University of Twente

University of Twente (UT)
The Netherlands

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The University of Twente was founded in 1961 as the third technical university of the Netherlands. With around 10,000 students and 3,000 staff members, it is one of the smallest among 14 public research universities in the Netherlands. Its core values are societal impact, synergy, entrepreneurialism and internationalisation.

Its education and research are organised in five faculties:

  • Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
  • Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
  • Science and Technology

In addition to this, University College Twente offers the broad honours BSc programme ATLAS (Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences), while the Twente Graduate School coordinates post-graduate education.
The regional function to educate or re-skill the population and to rejuvenate the economy is its raison d’être. From the mid-1980s onwards, this developed into the first entrepreneurial university in the country, and now that many universities use that epithet, the UT moved on to being high tech human touch.

Institutional community engagement heatmap

Dimensions of community engagement
Social needs
Teaching and learning
Service and knowledge exchange
Management / partnerships
Management / policies
Peer support

Heatmap colour legend:
Lowest level
Highest level
In the TEFCE Toolbox: „4 The heatmap is focused on the dimensions of community-engagement activities. The dimensions that relate to the supportive environment for community engagement (Dimensions VI – Management/policies; and Dimension VII – Supportive peers) are only subject to the ‘Authenticity’ characteristic of the heatmap since those dimensions relate to ensuring the institutional conditions for engaging with communities rather than on engagement activities themselves.“

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* Methodological note:
The aim of this feature is to allow users to explore the variety of ways in which universities approach and organise community engagement, without allowing a direct/competitive comparison of performance. Similar and different institutions are automatically generated based on the results of their institutional community engagement heatmap results. The method used is applying Euclidean distance between institutions to provide the similar and differing institutions, which calculates the distance in an n-dimensional space between two cases.