The blocks of the 4TU Research Centres come below that. (We cannot make them yet, because the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science still has to give its agreement to the new classification).
Outstanding international-level and socially relevant scientific research
Technological development is the driving force behind economic growth and prosperity. There are major technological challenges in the fields of safety, health, energy, water, food, mobility and sustainability. Through mutual coordination and cooperation, the universities of technology in the Netherlands can succeed in putting the country on the map, as was shown, for example, by the environmental analyses carried out by the 4TU Centres of Excellence. The four universities of technology will, along with government and the business community, therefore continue to invest in pooling excellent research concerning social themes.
With regard to the composition and scope of the entire 4TU research portfolio, a number of strategic starting points are factored in, namely:
- a good balance of initiatives throughout the entire knowledge chain, from fundamental research and design/construction to the application (implementation) of the knowledge and valorisation;
- alignment to changing social issues and needs by contributing to key areas and social innovation agendas.
4TU is committed to expanding its participation in national and international research and innovation programmes and to seeking greater cooperation with other research institutes, such as the Grote Technologische Instituten (‘major technological institutes’) and TNO. It is essential that the four universities have high-quality research infrastructure that enables them to compete at both national and international level.