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Why study at the University of Twente?

Ready to get a Master's degree and busy scanning the globe for a university offering the perfect programme and environment?

The University of Twente (UT) differs from other universities, both in The Netherlands and internationally. Here are 9 reasons why studying at the UT is a smart choice.

1) One of the world’s leading research universities

Among the world’s 18,000 universities, the University of Twente belongs to the top 200. In Europe, we’re rated as one of the 25 best universities. Our six research institutes have a world-class reputation in many areas, including nanotechnology, biomedical technology, information technology, governance studies, sustainable energies and high-tech systems. Read more about ranking

2) High Tech, Human Touch

Our interdisciplinary approach – combining technology and engineering with behavioural and social sciences – gives us a unique position. Get used to crossing boundaries and making unexpected connections. Become a problem-solver of the future, equipped to work in teams and create solutions that people and society really need: High Tech, Human Touch. Read more about our interdisciplinary vision.

3) Global ambition and a colourful multicultural community

With over 80 nationalities the University of Twente is a colourful multicultural community. Most of our programmes are English-taught and we are raising our international profile. Get to know new cultures and people from all over the world. Become a global citizen, equipped for working in varying international contexts. 

Read more about our international profile

4) Europe’s most entrepreneurial university

Already recognized as the Netherlands’ most entrepreneurial university, our ambition is to become European leader in entrepreneurship. How? By attracting enterprising people. By placing entrepreneurship at the heart of our programmes. By providing startup support. By rewarding creativity, innovation and guts. Read about the more than 1,000 successful start-ups launched at the UT

5) An educational model that makes learning effective, future-proof and more engaging than ever

Dutch education is known worldwide for being highly interactive, with a strong focus on teamwork, independence and a proactive thinking. At the UT we take that approach a step further. In our module-based programmes, challenging team projects, personal growth and social impact go hand in hand, making learning effective, future-proof and more engaging than ever. Read more about the Twente Educational Model (TEM)

6) Student-driven learning makes for highly personalized education

We believe change requires personality, not just intelligence. This is why we invest heavily in your personal growth as a student. We don’t just transfer knowledge, we also help you find the best way in which you can put that knowledge to use in the real world, whether as an entrepreneur, an organizer or a designer of solutions. Find out more about our student-driven learning concept

7) The only park-like campus in The Netherlands

One of the UT’s crown jewels, without doubt, is our campus: a breath-taking and sustainably managed parkland of 146 hectares dotted with state-of-art facilities – from libraries and laboratories to cultural and sports facilities. A campus with the hustle and bustle of a small metropolis. A dynamic community to live and work in. Find out more about our campus and facilities.

8) A global name in research

Our world today is facing major environmental, economic, social and political challenges. Scientific research has a pivotal role to play in creating conditions that will sustain life on this planet. Our research institutes are committed to leading the way in areas ranging from nanotechnology to technical medicine, behavioural sciences and geo-information science and earth observation. In the coming years, the University of Twente will focus on various scientific themes. Find out more about our research institutes.

9) A broad range of Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD and Honours programmes

We offer over 50 Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, along with ambitious Honours tracks (including the ‘ATLAS programme offered by University College Twente) and Executive programmes. Our focus is on Biomedical Technology & Health, Engineering, European Public Administration, IT, International Business Administration, Behavioural Sciences and Science & Technology. Find out more about our programmes


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