Why University of Twente?

Research at the University of Twente

A global pioneer in tackling the challenges of our time

Whether you are a junior or senior scientist, the University of Twente offers you a first-class research environment with plenty of opportunities for innovation and growth. We are a modern, entrepreneurial university and a global pioneer in tackling the challenges of our time by combining new technologies and engineering with behavioural and social sciences. Our goal is to be a catalyst for innovation and progress in society – and to produce scientists and professionals ready to take their place as agents of change.


The Twente Graduate School (TGS) plays a vital role in our research. TGS offers an increasing range of high-quality educational programmes in areas closely related to the work of research institutes and taught and supervised by expert researchers from these same institutes. If you are eager to pursue a career in scientific research, TGS’ various integrated Master’s and PhD programmes offer outstanding opportunities with ample room for specialization and personal preferences.

Find out more about Twente Graduate School and our tenure tracks or check our vacancies.

High Tech Human Touch

We believe technology and people have a leading role to play in providing solutions for these complex societal challenges worldwide. Central to our vision is our High Tech Human Touch philosophy, in which we fuse natural science, data-science, biology and engineering with social and behavioural science while maintaining a relentless focus on societal impact. With this unique cross-disciplinary approach and excellence in scientific disciplines, our scientists, teachers and students work every day on these global challenges:

World-class research institutes

The University of Twente is leading in new technology to initiate change, progress and renewal in society. Our multicultural community of talented, ambitious students, scientists and educators have - together with our business and government partners - access to the best possible conditions. The campus has powerful research institutes that focus on nanotechnology, ICT, biomedical technology and technical medicine, governance & behavioural sciences, engineering and geo-information sciences and earth observation.

From knowledge to spinoff

Our leading institutes combine scientific excellence with a keen eye for commercial knowledge valorisation and social applications. They are successful in generating spin-off businesses. Up to now, this has yielded more than a thousand spin-offs that are often very Our research institutes are among the world’s very best

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 five leading research institutes are committed to being a part of a more sustainable world.


In order to lead the way in scientific research, you need world-class facilities, funding and an inspiring climate. But more than on any of those factors, excellence in research depends on people. At the University of Twente, we do everything to can to attract and to keep people with the drive and the capacity to make our world a better place through cutting-edge scientific research.

Get inspired by the stories of leading UT scientists and how they are changing our world.

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