See Scientific themes

Engineering for a resilient world

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ambitious and inspiring as they are, reveal a vulnerable planet.

Ending poverty; coping with climate change; responsible production and consumption, and sustainable cities and communities – goals like these call for new and broader perspectives, new tools, a new way of working. Technology, while sometimes disruptive and even causing new complications, plays a leading role in providing today’s solutions. The development of new technologies from an action-oriented design perspective, can sustainably contribute to the long-term resilience of people, planet and profit.

Our scientists and their research 

Three knowledge domains

The University of Twente offers a unique key to unlocking these global ambitions. The diverse disciplines in which our scientists, educators and students operate embody three vital knowledge domains that we believe together can reshape our planet and societies for the better over the next decades: 

  • Data
  • Technology
  • People

Creating new connections

As engineers of resilience, we use research, education and valorization to develop the global and local capacity needed to attain the SDGs, viewing resilience both as a design principle and an outcome Maintaining a dynamic global network, we are skilled in building robust public-private partnerships wherever they are needed - and equipping them to quickly and effectively roll out hands-on, resilient solutions; equipping cities, communities and individual people to face an unpredictable and highly changeable future.

News about this theme


For the third time in a row we were named the most entrepeneurial university in the Netherlands. We are succesful in translating our knowledge into economic activity: we've helped over a thousand spinoffs to get going. A few examples:

Relevant educational programmes