Did you know that in the previous century some 40% of the workforce in Twente worked in the textile industry? A lot has changed since then. Today we ALL contribute to the fabric of society. Today we are all interwoven.

On Friday 27 November 2020 we celebrated the 59th Dies Natalis of the University of Twente - and you became enthusiastic about your place in the tapestry of our time!

One of the challenging aspects of the world in which we live and work today is its growing complexity. Everyone and everything is interwoven with everybody and everything. On the campus of the University of Twente alone, the diversity of people, projects and domains, and the countless interdependencies and synergies between them, is mind-blowing. You may consider yourself, your job, or even your field of work just a small thread. In reality, you and those around you form a unique fabric, which in turn takes its place in the larger tapestry of society, the planet as a whole, in an ever expanding universe.


Central to the programme on the 27th was the Rectorate Transfer, as Professor Tom Veldkamp took the place of our former Rector Magnificus, Professor Thom Palstra. In connection with this, we investigated important questions related to the theme:

- What do you need to find your place, to contribute and thrive in the fabric our community?
- How can the UT turn its dream of societal impact into a richer and more meaningful reality?
- How do we weave our work of shaping individuals, connections and society into a robust and useful pattern for the years ahead?

The Dies celebration was attended by a small live audience and streamed online. You can watch the Dies Natalis back via this link.

And as the old textile manufacturers used to say: ‘Let’s get weaving’!