High Tech, Human Touch
Facts & Figures 2019

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, WE ARE PIONEERS IN FUSING TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING WITH SOCIAL SCIENCES TO IMPACT THE WORLD AROUND US. OUR DRIVING FORCE AS STUDENTS, SCIENTISTS AND EDUCATORS IS A DEEP SENSE OF CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE A CURIOUS, ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT.

All of our research and education is aimed at making a difference in today’s society, while setting up the next generation for the future. In this pursuit, the entrepreneurial mind-set and global awareness of our many talented scientists, educators and students lead us to move beyond differences, disciplines, borders. The cross-disciplinary way of working that characterizes our university opens up unexpected possibilities - especially in combination with creativity and excellence in scientific disciplines. Our distinctive educational model, engineering approach and open culture generate new ideas, new energy, new ways forward.

At this moment we are redefining our strategy. Please visit our Shaping2030 website for more information.

Please note, this Facts & Figures is updated annually in June. Last update: June 2019  

Our core values

SOCIETAL IMPACT - MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE
SYNERGY - EXCELLENCE IN COMBINATIONS
Entrepreneurial: the best in Europe
Internationalisation: tomorrow’s global citizen

A living, smart campus where change begins

The University of Twente is a multicultural community of talented, ambitious people that offers students, scientists and educators from around the world the best possible conditions:  

  • An innovative and vibrant campus with world-class facilities for crossing boundaries and solving complex problems – including state-of-the-art facilities, such as our world-renowned NanoLab, our newly formed Designlab and a new TechMed Centre currently under construction.  
  • An engineering approach to societal challenges, merging fundamental technological and social science research with systematic solution designing.  
  • Core technologies, among the world’s best, in fields such as nanotechnology and biomedical engineering, IT, robotics and geo-information science.  
  • Highly personal education, applying student-driven learning and project-based teamwork to foster synergy, (self-)discovery and out of the box problem-solving.  
  • An outstanding track record in value creation, starting up and spinning off new businesses (with some 1,000 successful ventures to date) and giving shape to new expressions of social and industrial engagement.

Key figures

This digital brochure aims to give an overview of the University of Twente's facts and figures: it provides key figures and facts in the field of educationresearch, the way we work together with our partners, our organization and our unique campus facilities. All figures and facts are up to date until 31 December 2018, unless stated otherwise.

Education

With 79 nationalities present at the University of Twente, we provide education for over 11,000 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 2018

Total
11.136
Bachelor
6,023
Master
4,230
Other programme types
883

International university rankings 2018

CWTS Leiden Ranking
179
Times Higher Education World University Ranking
THE
184
QS World University Rankings
172
Shanghai World Top 500
Academic Ranking of World Universities, ARWU
550

Positions mentioned are the position on 31 December 2018

Research

More than 1000 researchers work on a daily base on relevant societal challenges in a variety of disciplines. They deliver over 2,307 publications a year, providing valuable input for scientific excellence and laying the foundations for new knowledge-based spin-offs. Learn more.

our focus areas

IMPROVING HEALTHCARE BY PERSONALIZED TECHNOLOGIES
CREATING INTELLIGENT MANUFACTERING SYSTEMS
SHAPING OUR WORLD WITH SMART MATERIALS
ENGINEERING OUR DIGITAL SOCIETY
ENGINEERING FOR A RESILIENT WORLD

Scientific output in 2018

Doctoral degrees
bekostigd
236
Number of publications
2,307
Total number of start-ups
Aprox. 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. The education (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes) and research are organized within our five faculties: Learn more about our organization.

Staff complement

Academic
(including PhD students)
1,810
Support
1,340
Total
3,150

Number of appointments (male/female)

Male
1.817
Female
1.333
Total
3,150

Budget (M€)

Direct government funding211
Tuition fees26.9
Contract based research75.8
Other15.3
Total (M€)329

Campus

The University of Twente has an innovative and vibrant campus with world-class facilities for crossing boundaries and solving complex problems – including state-of-the-art facilities, such as our world-renowned NanoLab, our newly formed Designlab and a new TechMed Centre currently under construction. Learn more.

Campus overview

Area in hectares
360 acres
146
Student apartments on campus
2,575
Staff housing
60
Cultural associations
18
Sports associations
40

Grants and prizes

Personal grants and prizes (since year of foundation)

ERC starting and consolidator grants
28
ERC advanced grants
9
Spinoza awards
4
Memberships of the Netherlands academy of arts and sciences (KNAW)
8
Veni grants
54
Vidi grants
40
Vici grants
22

For a current overview of all UT researchers who have won a prize or who have been awarded a grant please visit the Awards & grants page.