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Opinion piece by Sevim Aktas

‘English a problem? Well, not for us students.’

The language discussion is taking its second round in ‘Let’s get more ridiculous’. Last Thursday, the court case against the UT and MU took place. ‘The house is burning but the fireman are not taking action.’ Really? What a circus, with BON in the leading role.

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Student Internationalization Platform

Tackling the challenges of internationalization

The Student Internationalization Platform (SIP) continues to hold lunch meetings with international students to speak about the struggles they encounter when trying to integrate to life at the University. With the joint goal of providing practical solutions that can facilitate the internationalization process, the organizers were joined by a dozen of students during yesterday’s meeting.

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About 18 UT teachers might not be allowed to teach

New UT Language Policy – if approved by the University Council – will make English the official language of communication at the UT. We interviewed Katja Hunfeld, the Head of the University’s Language Centre (TCP), which has been actively involved in drawing up the policy, to discuss its possible consequences.

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UT Language Policy: What does it mean for you?

The University of Twente has formed an official Language Policy, which states that at the UT ‘English is the primary formal language of communication from 2018 onwards’. This means there are a few changes on the horizon. What can you expect?

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Wat betekent het UT-taalbeleid voor jou?

De UT heeft een taalbeleid uitgewerkt, waarin staat dat ‘Engels vanaf 2018 de formele taal van communicatie’ is. Er gaat dus op taalgebied wat veranderen, wat kan jij verwachten?

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‘The study associations are leading by example’

The UT study associations handed over a manifest on internationalization to the UT executive board yesterday. Why and what do they hope to achieve? Xadya van Bruxvoort, board member of the Organization of Study Associations (OS) explains.

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New concept for the Global Lounge

The new year brings a fresh start for the Global Lounge. The space in Bastille is now managed by the WorldRide committee, which plans to dedicate the lounge to a different country every month.

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‘A high level of English requires time and investment’

In the most recent Keuzegids, the University of Twente got the score of only 6.3 on its English education. ‘It would be ridiculous to assume that everyone can switch to another language without any help,’ says Katja Hunfeld, the Head of the TCP Language center, in regards to the low number.

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New University Innovation Fellows introduce themselves

The UT has four new University Innovation Fellows (UIF). These active students, who are participating in the Stanford UIF program, held a Stakeholders Meeting yesterday to present their ideas on how to further improve the University of Twente.

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Culture Festival: Celebrating diversity

Culture workshops, food, sports, and a party all on the same day? Save your energy for the 20th of May, the day on which ESN Twente will bring you the long-anticipated Culture Festival! Spanning the entire Saturday, this festival offers you a day packed with a wide selection of activities including dance, language, music and fashion workshops, fun sports, culinary dishes, and a closing party featuring a live DJ playing international music.

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New ECIU exchange program starts in September

The University of Twente now offers its students yet another possibility for studying abroad: ECIU Twin programme in Mechanical Engineering, which allows students to spend a semester at one of the participating ECIU partners.

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Learn high-tech marketing at UT and in Finland

Would you like to spend half of your Master’s studies at the UT and half in Finland? Now you have the chance. The Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and the University of Twente have designed a new Master Double Degree in International Marketing Management (MIMM).

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UT strengthens ties in Latin America

The University of Twente is starting a cooperation with CONACyT (the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology). This collaboration will allow Mexican students to obtain a grant for a Master’s degree course or PhD research at the UT. At the same time, it will give UT students the possibility to do a fellowship at one of Mexico’s top universities.

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