The University of Twente is funded by the European Commission in the context of the Erasmus+ program for the project PERFECT („Purchasing Education and Research for European Competence Transfer“). In a competitive environment, the application scored 95 from 100 possible points. According to the committee: “The internationally designated project team has an ideal composition made up of new and experienced partners which is favourable for collaboration within the scope of EU-supported projects.” One of the partners comes from Lappeenranta University of Technology, which is also Twente’s partner in the new double degree programme of the MSc BA profile “Purchasing and Supply”. The other partners are from Dortmund and Mainz (Germany), as well as from Staffordshire (United Kingdom). Prof. Holger Schiele (Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies, IGS), is glad: “Project PERFECT will not only consolidate our leading position in purchasing education and science, but this first European project is a big achievement for the entire Business Administration group in Twente, which is increasingly gaining international recognition.”
The fundamental goal of PERFECT is the formulation of a pan-European purchasing curriculum. In contrast to the status quo in other disciplines, no standardized curriculum on university level for the training of future purchasers is to be found worldwide. The project provides many opportunities European enterprises, who spend more than half of their turnover on supplies. In addition, many suppliers have their offices abroad and a pan-European orientation in connection with the Erasmus+ program offers the chance to directly prepare students for activities in an international environment. The project will make it easier for students to acquire qualifications in the field of purchasing in different institutions because of improved coordination.
To ensure broad dissemination of the results, the project partners work closely with the two international associations IPSERA (International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association) and IFPSM (International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management).
After a month living and working in Enschede, Cheng Liang and Han Xi will end their period in Enschede with an exhibition. During their stay they created new series of works. Cheng Liang will present a series of paintings inspired by the surroundings and city of Enschede. Han Xi will show some paintings in his typical blue colour as well as conceptual art. They will show their works at XPO, a new exhibition space at Roombeek Enschede in association with Edwin Dertien.
Cheng Liang is a painter and manager at the Zhongshan museum at Dalian. Han Xi is an artist in conceptual and installation art. Both artists will stay until the end of August. These artist are part of a yearly artist exchange-programme between Enschede and Dalian (China), Dalian being the sister-city of Enschede. The exchange-programme started in 2014 with the artists David Scheidler (Enschede) and Tom Wang (Dalian).
With this artist exchange-programme both cities realize the wish to work together in both artistic and cultural ways.
The programme is initiated by the city boards of Enschede and Dalian, but also in cooperation with art schools and cultural institution from both cities. This year Hanan Klei has been selected to live and work for a period at the residency in Dalian.as a representative of Enschede.
The opening will take place Thursday 13 August 2015 at 16:00, with at 17:00 an official opening by Jeroen Hatenboer.
The exhibition is open until the 23th of August (closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
Opening times are from 11:00 – 17:00.
7523 ZL Enschede.
Canada’s first hitchhiking robot, hitchBOT, will be staying for a vacation in the Netherlands. hitchBOT will stay in the city of Enschede for three weeks, returning to Canada on June 24. During its holiday, hitchBOT will be introduced to some of Twente’s most notable arts and culture locations, including the Roombeek area in Enschede, the art villages Diepenheim and Ootmarsum, and Twickel Castle.
Along with its co-creators, Dr. David Harris Smith (McMaster University) and Dr. Frauke Zeller (Ryerson University), hitchBOT is looking forward to the robot’s engagement in popular events in Twente, such as the Twente Biënnale, Kunst in het Volkspark or Midzomerfeest Mariënheem. Almost every town and village in Twente has its own summer event; hitchBOT will have plenty of opportunities to visit all these events thanks to friendly hosts from the region of Twente.
hitchBOT’s ability to converse with humans is thanks to Cleverscript speech technology, which allows hitchBOT to answer questions about where it comes from or its favourite pastimes. hitchBOT’s co-creators Dr. Frauke Zeller and Dr. David Harris Smith originally developed the collaborative art and science project to see whether robots could trust humans. Its family consists of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the fields of media arts, engineering, computer science, and communication.
Fans can follow hitchBOT’s journey online on its website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. hitchBOT also invites users to share their hitchhiking stories and pictures using #hitchbot on Twitter and Instagram.
The city of Memphis, Tennessee, USA (population 655.00), wants to have a more intense cooperation with the city of Enschede. Mayor A C Wharton Jr declared the 23rd of April ‘Enschede Partnership Day’. This was announced during the opening-party of ‘Memphis Heart ‘n Soul’, a four day music festival that took place during the Pentecost weekend in Enschede.
The city of Memphis already kept a close connection with Enschede during the last century, which, at the time, was considered one of the mayor textile cities in Europe. After WWII the city of Memphis send relief aid to its heavily affected sister-city.
