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Impact Challenges

Impact Challenges are extracurricular, project-based courses in which you work towards solving a current problem of an external partner of the Honours Academy, in order to make an impact on a real-world issue. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Find solutions to current issues

The aim of Impact Challenges is to use your knowledge and skills to help solve a problem of one of our partner organisations. These can include societal organisations, municipalities as well as companies. In small, interdisciplinary teams, you will investigate the problem, conduct interviews, design solutions and present them to the stakeholders involved. Consequently, you will develop skills that will serve you well in your future career.

Topics in 2021-2022

During the current academic year (2021-2022), Impact Challenges are offered from mid-November until the end of June.

The topics of these Challenges are:

  • Citizen Science & the Most Sustainable Kilometre, in collaboration with the Leiden municipality
  • KPN: one challenge on human rights in the corporate governance process and one challenge on the Internet of Things 

Study load and certificate

Impact Challenges consitute 10 EC and typically run from November until June. Upon successful completion, you will receive an Impact Challenge Certificate and have your Impact Challenge mentioned on your diploma supplement as an extracurricular course.


Impact Challenges
071 527 6594
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden
Post Office Box 331
2300 AH Leiden
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