UT Annual Plan 2017 Development of Housing and Real Estate

The Executive Board has approved the UT Annual Plan 2017 of the development of Housing and Real Estate. This document is a further elaboration of the Long-term Long-Term Housing Strategy of the university (LTHS), which can be found online. It describes the planned real estate projects on the University of Twente campus in 2017 and states which are to be prioritized. The annual plan also lists the maintenance and renovation projects which are planned for the coming year.

The annual plan is updated each year whereupon the latest version is submitted for the approval of the Supervisory Board and the University Council. The Executive Board got approval for this plan during its regular consultation meeting with the University Council on 14 December 2016.

National, regional, and UT developments
The annual plan considers relevant strategic developments within and outside the UT. This includes for instance the in- and outflow of student and staff numbers, the interest of external stakeholders in housing on the campus and the increasing housing needs of international students and staff members.
The annual plan also encloses the political debate on housing, such as the Inspectorate of Education’s inquiry into the housing costs in higher education and the research
by the General Chamber. At municipality level the annual plan anticipates on developments in the Master Plan of Kennispark, the realization of a Path of Innovation and the developments regarding the access to Enschede Kennispark from the highway A1. Furthermore, general trends are followed in the field of sustainability and energy saving.

Specific housing projects in 2017
Two major projects are planned for the next year. The first involves the relocation of the Health cluster to the Technohal building, which is to undergo a complete renovation. In addition, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), is to relocate to the university campus where new accommodation will be built on the site of the current Citadel building. These projects currently started.

Besides the above mentioned projects, in 2017 some other necessary projects will be realized:

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Revision of infrastructure around the Hogekamp building, where a student and conference hotel is to be built.

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Visual and physical assimilation of the redeveloped Technohal building and the O&O area.

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The campus buildings which fall vacant following the relocation of the Health cluster are to be adapted for use as assessment/examination rooms. This will obviate the need to rent external accommodation for this purpose, as is currently the case (to be realized at the end of 2018).


To prioritize other relevant projects of the Long-term Housing Strategy the Executive Board requested a
review group to advise in prioritizing these projects upon the availability of sufficient financial resources. The Board is following the advice of the review group, which leads us to the next projects in order of relevance:

Priority 1: Creation of appropriate faculty accommodation to allow for the reorganization of departments in combination with the desire to create a ‘home base’ for students. This will also provide an opportunity to create additional study facilities for each programme (most notably in and around the E&R area).

Priority 2: Creation of workspace and facilities for UT student teams: the ‘Dreamhall’ concept.

The encouragement of entrepreneurship and experimentation on the part of students is one of UT’s strategic spearheads.

Priority 3: Upgrading of the Bastille building to reinforce its function as a central meeting place for students and to allow the structured launch of the SU plan incubators (‘Start-up hub’).

Improvement of sports and cultural amenities on campus, particularly with a view to increasing opportunities for individual activities in line with demand from our international students. It may be possible to implement some of the proposed projects during the forthcoming plan period, depending on whether sufficient resources remain available once the other priorities have been addressed.

In prioritizing the subsidiary projects the review group used the criteria below:

· Enhancement of the university’s profile and visibility (and that of the relevant strategic themes).

· Facilitation of personal interaction and involvement: integration and synergy within and between education, research, valorization and support activities.

· Facilitation of experimentation (the ‘smart living’ campus) and student entrepreneurship.

· Retention (to the greatest degree possible) of the green character of the campus and of the facilities which increase its attractiveness to students and staff, such as the sports and cultural amenities.

· Promotion of ‘community building’ and small-scale educational concepts.

· The desire to be a ‘home base’ for all students, and the promotion of good relations between students, student representatives and staff.


The full Real Estate and Accommodation Plan 2017-2021 can be found here.

For further questions please contact Bertyl Lankhaar, spokesperson of the Executive Board, T: 053 - 489 2210