About us

Everyone has talent. Regardless of who you are or where you come from: there is talent in you, whether developed or not. For some talent is intellectual in nature, others are very good at something with their hands. When you discover and use that talent, it can also benefit others.
That's what we believe: each of us has something to contribute. Because you can do something that someone else cannot. When we bring those talents together, we can make the world a better place together. That's what we try to do as EnschedeLAB.



Over EnschedeLAB

The EnschedeLAB is there to bring city and talent together. We do this through the promise ' Get to know the city!' with this promise, we invite talent to get to know the city, its inhabitants and its challenges better - and to contribute to them. To make acquired knowledge really tangible , together with those concerned, in co-creation.

There are various issues in the city, which can be submitted to the EnschedeLAB. Issues that are monodisciplinary or require very specific knowledge are presented within one of the institutions / study programs.
Issues that are multidisciplinary (in other words: that require different types of knowledge) can be dealt with within a minor.

Or we turn it into a nano challenge, and it looks like this:

If an issue first deserves multidisciplinary deepening, it is offered to students as a ' nano-challenge '. These are challenges of 4 weeks, with a program each week for one day. Each nano challenge deals with a specific issue. Students with an interest or affinity with the issue will then work on the issue for 4 full days spread over 4 weeks. There are at least 4 nano-challenges per year. As a student you can participate in one or more nano challenges.

You then work in mixed teams, both in terms of training and knowledge institution. As a group you can decide for yourself how you will tackle the urban issue, you will receive help in applying the Design Thinking method, and you are encouraged to talk to stakeholders. You will also receive guidance from both education and the client. It is also possible to do fieldwork with the client on all issues.

After a nano challenge, this issue can be passed on as a relay within projects of various study programs of the knowledge institutions . For example, the issue is viewed from all sides by the talent in the city. In this way we try to make Enschede a little more beautiful with all the talent in the city.


Our goals

We help to realize the ambitions of the city of Enschede, including in the field of sustainability and coexistence.

We employ talent (from both student and resident) and bring it together: we learn from each other - regardless of your background.

We give shape to challenge-based learning within the various institutions and bring knowledge to the city.

We show talent the possibilities to contribute - in the city / region and the Twente business community.


The EnschedeLAB has been around for two years.We did two pilots, with quite a few students participating. Building on that experience and learning from examples elsewhere in the country, we are now developing the EnschedeLAB further - and we are expanding it. Undoubtedly, this raises the necessary questions. We therefore list questions that we have heard and answered before.

Who is the EnschedeLAB for?

The EnschedeLAB is intended for students. We make different settings for them to collaborate with students from other study programs and other knowledge institutions. After all, these are the people you will also have to deal with in your later professional practice. We focus this collaboration on social issues: themes that are alive in the city of Enschede. After all, that is the learning environment that is the most lifelike and 'rich'.

Where can I find the EnschedeLAB?

Because the EnschedeLAB is a partnership between the four knowledge institutions, we want to be visible at all those four locations. We therefore organize the programs we organize at varying locations (Designlab, Ondernemerslab, FabLab, etc.) and in the city, at the places where the central issues are at play. The EnschedeLAB does not (yet) have one permanent 'home base'.

Why are you not called 'TwenteLAB'?

Given the close interdependence of the knowledge institutions with the region and the joint agenda for Twente, this would make sense. At the same time: we started this initiative, together with the Municipality of Enschede, in the context of the City Deal Knowledge Making. That is a 'deal' to develop 'rich learning environments' for students in university and college cities. That's how we started. However, that does not preclude that we can ultimately also tackle challenges in other municipalities, or, for example, involve the water board, the tax authorities or whatever public and social institutions.

Do your students only do assignments for the Municipality of Enschede?

No, we work on issues that are important in Enschede. The municipality can be the client for this, but a group of residents can do that too, for example united in a residents' company. Or a housing corporation, the community police officer, the community council, a sports association… As long as it concerns an issue that plays a role in the city, and that someone feels 'owner' of in order to solve it. Are you such a person? Do not hesitate to submit your question!


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