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Frugal Innovation Hub

Frugal Innovation Exchange Program

The Frugal Innovation Hub (School of Engineering, Santa Clara University) and the Center for Frugal Innovation (Department of Management Sciences and Technology, Hamburg University of Technology) offer an exchange program for up to 3 SCU degree seeking graduate engineering students per year to study, work, and play in Hamburg, Germany.


SCU will recognize academic credits earned by students participating in this program.

In order to be eligible for participation in the exchange program, students must:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, a technical management discipline, or another appropriate discipline as determined by both parties
  • Be a degree seeking graduate student at SCU
  • Speak the language of instruction fluently (English), and be able to demonstrate this
  • Be able to provide appropriate documentation for the obtainment of a student visa

Duration: Equivalent of 2 SCU Academic Quarters

Where: Hamburg, Germany

Research: During your exchange, you will have the opportunity to pick a ‘frugal innovation’ related research topic in your respective engineering discipline that you can delve into in the form of independent research, internships, and (in some cases) field visits. You will have your faculty advisor from SCU, as well as a mentor from TUHH.

What you will learn: Topics include identifying customer needs based on design-thinking approaches, concept generation and testing, product architecture and product planning for frugal innovations. We further touch on motivational, strategic, as well as organizational aspects of frugal innovations.

The Center for Frugal Innovation at TUHH aims to make a substantial contribution to the research and implementation of frugal innovations through research, consultation, and support of policy makers and firms.

To apply, please fill out an application form or contact the Frugal Innovation Hub.

See you in Germany!!!



For more information about Frugal Innovation, take a look at the following white papers from Prof. Tiwari and Prof. Hestatt from TUHH.

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