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“Design is the interface between
science and society“

The world is changing faster than ever.

Emerging technologies create new opportunities for products and services to change the world and improve
people’s lives. Research and education must evolve along with this changing environment, and Professor
Vanessa Evers, a professor of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of
Twente, believes that educating interdisciplinary engineers is key for creating innovation.

Need for New Engineers

“The traditional way people think about engineering is outdated,”

says Professor Peter-Paul Verbeek, a professor of Philosophy at University of Twente, as well as

This New Engineer has to be outstanding when it comes to understanding the societal context.

Solutions to complex global issues, like the ageing of the population and climate change, have to be designed around human needs and not the technology in itself. Engineers must be able to build bridges between different disciplines.”

design is key

According to Prof. Verbeek design is crucial when it comes to
developing new solutions for real-world global challenges.
According to Prof. Verbeek design is crucial
when it comes to developing new solutions
for real-world global challenges.

“Design is far more important than most people think. It's not just about
technical solutions. Design is the interface between science and society.
Whether it's about the development of a curriculum, a government policy,
or a communication plan, design plays a crucial role.”
“Design is far more important than most people think. It's not just about technical solutions. Design is the interface between science and society. Whether it's about the development of a curriculum, a government policy, or a communication plan, design plays a crucial role.”

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"Engineers must be able to build between
different disciplines"
Peter-Paul Verbeek
Professor of Philosophy
at University of Twente

the interface of technology
and society

Because of the importance of design, Prof. Verbeek and his colleagues have founded the DesignLab at the University of Twente.

The DesignLab is a fantastic environment with state-of-the-art facilities for students to research, design, and build smart solutions. It also fosters inspiration by bringing people from different disciplines together.

combining technology
and social science

Various specialists from different fields of interest came together and built the ATLAS University College Twente the way it is now – multidisciplinary undergraduate programme combining both technology and social science.

“We find that the most successful students are those who excel at working on multidisciplinary teams,” says Prof. Verbeek,“because of this, I think the Design Lab and ATLAS are a very good match.”

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