he University of Twente, founded in 1961, is a leading young, entrepreneurial University setting standards in new technologies and seeking to stimulate change, renewal and progress in society.

The University ranks among the top 1% of universities worldwide. The University prides itself on the capacity to work closely both with the technologies of the future in information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, and with behavioural and social science research to produce innovative and cutting-edge solutions. The University of Twente has a unique vision of combining high tech human touch with a true entrepreneurial spirit which enables innovation and collaboration across disciplines, approaches and sectors.

The University comprises 3,300 scientists and professionals carrying out ground-breaking research to support and drive socially relevant innovation, and provide inspiring teaching for more than 10,000 students (approximately 20% of whom are international). Research and teaching is organised into five faculties and four interdisciplinary research institutes. Situated in the east of the country, Twente is the only full-campus university in the Netherlands and is situated in 350 woodland acres on a former country estate. The University of Twente is home to around 100 businesses, including student-run businesses and has generated more than 700 successful spin-off companies. The University's business park, Kennispark Twente, encourages and assists entrepreneurs to start new companies.


The University of Twente has a unique and well defined vision centred around entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to societal challenges through the collaboration of high technology disciplines with the human touch from behavioural and social science. Twente’s vision is based on four key themes:

  • Societal impact: making a real difference
  • Synergy: excellence in combinations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalization: tomorrow’s global citizens

The University aims to maintain and develop its status as an international, collaborative and entrepreneurial (in the sense of experimentation, pioneering and risk-taking) university which deploys its combined strengths to strengthen society.

Structure and organization

The University consists of five faculties, namely:

  • Engineering Technology;
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science;;
  • Science and Technology;
  • International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (Faculty with sui generis status);
  • Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences.

Additionally research activity is centred around four research institutes which facilitate interdisciplinary research and collaborations between different disciplines. Faculty members are associated with one or multiple institutes depending on their research focus and interests.

The research institutes are:

  • Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT);
  • Institute for Nanotechnology (MESA+);
  • Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA);
  • Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS).
  • International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)

The Faculty Deans and Scientific Directors of institutes report to the executive board of the University (consisting of the Rector Magnificus, President, and Vice-President).

In addition to the institutes there are a number of knowledge centres focussed around strategically important research topics. For more details on the specific knowledge centres please visit http://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/institutes/


The University offers an inspiring academic setting for the world’s brightest and most talented minds. Students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary fashion, take an international perspective and be truly entrepreneurial. There are 15 English taught and 5 Dutch taught Bachelor's programmes, 36 master’s programmes (the majority of which are in English) along with a thriving PhD community. Twente is committed to fusing social and engineering sciences as well as providing high-quality teaching and research. Studying at the University of Twente means students develop an entrepreneurial spirit, thinking internationally and working beyond the boundaries of specific specializations.

The University nurtures research students through integrated master’s and PhD Programmes which combine technological, social and behavioural components in the Twente Graduate School. The graduate research programmes focus on core subjects in the multidisciplinary research institutes.