Our focus on societal challenges

All of our research and education is aimed at making a difference in today’s society, while setting up the next generation for the future. The challenges of our time are greater than before.

Our scientists, teachers and students feel a responsibility to develop societal relevant solutions, in order to be prepared for an unpredictable and highly changeable future. We do this by shaping the digitalization of society. By improving and personalizing healthcare. By developing Smart Materials and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and contributing to the resilience of this rapidly changing world.

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High Tech Human Touch

We believe technology and people have a leading role to play in providing solutions for these complex societal challenges worldwide. Central to our vision is our High Tech Human Touch philosophy, in which we fuse natural science, data-science, biology and engineering with social and behavioural science while maintaining a relentless focus on societal impact. With this unique cross-disciplinary approach and excellence in scientific disciplines, our scientists, teachers and students work every day on these global challenges:

  • Improving healthcare by personalized technologies
  • Creating intelligent manufacturing systems
  • Shaping our world with smart materials
  • Engineering our digital society
  • Engineering for a resilient world

Would you like to learn more about research at the University of Twente? Visit our research page.

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