The IIS aims to educate students who are able to make connections between ostensibly unrelated research areas and who can fall back on a broad range of knowledge in order to develop new solutions to complex issues. The IIS creates an environment where students learn to adopt an open attitude, develop creativity and are given the room to discover their talents.
Interdisciplinary education builds on disciplinary knowledge – it offers a new layer to the existing, defined fields of study. In theory, interdisciplinary education ensures that students appreciate the added value of different disciplines and learn how insights from different fields of study can contribute to solving complex issues, both in academia and society.
In this manner, interdisciplinarity is also a way to better connect the academic world and society. Depending on the needs when implementing interdisciplinary education, the IIS applies different methods: a fast, intensive method, such as a three-day Pressure Cooker, or an integrated learning trajectory like a minor in the curriculum or the development of entirely new interdisciplinary degree programmes.