High Tech, Human Touch
Facts & Figures 2015/2016

CONSTANTLY ANTICIPATING FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND RESPONDING RAPIDLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO CHANGES IN OUR ENVIRONMENT: THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE IS THE LEADING ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITY.

We interact with research institutes, industry and government on an ongoing basis to generate pioneering research. We deliver outstanding students who excel at bringing together high standards of expertise from a range of fields and designing solutions that meet the demands of the future, in the Netherlands and throughout the world. As a leading international university, we are the driving force behind the innovative power of our region.  

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Our core values

The University of Twente is accelerating. In the years to come the university will raise the bar as well as our ambitions even higher. The UT is the entrepreneurial university, constantly anticipating and responding quickly and adequately to changes in her environment. Our core values drive us to achieve our goals in a way that helps us make a real impact.

SOCIETAL IMPACT - MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE


SYNERGY - EXCELLENCE IN COMBINATIONS


ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION - THE BEST IN EUROPE


INTERNATIONALIZATION - TOMORROW’S GLOBAL CITIZENS

MORE THAN SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE

Scientific excellence is more essential than ever before, but it is no longer enough to fulfil our ambitions. As a relatively small university of technology, with social and behavioural science alongside our focus on science and engineering, we both want and need to develop a more distinctive profile based on a unified ecosystem of educationresearch and commercial knowledge transfer. This is why we are now focusing more intensively on targeted and innovative combinations in research and education. We intend to become leaders in high-impact innovation and offer unique degree programmes in a distinctive setting. Our unique campus in the Twente region is developing into an inspiring meeting place for scientists and students. A community for professional and personal development.

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KEY FIGURES

This digital brochure aims to give an overview of the University of Twente: it provides key figures and facts in the field of education, research, the way we work together with our partners, our organization and our unique campus facilities

Education

With 80 nationalities present at the University of Twente, we provide education for almost 10,000 students from all over the world. Our Twente Educational Model is a unique concept, fully fitted for the needs of today's students. Learn more

Students enrolled in 2015

Total
9,645
Bachelor
5,260
Premaster
315
Master
3,994
Postmaster
76

International university rankings 2015

Leiden Ranking
126
Times Higher Education World University Ranking
(THE)
149
QS World University Rankings
188
Shanghai World Top 500
(Academic Ranking of World Universities, ARWU)
301


Research

Our 1,500 researchers work on a daily base on relevant societal challenges in a variety of disciplines. They deliver over 2,700 publications a year, providing valuable input for scientific excellence and laying the foundations for new knowledge-based spin-offs. Learn more.

Core areas of research

Nanotechnology


Information technology


Biomedical technology and technical medicine


Behavioural sciences and governance


Geo-information science and earth observation

Scientific output in 2015

Doctoral degrees
234
Number of publications
2,731
Total number of spin-off companies
approx. since 1984
1,000


Partnerships

We are based in the Netherlands, but our agenda is global. We work with partners, both public and private, from all over the world on scientific breakthroughts and research applications that make a difference in society. We encourage staff and students to connect with bright minds all over the world, as synergy is the result of excellent and sometimes surprising combinations. Learn more.

Organization

The University of Twente is a research university where technical developments and their importance to individuals and society are at the forefront. This is reflected in our 20 bachelor's and 31 master's programmes that are administered by five faculties. The research at the University largely takes place within the research institutes. Learn more about our organization.

Staff complement (in fte)

Academic
incl. PhD students
1,528
Support
1,074
Total
2,602


Budget (M€)

Direct government funding193.5
Contract based research73.7
Other contract based activities21.3
Contract based education1.6
Other14.4
Total (M€)304.5


Campus

The campus of the University of Twente is an international hot spot: a meeting place for students, for scientists with a multidisciplinary focus and for companies and governments in their quest for knowledge. Learn more.

Campus overview

Area in hectares
360 acres
146
Student apartments on campus
2,125
Staff housing
60
Cultural associations
19
Sports associations
38

Grants and prizes

MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITY IN THE NETHERLANDS

Our commitment to entrepreneurship is expanding to encompass an enterprising spirit among all staff and students: the motivation and the ability to innovate, experiment, pioneer and discover. We will communicate this message with great emphasis to ensure that we will be seen and recognized as the leading entrepreneurial university in Europe. In 2015, the University of Twente was again voted the top Dutch university in the 2015 Valorization Ranking, a joint venture between research and consultancy firm ScienceWorks and academic publisher Elsevier. Out of all thirteen universities entered in the ranking, the University of Twente ranked highest in delivering economic and social benefits.

Personal grants and prizes

Erc starting and consolidation grants
18
erc advanced grants
7
Spinoza awards
4
Memberships of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
5
veni grants
44
vidi grants
36
vici grants
18

Important awards and appointments in 2015

  • Descartes-Huygensprijs
    Prof. dr. Willem Vos
  • Best Development Paper for Leadership British Academy of Management
    Dr. Michel Ehrenhard
  • External member of the Max Planck Instituut for Dynamics and Self-Organization
    Prof. dr. Detlef Lohse
  • Harold E. Fearon Best Published Paper of the Year
    Prof. dr. Holger Schiele
  • Dr. A.H. Heineken-award for the Arts
    Yvonne Dröge Wendel
  • Academic Society Award Dutch Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI)
  • Prof. dr. Vanessa Evers
  • Second ERC Advanced Grant
    Prof. Albert van den Berg
  • ERC Starting Grant
    Prof. Sarthak Misra
  • ERC Consolidator Grant
    Dr. Sonia García Blanco


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