THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE IS AN INTERNATIONAL HOT SPOT: A MEETING PLACE FOR STUDENTS, FOR SCIENTISTS WITH A MULTIDISCIPLINARY FOCUS AND FOR COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENTS IN THEIR QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE. THE CAMPUS BUILDINGS ARE LOCATED ON AN IMPRESSIVE ESTATE, IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF ENSCHEDE.
The campus is also a venue for events like ‘Create Tomorrow’, the world’s largest student think tank, CuriousU, a festival-style summer school where bachelor’s students can attend high tech courses and experience, and the end-point of the ‘Batavierenrace’, the biggest student relay race in the world, covering a distance of 185 km from Radboud University Nĳmegen and ending at the University of Twente, where it culminates in the largest student party of Europe. The campus is within cycling distance of the bustling centre of Enschede.
The University of Twente has ambitious targets for reducing her energy use. In the last few years, significant steps have been made in order to contribute to a more sustainable world. For example, in 2015, solar panels have been installed for heating up the swimming pool and its showers.
The UT has set a goal to reduce her scope 1 & 2 emissions with 20% and to reduce the scope 3 emissions with 10% in 2020 towards 2005.
- Scope 1: Fuel combustion UT vehicles, gas combustion and coolant cooling.
- Scope 2: Electricity and district Heating.
- Scope 3: Transport and distribution upstream, waste, purchase, business transport, student transport and commuter traffic.
The Campus of the University of Twente is an innovative place where prototypes can be tested. In this way, scientists can test, demonstrate and realize their innovations on the Campus as a big in- and outdoor testing area. What UT researchers and spin-offs can achieve becomes visible. These kind of experiments give us the ability to anticipate on future developments. That’s how we create our Smart Campus, a place where the future is palpable. One example of this is the development of a smart grid to monitor and regulate the supply of energy. In this way we are not only improving our campus, but we are also assisting our research efforts.
The scenery is diverse: meadows, water, landscaped gardens and extensive areas of woodland. Scattered around the campus are state-of-the-art research and educational facilities. But the campus is also a place to live, play sports and relax. In summer, the campus is a popular spot for walks and other forms of leisure. It offers a wide range of facilities, such as student and staff housing, sports rooms and grounds, swimming pools, shops, meditation and prayer facilities, medical care, bars, restaurants and even an open-air theatre.
The UT campus forms the end-point of the ‘Batavierenrace’, the biggest student relay race in the world, covering a distance of 185 km from Radboud University Nĳmegen and ending at the University of Twente, where it culminates in the largest student party of Europe.