The UT won't be cutting or freezing ties with the fossil fuel industry, as many climate activists were hoping for. This is what the Executive Board announced during the last event of a 'Sustainability Dialogue' series. About sixty people attended the event at the DesignLab.
The O&O square potentially becoming ‘bike-free’, new HR policy plans and concerns about a new master’s programme. Those are some key topics the University Council (UC) discussed with the Executive Board this morning. Read about them in this overview.
The first edition of ‘Perspectives’ will be held on the 26th of April. This new series of discussions aims to bridge the gap between the Executive Board and the UT community, says UT President Vinod Subramaniam. ‘It is important to us to get input from the broader community.’
The University Council (UC) is concerned about PhD candidates who are not employed by the UT. During today’s meeting in Horst, the Council advised the Executive Board to clearly define the status and the rights of these ‘scholarship-PhD’s’. ‘We want to provide proper support mechanism and treat them equally.’
The University Council (UC) is concerned about the AFAS-HR system used at the University of Twente. ‘We hear frustrations and complaints about the system from within the whole UT community,’ the UC told the Executive Board during a plenary meeting today.
The open letter in which UT scientists call for action to achieve the university's own climate goals, was handed over to the Executive Board today. The letter has been signed more than 600 times. Yet this is only the start, say the initiators. ‘We need to change our behaviour drastically.’
Machteld Roos has been the Vice-President of the Executive Board for one month now. What are her first impressions and what can the University of Twente expect from its new board member? ‘I have learned not to be too early in choosing a direction. It’s so important to listen to people. We are a learning organization and I’m also learning.’
The UT Executive Board has released ‘a white paper describing an international people-first university in 2026’. The document presents the University of Twente’s ambitions in terms of internationalization and it lists changes needed to achieve those.
Vinod Subramaniam has the first day on ‘the job’ ahead of him. Today, he is arriving to the University of Twente as the new President of the Executive Board. He talks about his expectations, the importance of diversity and being one of the first non-Western leaders at a Dutch university. ‘I look forward to working with the community. This is not a solo journey.’
The Executive Board proposes to have an application fee for students applying at the UT. For now, the fee would be introduced as a pilot project and concern only new Master students at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS). This was suggested during the University Council meeting held today.