Future Explorations Challenge 

4 March 2024

The 2024 Students Week, hosted by the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV), will feature five Short Advanced Programme Challenges.

The ‘Future Explorations Challenge’ is jointly organised by FHV, the Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), and the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden).

Global challenges are the starting point for this SAP Challenge, which uses methods of trend analysis, future assessment and design futuring, to explore pathways to an ecologically and socially sustainable future.

It will focus on how to promote sustainable development in the field of mobility, with a special emphasis on peripheral or rural regions.

Design, futuring and innovation development methods will be used to develop prototypical solutions to specific challenges, which will be provided by collaborating partners.

Based on exploring different future scenarios, students will prototype technologically supported and/or communicative solutions to promote sustainable development in this field.

An interdisciplinary team of lecturers and coaches will provide input and guide the students in the development and elaboration of their concepts.

The Students Week will allow all RUN-EU students to participate in four more SAP Challenges:

From 2 to 6 September 2024

Face-to-face week
Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Dornbirn, Austria

Mode of delivery

Language of instruction

ECTS credits

Academic recognition
To be defined by each Home Institution.
In general terms, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition.

Eligible participants
Open to all RUN-EU students.
Priority is given to members of the Student Councils of each RUN-EU member university.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, students will be able to:

  • Assess future developments and apply methods of trend analysis, future assessment, and design futuring to develop future scenarios.
  • Develop innovative and/or technologically supported or communicative solutions addressing future challenges and evaluate their feasibility.
  • Combine theoretical knowledge as well as methodological competences in the process of innovation development.
  • Work effectively in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Present their work confidently, including a final presentation and panel discussion.

How to apply
Fill in the application form

Deadline for applications
1 April 2024

Selection criteria
Background, motivation, learning objectives, wide representation of subject areas/fields and balanced participation of RUN-EU member institutions.
A maximum of 25 students will be selected for this programme. The selection team will also take steps towards ensuring diversity and representativity.


FHV, Austria
HAMK, Finland
NHL Stenden, The Netherlands

Contact Natasha Doshi at if you have any questions.


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