach me?
Renowned Dutch and international professors, researchers and experts are looking forward to starting the discussion with you! Take a look at our list of experts!
How intensive is this course?
The course consists of 10 lectures divided over 6 weeks (2 lectures per week; 1-week break in May). The lectures take place on Tuesday and Thursday (except for 1 lecture) at 15:00 (CET) and will be held online. Each lecture lasts for approximately 1 hour and a half. The total workload will be approx. 7−11 hours (depending on how much time will you spend on the assignment). Each lecture will consist of 2 presentations by Dutch and international experts followed by a discussion.
What do I need to do apart from participating in seminars?
For those of you who are looking at learning more from the experts, we have an assignment that will be graded and commented upon. You will need to submit it at the end of the course. A certificate will be given to anyone who will have demonstrated their understanding of the concepts discussed throughout the lectures and will have applied them in the assignment. Only those handing in an assignment will receive professional feedback.

To obtain a certificate, you should complete an assignment that ties in with the course: create an earnings model for a business idea. We do this in the innovative way of a virtual Dragon's den in which you pitch your idea and show that you can apply the most important lessons from the lectures. The professors involved give feedback on your business idea and if you agree, a call for cooperation is shared with the community that was set up during the course.
What assignment can I expect?
Please visit the Assignment page to learn more.
How do I know this course is of high quality?
The course is taught by leading Dutch and international institutions working in innovation and entrepreneurship. The lecturers work with students and start-ups daily bringing their ideas to the next level.

The Dutch have always been famous for their entrepreneurial spirit reflected in the country's large number of entrepreneurs – the highest in Europe: about 15% of the Dutch working population is self-employed. Renowned internationally for its open culture and emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, the Netherlands is home to a vibrant, collaborative startup ecosystem. The Netherlands is also in the top 5 of the most competitive economies in the world, which speaks for itself.

Nuffic's international offices, the Netherlands Education Support Offices, or NESO, took good care in finding exceptional speakers from their countries to match the Dutch speakers.
What will I get upon completing this course?
Firstly, you will gain practical skills and knowledge to set up your own business. You will have a chance to draft a business plan and receive feedback from the lecturers.

Secondly, upon completion of the assignment at the end of the course, you will be rewarded a certificate signed by the Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship and the Netherlands Education Support Office (Nuffic Neso offices).

To obtain a certificate, you should complete an assignment that ties in with the course and demonstrates that you fully understand all the concepts delivered throughout the course: сreate an earnings model for a business idea. We do this in the innovative way of a virtual Dragon's den in which you pitch your idea and show that you can apply the most important lessons from the lectures. The professors involved give feedback on your business idea and if you agree, a call for cooperation is shared with the community that was set up during the course.
What's the value of my certificate for an employer?
Extracurricular activities are valued highly by any employer. The Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship and the offices of Nuffic Neso are respected organisations in the Netherlands.
Why is this course free?
The course is set up for students to benefit from the best Dutch and international professionals have to offer in the field of entrepreneurship. We want to trigger you to apply entrepreneurial skills wherever you can. It is our wish to enhance collaboration between the Netherlands and the rest of the world. We do not ask for money – we ask simply to join us.
Will lectures be recorded?
Yes, the lectures will be recorded. We will be sending the link to the registrants once a week.

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