The University of Twente stands for High Tech, Human Touch. Technology and society are interconnected and one cannot be without the other. We approach the technology in the context of its relevance, applying insights from the social sciences and management disciplines, as well as from the natural sciences in technological context. The University of Twente wants to ensure that her students become professionals who are able to acquire and apply knowledge and who can contribute new knowledge to their field of study through curiosity and a critical attitude. In order to achieve this, our bachelor's programmes are designed according to our own Twente Educational Model (TEM), in which we teach students to properly function in three roles: that of researcher, designer and organizer (the Twente profile). These three roles are interwoven in all bachelor's programmes at the UT.

De T-shaped professional

The Twente Educational Model is a response to many of the challenges faced by higher education. Our ever-shifting society that requires a different set of knowledge and skills than before. Many of the professions that people have now did not even exist 20 years ago. We are also unable to predict what our students will be doing 20 years from now. We do know that flexibility will be required: our students will probably work in a more complex and swiftly changing environment and their jobs will be less secure and less permanent than they are now. This is why we want to educate students to become entrepreneurial ‘T-shaped professionals’. They know the depth of their field of study and can contribute to its development. They are also capable of stepping off the beaten tracks and applying their knowledge more broadly, in collaboration with other disciplines and society.

New sources

A challenge lies in using high-quality source materials that students can easily acquire and supplementing them with a unique learning experience. The University of Twente wants to utilize these sources in education and invite students to integrate sources in their academic experience. The ability to find, critically assess, combine and use new information is an important skill in the 21st century. Our campus is in particular a place where knowledge can be shared, where it is possible to collaborate and where 'live' interaction between teacher and student takes place.

Enhancing the quality and increasing study succes

Before the implementation of TEM the University of Twente was facing the challenge to increase the study success rates with a lower budget. We aspire to having at least 70% of our students obtain their bachelor's degree within four years. In 2015 all bachelor's programmes contain at least 20 contact hours a week in the first year of study. These contact hours are the on-campus learning experiences, at which a teacher, student assistant or tutor is present. By offering education efficiently, for example by offering lectures to multiple degree programmes simultaneously or by using online learning materials, we want to reduce the costs and increase the quality of education.