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Action Learning Projects

Action Learning Projects

Every full-time master’s program at AMS has a course called Global Leadership Skills (GLS). Today’s employers are looking for exactly the same set of soft skills you will develop during the GLS: self-awareness, the ability to work collaboratively with others, leadership skills, openness to and respect for different perspectives, multicultural awareness.  

During the GLS, you will actively take part in an Action Learning Project that you will accomplish together with a cross-functional team of students.

Action Learning Projects

The purpose of this project is to give you an opportunity to exercise your cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary leadership and teamwork skills to accomplish significant results in contributing to the realization of one or multiple of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You will work in cross-program teams, teams consisting of 5 or 6 people who are diverse in many aspects, including study and cultural background.

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Sustainable Development Goals

There are 17 SDGs, set by the UN and adopted by almost all the world’s countries in 2015. The timeframe for achieving the goals is 2030. The ‘five Ps’ – people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership – capture the broad scope of the agenda. Governments are accountable for implementing the SDGs, but this cannot be achieved without participation from all sectors and groups in society, from citizens to business and from the media to civil society organizations, students and educational institutions.

By brainstorming, identifying and working together to organize your Action Learning Project (ALP) you and your team mates will create societal impact and contribute to one or multiple SDGs, by influencing others who are not on your team.

The Most Inspiring Action Learning Projects of 2020-2021

Our GLS staff carefully evaluated all ALPs based on their impact, team effort and project outcome and selected a TOP 6 Best impact ALPs:

Best Impact ALP: Tech4elderly

During the first outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in March 2020 and the immediate lockdown that followed, people in retirement homes were not able to communicate with family and friends. This lonely period reduced their well-being directly: According to a report of Medecins sans Frontières, in 1/3 of retirement homes in Belgium an increase in depression was recognized.

Mission:

Improve communication and mental health of elderly living in retirement homes, mental health during times of COVID-19.

How:

Most companies renew their computers every five years and many people keep their old devices at home without doing anything with them. By collecting these devices from companies, installing the necessary programs and donating them to retirement homes, the elderly were able to talk online to their friends and family that could not come over because of the COVID-19 measurements. The collected laptops that didn’t function correctly were donated to ‘Close the Gap’.

Three companies donated together 25 laptops, which were donated to three healthcare institutions. With the donations 430 residents were connected with their loved ones.

SDG 3: good health and well-being

SDG 12: responsible consumption and production

Best Impact ALP: BeeWare


The bee population is decreasing. Due to intensive agriculture, urbanization, the usage of pesticides and a decline in biodiversity the rich variety of flowers is lowered and as such less pollen is available to the bees. Bees are important though, they pollinate 1/6th of flowers worldwide and serve as pollinators in agriculture.

Mission:

Raise awareness about importance of bees population, work on the food supply of bees, pollen rich flowers

How:

Creating a ‘hive’ on Instagram to spread more awareness about the importance of bees, general tips and fun facts about bees. The hive was used to promote seed bombs. The seed bombs were created by a social workplace in Berlin, and distributed through a crowdfunding page, web shops and stores that the team collaborated up with.

With their campaign the team has raised money for 3000 seed bombs, providing food for 140.000 bees

SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities

SDG 13: climate action

SDG 15: life on land

Best Impact ALP: Honey, I am home


Mission:

Giving something back to the environment, increase population of bees, as 1/3 of our food comes directly or indirectly from the pollination of bees.

How:

In collaboration with AMS and beekeeper Rik the team organized a crowdfunding called ‘Honey, I am home’ to give 80.000 bees a new home at AMS. The AMS terrace has enough space for both bees and people to live in harmony at the campus. Thanks to many supporters and sponsors Meli and Sustenuto, two beehives will be placed at the AMS terrace to increase the bee population in Antwerp city and to create more fauna on the rooftop terrace.


The beehives will also provide AMS with homemade honey. AMS can then use the honey as a substitute for packaged sugar or use it as a relation gift that is authentic and meaningful.

SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities

SDG 15: life on land

Best Impact ALP: Toteable


Tote bags are used by different companies at different occasions, also by AMS at the beginning of the academic year. A tote bag, made out of organic cotton, needs to be used 20.000 times to validate the environmental impact of its production. Thus, by accepting it, you single-handedly contribute to the ecological pressure that the clothing industry is imposing on our planet.

Mission:

Make tote bags more sustainable

How:

250 AMS tote bags will be made from 180 old jeans, in collaboration with circular textile lab Ci-lab and social sewing workshop AMAi. The team also created https://toteable.weebly.com/, the go-to guide for companies to make their goodie bags more sustainable.

The production of 250 old AMS bags requires approximately 27kg of cotton, 661liters of water, 666m^2 of Land and 12 field labor days, while Toteable uses 0 cotton, 0 liters of water, no land usages so also no field labor as we reuse existing materials.

SDG 8: decent work and economic growth

SDG 12: responsible consumption and production

SDG 13: climate action

Best Impact ALP: Look at her

Women do a lot of work that is not valued in society and the economy. Work that is, in essence, the backbone of our economy but doesn't get recognized as such. Research shows that 38% of women in low-income households have considered starting their own business. Unfortunately, lots of them do not have the tools to do that. Women are as innovative as men. But don't get the same recognition. They don't get the same finance opportunities.

Mission:

Empower women raising their self-awareness and self-confidence stimulating their desire for entrepreneurship and independence

How:

This team created a network of women for women, that provides a 1 on 1 mentorship scheme that is personalized and designed to their needs.

The idea is to link these entrepreneurial women with a pool of experts and to show their hidden potential bringing up their ideas and stimulating them to action.. To do so, the team partnered up with #SheDIDit, (an organization that supports entrepreneurship in women with a diverse cultural background), The City of Antwerp (OCMWs), Violett, Unizo and the Digital Leadership Initiative.

The team successfully managed to connect 5 women so far with 1 on 1 mentorship. For the team, making a real impact, doesn’t mean an extensive social media platform, but it is about making a long lasting impact on the individual level.

SDG: 8 decent work and economic growth

SDG 1: no poverty

SDG 5: gender equality

SDG 4: quality education

SDG 10: reduced inequalities

Best Impact ALP: TEDxAMS

These days, we often get the feeling that our lives are being programmed for us, that we’re not in the driver’s seat anymore. We are living in an era of digitalization where efficiency and productivity are key success factors. We are thrown into a magnificent virtual world, that is more data-driven than ever, but will we allow that all these things, let us float away from the so-called human touch, which makes us humans so unique? We collectively as a team said no that.

Mission:

  • arouse authentic emotions, by Recalibrating Reality in times of disruption and uncertainty.
  • bring innovative ideas to the floor along with tackling the SDGs and promote sustainability, by offering talks that raise awareness, by allowing people to take well-informed decisions to improve their mental health
  • building a long lasting partnership with TEDx.

How:

  • create a sustainable platform where great, often unexplored ideas are given a strong voice, made accessible to all and most of all spark conversation: by getting a license from TEDx and hosting the first ever TEDxAMS
  • welcome two very powerful, inspirational and female leaders to speak at the event

The first ever TEDxAMS had 5 captivating speakers, 489 registrations and 1895 Eventbrite page views in just 3 weeks’ time. The talks were posted on the official TEDx Youtube channel, with 30 million followers. In the first 24 hours, the talks got a total of 1725 views.

SDG 3: good health & well-being

SDG 5: gender equality

SDG 17: partnerships for the goals.

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