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This image is designed to provide a visual representation of the University of Twente’s 2020 Vision. Taking the campus as our starting point (and familiar landmark!), the four core values of the 2020 Vision are presented from the top of the world, along the curve of the horizon. A number of iconic University of Twente elements have been added to the scene, such as the geese and the solar-powered car.

A new perspective on the campus can be gained by viewing it from a hot-air balloon or an aircraft. This mirrors the process taking place within the university’s 2020 Vision (especially in light of all the ideas that have emerged from the think-tank about how to reinvigorate the education the UT provides).

To illustrate the university’s position at the cutting edge of technology, it was decided to deploy a drone, inspired by the EU funded RECONASS research project granted to the faculty ITC. Besides offering a new perspective on the campus, the drone also symbolizes the fact that the university is not only at the forefront of technology, but also leads the way in combining engineering with other disciplines.


The core value of entrepreneurship is perfectly illustrated by the Gallery, which stimulates the spirit of enterprise at the University of Twente by providing a home for spin-offs founded by its student entrepreneurs.

Global citizens

Many students and members of staff come to Twente from other countries. The university also enjoys extensive contacts with universities and firms abroad, and attracts a significant share of its funding from international companies. These close international ties encourage students to complete part of their studies abroad and widen their horizons. Such international input enables them to develop into the global citizens of the future.

Societal impact

In the world of scientific research, there is always a danger that a project will be shelved on completion, with no wider significance being given to the results. The University of Twente is dedicated to making a real difference through its research and aims to ensure that its results are used to help improve and perhaps even save people’s lives.

Excellence in combinations

The University of Twente stands out among other universities by offering unique and highly successful educational programmes. It does so by leading the way in responding to the demands of society and creating relevant combinations between disciplines. The ever-evolving world of technology showers us with opportunities, but also gives rise to new questions and dilemmas. By combining research areas, the University of Twente provides an effective response to these challenges and succeeds in answering the questions posed by society. High tech, human touch.