The final topic was the ideal master candidate. ‘Poor student’, the participants said, because the ideal candidate is a ‘five-legged sheep’ [red: Dutch saying for someone who can do it all]. The future professional is expected to shape transitions in the healthcare sector. While some felt that the student should therefore be able to connect theory and practice and be action- and strategy-oriented, others felt that skills such as humility and being able to “be” with the not-knowing and thus learning to work within the big global sustainability issues were important.
It was also mentioned that students could become “bridge builders” and “zoomers”: able to understand the language of different STEM and gamma disciplines and have the ability to move from the individual to the global level and back again. That’s quite a lot in two years.
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Now, it is up to the team responsible for the Sustainable Health master to further materialise the ideas raised. Wilma Oosthoek of the development team: ‘We live in a time full of linguistic confusion. It is up to us now to create a common language between different disciplines and between the university and society.’
The next steps will involve a follow-up brainstorming session and meetings with students and community partners. Would you like to stay informed about this? Then, sign up for our email list to stay up to date.