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Let's Go! Programme

Coronavirus Update

The 2020 Let’s GO! programme is subject to change due to coronavirus.

LET’S GO! PARTNER DAYS PROGRAMME

We are pleased to present an exciting three day programme for Let's GO! 2020. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Twente. 

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2020: PARTNER DAY

We begin our first Partner Day with a light and entertaining morning at the U-Park Hotel. We start with a fun introduction to the Netherlands and the University of Twente, and provide you with the latest news on exchange topics at UT. In the afternoon, we continue with a tour of the BMS Lab, followed by one-on-one meetings, afternoon drinks and a relaxed buffet-style dinner at Het Paradijs Restaurant.

08:45 Pick up service from Intercity Hotel

We will meet you at the Intercity Hotel foyer and travel with you by bus to the UT campus. The Intercity Hotel will provide their guests with bus transport cards, free of charge, for your trips to and from the UT campus. 

09:30 Informal meet + greet at U-Park Hotel

The Let's GO! Working Group will be present to meet you on arrival at the U-Park Hotel Conference Room. We will also give you a gift bag with some special treats!

09:45 Introduction to the Netherlands, its culture and student life

We start the day with a light-hearted introduction to the Netherlands, its culture and student life. Get ready for some Dutch tongue-twisters!

10:30 Morning coffee break
11:00 Presentation: introduction to the UT and exchange

During this meeting we would like to officially welcome you to the University of Twente. We’ll be joined by Mr Victor van der Chijs, President of the Executive Board of UT, and we'll give you an overview of our institution, including our education, research and knowledge transfer mechanisms.

12:00 Lunch at U-Park Hotel
13:10 Academic tour: BMS Lab

The Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS) Lab is a high-tech environment fostering innovative solutions to social challenges. The lab works to help scientists and students of the social sciences harness the opportunities offered by new technologies for research. The lab hosts a wide range of facilities and an even wider range of equipment. This includes everything from a Virtual Reality (VR) and an EEG lab, to a wide range of sensors and recording equipment.

The tour is set up for those who are not experts in the specific field, as well as for the experts. A brief overview of the various opportunities at the research lab will be provided and you will have the chance to ask questions. Though small in scale, UT is home to no less than 1,522 scientists and 372 lab facilities offering interesting research assignments and opportunities to students. 

14:30 Afternoon coffee break
15:00 One on one meetings

One-on-one meetings are a great opportunity to get to know each other and discuss shared concerns or future projects. If you would like to join the meetings, you can indicate who you would like to meet with when you complete the partner registration form. We will create a meeting schedule and distribute it prior to the event. If you have any questions or requests regarding the meetings, please contact us at letsgo@utwente.nl.

15:00 Afternoon drinks & snacks
17:00 Travel to Het Paradijs

We'll take Bus 1 to Enschede station, then a 10 minute walk to Het Paradijs Restaurant, Nicolaas Beetsstraat 48, Enschede. 

18:00 Dinner at Het Paradijs Restaurant

Het Paradijs started out as a neglected industrial hall and was converted into an impressive earthly paradise by a quirky enterpreneur called Adriaan Schalken. Working with local artists and volunteers, Adrian used recycled materials and natural elements to create a unique work of art. The project took about 5 years. The venue is now a popular restaurant serving delicious vegetarian food, made from organic and fair trade products where possible. Enjoy the creative environment and watch out for the turtles! 

TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2020: FAIR DAY

Our second day is the Let’s GO! Study Abroad Fair, held at our wonderful DesignLab on the UT campus. The fair day is the perfect moment to promote your institution to UT students, and for our students to find out more about student life in your country and studying abroad at your institution. After the fair we host afternoon tea for all standholders, followed by student presentations. Then we travel to the Grolsch Brewery for a tour, beer tasting and dinner.

10:30 Standholders set up for fair

We recommend arriving at the DesignLab approximately 30 minutes before the start of the fair to decorate your stand and get a cup of coffee! Don't forget to bring your promotional materials or post them to us in advance. The DesignLab is located on UT campus (enter via Pinetumweg street.)  

10:30 Morning coffee (provided at fair)

We provide morning tea, coffee, fruit and sweet treats for standholders at the fair.

11:00 Let's GO! Study Abroad Fair opens

The fair day is the perfect moment to promote your institution to UT students, and for our students to find out more about student life in your country and studying abroad at your institution. Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with students, answer their questions and provide your promotional materials.

11:00 Student Presentations: exchange experiences (for students)

During the Let's GO! Fair, students who have already had an opportunity to study abroad will share their insights with their peers through short presentations. They will tell students who are interested in going on exchange about their experiences abroad and offer some insider knowledge. This is a great way for keen students to explore their options and hear about their country and/ or institution of interest. Everyone is welcome to attend the presentations, and registration is not required. This event will be held upstairs in the DesignLab's ''Inform'' presentation room. 

12:00 Lunch (provided at fair)

We provide a lunch bag for each standholder at the fair. You can let us know about any dietary requirements via the Standholder Application Form.

