Working on education and talent of the future
Society has a great need for highly educated technical staff with a broad orientation and social commitment. Therefore, we want to educate the talents needed for the future.
Within the programme Creating talent for society, we meet this need by developing innovative and multidisciplinary education at bachelor, master, PhD and post-doctoral level.
We also create platforms for exchange, cross-fertilisation and talent development for our students and staff. In addition, we create opportunities for continuous learning paths for students, staff, alumni and employees (life-long learning).
In 2018, the second location of the UT Mechanical Engineering programme at VU started. The first batch is now in the third year of their bachelor. They will graduate this summer. Go to the programme website for more information and registration procedures for the programme 'Mechanical Engineering' at VU Amsterdam. You can also find more information about this programme on the UT website.
In addition to Mechanical Engineering, we are exploring the possibilities of starting other joint bachelor programmes. Like Mechanical Engineering, these are initially second locations of the UT, taught at the VU. The most concrete initiative at the moment is the second location of Creative Technology, a very interesting programme from the cooperation point of view. It is a technical programme that is accessible to any secondary school student. The 'CreaTe' programme has been successful in Enschede for years. Graduates progress to various technical masters, such as Interaction Technology, Data Science, or Industrial Design Engineering.
For this second location, concrete ideas for the curriculum are currently being developed. At the same time, we are working on an application file that should substantiate the feasibility of this educational initiative.
Technical master's programmes
Significant growth in the inflow of technical master's programmes at UT is crucial if we are to meet the need on the labour market for highly educated technical specialists. We therefore want to develop a well-functioning system of bridging programmes between the bachelor's programmes at VU Amsterdam and the technical master's programmes at the UT. Between now and 2023, we will take the following steps in any case:
- Transfer of VU bachelors to UT master's programmes
We are jointly scanning the opportunities for linking VU Amsterdam bachelor's programmes to UT master's programmes. To ensure that VU students can move on to technical master's programmes at the UT, we will focus on information, bridging programmes and minors.
- Start of Sports Data Science specialisation
In September 2021, the ‘Sports Data Science’ master's specialisation started at the UT and we aim to start this specialisation at VU Amsterdam in 2023 as well.
Go to the programme website for more information and registration procedures for the master's specialisation ‘Sports Data Science’ at the UT.
We are keen to use our cooperation to contribute to the new challenges facing higher education. We are therefore exploring how we can strengthen our national and international Life-long learning proposition within socio-technological academic education. One way to do this, is by linking the existing offerings of both universities and developing new joint propositions. We want to better connect the strengths of both institutions through the following steps, e.g. by knowledge exchange in digitalisation, Life Long Learning offerings from Impact programmes and by exploring whether and how we can give our staff and alumni preferential access to our Life Long Learning programmes from 2023.