As of January 1, 2020 University of Twente has become the first university in The Netherlands to make English its official working language.

Following the initial decision made by the executive board back in 2015, UT revised the policy to originally make the change in 2018, which then became effective in 2019 as a year of transition.

Outlined in its language policy, UT states that “the choice of English language is not a goal on its own, but a means for the university to realise its ambition: excellence and cooperation in an international environment”.

While speaking in Dutch is still allowed in informal settings, all employees and students are to now speak in English while on campus and during lectures with all official documents and promotional material to also be in English.

“We aim to increase our intake of new international students, particularly in the graduate phase”

Read more : Emma Curry : The PIE News : 03 February 2020