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Giving back on Giving Tuesday Twente’s Kipaji Fund turns dreams into a reality

Want to make the world a better place? There’s no better investment than supporting research and education. From fighting climate change to improving healthcare, from pioneering intelligent manufacturing systems to shaping our environment with smart materials — the ideas and innovations that emerge from the University of Twente are making our world safer, cleaner, healthier, and more resilient.

Twente in a relatively short period of 60 years has established itself as a global authority in areas like nanotechnology, membranes, photonics and medical technology, and with a profile combining technical and social sciences it continues to be in a unique position to drive future innovations.

Over twelve hundred alumni and friends in the Netherlands already donate every year to the Twente University Fund. ‘Giving Tuesday’ provides a great opportunity for US based Twente alumni to pay it forward to our students – a gift which via the Netherland-America Foundation’s University of Twente Friends Fund is also US income tax deductible.

This year we would like to especially ask alumni for support of the Kipaji Scholarship Fund aimed at exceptionally talented students from countries where the economy is just emerging. Students from these countries often have the potential but not the means to follow a study at a world-class university like the University of Twente. The alumni founded Kipaji Scholarship Fund ('Kipaji' means gift and talent in Swahili) supports future engineers and enables them to fulfill their dreams by following a 2-year technical MSc. program at the UT.

Omar, our most recent scholarship recipient, shared details about his background and future ambitions:

“Healthcare in my home country of Yemen is falling further and further behind due to the security and political issues at stake. The lack of expertise, misdiagnosis and ignorance often unnecessarily result in death. My dream is to improve healthcare in my country. Thanks to the Kipaji Fund, I was able to start the Master Biomedical Engineering in Twente in September. This Master gives me access to the best and newest insights and techniques in healthcare. For example, I can specialize in making suitable and robust medical devices such as prostheses. Thanks to the Kipaji grant I can make my dream come true”.

With nearly a 1000 member strong American Twente (alumni) network our hope with your help is to be able to raise $48,000 in additional donations to provide two more Kipaji scholarships in 2023 for promising students like Omar. However you might choose to support the UT, your gift — of any size — will make a significant impact!

Here are some reasons alumni in the US have given for supporting this special cause:    

 “Our education and our time in Twente has had a positive impact on many of us. Your contribution will enable our University to expand beyond its current reach. With this program we have the opportunity to positively impact areas of the world we would otherwise seldom reach”, Mick Beekhuizen (TBK/IEM ’99)

Many students from emerging markets do not have the means to attend a great entrepreneurial and research university such as the UT. Providing them with the opportunity will enrich the UT and can create the seeds for improvement of their communities”, Willem Sutherland (TBK/IEM ’89)

To make a one-time or monthly recurring gift now using your USA credit card visit the Netherland-America Foundation’s University of Twente Friends Fund.


Please explore your options here for donations via Dutch financial institutions. If you have questions or would like to discuss the best way for making a gift to the University of Twente, please contact Maurice Essers or on matters related to estate planning Josine Meerburg