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Improve a Company Process

Enhance and streamline operational processes within the industrial and logistics sectors. Gain skills in analysis, research, and strategic control, working directly on projects from real companies. This hands-on approach bridges classroom theory with the practical challenges businesses face and prepares you for a career in operational management and logistics.

About the exchange programme

The world is looking more and more dynamic. Many geopolitical changes as well as demographic developments affect business production management and logistics processes. Therefore it remains important to focus on internal management and operations, in order to be able to continue to serve customers. Various processes take place within companies. What makes an industrial engineer so unique is that he or she has a helicopter view of these processes. This is what you are going to practice in this project. The focus of the ‘Improve a company process’ exchange programme is the primary process of an existing company which is active in an industrial and/or logistics environment. During this programme you will use and further develop competences like Analysis, Research, Control and Advice.

Why this programme?

  • Gain practical experience by working on actual projects from companies, enhancing your problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Develop an understanding of operational management and logistics, preparing you for diverse career opportunities.
  • Develop yourself as a person and make the connection between the theory and the operation of real companies.

More about Improve a Company Process

The aim of this programme is to develop yourself as a person and to make the connection between the theory and the operation of real companies.

The programme is structured in such a way that you are offered the right courses to support you in every part of the process. The key courses in this programme are Business Information Systems, Business Economics, Analysis of Business Processes, Management and Organisation, Operational Management & Logistics and Purchasing Management. Additional topics are English and Communication, Project Management, Problem Approach and Law.

This exchange programme 'Improve a Company Process', taught in English, is offered in Eindhoven. Eindhoven and the surrounding area are known as the Brainport Region, the technology region of Europe. Together with the seaport (Rotterdam) and airport (Amsterdam), the Brainport is one of the most important regions in the Netherlands. We are proud to be part of this region. Living and studying here offers you an excellent experience for a successful career in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management worldwide.

Proven track record

Industrial Engineering and Management is a fulltime programme that has been offered since September 2014 and is taught in English to students from all over the world. The Dutch equivalent (Technische Bedrijfskunde) has been offered for more than 40 years! With that we have a proven track record.

Our staff

We have fully qualified teaching staff with a wide variety of experiences, both academically and in terms of work experience at one of the many companies in the Brainport area. Besides that, our enthusiastic supporting staff make the organisation run smoothly.

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Educational setup

Of course we have an advanced and balanced education setup. This setup combines:

  • Group work (5-6 students + coach);
  • Individual contacts (1 student + coach);
  • Classroom lectures and workshops.

Throughout the project students spend time working in a company or in cooperation with a company in the Brainport area. During the project, qual attention is given to the aspects Manpower (= People), Organization, Technology and Economics.





All courses connect directly and are directly applicable to the business assignment. The assignment itself is in an operational management and logistics environment, where processes such as purchasing of goods and management and organization of people are important.

To be able to speak the same language, we offer technology and business economics so that you connect throughout the company, especially with the English language as support. To be able to carry out the assignment properly, you will get courses such as “problem approach” and Analysis of Business processes. During the acquisition period of your assignment you are focusing on the management game.
    • Analysis of Business Processes - 2 ECTS
    • Business Economics - 2 ECTS
    • Business Informaton Systems - 2 ECTS
    • Communication & English Law - 2 ECTS
    • Management Game - 1 ECTS
    • Management & Organisation - 2 ECTS
    • Technology - 2 ECTS
    • Operations Management and Logistics - 2 ECTS
    • Purchasing Management - 3 + 3 ECTS
    • Learning Outcomes of the Project - 1 ECTS
    • Applying the knowledge to the practical situation (company) - 8 ECTS

The aim of the company assignment is to improve a specific business process in an external company. The project group works through the process of recognising, analysing and improving the performance of a company. The phases through which the project group progresses are:

  • Acquisition - obtaining a suitable assignment;
  • Define – problem identification, orientation and selection of the process to be studied (in combination with the associated performance indicator), and completion of an action plan;
  • Measure – problem identification, analysis of the performance;
  • Analyse – diagnosis, analysis of causes, and determination of root causes;
  • Improve – design and proposal of possible solutions (creative process), including financial substantiation;
  • Conclusions and recommendations;
  • Finalisation of the report, presentation and defence of findings.


Admission requirements

To be able to go finish this exchange programme properly, we have a number of principles that we apply:

  • English (CEFR): level C1;
  • A successfully completed first year of a comparable bachelor programme;
  • Sufficient knowledge of mathematics and statistics;
  • Sufficient knowledge of business economics;
  • Experience or ambitions to work in student groups.



How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online.

Deadline for application

Fall semester: 15 May
Spring semester: 15 November

Note: Not all exchange programmes are available every semester. To find out when this programme is offered, please check its specific details.


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Practical information

Start moment(s)
20 weeks
Contact hours
15 hours per week

For more detailed information about practical matters, such as financial matters, residence permit, health insurance and accommodation, please click on the button below.


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