Is your company facing a technological problem that needs solving or a challenging design issue that needs unravelling? Then a technological designer of the University of Twente is the answer.
All of our two-year programmes offer you the possibility to hire a technological designer, a professional able to design and develop complex new products and processes and offer innovative solutions to your technological design issues.
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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 is able to switch quickly between different levels, has a wider range of skills in creativity and thinking out-of-the-box, and is able to make better connections between different disciplines and integrate them into a design. Besides the solution on 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.
It’s also possible that employees in an organisation would like to pursue a EngD programme. With the correct background, these employees can smoothly enrol in the EngD programme as well.
CREATING A PROPOSAL
If you're interested in a 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.
EMPLOYED BY YOUR COMPANY
All faculties apply a fee of €15,000 per year. Faculties have the option to waive (part) of the fee. Every faculty defines their own policy with regard to waivers on their website:
This fee compensates for the following components:
- Administration: facilities, library, intranet, workspace
- Education and training: graduate school, courses, memberships, etc
- Research: labs, fieldwork, data (bench fee)
- Supervision by university staff
EMPLOYED BY THE UNIVERSITY
If a trainee is employed by the University, the costs are € 38.750 (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:
- Subsidies on practical learning
- R&D payroll tax allowance (WBSO)
- Knowledgevoucher MKB MTI
- SBIR – Innovatie in order
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:
For any specific questions in a specific field, please contact the programme directors of the EngD programmes: