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Main themes in the first part of the study 

At University of Twente we organize education in modules, four a year, that integrate all important subjects of study. You apply your knowledge in projects to get to grips with current, societal topics and design viable solutions.

  • Year 1Year 1
  • Data security
  • The challenge of mass-migration
  • Smart health policies
  • Smart liveable cities

Module 1: Data security

In this module you will dive into the world of computer security and cybercrime. You will understand how hacking technologies work and you will get an introduction in modern public administration.

You learn how:

  • to protect ourselves against cybercrime through technological solutions and human responses.
  • governments and international institutions are legally and politically organized.
  • to apply your knowledge on the (inter)national fight against cybercrime.

Your project assignment is to map out the high-tech challenges of cybercrime and how these are addressed over the world. 


Module 2: The Challenge of Mass-Migration

You will look at one of the biggest societal challenges of our time: mass immigration. The module introduces you to the politics of problem framing and agenda-setting theory in public administration.

You will understand how:

  • modern technologies affect migration towards “high-tech fortress Europe” together with social, economic, political, and physical factors.
  • social media, for example, inform potential immigrants about the promised land.
  • modern technologies enable immigration officers to authenticate the identity of immigrants.

You learn to use descriptive data analysis and data visualization for your project assignment: describe an aspect of the complex immigration challenge. 

Module 3: Smart Health Policies

This module gives you an introduction to policy-making theory in public administration. By exploring how a wearable device may change your own behaviors, you get engaged with the world of wearable technologies in the domain of health promotion.

You learn how

  • e-health interventions and smart policies can promote health.
  • algorithms can covertly affect our behavior.
  • to design effective policies that are based on solid evidence.
  • You learn to study scientific evidence through coursework in research methods and statistics.

Your project assignment is to design a smart health policy that will likely work in practice. 

 Module 4: Smart Liveable Cities

You will explore the challenges cities face these days: climate change, energy supplies and housing shortages are examples. 

You will understand how:

  • to involve all sorts of stakeholders in making decisions aimed at creating more liveable cities
  • modern technologies increase well-being in large agglomerations over the world; for example by creating new infrastructures for public transport.
  • to bring together the interests of multiple scales of governments and stakeholders. Who makes the authoritative and legitimate decisions that help cities to become “smarter”?
  • qualitative research and interviewing techniques work.

Your project assignment is to design a governance structure for a technology-driven city project.


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