Partners and collaboration

The UT in the ECIU collaboration


The University of Twente is a proud member of the ECIU consortium, the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy.

The ECIU’s mission is to ‘Challenging conventional thinking’ with a focus on ‘innovation in teaching and learning’ and ‘Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact of Research’. 

With the members we share commitment to the development of high quality educational practices which promote innovation and the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. All partners value a strong nexus between research and teaching in order to fulfill such a vision and strive to provide a modern, engaging and research-intensive learning environment, which builds on the diversity and collective strength of our respective institutional cultures, our approaches to teaching, and our students.
Like University of Twente, the ECIU has a specific interest in seeking out creative, learning-centred and future-focused teaching approaches that foster social entrepreneurship and smart use of technology.

In the Steering Committee ‘Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact of Research’ the members focus on sharing best practices for entrepreneurship and interaction with the surroundings and establishing collaboration platforms for innovation and entrepreneurial activities. An overview is available for the research areas ‘Smart Society’ and ‘Manufacturing 4.0’. The research maps show the strengths of each ECIU member within the specific research area.

Founded in 1997, the ECIU is a Consortium of universities set up to share information and knowledge about good practices and the challenges that each member faces with regard to university governance and cooperation with society. In seeks especially to share values and harmonize positions so that it can present itself to European instances and other universities and university networks as an entity capable of accompanying and influencing the European agenda in the field of higher education cooperation policy and regional research and development.

The activities in Brussels are coordinated by the ECIU Brussels’ Office and the Steering Committee EU Policy and Research. Head of the ECIU Brussels’ Office is Ms Olga Wessels (  The website of our EU activities is 

Flagship programmes

Important flagship programmmes within ECIU, are


ECIU CONTACTS AT the University of Twente

UT member

ECIU role

Victor van der Chijs

President University of Twente

ECIU president

Katrin Dircksen

ECIU Secretary General

Rolf Vermeij

Liaison Officer

Chair EU Steering Committee

Sander Lotze

Head Internationalization

Local coordinator

Hinke Mulder

Strategic PR Manager

Chair ECIU PR group

Wilbert Pontenagel
Open Innovation and Industry Connection, Novel-T

Member steering committee ESIR

Frank van den Berg

Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Member steering committee teaching and learning

Telma Esteves

EU Group, 

Research Mobility Fund

Janneke de Sousa

Staff Mobility programme

Inge Broekman

Erasmus Coordinator

Student Mobility

Roy Kolkman

TTO Group

Frank Groot

IPR Group

Joke Oosterhuis-Geers

Leadership Development Programme



Both academic and administrative staff members at the ECIU institutions are key elements in the activities of the ECIU. Improved Student and Staff mobility is one of the main priorities of ECIU. Consequently the ECIU Board is looking into ways of supporting staff wishing to go on exchanges at other ECIU institutions. The ECIU has adopted a Staff Exchange and running since 13 years the ECIU Leadership Development Programme with more than 250 Alumni (coordinated by PBL and lectureres from CHEPS).

The Staff Mobility Programme aims at increasing the mobility among administrative members of staff. The programme provides opportunities for support staff to spend time at other ECIU institutions through a programme tailor-made to individual staff member’s development needs.

ECIU Research Mobility Fund

In February 2018, ECIU has adopted a Research Mobility Fund (link:, aiming at increasing mobility amongst its researchers. The ECIU is committed to ensure that its researchers are connected across member universities, by offering opportunities for collaborative research. Researchers can apply at their home institution for a travel grant of up to 5.000 Euros. Please get in touch with the local contact person for the ECIU Research Mobility Fund: Telma Esteves from the EU Office.


ECIU offers a variety of different exchange programmes to students within the ECIU network. Not only regular exchange but also preconfigured Twin Programmes, Exchange Packages, Joint Master Programmes, Summer and Winter Schools.