The University of Twente is at the core of society and has an outward-looking perspective. Strategic Business Development supports the UT community in connecting our excellent research to external needs, ultimately favouring both.
Working together with companies is an essential component of this. After all, today's students are tomorrow's professionals. Apart from contact with (semi-) government authorities, alumni and other universities, we maintain intensive contact with our industrial partners, both national and international ones.
Clearly, a lot is already being done in this respect, and we work in close cooperation with our partners in the corporate sector. We make sure that the knowledge developed at the University of Twente is translated effectively into economic activity, an aspect that is also referred to as commercial knowledge transfer. The UT Business Development Team supports researchers who are involved in taking research results to the market. As an entrepreneurial university, we feel it is vitally important to support and promote entrepreneurship at every level. Our spin-offs and student enterprises regularly develop into successful companies. What's more we offer companies the possibility of using our high-tech (knowledge) facilities as well as using the UT in other ways, e.g. as partners in education and in research.
We have already had many collaboration projects with companies with very good results. These showcases give an idea of the possibilities that the UT has to offer to companies. Furthermore, they form a source of inspiration for investigating opportunities in the future - hopefully together with us. We therefore challenge companies to discover and make use of our talents. The UT is a breeding ground for talent, which we certainly want the corporate sector to make use of.