TUM Global Outreach Green Belt

Would you like to be awarded our Green Belt free of charge? Here is your chance! With the TUM Global Outreach Green Belt program. All you need is a TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, a topic for a Six Sigma project and an idea that has a measurable positive impact on the community or on the environment! 

What is the TUM Global Outreach Green Belt?

The Technical University of Munich and the TUM Executive & Professional Education are offering a new, global challenge to earn a TUM-Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt free of charge. The goal of the TUM Global Outreach Green Belt Challenge is to allow motivated learners to become qualified Lean Six Sigma practitioners and to benefit the community and/or innovations for the future. The TUM GO Green Belt will be chosen once per year. Our first winner is Tony V Raju, who implemented a Six Sigma project in an Indian rural hospital. You could do something like this for a hospital in your area. But you could also prepare another topic which supports:

  • community work
  • environmental efforts
  • other non profit topics, which are focused on solidarity, sustainability

… and there will be consideration of the financial situation of the applicant.

The Green Belt project work will give the learner experience in leading and driving Six Sigma projects for furthering his or her own career and providing the foundations for a Black Belt qualification.

Successful candidates will complete projects under the supervision of a master black belt to apply and demonstrate their mastery of the Lean Six Sigma concepts learned in the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification program, which is offered in partnership with the MOOC Provider, edX.

Successful candidates will earn the TUM WWGB free-of-charge and implement a Lean Six Sigma project. As it progresses, the project will be shared with the TUM/edX community in order to demonstrate the application and benefits of the theory in a real project.

The TUM Global Outreach Green Belt is an online course, supported by individual coaching. The candidate will follow a check-list of steps using the digital tool sigmaGuide® to complete the Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control stages of the process-improvement cycle. The organization involved must approve the project and sign-off on each stage.

For more information about this project you can scroll the page down.

Why Lean Six Sigma?

Six Sigma and Lean are two complementary concepts that are often taught and applied together.

Benefits of Lean and Six Sigma;

reduce waste in processes

identify causes of errors and time delays

increase quality & availability of products & services

The main objectives are process improvement and the minimization of waste – without sacrificing productivity and increasing the quality of the output at the same time. This can be in commercial enterprises or non-profit organizations.


In order to be considered for the Global Outreach Green Belt, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • You must have already acquired the TUM Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt via TUM/edX (financial aid available through edX).
  • The topic must be suitable for a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt project.
  • You must commit to publishing all collected data and the project documentation
  • A project-topic related organization must confirm to support the project, e.g. let you collect data and implement measures.

The winning candidate will be assigned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt supervisor. This volunteer (from the global Black Belt Community) will sign a Letter of Understanding and must ensure that the existing TUM Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt requirements (project-story-book, sigmaGuide, presentations, sign-offs) are being followed. (Note: Projects may be Lean Six Sigma or just Six Sigma).

Upon completion of the course a project summary along with the identified problems, proposed improvements and subsequent control measures will be published via multiple media outlets.


  • Application: Please note that the application deadline is September 30, 2020
  • All eligible candidates will be notified by October 15th, 2020
  • All selected candidates have to present themselves, their project topic and the Project definition for further evaluation until September 15th, 2020


  • Selection of final candidate/award winner by November 30th, 2020
  • Official project start: December 1st, 2020
  • Project must be completed the latest by December 31st, 2021

Application for the TUM Global Outreach Green Belt

  • 1. Check if these criteria apply to your project topic:
  • 2. Answer these question with a short statement:
  • 3. Fill out the personal information
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

After checking your application, we will include candidates on the shortlist. If you are one of them, you will receive instructions on how to prepare your project proposal.

As our basis for the selection of the awardee, in the first part of your project you can introduce yourself, your topic, its and the organization that supports you in more detail.

Provided that we’ve picked you as our awardee, congratulations! You’re now all set to implement your Global Outreach Green Belt certification project in your organization. We’re here to support and coach your project along the way. Of course we provide the platform to cover you and your project in our media.

previous scholarship award

The 2019 TUM Global Oureach Green Belt awardee is Tony Raju from India. After successful completion of the Yellow-Belt course via edX/TUM, Tony looked for a real project which would help to improve life in his local community. He applied for the TUM Global Outreach Green Belt and was the first candidate to be awarded in June 2019.

Tony’s project is at the CHC Sachivathomapuram is a rural hospital in the state of Kerala in India. CHC is one of the oldest hospitals in Kottayam district and it is a government-funded hospital so almost all medical service are free. Almost 85-90% of the patient who visit this hospital are below poverty line. There are 4 doctors (no specialization), 6 nurses and 4 non-medical staff available to treat approximately 2000 patients per week.

Although CHC Sachivathomapuram is one of the best in rural healthcare in India compared to others, Tony found multiple opportunities for improvement. For example, the average wait time is extremely long for patients waiting for a consultation. There is a very large volume of patients compared to the number of staff members, which can lead to poor medical service and very high workload for the lab. In addition, some key medicines are frequently unavailable.

Within the first phase of the project (DEFINE), Tony identified 3 areas which need to be researched/investigated:

  • Identify the bottle neck for patients on their way from the ticket counter to the pharmacy
  • Lab processes take too long. The efficiency of the devices used in the lab need to be analyzed
  • Critical medicine needs to be identified and corresponding stock levels need to be defined

Within the second phase (MEASURE) Tony mapped the relevant processes in his hospital, identified the presumed triggers of the problems and collected data on trigger and problems.

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