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Diversity and inclusion lead to more innovation, greater opportunities for all, better access to talent and improved performance.

The University of Twente embraces and encourages diversity in many forms. UT strives to create an inclusive community that fosters open and supportive research, education, valorization and working environment. We are working to improve diversity, inclusion and equity within our community.

A balanced representation of women in senior academic positions at UT is key to gender diversity and inclusion. We have not achieved this balance yet. However, it is our objective to catch up in this respect, and we are therefore striving to recruit 10 female professors at UT between now and 2020.

Our ultimate goal is to make UT a diverse and inclusive organisation, where quality is paramount. We have instituted the prestigious Hypatia Chairs to underscore the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Hypatia chair vacancies

Hypatia chairs

The Hypatia Chairs have been introduced to increase the number of female talent in academic top positions. The name Hypatia is inspired by the fourth/fifth-century Greek scientist Hypatia, who was a teacher in the field of mathematics and philosophy and is the earliest female mathematician of whose life and work reasonably detailed knowledge exists. In her days, she was very influential as she had the ability to transfer her phenomenal knowledge in an inspiring way. She is a shining example of our High Tech Human Touch approach.

Hypatia Chairs are a mark of quality. A candidate must meet all conditions and requirements before being considered for a post. Vacant chairs will remain unfilled until the right candidate is found.

Hypatia, (born c. 355 CE—died March 415, Alexandria)

Hypatia was a mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who lived in a very turbulent era in Alexandria’s history. She is the earliest female mathematician of whose life and work reasonably detailed knowledge exists.

She was, in her time, the world’s leading mathematician and astronomer, the only woman for whom such claim can be made. She was also a popular teacher and lecturer on philosophical topics of a less-specialist nature, attracting many loyal students and large audiences.

Research environment

Our facilities for top research are state-of-the-art: MESA+ NanoLabBioNanoLabVirtual Reality LabDataLabExperimental Centre for Technical Medicine (ECTM)LEO-Center for Service Robotics, the supersonic wind tunnel, DesignLabBMS LabTPRC, SmartXp and TCO. In modern laboratories, our researchers often work together on simulations, tests and prototypes with external parties. Learn more via our Research page.

Gender diversity networks

The UT has several networks for women in science.  A common goal of the networks is actively propagating the importance of gender awareness, both within and without the UT.

Our focus on societal challenges

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.


Scientists, teachers and students of the University of Twente feel a responsibility to develop societal relevant solutions, in order to be prepared for an unpredictable and highly changeable future. We do this by shaping the digitalization of society. By improving and personalizing healthcare. By developing Smart Materials and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and contributing to the resilience of this rapidly changing world.

Societal challenges

  • Improving healthcare through personalized technologies
  • Creating intelligent manufacturing systems
  • Shaping our world with smart materials
  • Engineering our digital society
  • Engineering for a resilient world

Learn more? Visit our Research page.


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: