Technology is set to play an increasingly important role in people’s well-being. This means that a sufficiently high level of top-quality technological research is needed and that enough well-qualified engineers are available. 4TU launches initiatives and pools resources to help meet these social challenges.
By combining its strengths in teaching, research, and knowledge valorisation, 4TU has become a discussion partner at national and European level for government bodies, politicians, and stakeholder organisations by taking on the role of intermediary or representative between these parties and the four universities of technology.
4TU contributes to the well-being of the Netherlands by strengthening and pooling knowledge and creativity in the technology sector, and by exploiting it to maximum effect.
4TU core values
4TU links the four universities of technology of the Netherlands together. There are five joint Master of Science study programmes, and the twenty post-Master’s programmes are bundled in the 4TU.School for Technological Design. Research activities are grouped according to theme in 4TU.Research Centres. The result is that the three universities of technology both link and strengthen their teaching and research activities.
By linking and mutually strengthening its research and teaching, the 4TU.Federation has become a discussion partner for government bodies (including at European level), research institutes and socio-political organisations. Among the contributions made are those to ‘topsector’ (‘leading sector’) policies and the ‘techniekpact’ (‘technology pact’).
The cooperation between the four universities of technology serves to encourage innovation and renewal in teaching and research. Five renewal programmes have been carried out since 2006 by 3TU.Centres of Excellence (and in 2016: 4TU.Research Centres). At the same time, the 4TU.Centre for Research Data is engaged in stimulating policies and developing methods for open access data. This puts the universities at the head of the field in the development of new technologies.