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 2022 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 2022 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 28 - September 9, 2022 @ 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:

  • systemic approach and holistic design thinking

  • interdisciplinary problem identification, formulation and analysis

  • interdisciplinary solution design, which includes technical, ecological, biological, economic, sociological, artistic and other perspectives

  • problem and solution modelling, prototyping, testing and presenting, using most effective techniques for a given situation

  • extensive teamwork, challenging tutoring and inter-team discussions.


The summer school will be organized as Erasmus Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) and CEEPUS summer school.

Students from Erasmus partner universities from Erasmus programme countries (EU countries, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia) and CEEPUS countries (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Kosovo) are exempt from tuition fee.

Erasmus Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

The new Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027) introduces new Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP) as alternative mobility for students.

Students will receive support for physical mobility: 70 EUR per day. Students with fewer opportunities may receive additional financial support. In the case of green travel, students are eligible for additional support for green travel. Your home universities’ International Relations Offices will provide you with all information regarding the Erasmus grant.

Accommodation and travel costs for the physical event in Maribor, Slovenia, are covered by the participants (please check with your home institution regarding the Erasmus grant). The University of Maribor will provide you with accommodation at the student dormitory in Maribor (price: 120,00 – 170,00 EUR for the summer school).

The University of Maribor will cover you at least one meal (lunch or dinner) per day.

CEEPUS summer school

The University of Maribor covers CEEPUS students accommodation and at least two meals per day.