UT module wins an award for innovative education

| Michaela Nesvarova

The UT module ‘Smart ways to make smart cities smarter’ has won the ECIU Team Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

The ECIU Team Award is given out every year by the ECIU (European Consortium of Innovative Universities) in order to recognize ​teaching and learning innovations of teams from the ECIU member institutions.


The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) is an international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact. The consortium consists twelve members, including the University of Twente. The President of the UT’s Executive Board Victor van der Chijs is also the current ECIU President. 

The UT minor ‘Smart ways to make smart cities smarter’ was selected as the winner out of seven candidates. The jury especially appreciated the high level of interdisciplinary approach of the module and its connection to external stakeholders.

‘Smart ways to make smart cities smarter’ is an HTHT minor, led by Léon Olde Scholtenhuis from the faculty of Engineering Technology. It introduces students to the field of civil engineering and management and society’s transition towards smart cities. The module addresses the challenges of maintaining the urban space and infrastructure, and also provides hand-on experience during an industry-based design project. 

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