Sustainability Testimony

Are you exploring sustainable issues during your studies, and would you like to have proof of this? If so, make sure you add a Sustainability Testimony to your Bachelor’s diploma! At the moment, students at the Nijmegen School of Management and at the Faculty of Science have the opportunity to get this Testimony. Naturally, our aim is to offer this to all students at Radboud University in the near future!

What is a Sustainability Testimony?

The testimony is an addition to your Bachelor's diploma supplement. This demonstrates that you have given special attention to sustainability issues in your studies by successfully completing several sustainability courses and by focusing your Bachelor’s graduation assignment on a sustainability topic. This list gives a quick overview of bachelor courses related to sustainability, but the list on Osiris is leading for the testimony. The courses are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, which were drawn up by member states of the United Nations. Many sustainability issues are multidisciplinary in nature, which is reflected in the SDGs. This is why we want to use this testimony to encourage you to look beyond the borders of your own studies.

What are the conditions at the Nijmegen School of Management?

To be eligible for the Sustainability Testimony, you must:

  • be a bachelor student
  • successfully complete sustainability courses consisting of 21 ECTS, and;
  • at least 6 ECTS out of the 21 must be obtained at a Radboud faculty other than your own (ECTS from a different university will not be included), and;
  • write a Bachelor’s thesis on a sustainability topic. The procedure is different in each programme. You can discuss the possibilities with your Bachelor’s thesis coordinator.

What steps do you need to take?

In order to obtain a Sustainability Testimony, you must:

  • ensure that you meet the course requirements of the sustainability courses you want to take;
  • before starting your internship or thesis, inform your Bachelor’s thesis coordinator that you want to write a thesis that meets the Sustainability Testimony requirements. Your thesis coordinator will inform you of the programme’s process in this regard.
  • indicate that you are eligible for the Sustainability Testimony during your diploma application.

Have you previously taken any sustainability courses?

If you have completed courses included in the list in previous academic years, then they will be included as well.

What are the conditions at the Faculty of Science?

To be eligible for the Sustainability Testimony, you must:

  • be a bachelor student
  • successfully complete sustainability courses consisting of 21 ECTS, and;
  • complete at least 6 ECTS at a Radboud faculty other than your own (ECTS from a different university will not be included), and;
  • have a Bachelor’s graduation assignment (Bachelor’s thesis or internship of at least 12 EC) that focuses on a sustainability topic. When filling in the intake form that you receive after registering for your thesis/internship in Osiris, you must, in addition to uploading the research proposal, also upload a motivation form in which you indicate the areas where your thesis meets the sustainability requirements (the form can be found here in the Faculty of Science prospectus). In this motivation form you relate your topic to one or more SDGs. Please make sure to discuss your motivation with your assessor in advance.

What steps do you need to take?

In order to obtain a Sustainability Testimony, you must:

  • ensure that you meet the course requirements of the sustainability courses you want to take;
  • inform your assessor that you want to write a thesis that meets the Sustainability Testimony requirements before the start of your graduation assignment. Coordinate the content well with your assessor. When your graduation assignment is completed, your assessor will indicate on the result registration form that your graduation assignment meets the testimony requirements.
  • indicate that you are eligible for the Sustainability Testimony during your diploma application.

Have you previously taken any sustainability courses?

If you completed courses included in the list in previous academic years, then they will be included as well.

What drives our students to attain the Testimony?

Questions?

Send your general questions to the Radboud Green Office: greenoffice@ru.nl.

For more specific questions about the terms and conditions or the application process within your studies please contact your study advisor.

The Sustainability Testimony is initiated by the Radboud Green Office, Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges and the USR.