Earlier this year the city of Amsterdam invited universities at home and abroad to come up with proposals for a new institute for applied technology. The plan of MIT, Delft and Wageningen came our as the winner.
“The winning proposal really adds something new and connects the city with valuable applied technological knowledge from home and abroad. The parties have the ambition and potential to grow into the world”, physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf said at the event.
According to the winning plan the new institute will collaborate closely with research institutions, businesses, and community residents on various research topics: water, energy, waste and food. A large number of companies and institutions is already committed, like Shell, IBM, Schiphol and TNO.
The city is planning to invest €20 to €50 million in the new institute, hoping the institute will help encourage economic growth and employment. In total, the city of Amsterdam received thirteen proposals from national and international research institutions and companies .