Thematic Interdisciplinary Challenge (TIC)

Thematic partners and stakeholders

The thematic partner is the societal problem owner that presents a challenge to the participants in the TIC course and is involved during the start, middle and end of the course. In addition to the involvement of the thematic partner, students and professionals can also consult other stakeholders in order to analyze the problem and come up with a solution.

A stakeholder refers to any party who can affect or is affected by the societal problem presented by the thematic partner.

In the 2023/2024 academic year, we will work with the following partners:

One Health


RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, works towards a healthy population living in a sustainable, safe and healthy environment. RIVM pursues those goals based on independent scientific research. Working with their commissioning clients, RIVM identifies the research that is needed and conduct studies accordingly. RIVM provides advice to the government, to professionals and to members of the public, and share our knowledge. This is how RIVM supports society in staying healthy and keeping our environment healthy.


Stichting Vluchteling

Stichting Vluchteling offers life-saving aid to people who are victims of conflicts, violence or natural disasters. Following on from this, Stichting Vluchteling supports communities in finding structural solutions so that people can improve their future on their own. The aid focuses on refugees, displaced people and returnees. The Refugee Foundation provides assistance regardless of religion, political views, ethnicity, nationality, gender and sexual orientation.

Investing in the Future

– To be confirmed-

Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford is an investment manager, aiming to deliver strong returns for their clients while supporting the firms on their behalf to succeed. It seeks out game-changing companies and other assets that can sustain long-term growth and remain resilient in a changing world. Baillie Gifford is research-driven, patient and prepared to stand apart from the crowd.



Green Teens

– To be confirmed-

Stichting Groen

Stichting Groen aims at involving youth in sustainability! It organizes a broad range of activities for young people, such as workshops, classes in schools, fieldtrips etc.




In past years we have collaborated with the following thematic partners:

For the former thematic focus area Drowning Delta’s:

  • Waternet (thematic partner in 2021 & 2022)
  • Agenda IJsselmeergebied 2050 (thematic partner in 2021)

For the former thematic focus area Contesting Governance:

  • The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (thematic partner in 2022)
  • Amnesty International (thematic partner in 2021)

For Green Teens:

  • Oxfam-Novib (thematic partner in 2021 & 2022)
  • Eco-Schools (thematic partner in 2021)
  • Green Office Utrecht University (thematic partner in 2021)

For the former thematic focus area ‘Responsible Foods’:

  • TastyBasics (thematic partner in 2022)