A series of dialogue meetings among different stakeholders within the university. Representatives of the Strategy and Policy, Marketing & Communication, Sustainability & Development and other university departments are involved in this dialogue.
The collaboration with GreenHub, a green office at the University of Twente, brought together a unique project aimed at introducing design thinking to students interested in sustainability. The three-week event gave non-active students the opportunity to contribute to the university's sustainability goals while promoting their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
The vision for the project is to have sleeping capsules with a booking system so that students can get 15-30 min sleep within a day in this way 'recharging the brain'. Before purchasing expensive capsules, the cohort tests the hypothesis by building a low-tech version of the nap space that includes 'levitating' beds and space dividers.
Student wellbeing and community building are important for a university ecosystem. To develop that feeling, multiple social activities were organized, attempting to bring the students together and to raise their spirit of belongingness among each other.
Innovating our educational system and the educational content is something that both students, professors and institutions as well as the society as a whole care about. As an entrepreneurial university, the University of Twente has set innovation in education in the center of its operations, by creating events on building new creating ideas, entrepreneurial and negotiation trainings, taking part in the European Consortium for Innovative Universities and much more.
Every year, UIF Twente organises a meetup during the CuriousU summer school festival. The student-driven meetup focuses on entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.
Attending university or moving to a new country with a language you don’t speak yet has been challenging enough already before COVID-19. This is why we established the Student Wellbeing Project. In this project, we work on increasing the accessibility to information about student wellbeing and mental health available to UT students.
Especially during these Covid times, student loneliness is a big concern at the UT. The Meet & Greet Street is a project targeted at students to make connections and reduce this loneliness by making new connections. Featuring conversation starters, standing tables and a neat decoration, the first edition of the Meet & Greet Street was introduced at four different campus locations. The standing tables reduce the threshold, while the conversation starters should ensure students get started with a nice conversation.
Connecting students, startUps, mentors, and alumni of the UT in one place. Provide the perfect environment to kickstart your idea, and find interdisciplinary collaborators.
Nights at the DesignLab
Facilitating cross-study collaboration and knowledge exchange through hosting a workshop series by students for students.
In collaboration with MediaLab (Marketing & Communication), ICT, and LISA, we are looking into how to implement a system to collect data on all events around Campus.
Enabling non-locals at the UT to identify with the city, so that they can gain a sense of belonging and enrich their experiences in Enschede during their student time.
During this 24-hour worldwide event, 18 universities, Strategyzer, ECIU & KLM gave inspiring workshops. Next to the interactive workshops, there were small breaks in between with mini-games for participants to get to know other participants and make new and lasting connections.
Three speakers in each event get precisely 12 minutes to captivate and inspire you. Immediately after that, the clock is all yours - you have 12 minutes to ask questions.
The Moonshot Meetups were five interrelated workshops in which students developed together with UIF and DesignLab a student vision of the UT in 2030 by following design thinking methods. After providing the students with some inspiration, they formed groups of 3-5 students. Each group focused on a topic of their choice and prototyped their vision of it. Topics discussed were student activism, education, sustainability, internationalization, campus, etc. in 2030 at the UT.
Based upon results from research done by University Innovation Fellows Twente, now the project has been taken over by another working group. They are working on various aspects to Keep Talent in Twente. More information about the multiple initiatives they have established can be found here.