Unraveling Innovation and Collaboration at the University of Technology, Eindhoven

In a dynamic visit to the University of Technology, Eindhoven (TU/e) on December 11-12, 2023, ISSP UL’s coach, representing the Development Department, Edīte Kalniņa, engaged in a series of enlightening meetings with key figures and institutions, driven by the primary focus on Learning & Development and exploring potential collaborations. One significant encounter was with Robert Jan Smits, the President of TU/e, where the university’s ambitious mission statement was outlined. Emphasizing the aim to be at the forefront of science and technology, TU/e envisions itself as an internationally defining academic institution, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and educating future engineers to address global challenges.

A significant part of the visit involved a meeting at the TU/e Innovation Space led by Alfons Bruekers. The Innovation Space emerged as a hub for education innovation, particularly championing Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) and entrepreneurial education. This innovative approach involves interdisciplinary, hands-on learning, fostering an entrepreneurial attitude among students. The visit explored potential avenues for cooperation, especially in lifelong learning, with the ISSP UL expressing interest in TU/e’s modern education methodologies.

Another notable meeting occurred at the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES), where discussions with Diana van der Sloot and Mark G.D.M. Cox shed light on TU/e’s commitment to accelerating the energy transition. With a focus on sustainable energy systems, the institute presented research directions aligning with ISSP UL Laboratory of Materials for Energy Harvesting and Storage, encompassing areas such as H2O electrolysis, CO2 electrolysis, and metal fuels. Key success factors, including strong research portfolios and succession schemes, were identified as integral to the institute’s accomplishments.

The visit also included engagements with external partners such as, an open innovation cluster working on projects like Iron Power Systems and hydrogen extraction. Additionally, a meeting with scientists at the EIRES Training Center for Smart Windows unveiled cutting-edge developments in SMART Windows, showcasing TU/e’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of science and technology.

The visit to TU/e was a comprehensive exploration of the university’s strategies, innovations, and potential collaborative opportunities. The emphasis on Challenge-Based Learning, sustainable energy, and groundbreaking research initiatives positions TU/e as a key player in shaping the future of science, technology, and education. This visit provided valuable insights and laid the groundwork for potential future partnerships between TU/e and ISSP UL.