Strategic Partners

Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia)

The Bandung Institute of Technology is located within the beautiful mountain area of the western part of Java. It has over 17.000 students in 13 different faculties, like Art and Design, Business and Management, Life sciences or Mathematics. 

The university rose from the ‘Technische Hogeschool’ - which was founded in 1920. In 1959, the university changed its name into the ‘Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)’. ITB is the oldest technological university in Indonesia.

ITB and the University of Twente have a strong history of collaboration. The universities offer a double degree for students of Sustainable Energy Technology, Chemical Engineering Forestry, Urban Planning and Management. Furthermore, ITB and the University of Twente have already been working together in several projects. The GEOCAP project ( is one of them - this project focusses on sustainable, geothermal energy. In this project the UT faculty ITC plays an important role. The Earth System Analysis department coordinates the GEOCAP project.

History of collaboration

The Technical University in Bandung (Institut Teknologi Bandung, ITB) is a long-standing partner of the University of Twente, and the relationship and the cooperation go back to the mid-seventies. In an early drive to export technical training in its area of expertise, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) established a number of “sister institutes” of which the Department of Geodetic Engineering of ITB was one (1975). The Department, now called ‘Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering’, still exists under the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology.

Over the years the cooperation has continued and expanded. Several faculties in the University of Twente have close ties with ITB. Currently the following cooperation programs are ongoing in education and research: A Double Degree program in Chemical Engineering is offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) in ITB. A Double Degree program in Sustainable Energy Technology is offered by the Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW) and the Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMD) in ITB. A Double Degree program in Forestry, Urban Planning and Management is offered by the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) and the School for Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPK) in ITB.

Besides cooperation in education and research through the implementation of Double Degree programs, the University of Twente and ITB also work together on projects. Recently a research program was executed on the development of solar energy. A major project that is still running is dealing with the development of the geothermal energy sector in Indonesia (GEOCAP).

PhD collaboration Between University of Twente - ITB in Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems

University of Twente and ITB have maintained their collaboration in Industrial Engineering and Business Information System field for over 10 years. Prof. Jos van Hillegersberg and Dr. Rajesri Govindaraju intensify this collaboration by organizing two annual joint research workshops. Aiming to increase the number of talented students pursuing PhD programs and enhance their success in the program, the first workshop will be hold in January 2017 at ITB. The second workshop will follow in June 2017 at University of Twente. The workshops facilitate intensive interaction between faculty members, PhD students, and MSc students from both universities. By inviting promising MSc students to present and discuss their ideas, they will be motivated to obtain funding/scholarships and join the PhD program. The intense collaboration between faculty members will also help to build a valuable community of researchers on both sides. Such a community is indispensable in having a successful PhD trajectory.

PhD defense Arviansyah

moU's and agreements 

  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Student exchange agreement
  • Joint education agreement: International Double Degree Master of Science Programme in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET)
  • Letter of Intent; International Joint Degree Master Program in Chemistry & Material Science

Support facilities for cooperation

Collaborating with ITB and sharing knowledge and resources with this university is an important part of the University of Twente’s mission. Therefore, the University of Twente launches a yearly call for proposals to stimulate collaboration with ITB. The aim of this call it to stimulate synergetic collaboration resulting in a strong strategic partnerships with ITB.


Throughout the year I was staying here, UT provided a nice scientific atmosphere that gave me the opportunity to grow as a young scientist and significantly broaden my horizon.Rindia M. Putri, PhD student in Biomolecular Nanotechnology

Rindia M. Putri, former student in Chemical Engineering, currently doing a PhD

I obtained my Bachelor degree from Department of Chemistry, ITB, Indonesia and afterwards I joined a double-degree Master program, held by ITB and UT. I very much enjoyed my stay in UT during my Master program even though it was only for a year. Throughout the year I was staying here, UT provided a nice scientific atmosphere that gave me the opportunity to grow as a young scientist and significantly broaden my horizon. This was the main reason for me to choose the UT for my PhD program.

