The Executive Board adopted the Long-Term Housing Strategy of the UT in July 2016, following the approval of the University Council. The Long-Term Housing Strategy (hereinafter: LTHS) has been developed in order to ensure that our campus can meet the challenges of the future, in both quantitative and qualitative terms, and in order to ensure sound decision-making in relation to the projects that will be necessary for this purpose. The plan provides a framework for decisions relating to large-scale investment projects, and covers the period to 2025.

Programmatic Approach

A Programme Team has been established to monitor developments relating to the university’s real estate portfolio and to make preparations regarding decision-making and stakeholder participation in the various sub-projects.
The Programme Team consists of: Susanne Wichman (Programme Director), Karen Frowijn (Strategy & Policy), Marco Stol (Finance), Dorien van der Aa (Facility Service Centre), Ray Klumpert (Facility Service Centre), en Bertyl Lankhaar (Marketing & Communication).

The Programme Team will ensure that the subsequent process of implementing the LTHS is incorporated into the University of Twente’s regular Planning and Control cycle. The realization of all aspects of the LTHS will be optimally phased and planned (both financial and substantive aspects) via annual plan ‘Development of Housing and  Real Estate’ and the annual budget, both of which may be amended on an annual basis.

The Programme Team will report to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee consists of (for the time being): Mirjam Bult (vice chair of the EB and chair of the Steering Committee), Ron Mazier (Strategy & Policy), Pim Fij (Facility Service Centre) Marielle Winkler (Campus) and the director of FEZ.

Susanne Wichman, Marco Stol and Karen Frowijn will attend the Steering Committee on behalf of the Programme Team.

An advisory board is established, to help prioritizing the 'other' projects in the LTHS. This board consists of representatives of faculties, support services, University Council and Student Union.

Next Steps

The immediate priorities are the projects that relate to the relocation of Health into the Technohal building, and housing ITC on the campus. Schedules of requirements will now be drawn up regarding existing vacant areas, facility sharing and flexibility.

Another priority is starting the optimization of the scheduling process for educational areas. It is important to conduct a detailed analysis of the supply of and demand for educational areas, including both those lecture rooms that can be timetabled and bookable study areas and project areas.

Furthermore, a more detailed analysis will be made of the various initiatives and spatial aspirations that have been examined as part of the LTHS and which can be accommodated within the chosen housing strategy, and some of which could be taken forward in parallel to the relocation of Health and ITC.  

The full report of the Long-Term Housing Strategy is available here.