What is Quest?
In the third year of the Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management degree programmes at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, groups of 4-6 students work together in a multidisciplinary project named “Quest”. These projects are set up around “authentic” assignments from the industry in collaboration with companies and/or institutes. The company or institute is given the role of principal/client.
The duration of a Quest project is six months (one semester). During the teaching weeks, the students work twelve hours a week and during the last exam week in each of the two periods, they spend 24 hours on the project. In the case of a project group of, for example, five students, this amounts to approximately 1200 hours. This is comparable to at least one student trainee for half a year.