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Portfolio holder External Affairs, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

External Affairs

The main task of Eline is to maintain all Student Union contacts with the business community. Creating new partnerships is the key task. Partnerships are multiple-year cooperation endeavors with companies. The starting point is to create added value for Union participants, students and the University of Twente’s student entrepreneurs as well as for the company. These added values can be realized directly or indirectly. Direct added value can consist of discounts or training by professional institutions that apply directly to students. The indirect added value consists of funds a company makes available to the Student Union. These funds are then made available to students in the form of sponsorships.

Eline guides the entire process, from the initial idea of signing and maintaining the partnership. She is also responsible for the External Affairs meeting with student associations.

Entrepreneurship & innovation

The Student Union is responsible for the policy on Student Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente. In cooperation with the student entrepreneurship coordinator from the Kennispark, Eline facilitates and stimulates student entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship offers students the opportunity to develop themselves and gain experience and is therefore greatly supported by the Student Union, Kennispark Twente and NIKOS. The Student Union is involved with student entrepreneurship because it offers students enormous opportunities and allows them to acquire unique experiences that cannot be learned or developed in any class.

Eline takes stock of the needs of student entrepreneurs. Based on these results she will then take action to realize the appropriate support.

Furthermore, it’s important to coordinate everything with the various organizations involved. These include business clubs, the Kennispark, the Business and Science Park, the Innovation Lab, NIKOS and others. It’s up to Eline to coordinate the services provided to the needs of student entrepreneurs. She is in the center of it all and is up to date on everything, enabling to make the appropriate match between the needs of student entrepreneurs and the available services.

About Eline Kikkert

Study: Technical Medicine

Active at: ASV Taste, Pre-U

Comes from: Gennep


My name is Eline Kikkert and next year I will be the portfolioholder External Relations, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. I come from Gennep, a small village below Nijmegen, a nice place but I knew early on that I wanted to live on my own. Early in high school  it was clear to me that I wanted to study Technical Medicine and from that moment on I did everything I could to pass the selection. That worked and I started studying in Enschede in September 2017.

From the moment I knew I was going to Enschede to study, I started to orientate myself, what kind of house do I want to live in, do I want to play sports, do I want to join another association?

I am someone who has my plans for the future ready, but student life is impossible to plan.

During the introduction I liked everything and wanted to participate in everything. Eventually I became a member of student association ASV Taste. I formed a nice year club here (DJC Maximaal) with friends for life. I am also affiliated with a sorority (cultural women's dispute Mnemosyne), a closegroup of women that I see every week. And I live in an active and close house with three other girls. I like to do sports with others in the gym or outside.

In addition, I have been active in various committees and in this way I tried to challenge myself to develop further in parallel to my studies. I also gained a large part of that development from side jobs. I learned a lot at Pre-U, where I already got a lot of responsibility in the communication team. I have always found it important to gain your own income and at the same time look for a challenge in a job.

The people and friends around me in Enschede showed me what is possible and the older I got the more that I wanted to develop even more. After I got my Bachelor's degree in Technical Medicine I started looking further. The University of Twente offers many possibilities and eventually I ended up at the Student Union. This is what I want to do and what I like! Ultimately, I got the chance to do be a board member of the Student Union. It is a position that is completely different from my study and that makes me very enthusiastic about it and I can learn a lot from it.

I am very much looking forward to next year and I hope that I will achieve great things for the students at the UT. We can all agree that these are weird times but that doesn't stop us / me! I keep seeing the positive side and I only see opportunities that we can now grasp with both hands! It offers opportunities for new collaborations, new projects and new focus points for all my portfolios!

I am hopeful that somewhere this year we can meet in the Bastille at the office or in the Incubase!