University of Twente - Enschede

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.

The challenges of our time are greater than before

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
Improving and personalizing healthcare

Developing Smart Materials
and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
and contributing to the resilience of this rapidly changing world.

High Tech Human Touch

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:

World-class research institutes

The University of Twente is leading in new technology to initiate change, progress and renewal in society. Our multicultural community of talented, ambitious students, scientists and educators have - together with our business and government partners - access to the best possible conditions. The campus has powerful research institutes that focus on nanotechnology, ICT, biomedical technology and technical medicine, governance & behavioural sciences, engineering and geo-information sciences and earth observation.

From knowledge to spinoff

Our leading institutes combine scientific excellence with a keen eye for commercial knowledge valorisation and social applications. They are successful in generating spin-off businesses. Up to now, this has yielded more than a thousand spin-offs that are often very successful, such as DEMCOM, ClearFlightSolutions and SciSports.