The future starts today
The UT of tomorrow is organized as a creative environment that houses interdependent scientists of multiple disciplines who collaborate on societal challenges such as health, safety and cities. The campus is a breeding ground for artists, engineers and scientists. The education program within this university uses the metaphor of a festival: students choose their own education program within all the exciting research programs and knowledge events that the university has to offer.
To ensure that all students can live up to their potential and are able to fulfill the program’s basic requirements, the first year starts with a university wide bootcamp (the new BSA). In this bootcamp, students with different high school profiles will form teams to work on a challenging project for which they must seek knowledge from multiple disciplines. Finishing the bootcamp with a good result gives them full access to the university’s educational program.
After the bootcamp, students can choose from the variety of modules and tracks on High Tech and Human Touch (see examples in Figure 3 below). The festival structure ensures a serendipity effect: students will not only follow their chosen path but will also find unexpected treasures.
Students will generally work in state of the art projects, some of which are stimulated by business organizations. Students will choose their own path within the multidisciplinary program that the university offers.
In the final two years at the university, students will converge towards one of the main societal challenges (domains of application), as well as towards a ‘flavor’ within the multidisciplinary program (artist/ scientist or engineer). At this stage, students can also contribute their own work to the festival structure. Final diploma’s that can be acquired are for example:
- City artist / city scientist / city engineer
- Health artist / health scientist / health engineer
- Safety artist / safety scientist / safety engineer
Researchers at the UT will offer their knowledge on stage at the university festival, but this will also be a platform for researchers from universities abroad. The community at the festival will therefore also work as a catalyst for new connections between researchers. In addition, the festival can function as a living lab where researchers can perform experimental research projects.
In line with European and National grant policies, the UT will facilitate multidisciplinary research initiatives. This will for example be formatted at the festival ground in multidisciplinary battles where two or more researchers must together tackle a societal challenge.
High Tech Human Touch – Festivaliz’UT