5 oktober 2017

About SSU

Who are we?
Run by a board of six extremely enthusiastic and motivated innovation sciences students, the SSU Foundation organises a unique study-related programme for the most excellent Innovation Sciences students of Utrecht University. For already 25 years we have been arranging collaborations between students and innovative Dutch and foreign companies. ‘Innovation in practice’ has always been the main purpose of our programme.

The programme
The programme consists of two major parts. The first part consists of collaborations between the selected students and companies in the Netherlands. Together with fellow participants students work on junior consultancy cases or brainstorm sessions, applying the knowledge you acquired during your study programme(s). In this way, the extra-curricular programme creates the perfect opportunity to gain valuable insights in what could be your future work environment!

The second part consists of a study tour abroad for all participants. The study tour focuses on how companies, universities and incubators abroad practice innovation within a different cultural and business environment.  Previous destinations were, amongst others, Vancouver (2019), Shanghai (2018), Cape Town (2017), Kyoto & Osaka (2016) and San Francisco (2015). For an overview of all previously visited destinations, click here.

The participants
The students that can apply to the programme are enrolled in or graduated from:

  • Science and Innovation Management (Bachelor)

Or are enrolled in one of the following study programmes:

  • Innovation Sciences (Master)
  • Sustainable Business & Innovation (Master)

The selection process focuses on motivation, individual competences and relevant (work) experience. This assures that the participants of the SSU programme are enthusiastic and can deliver high quality results to the companies we work with. Selected students are characterised by their strong analytical thinking skills, their creativity, independence and their outstanding ability to integrate different disciplines.

More information on the application for the programme can be found at the Application page. For questions concerning the possibilities of participating in the SSU programme, please contact us.