1948-2023: 75 years of impact!
With support from local and national industry the ‘Stichting Technisch Hoger Onderwijs voor Noord- en Oost-Nederland’ was founded on 17 December 1948. The goal of this foundation was to promote technical higher education in the north and east of the Netherlands and to continue providing support once schools were founded. Staying true to their goal this lobby managed to get the government to found the ‘Technische Hogeschool’ in the north-east of the Netherlands. The public support in the region and moreover the close proximity to the powerful industry in Twente made Enschede the place found the ‘Hogeschool’. Within five days a fairly large donation was gathered by local industry and local benefactors. The foundation was appointed to manage this donation money. During the years not only local industry and benefactors donated money but more and more alumni and former employees started to contribute. The foundation’s goal, however, has never changed through the years: to provide support to what is now the University of Twente.