The greatest challenges that await the world in the coming decades, have a lot of effect on the worldwide university landscape. Today's students are the global citizens of tomorrow, professionals that look for solutions to big social problems.

The University of Twente is a young and enterprising university that prepares young people for the future. We accomplish this through innovative, attractive and future-focused education and through fulfilling a global function in technological and social research.

The University of Twente is the place where talent development is maximized. Students and staff are the focus at the University of Twente. Together, 3,300 researchers and professionals work on pioneering research, relevant innovations and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. 

The University of Twente has a prospering campus, an ecosystem for hundreds of spin-off companies. Entrepreneurship is in our genes. Approximately 100 (student) companies are located on campus. In addition, THE UT has already produced more than 800 successful spin-off businesses. Kennispark Twente stimulates and facilitates starting entrepreneurs.

But there is also so much more going on at our splendid green campus. Its sporting and cultural facilities are unique and events such as the world's largest think tank, CreaTe Tomorrow, and the biggest student sporting event, the Batavierenrace, have made the campus famous. The campus is inspiring and vibrant!

University of Twente: the enterprising university.


Fifty years of 'high tech, human touch': The University of Twente, which at its founding in 1961 was still called the Twente Technological University of Applied Sciences, managed to distinguish itself early on by integrating technology with the social sciences. In addition, the 'third technical university of applied sciences' also distinguished itself with her campus terrain and approach to education. 

In 1961, the House of Representatives agreed to the establishment of a third technical university of applied sciences in Enschede. Enschede was selected to be the location over Alkmaar and Deventer. The existence of a strong manufacturing industy (textiles, metal, electrical engineering, chemicals), the necessity for innovation of the textile industry and the firm lobby of that textile industry together with the Eastern government agencies, probably were important factors in making this decision. Just as the fact that the municipality of Enschede made the Drienerlo estate available for the first campus university of the Netherlands, this probably was an important factor in making this decision.

Construction started in September 1962. The assignment given to the architects, ir. W. van Tijen and  ir. S.J. van Embden was as follows: create a great technical university of applied sciences. The severe winter halted construction for a long time.

The University of Twente, then still called the THT, was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Juliana on 14 September 1964. The first class consisted of two hundred students, including four girls.

It wasn't until the summer of 1986 that the THT received her current name: University of Twente This was the result of the changes in the Dutch Academic Education Act in 1984, as a result of which Dutch HBO schools could take the name University of applied sciences. It was decided to change the name in order to prevent confusion.

In 2011 the University celebrated her 50th Dies Natalis in the company of Queen Beatrix.

Architecten ir. W. van Tijden en ir. S.J. van Embden op landgoed Drienerlo

Architects ir. W. van Tijden and ir. S.J. van Embden on the Drienerlo estate