Outside Europe, the scale of urban issues – and of possible solutions – is many times larger and far more complex than ours. To increase our understanding of this complexity, the University of Twente is setting up structural cooperation in the fields of research and education by building up warm contacts and by being physically present so our research and education. This will allow our research to have a stronger international orientation and also our education will deliver will real Global Citizens.
In September 2015, the University of Twente has closed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Curitiba. The collaboration focuses on urban development in the context of Smart Cities and in particular on safe and sustainable mobility. The MoU marks the start of a five-year collaboration consisting of exchange of knowledge and people and joint research projects.
The MoU is the outcome of two earlier Dutch missions to Curitiba. In June 2014, a first Dutch trade mission to Brazil was organized lead by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs visiting business associations, governments and knowledge institutes in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba (the Leeftink mission). After this mission, it was decided to explore possibilities for project development on Smart Cities in the city of Curitiba. This was done in a second mission in May 2015 representing the Wageningen University and the University of Twente.