Netwerkstad Twente

Netwerkstad (in english Network City) Twente is a unique collaboration of three closely located cities (Enschede, Hengelo and Almelo) with their own character and a shared ambition.

Twente is the green technological top region on the eastern border of the Netherlands. The entire Twente region has a population of 634,000, of which more than 330,000 people live in Networkstad Twente.

With a long industrial history in textiles and machinery, Twente has transformed into a stronghold of innovation. With a leading technical university and several universities of applied sciences, it is a region of talent and knowledge.

The area’s knowledge institutions bring forward many frontrunning companies. Strong clusters in photonics, batteries, advanced manufacturing and circular textiles have been built in Netwerkstad Twente. We are now taking the next step, to connect these clusters with our German partners across the border.

Netwerkstad Twente is a proud member of the Dutch German Tech.Land, a region where innovation thrives and international talent feels at home. To retain and attract this talent, Netwerkstad Twente strives for vibrant, inclusive and sustainable cities where our citizens feel safe and healthy.

Using innovative solutions, we are working on new systems to maintain a sustainable water balance, tackle urban heating and fight energy poverty in our cities.

Netwerkstad Twente’s location at the intersection of several (inter)national corridors offers great opportunities. Within a strong cross-border cooperation with the German cities of Münster and Osnabrück, we are committed to a sustainable and smart mobility system. Our ambition is build it into a no-border cooperation, in which the border’s obstacles become an asset.

Since 1958, Twente has been the region that is part of the very first Euroregion on the border of the Netherlands and Germany.

Working cross-border has become our second nature.

Roelof Bleker Mayor
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