PARTNERS & Collaboration

Collaboration is the motto of the University of Twente. This is not just the case on campus, but outside of it as well. The University of Twente is closely collaborating with other universities, companies and regional, national and, of course, international governments. The University of Twente keeps in close contact with her alumni and initiates - and is actively involved in - networks that focus on innovation and social progress.


The two largest university collaboration projects are the 4TU Federation (former 3TU.Federation), the collaboration project between the University of Twente, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and starting 2016 also Wageringen University, and the ECIU, a European collaboration project by innovative universities. Together we combine our knowledge in the field of education, research and valorization in order to increase our innovative strength and use it to contribute to enhancing the position of the Dutch and European knowledge economy.  

International strategic partnerships

We have a worldwide network at our disposal with regards to internships and exchange positions for our students. More information about our strategic partners will be added soon.


A third core task for the University, alongside education and research, is knowledge transfer. At the University of Twente, developed knowledge is effectively converted into economic industriousness. Our student businesses will become the spin-off companies of tomorrow. As an entrepreneurial university, we therefore consider it to be vitally important that entrepreneurship is promoted and supported at every level. Our activities related to entrepreneurship are mainly centred on Kennispark Twente.

Through the Twente Academy we organize a large range of activities for secondary schools, and our researchers regularly participate in topical social discussions. UT's new Design Lab is an international work and meeting space where researchers, students, entrepreneurs, business developers, governments and artists together work towards creative out-of-the-box applications of new technologies."


Whether it's about using research facilities, contacting our talented students or researchers or starting a spin-off company, our Business page contains all possible ways to create something beautiful in collaboration with the University of Twente.