Knowledge, by its very nature, does not respect borders. Universities operate in an international arena where they compete for talent, resources, funding and a position within promising networks. Moreover, universities actively welcome the world to their home region, and in so doing, foster local growth and development. The question before us is not whether to internationalize, but, rather, what specific choices we will have to make in order to do so. What should we strive for? This is translated in a draft version of our Internationalization Vision. This vision has been discussed in numerous meetings and with all relevant stakeholders. It has now been submitted for approval to the university council.
Our enhanced Vision 2020 strategy highlights the fact that UT's future graduates will be employed in a fully international working environment. Knowledge will be developed in close collaboration with international partners in and for an international context, and will endeavour to take on the Grand Challenges. We will educate our students to become the Global Citizens of the future.
Through our combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and international orientation, we will effect greater societal impact by 2020 than ever before. To accomplish this, we have formulated the following ambitions:
§Focus on curricula that prepare students for an international career, both in the Netherlands and abroad, and give close attention to the international dimension of UT's programmes and research.
§Participate in national and international networks of knowledge institutions and businesses that enable the UT to raise its profile while continuing to capitalise on existing networks.
§Develop an attractive international university community featuring great diversity and increased mobility.
§Increase international student intake at the UT to 640 master students a year.
Achieving these ambitions will result in a university that has adapted its education for an international context; created a multi-cultural, international student and staff population; and ensured that the consequences of these achievements are apparent in all operational aspects of the organization and in all of its output.
Read here how we translate these ambitions in a concrete internationalization strategy (only available on intranet, on the campus or with a VPN connection).