Initially, before I came to the Netherlands, I thought I was going to suffer from the culture shock, but thankfully it was not the case. Based on my experience so far, I would consider the Netherlands as an English speaking country, most of Dutch people are very fluent in English. Of course it is nice to be able to speak Dutch (even only a little), but in general I feel like I do not have any significant problem in communication, which could be an issue for an international student like myself.

I am currently in my final year working in the Biomolecular Nanotechnology group (BNT) in the Institute for Nanotechnology, MESA+. The research facilities are top-notch and the institute offers a broad range of research topics at the interface of chemistry, physics, biology and material science. I learned so much during my stay here, especially on how to conduct a research independently and come up with good scientific ideas as well as to develop my problem-solving skills.

One of the things I like the most during my study in UT is that I have the chance to go to several conferences and present my work there. In recent years, I joined conferences in several places in Europe, USA and Singapore. It is always a nice experience to be able to meet fellow PhD students from all around the world at conferences.

Aside from the scientific atmosphere, I also enjoy the interaction with the international students. Here at the UT, I meet students from literally all over the world. It is a great opportunity to be able to work side-by-side with them and discuss our different point-of-views in a positive and constructive environment.

ongoing projects

  • The first part of the proposal on developing the collaboration between SBM-ITB and UT-BMS has just been completed. Prof. Dr. Sudarso Kaderi Wiryono, Dean of School of Business and Management, has visited the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences on 21-22 November. He has held meetings with several colleagues and discussed possible avenues of cooperation in education and research including student exchanges and joint research / PhD projects. Further talks and visits will take place in coming months.

Prof. Rez Kabir met Prof. Dr. Sudarso Kaderi Wiryono, Dean of School of Business and Management (ITB)

Prof. Rez Kabir (left) with Prof. Dr. Sudarso Kaderi Wiryono, Dean of School of Business and Management (ITB)

Prof. Dr. Sudarso Kaderi Wiryono, Dean of School of Business (ITB) with Prof. Jos van Hillegersberg

  • The faculty of EEMCS has been visiting ITB several times in the Fall of 2016. Our aim for these visits is to revive collaboration in close cooperation with the faculties ITC and S&T. The educational directors of the bachelor and master programs Applied Mathematics (AM), Computer Science (CS) and Business & IT (BIT)  have had inspiring and insightful meetings with counterpart academic departments at ITB.

    The possibilities for research and exchange opportunities and to attract talented master students for AM, CS and BIT have been explored. ITB staff has been invited to pay a counter visit to EEMCS and to our Summer School CuriousU.

    Also a group of student of the EEMCS study association Inter-Actief and their supervisors visited ITB in the fall of 2016, as part of their study tour ‘Intelligent & Secure Cities’.
  • Development of a Double Degree (DD) MSc program between Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)/Mechanical Engineering and University of Twente (UT)/Mechanical Engineering

 In the framework of the project ‘International Strategic Partnerships 2016’ a Double Degree program between the MSc programs ME-UT and ME-ITB will be developed. The two curricula from ITB and UT will be compared and a DD program composed. It will be developed in the same way as the already existing DD MSc program between ME-ITB (renewable energy track) and SET-UT.

One of the focus areas of this DD program will be the area of Maintenance, for which there is mutual interest at UT and ITB. ME-UT has chosen the specialization Maintenance as the unique selling point to distinguish itself from the large number of Mechanical Engineering programs in the world. At ME-ITB also research is done in the field of maintenance and the educational program at ME-UT is complementary for their students.

This DD program is mainly aimed at obtaining an inflow of Indonesian students from ITB to our Mechanical Engineering master. However, ITB is currently setting up an international class in the bachelor phase in which students can opt for a stay of one or two semesters abroad. The objective is that as a spinoff of the DD program and in the framework of the ITB international class ITB and UT agree upon an exchange program on bachelor level.

Contactperson UT

Ms. Lyande Eelderink