Four AUC students selected for Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School
For the 2017 edition of the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS), AUC students Lotje Wolfs, Myrte Wassenaar, Daniel Bieckmann and Vincent Roest have been selected to participate in various projects in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. During the summer programme, students will be immersed in the academics, businesses and cultures of their host countries.
NAHSS Theme 2017: Health and Aging
The theme for the consultancy projects of the 2017 edition of the NAHSS is Health and Aging. Within this theme, branches of the Dutch government and multinational companies will work to address problems related to urban sustainability, healthier production techniques, reducing environmental impacts of industry, emphasising the importance of nutrition in aging, contemporary IT solutions in agriculture and more. The scope of these projects challenge students to apply critical thinking and analysis skills to develop multifaceted solutions that consider the demands of diverse stakeholders.
AUC students participating in NAHSS 2017
Lotje Wolfs, Myrte Wassenaar, Daniel Bieckmann and Vincent Roest are the four AUC students selected to participate in the NAHSS for 2017. After making it through the intensive selection procedure that included two essays and a short video on their motivation, the four students have learned where they will be stationed and what project they will be working on as they begin their pre-departure training.
Lotje Wolfs is a third-year social sciences major concentrating in economics. Seeking to complete a master’s degree in finance, Wolfs was motivated to apply for the NAHSS due to her interest in Asian cultures and the challenge of applying concepts she has been learning in the classroom to solve real world problems. For her assignment, Wolfs will travel to Hong Kong to work on a project for multinational networking and telecommunications company Huawei that will explore the possibilities of ICT solutions in the agricultural sector.
A third-year sciences and pre-med student at AUC, Myrte Wassenaar applied for the NAHSS after spending a semester studying abroad at the National University of Singapore in 2016. With her interest in international education, Wassenaar will now be headed to Beijing to study at Peking University and work with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science on investigating methods on how the Dutch government can anticipate and meet the increasing demand for high-quality English education in the Netherlands.
Third-year sciences student Daniel Bieckmann will be joining Wassenaar in Beijing working with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. Bieckmann will be developing strategies to respond to problems associated with rapid urbanisation, including how to mitigate negative health effects of urban life and how urban design can improve quality of life for an aging population. In addition to his project, Bieckmann will also be taking related courses at Peking University.
Rounding out the group of four is third-year sciences student Vincent Roest. The prospect of working with a major Dutch multinational organisation encouraged him to apply for the NAHSS. For his stint in Asia, Roest will be heading to Taiwan to work with AkzoNobel on analysing health risks in urban areas and how product innovation and design could contribute to a healthier city (for example, through coatings that could absorb excess CO2).
Learning through project-based experience
The NAHSS was founded in 2012 as a platform to give some of the best and brightest Dutch bachelor students a chance to immerse themselves in the cultures, businesses and academics of diverse Asian regions. Although beginning with an initial group of just 30 students, the success of the programme has propelled NAHSS to include around 100 participants from 13 major Dutch research universities each year. During the programme, students partake in a project that includes an academic, business and cultural component. This mix allows students to better understand not only the specific issues that the projects face, but also the wider cultural context in which solutions need to be developed.
After conducting their studies and completing their field work within their assigned organisation, the students will return to the Netherlands to present their findings and the results of the projects to a variety of partners and stakeholders involved with NAHSS.
AUC would like to congratulate Lotje, Myrte, Daniel and Vincent on their accomplishments and wish them a productive and successful summer in Asia!