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Pressure Cooker


Admission requirements



Part A of the minor is concluded with a pressure cooker in which students apply the acquired knowledge in Part A to arrive at a number of detailed ideas for a Frugal Innovation that can contribute to solving a concrete problem within one of the SDGs. In doing so, they have to consider and think through and combine elements from the Technology-Entrepreneurship- Development perspectives. Cases / problems are obtained from the practice of companies and NGOs that will be invited to do provide ‘challenges’. The outcome of the pressure cooker are reports, video presentations or any other different visual or written form (determined in consultation with the client), which is presented to the company or the NGO at the end of the pressure cooker. Outcomes of the pressure cooker can serve as preparation for and input of the internship for those students who do an internship. For students from the EUR for whom this minor is a 15 ECTS minor, the pressure cooker is the concluding part of the minor.

Course objectives

After this course students are able to:

  • To apply the technology-entrepreneurship-development perspective nexus to real life challenges in frugal innovation;

  • To work in multidisciplinary groups, and relate this knowledge to and integrate into their own disciplinary background;

  • From there, make a constructive contribution to the debate on frugal innovation and sustainable global development.



Mode of instruction

Pressure cooker

Course Load

56 total hours of study:

  • Time spent on attending pressure cooker

  • Time spent for studying the compulsory literature

Assessment method


  • The outcome/output developed during the pressure cooker

  • Participation in the pressure cooker


Final grade: 60% outcome/output + 40% participation
The final grades for the outcome/output and participation should be 6,0 or higher. Together they should be a 6,0 or higher to pass the course


A re-sit for the pressure cooker is not possible. In case a student is not able to participate in the pressure cooker an alternative assignment will be given. This assignment needs to be discussed with the teachers of the course in line with examination regulations.

Exam Review



All students have to be present in the pressure cooker. The teachers and the minor coordinator have to be notified in advance for the absences. The students who are absent more than one day will not pass the module.


In this course, Blackboard is used to present course information, notify you of changes to the course and to make course materials available.

Reading list

Scientific and professional papers and teaching cases, to be provided or indicated via Blackboard.


You register for the whole minor and for each individual course in uSis.


If you have questions, please contact the minor coordinators (André Leliveld, Emma Hesselink and Maaike Westra) at