In five renowned research institutes, the University of Twente combines technology (high-tech) with relevance to society (human touch). We participate in collaborations with the corporate sector (knowledge-intensive SMEs or larger) in relation to these disciplines.
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology
MESA+ is one of the world's largest research institutes in the field of nanotechnology. Its 525 scientists work on semi-conductors, life sciences, food technology, sensor technology and energy. MESA+ has a state-of-the-art NanoLab that measures 2,500 m2.
MIRA Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine
MIRA is one of the largest and best research institutes in the world in the field of biomedical technology and technical medicine. The more than 300 researchers at MIRA focus on top-technology for patients. This work is done from three perspectives: Imaging & Diagnostics, Neural & Motor Systems and Bio-nano Technology.
CTIT Institute for ICT research in context
CTIT carries out research in the field of ICT and ICT applications. Research groups work on relevant technological and economic problems and social issues in a multidisciplinary setting. There are a total of 450 researchers affiliated with the CTIT: computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and behavioural scientists.
Institute for innovation and Governance studies
The IGS (Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies) focuses on the control and management of technological and societal innovation. About 280 researchers from 14 departments are affiliated with the institute. They carry out research in both public and private sector.
Geo information science and earth observation (ITC)
The ITC is involved in research into the field of geo-information sciences and earth observation. The emphasis is on applications in developing countries, using modern technology such as remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems.
SBE Programme for Science Based Engineering
SBE, Institute of Engineering in formation at the University of Twente, develops and applies science and technology in multidisciplinary systems to the needs of industry and society, in order to enable a sustainable future. SBE has a strong position in manufacturing, design, engineering materials and energy, grouped in three centers of expertise: “Design Engineering”, “Thermal Fluid and Process Technology”, and “Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces and Systems”. The driving force behind SBE are its more than 300 linked researchers.