For PhD candidates
This one-year program for excellent PhD candidates with special professional qualities focuses on participants’ broad personal development. They take part in interesting discussions about fundamental issues under the supervision of top lecturers from various disciplines.see content
Leonardo da VinciDa Vinci as a ‘Homo Universalis’ is a patron for this program’s philosophy.
Striving for excellence
Personal experiences Da Vinci Challenge
* Tong Xi
"After successively encountering authentic artists and philosophers, gaining insight into the world-class CERN research center and discovering the beauty, strength and harshness of nature in Iceland, many experiences are now sinking in.
"Just like realizing that my fear of falling when descending a steep hill needed to be overcome in order to ascend the next summit, I have begun to perceive my own strengths and weaknesses. After being confronted with them in different ways during the Da Vinci Challenge, I dare to speak them out loud. This evolving self-confidence empowers me to stand firmly and keep moving forward."
* Sami Simons
"The Da Vinci Challenge has encouraged me to develop a broad view of the world. The program forced us to step out of our comfort zones, for instance through workshops in theatre or opera singing. This taught me to deal with uncomfortable situations and to further develop myself. These experiences have helped me to grow as a person."
* Mariska Janssen
"The Da Vinci Challenge helped me to get to know myself better. As a result I'm more able to formulate my personal and professional goals. During the Da Vinci Challenge I also got some tools to achieve these goals."