The ties between these two cities have now been renewed through music. Mayor A C Wharton Jr was supposed to open the festival in Enschede on Friday night, but was unable due to the funeral of blues legend B.B. King. Deputy mayor of Memphis Jack Sammons attended the festival in his stead.
A talent show was held during the festival. The Road Home was one of six local bands who entered into the competition and eventually took home the first prize: the first Heart ‘n Soul award and a trip to the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis for a chance to record in the same studio where Elvis started his career.
Photographs of the event can be found on their Facebook page.
The University of Twente is doing well at attracting European research funding. Twenty-five research projects submitted by UT researchers within the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme have been accepted. A total of more than 13 million euros has now been awarded. The UT has thus scored well above the European average. Rolf Vermeij, who assists UT researchers with the acquisition of European funds, expects that a total of more than 15 million euros will be awarded this round of the Horizon 2020 programme.
Europe is becoming increasingly important for the funding of scientific research. Within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme a total of 80 billion euros has been earmarked for research and innovation between 2014 and 2020. Excellent scientific research, collaboration between different scientific disciplines, collaboration with the business community and the addressing of major social problems are essential to qualify for this European research funding. And according to Vermeij, the UT particularly excels on these points. “Looking beyond the boundaries of disciplines and seeking connections with other organizations, these are traditionally things that we are good at in Twente. For many Twente researchers, this has become second nature.”
Ed Brinksma, Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente, is also very pleased with the UT’s excellent score: “I am especially delighted that the Vision2020 objective ‘excellent in disciplines, unique on combinations’ is very clearly endorsed by this success. A great compliment for all researchers involved.”
UT’s MIRA and MESA+ research institutes did best this year with respectively eight and six accepted proposals. IGS research institute also did very well. Twenty-seven percent of this research institute’s proposals were granted, a very high success rate.
The departments that did best financially are Optical Sciences and Energy, Materials and Systems. They received 2.8 and 2.1 million euros respectively. Three projects by the Department of Molecular Nanofabrication were accepted and thus has the UT’s highest number of awarded projects.
Most expats in the province of Overijssel settle in Enschede. In the city, 1,41 percent of the total number of employees is an expat.
Expats are people from abroad who immigrate (for a short period of time) to a different country to work and live there. In the Netherlands, 0,93 percent of the total number of employees is an expat. Most expats settle in the ‘Randstad’ (the conurbation around Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht) and in cities with a university.
In the province of Overijssel, Enschede is followed by Hengelo, where 0,3 percent of all employees are expats. The municipality of Hellendoorn has the lowest percentage of expats; 0,04 percent of the employees are expats.
It has been an exceptionally good year for the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Over 80.000 people paid the museum a visit in Enschede in 2014. This meant a record number of visitors in the history of the museum, and almost double the number of visitors compared to the previous year.
2013 already was a relatively good year for the museum, with 46.000 people finding their way to the historic building, which was in serious risk of closing down in 2012.
Spokeswoman Karin Jongenelen says the museum has made great progress in relation to past years. “The number of visitors always fluctuated between 30.000 and 40.000 a year. This trend now seems to be interrupted permanently.”
According to Jongenelen a considerable amount of the growth can be explained through the spectacular increase of interest from outside the region. “About 60 percent of our visitors are from outside the Twente region. This also doubled in relation to the past. There were some weeks that around 3- to 4000 people were walking around the museum. We even received complaints about the crowdedness. To us such complaints are music to our ears.”
The expectations for the new year are running high. Showstoppers are the exposition about textile tycoons the Van Heeks in the spring and the Turner exhibition in the autumn.
On Thursday the 15th of January a brand new hotel will open right in the heart of the city of Enschede, providing the city with a long anticipated hotel accommodation since the closing of the Dish Hotel on the Boulevard.
The InterCity Hotel is a part of the German hotel group Steigenberger, and is located on the newly built Willem Wilminkplein, in walking distance of the train station.
It’s the first location in the Netherlands from the German hotel chain. A second branch is planned in Rotterdam and will open in 2017. The hotel is nine floors high and each floor houses 14 double-rooms.
During weekdays the hotel aims to accommodate business related visitors and during the weekend they hope to welcome tourists. According to general-manager Marloes Wensink and sales-manager Marlies Rijnberg, the city has undoubtedly missed a lot of opportunities to host congresses and symposia because of the lack of hotel accommodation in the city centre.
The hotel will work closely together with their ‘neighbours’, popstage Atak, the Nationaal Muziekkwartier and the Roombeek Cultuurpark. Guests will receive passes for free public transport in the city of Enschede and can park their car at a reduced rate in the nearby parking garages.