EngD benefits for your company

Is your company facing a technological problem that needs solving or a challenging design issue that needs unravelling? Then a technological designer from the University of Twente is the answer.

All of our two-year programmes offer the possibility of hiring a technological designer, a professional who can design and develop complex new products and processes and offer innovative solutions to your technological design issues.

Tailored programme

The trainee is responsible for a solution in consultation with the organisation and the University. The basic principle of the EngDprogramme is that the trainee, the set of courses and the expert coaching will come together with only one thought: ‘the best possible solution for the design problem’. Therefore the trainee, the composition of the curriculum, and the choice of his/her supervisor/professor will be made together with the placement organisation.

You will have access to a top 25% trainee who can switch quickly between different levels, has a wider range of skills in creativity and thinking out-of-the-box, and can make better connections between different disciplines and integrate them into a design. Besides the solution to your technological design issue, you get to know the person well and at the end of the project, you are in the perfect position to decide whether to offer him or her a position within your company.

Possible intellectual property rights on all Contract results, generated or arrived at within the scope of the Design Project, shall be vested in Commissioning Party.

An EngD for your employees!

It’s also possible that employees in an organisation would like to pursue an EngD programme. With the correct background, these employees can smoothly enrol in the EngD programme as well. 


If you're interested in an EngD trainee to help solve a technological design problem you're facing, then the first step is to create a proposal. Information about costs and Intellectual Property rights can be found in the Agreements section below.


All EngD programmes are jointly financed by a company and the University of Twente. Trainees can be employed by either the company or the University.


If the trainee is on your payroll, the costs are € 20.000 (excluding VAT) per year for education, supervision and the possibilities of making use of the knowledge infrastructure of the university.


If a trainee is employed by the University, the costs are € 49.500 (excluding VAT) per year for the salary of the trainee, education, supervision and the possibilities to make use of the knowledge infrastructure of the university.


Possible intellectual property rights on all Contract results, generated or arrived at within the scope of the Design Project, are vested in the company.


For S.M.E. companies that are established in the Netherlands, the government offers several subsidies and schemes for investing in innovation, research and development. Below you find an overview of possible subsidies that concern, for example, loans, financial contributions and tax advantages.

Duch government funding: 


Do you want to know what an EngD can do for your company? Do you want to explore our EngD programmes and find out if we can help you with your technological design issues? Please contact Mariska de Roo:

M. de Roo (Mariska)
Business Relations Manager EngD & Life Long Learning

For any specific questions in a specific field, please contact the programme directors of the EngD programmes: