Strategic alliance TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht

Challenging future generations

Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Utrecht University Medical Centre work together in a unique way. Unique because of the complementarity of available knowledge and talent. We believe that solutions to the major challenges facing our future can only be achieved if there is intensive collaboration across the boundaries of knowledge, institutions and programmes. As a result of this collaboration, our scientists and students are strongly pre-sorted for breakthroughs in research and to help solve a number of major issues for society.

Focus on impact

Together we realize the broadest combination of knowledge and within this we choose to focus on young top talent and those areas where we can have the most impact, namely the necessary system transitions on energy, nutrition, health and circular society, among others. We will make joint investments in this area. We work across the borders of the institutions, certainly also with partners outside our organisations, thus developing an ecosystem where talented people can find each other to solve the currently unimaginable problem. We are starting this cooperation with a focus on two areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence, in which we connect and where possible combine the knowledge and efforts of the four institutions, in order to contribute to this area that will have a major impact on science and society.
  • Life Sciences, in which we bring together the world leaders in this field that each institution has in-house in order to take on challenges that we can only achieve in this broad cooperation. 

Core concepts: space, creativity and impact

With this collaboration, we are even stronger in achieving mission-driven knowledge development based on science, which helps to solve social tasks. We challenge young scientists and students to push their boundaries together and to facilitate them optimally by giving them the space to develop new insights beyond the boundaries of their knowledge. The core of the approach is to let the curiosity of the scientists take the lead and not to limit them with publication objectives.

We bring together teams that are given room to develop cooperation on the themes mentioned above. These can be transdisciplinary research links, but also groups of students working on a graduation project through challenge-based education or teams of employees who improve support processes and facilities. Based on the priorities of the four partners, we choose the subjects for which groups are actually formed. How the teams work is not determined in advance; space, creativity and impact are core concepts of this collaboration.

The collaboration is daring. The results are uncertain and unpredictable. We see such an approach as necessary to contribute to the transitions that society is facing. 

Starting focus

  • Artificial Intelligence, everyone develops and makes use of science from their own institution. We believe that together we are stronger on this new subject.
  • Life Sciences, we bring together the world leaders on this subject that each institution has in house for even more impact.

Our partners

For more information about the former Utrecht – Eindhoven alliance, read more here.