Graduate students from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management and Mechanical Engineering degree programmes will come into contact with one another in the professional practice. They will have to collaborate to tackle complex problems. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht wishes to implement this working environment in the programme to prepare its students more effectively for the professional practice.
In the third year of study, in addition to the programme-specific content courses, Quest projects are carried out over two periods. The student collaborates in a team with colleagues from the other degree programmes at an external client’s premises. The student is challenged on two fronts. He will be required to translate the client’s complex problem definition into a research plan.
In addition, he will have to coordinate the research project with the students of other degree programmes in such a way that all aspects that are relevant to the assignment are included in a structured manner. The implementation of the multidisciplinary projects will be a ‘quest’. There is no tight schedule and/or preconceived plan. Hence the name, Quest Projects.