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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.

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‘Extreme weather does not have to result in extreme losses’

Governments and companies are investing hundreds of billions of euros in devising and implementing measures to protect us from the effects of climate change – or better yet, to curb or reverse climate change. Climate scientist Maarten van Aalst’s job is to figure out how and where we should invest all that money.

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In the Vecht Valley, Resilience Means More than Raising the Dykes

According to the latest norms laid down in the Dutch Flood Protection Programme, the dykes along the River Vecht constitute a safety hazard. Researchers from the UT team up with public partners for the best and most effective water safety solutions for the Vecht valley.

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UT and Nasa Join Forces in Using Satelite Data to Help Small-Holder Farmers

In countries like the Netherlands, we make daily use of so-called earth observation data and geo information. From checking a weather app to developing government policy on climate change. Or from searching online for the quality of local natural bathing water, to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Making Europe and its Migrants more Resilient

Migrants who enter Europe submit data in various places and ways. The questionnaires and registration systems used by national, European and international organizations differ widely. These information systems have a major influence on our perception of the newcomers – and on the development of Europe as whole, says UT researcher Annalisa Pelizza.

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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.

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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:

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