The Value of Waste

Are you ready to face a real life problem in an international team of students of different professions and with experienced professors and experts? If YES, don't hesitate to register for the 2024 Solution Design Summer school! If you do hesitate, take a closer look at the programme and at students impressions of previous summer schools.

These are just a few photo impressions of the previous summer schools. You will find the complete photo albums here

The 2024 program is still under preparation, but most of it stands. It will include lectures and seminars, excursions, teamwork and cultural events. And more...

Solution Design Summer School

August 25 - September 5, 2024 @ University of Maribor, Slovenia

The target group of this summer school are prospective, curious students of all higher education levels and study fields, including engineering, natural sciences, economy, humanistics, fine arts... the more diversity, the better! Apply here!

Although you are acquiring quality knowledge from your field of study, in most cases you are not prepared to use it in facing complex problems of today. One of the reasons is that complex problems don't fit the patterns you've learned. Another is that complex problems most often require knowledge from various disciplines. Therefore non-linear, systemic, and interdisciplinary approach is required, which represents the basis of the Solution Design methodology.

Solution design is a methodology, which evolved from the many experiences of professors at various universities, and has been carefully structured by the University of Maribor. It is based on the concepts of »learning by doing«, »project based learning«, »problem based learning«, »design thinking« and other similar or relevant approaches. 

The problem topic of the summer school is focused on the value of waste, whereby waste includes anything from garbage to thoughts... and beyond! We suggest to take a look at impressions shared by students of previous years.

The main learning outcomes will be the capability of the following principles of Solution Design, taught and experienced on the chosen problem:


The summer school will be organized as an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP).

Students from Erasmus partner universities from Erasmus+ programme countries (EU countries, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia) are exempt from tuition fee.

Erasmus Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

You need to check with your International Relations Office at your university about the application process for an Erasmus+ grant.

Students attending BIPs are entitled to financial support for the duration of their physical mobility. You receive 70 EUR/day for every day of the physical mobility and for two extra travelling days (if you use them). In case of green travel, you are entitled to four extra travelling days and additional support for green travel. Students with fewer opportunities may also receive additional financial support.

You will receive an Acceptance Letter and a confirmed Learning Agreement from the BIP organiser. You should forward these documents to the International Relations Office at your home institution when applying for financial support.

Accommodation and travel costs for the physical event in Slovenia are covered by the participants. The University of Maribor will provide you with accommodation at the student dormitory in Maribor (price: 140,00 EUR for the entire duration of the summer school). The University of Maribor will also offer you one meal (lunch or dinner) per day free of charge.