The Eindhoven region in the south-east of the Netherlands is acknowledged as a leading European center of top technology research and industry. This status is reflected in Dutch government policy on areas like economics, innovation and spatial planning.
The region boasts a strong combination of knowledge, technology and industry, and the presence of world‑renowned companies in the electronics, automotive, mechatronics, biomedical and related industries.
As one of the focal points in the Aachen – Leuven – Eindhoven triangle, one of Europe’s four ‘technology hotspots’, Eindhoven is ideally placed to play a key role in the developing global knowledge- and-network economy.
Transnational cooperation within this region enables the creation of a critical mass in research, development and innovation, with the associated economies of scale and scope. It also means a larger economic base, a larger knowledge base, a larger urban scale and a larger urban diversity; all contributing to and driving the development of the knowledge economy in the region.
TU/e: at the technological heart of the Netherlands
The TU/e maintains close links with the two other Universities of Technology in the Netherlands – Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente – which, by working together, aim to increase their contribution to the knowledge economy in the Netherlands. With this intention in mind these three universities started a partnership process in 2003, and aim to join together in a Federation of Technical Universities in the Netherlands in 2007.
Eindhoven also plays a leading role in education and research, with the TU/e and other educational institutes such as the Fontys University of Professional Education and the Design Academy Education, research and industry are closely interrelated in the region. That’s why all kinds of national and international institutes are also located on the TU/e campus: TNO (the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), the Chamber of Commerce (‘Kennispoort’ building), the Dutch Polymer Institute and Eutechpark, which is the home of many start-up companies. In addition, Philips has chosen Eindhoven for its new research campus, the High Tech Campus, which will ultimately house 10,000 researchers.
In brief, research at the TU/e offers plenty of opportunities and brings the world closer!
Eindhoven’s combination of industry and research creates a dynamic, knowledge‑based environment which is driven by technology and innovation, and lives up in full to the qualification ‘Brainport Eindhoven’.
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