14:00 Fair and presentations conclude
14:00 Networking Opportunity: afternoon tea for standholders

After the fair, we head to The Gallery Grand Cafe (next to the DesignLab) for afternoon tea and informal networking. All standholders are invited to join us.

15:00 Student Presentations: exchange experiences (for partners)

In this presentation, you will hear about the experiences of students who have been on an exchange trajectory, either at UT or at a university abroad. They will tell us about the differences between their home university and their exchange university, and the things they found the most valuable about their exchange experience. This is an opportunity to hear about how the student experienced their exchange, including what they would have liked more support with, and to gain an insight into how to better prepare students for a semester abroad. The presentation is aimed at professionals involved in the exchange process, from exchange coordinators and student advisors to policy makers and international agreement coordinators. This event will be held upstairs in the DesignLab's ''Inform'' presentation room. 

16:30 Travel to Grolsch Brewery

We'll take a 10 minute taxi ride from the DesignLab to the Grolsch Brewery, Brouwerslaan 1, Enschede. 

17:00 Local Tour: Grolsch Brewery

Grolsch was established in 1615 in Groenlo, the Netherlands, and has been brewing beer for more than 400 years. Grolsch beer is now an internationally recognised brand. With its main brewery now located close to Enschede, the company is significant to the Twente region. During the guided tour we'll visit the Grolsch factory and hear all about the brewing process, and Grolsch beer in particular. There will also be an opportunity to taste the beers. The tour will be held in English.

19:00 Dinner & beer tasting at Grolsch Brewery

After the tour, we'll sit down for a stamppot buffet in the Grolsch Brewery's cosy cafe. ''Stamppot'' is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several vegetables. The classic dish will be served with meats and side dishes. There will be vegetarian options available. 

WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2020: PARTNER DAY

The final day is filled with interactive workshops at the U-Park Hotel. After lunch, we offer two options: you can join the Housing & Campus Tour or participate in one-on-one meetings. We close the event with a nice sit-down dinner at the U-Park Hotel Restaurant.

09:30 Workshop: health & safety abroad

With over 50 health & safety alerts each day, the world is never a stable environment. Yet, we choose to send out our students and staff all over the world for a study abroad experience. In this interactive workshop we provide you with the latest on the approach of the UT regarding safety, security and health before, during and after a crisis situation. We discuss a situation affecting or which may affect our community in a mobility trajectory. We'll explain how we navigate a fluid situation, what we contemplate in each step, what to look (out) for, and why we choose our next steps.

Worldwide calamity events challenge us on a continuous basis. This is a moment to share knowledge and different views on the same or a similar calamity, and determine our collective best and worst practices and approaches. 

10:30 Morning coffee break
11:00 Workshop: Twente Education Model (TOM) 2.0

All Bachelor programmes at UT are designed based on the Twente Education Model (TOM). In TOM 1.0, education is structured into coherent modules worth 15 credits. In order to show students how the components relate to each other and how bringing different fields of knowledge together can lead to new knowledge, we work using thematic modules. Each module focuses on a particular project. During this session, one of our Module Coordinators will inform you about our educational vision, how TOM is implemented in practice, and the new approach introduced with TOM 2.0. We'll also let you experience what it's like to work in a TOM inspired project group.

12:00 Lunch at U-Park Hotel
13:00 Option 1: Housing & campus tour

We will give you a tour of the beautiful UT campus, showcasing our academic and social environment. In addition, some UT students will take you on a tour of their accommodation. You'll have the chance to meet students in their homes and get a real taste of student life. We'll give a brief overview of the UT's housing policy and address questions such as: what kind of accommodation do exchange students live in, how do they get access to it, and how does the housing platform Roomspot work? Comfortable shoes, suitable for walking, are recommended for the tour.

13:00 Option 2: One on one meetings

One-on-one meetings are a great opportunity to get to know each other and discuss shared concerns or future projects. If you would like to join the meetings, you can indicate who you would like to meet with when you complete the partner registration form. We will create a meeting schedule and distribute it prior to the event. If you have any questions or requests regarding the meetings, please contact us at letsgo@utwente.nl.

15:00 Afternoon coffee break
15:30 Workshop: Erasmus +

This workshop will be about the Erasmus+ programme. As subjects are shifting quite rapidly due to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple subjects could be discussed. The Erasmus Policy Statement and new Erasmus Charter Higher Education 2021-2027 could be a subject (how to set it up, how to monitor, how is it related to your daily routine?) It is an option to look into new components of the 2021-2027 programme or to dive into best practice sharing around one or more specific action lines of Erasmus+ .

17:00 Closing drinks & snacks

After the Erasmus + workshop, we move to the U-Park Hotel Lounge for closing drinks and snacks.

18:00 Closing dinner at U-Park Hotel Restaurant

The event closes with an informal sit-down dinner at the U-Park Hotel Restaurant. 

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