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The University of Twente is a multicultural community of talented, ambitious people that offers students, scientists and educators from around the world the best possible conditions. Like our innovative and vibrant campus with world-class facilities for crossing boundaries and solving complex problems.

University of Twente

A living, smart Campus where change begins

The University of Twente is a multicultural community of talented, ambitious people that offers students, scientists and educators from around the world the best possible conditions. Like our innovative and vibrant campus with world-class facilities for crossing boundaries and solving complex problems.

'The story of the University of Twente'

Since the University of Twente's founding in 1961, we have been deeply connected with the rich industrial heritage of our region and the wellbeing of its population. We proudly carry that forward, both at home and internationally. Today we are a catalyst to many high-tech communities and sectors with strong partnerships in a wide range of industries and societal domains. We participate in ground-breaking, globe-spanning networks and programmes. We maintain lifelong connections with more than 45,000 alumni worldwide.

Our challenges

Challenges of the University of Twente

Closed for application
Circular Sustainable Business Development

Transition from unsustainable linear economy to sustainable circular economy is a top priority of our society. Future business models will be shaped according to the circularity of our resources, which will provide employment to a wide range of engineers (industrial, mechanical, design, construction, biotechnology, chemical, etc.), business administrators, managers, and policy-makers.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production
Finished
Creating societal business models for new Energy Gardens

Solar energy plays a key role in the transition towards a fully sustainable energy society. One of the options is to develop fields with solar panels.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
Finished
Create Tomorrow

Could you use some variation and inspiration with your friends? Create Tomorrow, the world’s largest international student think tank, based in Enschede, gives you that chance!

Create Tomorrow is an international event, full of inspiration, technology and entertainment! 27 May is full of inspiration. 28 May is all about the greatest student think tank, which you will experience via a live stream on our Create Tomorrow platform. Of course, you and your team can physically work together.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Affordable and Clean Energy
Open for application
New Technology Business Development

Over the last two decades the amount of business and public organizations in a variety of sectors that have been generated on intellectual proprietary rights has increased dramatically, making them the fourth production factor in economies today. The way new technologies emerge in markets has also changed. Rather than conquering new markets and target groups, new technologies are nowadays co-designed and co-created involving many visible hands.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Closed for application
Project Signals and Models

Many problems require a technical solution: a physical system that shows certain behavior. Think about eg. a Segway, a camera stabilizer, a stabilized spoon for a Parkinson patient and of course drones. To make such a systema and control it, one first needs to analyze the problem and based on that, model the expected behavior of the solution. When designing this solution one also needs to think about what signals will be generated, how the system should respond to these.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption and Production
Closed for application
Climate Resilient Cities

Worldwide cities are challenged by water excess causing widespread floods. Urban drainage infrastructures increasingly have difficulties to cope with the imminent higher rain intensities as a result of climate change. Fast growing cities, especially those in the global South where many are in low lying deltas, are under pressure to accommodate changing societies and to protect its inhabitants, especially the urban poor.

Life On Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Clean Water and Sanitation
Closed for application
Autumn Challenge Programme 2021

This year will be the second edition of the Autumn Challenge Programme! After the success of last year’s programme, this year a new group of students will get the chance to partake in this online experience and work on real-life challenges that seek solutions. The Autumn Challenge consists of educational sessions (lectures), skills workshops and a virtual team collaboration to solve a challenge, centred around the SDG-11 on creating sustainable cities and communities.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Open for application
Transdisciplinary Master-Insert ‘Shaping Responsible Futures’

The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is full-time, six-month program, taking place on campus in the vibrant environment of the DesignLab at the University of Twente. In this advanced and intensive program, students from different disciplinary backgrounds work with stakeholders from government, industry and society on tackling complex challenges.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Good Health and Well-being
Finished
Resilient Communities for healthy living

Our challenge is to develop effective ‘quadruple helix’ based innovation communities for health care in semi-urban regions.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reducing Inequality, Good Health and Well-being, Partnerships for the Goals
Finished
Creative solutions for building rainwater management

Using today's waste to prevent global waste forever: that is our mission.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Clean Water and Sanitation
Finished
New concepts for Mobility hubs including train stations in city centres

Railway station and their surroundings transform in more than ‘just’ the physical place you to a train. They are growing into multimodal, innovative hubs where mobility, meetings, work and life are facilitated.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Finished
Big Data in care

Data streams are increasing tremendously. This is also valid in Care. Think of data from the regular ICT systems (financial, use of care, personal care files, analysis of care results), but also location and sensor data of employees and patients, external websites and numerous open data sources.

Good Health and Well-being
Finished
New value propositions for future proof housing

How can we design, produce, market and maintain future proof housing buildings?

Life On Land, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action
Finished
Sustainable substitute for plastic cups for large scale events

During festivals and events, visitors enjoy drinking beverages. Most of the time, plastic cups are used. These one-way cups are hygienic, lightweight and safe. But it also causes a huge amount of plastic waste.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production
Open for application
Green mobility @ UT

Sustainability is the buzzword in international education in 2021. In the aftermath of the abrupt halt in mobilities due to the pandemic the earth has benefitted from significantly reduced pollution. The hope is that these improvements are structural. The challenge is to find ideas that contribute to lessening the carbon footprint of the ECIU/UT community in mobility, regardless of the participant, the duration of the mobility or form of the mobility.
This is a flexible extracurricular challenge

Quality Education, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and Production
Coming soon
The inclusive university

Being inclusive is getting increasingly important for the universities. It has been on our agenda for some time, but we can do better. But how?

Quality Education, Good Health and Well-being, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Open for application
Increase the (feeling of) autonomy of people with a visual impairment

Until now, blind and very visually impaired people can only cycle on a tandem or duo bike. As a result, they are always on the same bicycle with another person. So far, there is no solution available for blind and visually impaired people who would like to move independently and separately from another person on their own bicycle.
This challenge is about increasing the autonomy of people with a visual impairment, in such a way that they can cycle with (much) less dependency on other people.

Reducing Inequality, Good Health and Well-being
Open for application
Building towards the university of the future

The University of Twente is a research university in the Twente region in the eastern Netherlands. We aim to provide students with the best possible education to prepare them for their future work. It is therefore important to us that our education is an optimal combination between our strengths as a high tech human touch university and the skills and knowledge employers require our alumni to have throughout their careers. This is what we call future-proof education. Help us with your vision!

Quality Education
Open for application
Life Long Learning @ University of Twente

Higher education is no longer sufficient for a life time. In an ever faster changing world, graduates need to continuously adapt, learn new skills and develop new competences. In short: lifelong learning. Your challenge is to explore how the University of Twente might address the complex constellation of issues surrounding lifelong learning in keeping with our defining profile elements.

Quality Education, Good Health and Well-being, No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth