Hans Vossensteyn and his teammembers of Create the UT of Tomorrow share the following idea:

‘Create the INNOVATION CAMPUS TWENTE as a real European smart region and innovation hub

This can be achieved by two scenarios:

Scenario 1

To become larger and more powerful in the NL, Europe and globally, follow international examples in the US, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway and merge the UT and Saxion to offer a full range of higher education programmes from AD to PhD and create coherence and spillovers. (Also Saxion has a strong profile in “high tech” combined with other disciplines. Think of Centre of Expertise Techniekonderwijs at ex-Edith Stein).

  • But to become a real innovation hub we need to collaborate regionally with “Kennispark”, MST, regional companies and SME’s.
  • We create an “extended faculty” or “innovation lab” that provides educational programmes catering for non-traditional students: part-time programmes; professional development programmes / dual learning tracks; distance education, etc. To remain a niche player the Iiinovation Campus Twente focuses on the value-added of face-to-face education in a campus setting (with a strong role for the Logia/Drienerburght/Langenkamp capacity for weekend courses and hotel facilities).
  • To stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration across all departments of the new university we build a platform that alerts academics to colleagues who work on similar topics and issues or different elements within similar thematic areas. All tenders, publications, events and staff resumes are continuously analysed by software with a kind of “discourse analysis” to suggest potential connections.
  • Innovation Campus Twente stands out in admin support for grant applications and project management at the shop-floor level.
  • The Innovation Campus Twente considers strongly to line up with other regional players such as the universities in Münster and Osnabrück.

Scenario 2

A second way would be the University of Twente to fully focus on Technology and become a relatively small but excellent Max Plank Research Institute, including the Twente Graduate School for PhD education and some research masters. All other education programmes will be left to the professionals of the Saxion University. There will be no UAS by that time anymore.  

Members of this team are: Paul Benneworth, Jon File, Ben Jongbloed, Renze Kolster, Andrea Kottmann, Katharina Krug en Hans Vossensteyn. 

Feel free to contribute to these scenarios.