Strive for excellence

The UT has set itself the objective of providing research and education of the highest level, and for the knowledge and solutions we create to make a difference. In addition, diversity is an important value of the University of Twente. We strive for a culture in which opportunities are offered to all students and staff, regardless of origin or gender. This value supports our aspiration for excellence.

Therefore, it is important that we apply an active talent policy so that we remain an attractive employer for our existing talents as well as for new talent. We invest continually in the development of all UT staff and we focus on a number of specific groups. We actively support the development of talented academics to professorships via the tenure track system.

In addition, we promote the transfer of women to the senior level of our organization, based on the belief that a diverse organization achieves better business results. Besides, as a university, we have a responsibility to contribute to more female role models in academia and other key positions.

Societal challenges

In its strategic vision, the University of Twente has made generating societal impact through excellent education, research and valorisation they key focus Both excellence in the disciplines and the unique combinations of strengths may contribute to that: High Tech Human Touch. This may be summarized in four core values:

  • Societal impact: making a real difference
  • Synergy: excellence in combinations
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation: the best in Europe
  • Internationalization: tomorrow’s global citizens 

ITC is the UT’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. Our mission is to develop capacity, particularly in less developed countries, and to utilize geospatial solutions to deal with national and global problems. Our vision is that spatial solutions will play an increasingly important role in meeting many of mankind’s complex challenges (often wicked problems), such as climate change, population growth, and related claims for sufficient and secure food, water, energy, health, land and housing provision. Our activities are linked to the policy agenda (A World to gain) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Scientific relevance

The ambition of ITC is to expand its reputation as a centre of excellence (knowledge exchange hub) in its knowledge domain. This requires the faculty to play an internationally recognized leading and coordinating role both globally and regionally. Our intention is to organize this together with other supra-national regional partners.

In 2020, ITC will continue to be an internationally recognized leading research entity in geospatial sciences, with an emphasis on geo-information science and earth observation. We will maintain our focus on fundamental and problemsolving research, with an eye to those complex global challenges where spatial information can make a real difference.

These complex interacting challenges often relate to claims for sufficient and secure food, water, energy, health, land and housing provision that are intensified through climate change and population dynamics. These different claims often lead to conflicts, disasters and non-sustainable development. To realize these but also future ambitions excellent talent is needed.

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