International Project Week

A fresh look at your assignment? Join the International Project Week from 3 to 7 February 2020 During the project week, approximately 150 student teams from technical and economic degree programmes will work on projects related to both disciplines.

For a one-week period, students will work on company projects. They do this together with pupils from secondary schools and guest students from international schools and universities. Two or three student teams will be allocated to each assignment.

Participate in this years projectweek?

Are you looking for fresh ideas and initiatives for the issues you are dealing with? Or do you want the students to work on a completely new concept? Students can work on issues from an interdisciplinary perspective! In addition, you can come into contact with over 1,200 students during the closing event (in the form of a market); the future of your business.

Submit your assignment here!

The costs of submitting an assignment are € 750,00. A different rate applies for start-ups and non-profit organisations. 

Each project team consists of students from all academic years and from various degree programmes. Thanks to this varied mix of experience levels and economic (especially industrial engineering & management and International Finance & Accounting) and technical disciplines, the team members will inspire each other and come up with exciting new approaches. The project leader will be a very ambitious student, often in his/her final year of study. He or she manages the team and maintains contacts with the company that has given the assignment.

The teams, covering economic and technical disciplines, will work on the assignment all week, in consultation with the client. Two teams will work on each assignment. It will be exciting to see if the interdisciplinary teams come up with different solutions for one and the same issue/problem definition and, if so, how and to what extent they differ.
But even if they are different, most of the solutions will be of practical use to the client, or will provide inspiration for innovation or optimization. During the closing event at a central location in Saxion, the jury will choose the winning solution.

As students from the economic and technical disciplines cooperate with colleagues from foreign schools and universities, this project week is given an international dimension. Our students work together with colleagues who have different areas of expertise and different backgrounds, just as they will do later in life. This links up well with the many internationally-oriented assignments that will be done in the course of the project week.

For each project, you will have two or three interdisciplinary student teams at your disposal, which will come up with different solutions. In addition to the assignment results, the project week offers a unique opportunity to the participating companies, namely: to cooperate in an informal way with our technical and economic students. After all, they are the employees and employers of the future! During the closing event (market) on Friday afternoon, your company and the students who worked on your company's project, will be in the limelight!

This year too, there are three project week prizes, and the most innovative and enterprising team will receive the Serendipity Award. This is an additional prize, made possible by Saxion Centre for Entrepreneurship. Further, three projects will be selected that will be further developed in the Saxion Smart Solutions Semester. Here, a project group will continue working on the assigned project for 5 months.

Global planning

The project week starts on Monday at the Wilminktheater. After this kick-off you present the assignment to the participating groups. After the presentations, the groups will get to work on designing a concept or solution the entire week. These concepts and solutions will be presented to you by all groups Friday morning. During these presentations it is possible to ask questions about the ideas of the group. After the presentations, there is a market next to the main hall, where you can see the ideas and short pitches of all participating groups.

Contact with groups

Contact with groups will be maintained by the project leaders of the different groups. When you have any questions for the group, the project leader will provide answers. In many cases the project-groups will have questions about the assignment as well, or need additional information. Prior to the project week, the project leaders will make an appointment with you to introduce themselves and to discuss the details of the assignment.

After submitting your assignment the organization will contact you for further information. As soon as it’s known you will receive the locations and times.

Just a few of the many companies that participated in our project week in the past:

  • Bronkhorst High-Tech
  • Flexxolutions
  • Philips Lightning
  • Safan
  • Senata Technologies Holland
  • Stork Thermeq
  • Tech Nikkels
  • TT-engineering
  • Villeroy & Boch Wellness
  • Voortman Automatisering
  • Wila
  • Veiligheidsregio Twente
  • Grolsch
  • Thales
  • Koninklijke Auping bv
  • Apollo Vredestein
  • TC Project Management
  • Het Roessingh
  • UMC Utrecht
  • Selo.


Niek van Toor

Niek van Toor

Projectleider International Project Week

+31 6 2884 8168