Energy & Society

​Learn about your influence on the role of energy in today's and tomorrow's society!

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This minor is open to all students from Hanze UAS who completed their propedeuse (first year bachelor certificate). Students applying for this minor preferably study in their 3rd or 4th year. You must be able to read, write and communicate in English (medium level).

Help shape our future society

Innovation, climate stress and new business models shape the role of energy within our future society and, as such, within the future business world. It is the interaction between these aspects that creates a unique but complex environment of the energy industry. The Energy & Society study programme addresses the growing necessity to approach the developments in the field of energy from a combined social, technical and business perspective.

Compare different scenarios

Students learn how the interaction between innovation, climate stress and business models impacts the energy business environment and how it shapes the role of energy within our future society and as such the future business world. The Oxford style scenario planning teaches students to explore potential energy futures, cope with uncertainties, and identify important influencing factors. Students gain the overall knowledge and skills required to make justified decisions at management level positions in the energy (related) sector.

What can you offer companies?

The theoretical knowledge which is taught in the lecture series is complemented with a number of excursions to energy related companies. Providing the opportunity to gain knowledge of the operational aspect of energy sector and the required competences of people employed in the sector.

In addition a number of guest lectures have also been planned with speakers from the academic, political and business community providing you with a better understanding of energy’s complex current and future roles in our society. As such a project dealing with Oxford-style scenario planning will provide you with an opportunity to explore potential energy applications. By learning to cope with uncertainties and identifying important influencing factors you will strengthen strategic management competences. An international excursion to the International Energy Agency and the OECD in Paris is planned, however due to scheduling this is not guaranteed.



"My name is Jhully and I am from Brazil. Groningen was love at first sight. Groningen is like Vitória, my city, in the aspect of being a small big city. I am loving the city and all the people that I meet here.

The program that I choose was even better than I thought. Energy & Society has this business approach, which together with my technical background makes for a great combination. I have class with international and Dutch students. It's been a great experience to work with people from different backgrounds. One of the lectures that I really enjoyed was Scenario-based Planning. Another lecture that I enjoyed was called Energy and Culture where we analyzed people's behavior and cultural being. It was fun to see the differences in cultures within the class. Seen my growth, I certainly recommend the minor."

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