On this site you will find students' testimonials and some photo impressions from the previous summer schools. Enjoy!
I didn’t know what to expect from the Solution Design Summer School, we had only information about the main topic and we also knew that in two weeks we have to create a solution for a problem we have to recognise ourselves. At first our activities involved lectures and some exploring trips to different and extremely interesting places. Every day we learned more and more from different areas of knowledge. I think, the most important thing that we were taught was, how to obtain and systematize information in order to find new solutions. This skill will never be useless neither at university nor at work nor in life.
I met interesting and clever people. It’s always pleasant to have a talk with someone who knows more than you, to exchange experience, or to learn about a new point of view. If I didn’t come to the summer school I would never meet those excellent people, professors, invited speakers, other students.
Organization was on the highest level. We had a well balanced schedule for education and relaxation. Everything was on time. After some team building activities at first week all the students became friends. I suppose we’ll keep in touch for whole life. Special thanks to Mladen and Danijel our soul and mind for the summer school time.
The summer school was a very intensive two weeks, a combination of constant studying, travelling and having discussions and fun with tutors and other students. We had no time to feel boredom as the program was created very well.
During the study I learned several tools for supporting brainstorming and applied them in solving real global problems. Undoubtedly knowledge I obtained will be very useful in my life and my occupation as an engineer. Working in multicultural and multidisciplinary student teams let us exchange our thoughts and understandings in a much challenging way.
We had excursions to different places that I probably would never visit in my country. Such trips change the point of view on many things and urge to broaden your horizons. On behalf of all students, I want thank all teachers, tutors and slovenian people for that experience.
Nowadays we often just jump to a solution without fully understanding the problem we are dealing with. In the Solution Design Summer School I learned how to approach and analyze problems. What I particularly liked about the programme is that I had chance not only to listen to the lectures, but also to put my knowledge into practice. I had chance to enjoy Slovenia, I got out of my comfort zone and I made friends for life!
Working with people from different countries on a common goal was an amazing experience. We all had different ideas about the waste and how this issue should be tackled. This helped me to gain new perspectives and to develop critical thinking.
Inspired by the Summer School, a year later I made a documentary about plastic bags.
I participated in Solution Design Summer School in 2017, as a Master's degree student of Information Systems Sciences. I have never participated in similar programmes, so for me this was not only new but also a life-changing experience. I think that the value of waste is a taught-provoking topic. Working in multicultural and multidisciplinary student teams provided possibilities to share our viewpoints and understandings, and to learn from each other. Moreover, the lectures were designed to support the learning goals and learning process.
Visiting Maribor was an amazing experience due to its divine architecture. During those two weeks we had plenty of side events when we had chance to explore the city. I not only received the course certificate, but I also made new friends from various countries and from different science areas.
Before starting the seminar offered by the University of Maribor I did not have much idea what concepts were going to be treated, so I went with an open mind to new experiences. Once there I found people who came from many different countries, with different cultures, ambitions, knowledge... Solution Design Summer School is not a seminar that focuses on a specific branch of knowledge, but intends to be interdisciplinary programme, where everyone can contribute in a common project. I prize a lot the fact of having met new people from different countries and backgrounds. Besides, I liked Slovenia and I would return: without being a country that stands out for its tourism, it has very beautiful cities and spectacular landscapes.