The University of Twente strengthens its cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Army

Teacher. Dr. HA Akkermans (WCM), Colonel P. van Iersel (Defensie/TCL), Brigadier General ir. Drs. R. Rietbergen (MatlogCo), PJ Oonincx (NLDA), HFJM Koopman (University of Twente). Photo: University of Twente website.

Army Materiel Logistics Command will work more closely with civilian partners on future maintenance. Together with World Class Maintenance (WCM), the University of Twente (UT) and the Netherlands Defense Academy (NLDA), it has signed an agreement to work together on maintenance innovation and a maintenance learning line.

For ten years, these actors have been working together on areas of innovation and maintenance learning with mutual satisfaction. With this step, they join forces to focus even more strongly on the further development of these. This is in line with the Department of Defense’s vision to be a smarter, technologically advanced organization with greater integration of people and technology by 2035.

It requires knowledge. Preferably in a line of continuous learning from college through vocational college to applied and academic university and scientific research, which is part of “lifelong learning”. This collaboration will stimulate new teaching and research programs and strengthen existing ones. The University of Twente, NLDA and the professional association FME World Class Maintenance contribute to this.

Brigadier General Ronald Rietbergen, Commander of Materiel Logistics Command (MatlogCo): “The maintenance learning line is very important for Defence, most innovations no longer come from Defence, but from civilian parties, what makes our people and the product we make better.”

The WCM summer school which is co-hosted by Defense and in which the parties mentioned are already working together is already a good example of this. In the future, this will also go through the Army Land Technology Center, where internal asset management knowledge from the NLDA Faculty of Military Science will be pooled with external knowledge from the University of Twente and of World Class Maintenance.

Colonel Peter van Iersel, Technology Center Land project manager: “The envisaged collaboration is short-cycle and innovative to find robust, agile and sustainable solutions to the operational problems of the future.”

Other examples of collaboration include the Young WCM innovation program, UT Master Class Engineering & Management, custom-developed master classes, and field maintenance labs in cooperation with Technology Center Land.

This article has been first post on February 18 by the University of Twente.

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