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Opening Academic Year BlendUT. It's time to reconnect

New beginnings: a new academic year, a new normal, a new start. We invite you to join the Opening of the Academic Year (OAY) 2021-2022 on Monday 6 September as of 15:00 hrs for the special show ‘OAY BlendUT. It’s time to reconnect’.


The OAY 'BlendUT. It’s time to reconnect’ is an inspiring hybrid event for and by the UT community, in which we 'blend' traditional OAY components – such as awards and music – with appealing innovations and stories. Hybrid, because the programme is interactive and dynamic, both online and on campus. You can indicate your preference when registering. After the past two years, let’s (re)discover why studying and working at University of Twente is so much fun!


In a talk show setting you will meet the (new) members of the Executive Board, Vinod Subramaniam, Machteld Roos and Tom Veldkamp. Eddy Zoëy, musician, TV and radio producer at BNN and RTL, will be our moderator. You will hear about the personal passions and ideas of the new members. For instance: what does Shaping2030 mean to them? And what innovations do they see in science and education? We will of course also involve our students and employees in this by for instance asking them what teamwork on our living campus means in practice. But also what do we perceive as high-quality when it concerns online education and collaboration. This is how we give substance to our vision: Shaping individuals, shaping connections, shaping society. Every connection has a story!


Just like in the ‘OAY BlendUT. It’s time to reconnect’, we will combine the best of both worlds in the new academic year. How do we move towards a mix of old and new ways of working together? From field labs, teamwork and practical research on our living campus to high-quality online education and collaboration. In short, it's time to reinvent: together we will invent new, better and more beautiful hybrid ways of working (together). But first, it's time to reconnect and celebrate the new Academic Year on Monday 6 September.


Students on stage  

Do you like drones? Want to see the superbike of the future? Come talk to the student teams who design, built and compete all over the world with their amazing machines. Want to know more? Enjoy inspirational talks by the E-sports team, the Solar Team Twente and the Electric Superbike Team. Hosted by Hidde Zijlstra.

Science on stage  

We put the spotlight on our talents in science and education. What can we learn from them? What challenges did they overcome? What keeps them focused and where did they get support to achieve their goals?  Get inspired in talks of Sterre Coenen, Bram Nauta and Bas Borsje. Hosted by Renske van Wijk .

Shaping Dates: meet colleagues professionally  

Do you want to get inspired outside your own work bubble and connect professionally on a blind shaping date? You can on this stage! It’s been a long time since we’ve worked together and that’s been hard for a lot of people. There’s a special group of colleagues who have had a more unusual experience than most. Our new colleagues who started during the crisis and have never experienced a normal year. Hosted by Christoff Heuning and Miriam Iliohan. 

Innovation of education 

Tough times make innovation thrive. Come and listen to our own experts from the Video Team and TELT explain what we've learned in the past year about future-proving the way we teach. Learn about new methods, facilities and educational products you can integrate in your teaching right now. 

Main stage: BlendUT 

All the stages above will blend at the central stage where host Eddy Zoey will interview our, almost new, Executive Board. We’re getting to know them a bit better, personally but also how they look to the future of UT, education wise and science wise. But also their vision on reconnecting and reinventing.