Twente has a long, proud history of textile barons whose international entrepreneurship brought great economic prosperity to the region. In 2017, Enschede has worked similarly hard to strengthen its international position.
The municipal administration of Enschede leverages its international networks to help local entrepreneurs and knowledge institutes find global business or education partners. Whether this means approaching our sister cities of Enschede — Dalian in China and Palo Alto in Silicon Valley — or our contacts in the Euro region or the Eurocities network: Enschede into the world!
In turn, Enschede also wants to be accessible for international visitors, students and companies alike: the world into Enschede!
For instance, Enschede invited five friendly cities to be its guests at the international Smart City Conference in July. Dalian, Palo Alto, Münster, Heidelberg and Linköping learned that Enschede is a frontrunner in the field of drone testing. And partnering closely on issues such as mobility or energy transitions will generate considerable new knowledge and business networks.
This annual report provides an impression of our international activities in 2017. The activities we undertook in the context of our 'Germany agenda' are included separately in an annual overview:
Welcome in 2018 to groundbreaking Enschede!