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Saxion University of Applied Sciences is a large university in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Saxion has established itself since 1875 as one of the main providers of high quality professional higher education and research in the Netherlands. There is a wide offer of high quality programmes from chemistry to hospitality.  Saxion offers mainly Bachelor courses as well as a number of Associate degrees and Masters. It has four campuses in the Eastern  region of the Netherlands with two larger ones in Deventer and Enschede and two smaller ones in Apeldoorn and Hengelo. In total these four locations house a total of 27.000 students and 2.400 employees.

   Applied Education
We bring regional socio-economic and technical challenges to the classroom by giving students opportunities to work on projects with external clients on current cases.  Students acquire professional skills and academic knowledge to tackle occurring societal challenges. Strong connections to the main players in the Eastern region of the Netherlands have enabled Saxion to align with the human capital agenda.

   HTSM & Living Technology
Saxion is one of the leading players in technological innovations.  With a focus on High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM), Saxion has specialised in nanotechnology, mechatronics,  high tech systems and smart materials. These areas of focus align with the High Tech specialisation in the Eastern  region of the Netherlands. Saxion’s motto ‘Living Technology’ expresses the drive to infuse HTSM in all its disciplines. novel technological solutions are creates tackle to real life challenges in the context of production, citizen lives and the workplace.

   Research activities
At Saxion, academic research is performed to the highest standards. Its research identifies the current socio-economic and technical needs that are present in the region.  Applied research creates possibilities to put new findings to use. The thirty five research groups have their own research programmes that contributes to new approaches for societal challenges. Collaboration among the different research groups and creating multidisciplinary innovations is a point of focus at Saxion.  Multidisciplinary projects synergises expertise among all fields of knowledge for stronger integrated solutions.
Saxion has performed research projects on an national and an international level. On a national level grants have been attracted from different RAAK and Erasmus programmes. On an international level Saxion participated in consortia for INTEREGG and  Framework 7 projects.
Saxion has research facilities that include different engineering laboratories  and ‘Living Labs’. These labs are open to both Saxion researchers and stakeholders to come together in co-creating for new solutions for real life challenges.

   Centres of Expertise
Saxion operates in two centres of expertise. These centres are a collaboration between universities and SME’s and industrial partners  to provide an impulse to better education and innovation. The  Centre of Expertise ‘TechYourFuture’  is an initiative to promote technology education for primary and secondary level.
The other centre of expertise ‘TechForFuture’ aims for more innovation and growth in  High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) sector. A growth of innovation in the HTSM sector is believed to contribute to the regional knowledge economy as well as the complete knowledge economy of The Netherlands.

   Centre of Entrepreneurship
Saxion encourages entrepreneurship ambitions among students. The Centre of Entrepreneurship supports students in their ambitions of starting their own business. This support consists of traditional  ways of assistance such as coaching and expert advice. New ways of support include organizing challenges for start-ups, providing loans and access to a network of Saxion alumni.

   Regional connections
Saxion collaborates closely with SME’s industrial partners and municipalities in the Eastern Region of the Netherlands. Saxion is one of the founders of innovation park Kennispark Twente.  Kennispark played a leading role in the improving the attractiveness of the region. The Eastern region of the Netherlands is now an hotspot for innovative players in the High Tech sector. The involvement in Kennispark and other regional co-operations  have resulted in numerous partnerships with SME’s industrial partners and municipalities.
Activities and experience of the partner organisation in the areas relevant for this project
Within the chair International Water Technology  (IWT) much relevant knowledge and experience are available for the project, which  has been built up in recent years by the implementation of different types of projects, such as practical traineeships, graduation projects, and contract research. The experience of the chair IWT together with the programs Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering lies in the area of process design, testing and optimization on topics such as aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment for water recycling/reuse, combined with the recovery of energy (biogas and heat), (post-)treatment processes for harvesting nutrients (such as phosphor) and the removal of micropollutants (such as hormonal and medical left-over). Next the integration of these new technologies in existing or newly to build municipal and/or industrial environments, including water (resource) management.
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