Strategic Partners

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Germany)

The Westfalische Wilhems-Universitat is located in Munster, only 75 kilometers from the University of Twente.

 The university has over 43000 students, spread over 15 faculties, which makes it the third university of Germany in size. A great deal of the students is international, up to 8%. The university is ranked as the 256th university of the world (ranking?). Munster hosts many cycling lanes which makes it the main means of transportation for students around the city.

History of collaboration

Internationalization is a hot topic at many universities, and so it is for Münster and Twente. Both institutions are looking for partnerships all over the globe. Though, one of your strongest international connections might even be closer than the nearest domestic university. The universities of Twente (UT) and Münster (WWU) have been partners since 1979.


  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Student/Staf exchange agreement
  • Joint education Agreement: Joint Bachelor's Degree (Specialization) Programme ''Public Governance across Borders''

Prof. Ursula Nelles, rector of the university of Münster and Victor der Chijs, president of the executive board of the University of Twente, signing a cooperation agreement in Münster.

Support facilities for cooperation

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

In 2016, Prof. dr. R.H.J.A. Slart, Biomedical Photonic Imaging, University of Twente, and his colleagues at UT and counterparts at the WWU will be supported in developing their research and educational collaboration. The collaboration between the two groups offers synergies for achieving the next advances in photoacoustic imaging and PET/MRI for molecular imaging. It must be emphasized that these first topics are to represent the first steps in a sustainable collaboration on the subject of photoacoustic and PET/MRI molecular imaging. UT believes that the influx of students into the collaboration will increase; moreover, this is one of the first initiatives in this field that will open the access for students to both institutions. An attractive education program will be offered.


Contact person UT

Mr. Sander Lotze