University of Twente

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University of Twente
University of Twente logo - english version.png
Motto High Tech, Human Touch
Type Public
Established 1961
Endowment €279.4M[1]
Rector Ed Brinksma
Administrative staff
2,948 (2014)
Students 9,614 (2014)
Location Enschede, Netherlands

University of Twente (Dutch: Universiteit Twente; Dutch pronunciation: [ynivɛrsiˈtɛit ˈtʋɛntə]) is a university located in Enschede, Netherlands. It offers research and degree programmes in the social and behavioral sciences and in engineering. In keeping with its entrepreneurial spirit, the University is committed to making economic and social contributions to the region of the Netherlands where it is based. The UT collaborates with Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology under the umbrella of 3TU and is also a partner in the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

University of Twente


The University was founded in 1961 as the Technische Hogeschool Twente. After Delft and Eindhoven, it was the third higher vocational institute of technology in the Netherlands to become a university. Accordingly, in 1986, it changed its name to Universiteit Twente (University of Twente). The Dutch government’s decision to locate the new institute in Enschede, the main city of Twente, had much to do with the north-eastern province’s rich industrial history. Another important consideration was the fact that the local economy needed a boost to compensate for the dwindling textile industry.[2]


Drienerlo tower on the campus.

The University of Twente was built on the former country estate of Drienerlo, situated between Hengelo and Enschede. On this beautifully landscaped 140 hectare estate, comprising woodland, meadows and water, architects Van Tijen and Van Embden designed the Dutch first - and so far only[citation needed] - campus university along American lines. Students and staff live, work and pursue their leisure activities on campus. Through the years, several other important architects and artists have made their own contributions to the design of the campus.

Students and staff at the University of Twente continue to form an active academic community. The beautiful campus of the University has excellent sports and cultural facilities that have stimulated the development of a rich mix of student societies, student social events, and a constant flow of new initiatives. The Student Union, which is run entirely by students, promotes the interests of all student societies and also manages several premises, including the student social centre in the heart of Enschede.[3]



The current rector of the university is Prof.dr. H. Brinksma, who took the post in 2009 and was reappointed in 2012. The other two members of the executive board are Mr. V. van der Chijs (President Executive Board) and dr. W.D. Built-Spiering (Vice-President) [4]


There are five Faculties at the University of Twente:

  • Behavioural Sciences, Management and Social Sciences (BMS+)
  • Engineering Technology (CTW)
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS+)
  • Science and Technology (TNW+)
  • Faculty of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation (formerly known as ITC Enschede) (ITC+)

Each Faculty is in turn organized into several departments.[5]



"Het Ding" "(The Thing)", by Jasper Latté and Jaap Hos


  • MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (MESA+)
  • MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA)
  • Center for Telematics and Information technology (CTIT)
  • Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS)

Knowledge and research centres[edit]

  • CEPTES - Center for Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Science (CEPTES+)
  • CES - Center for European Studies (CES+)
  • CHEPS - Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS+)
  • CHOIR - Center for healthcare operations improvement & research (CHOIR+)
  • CIPV - Centre for integrated manufacturing and development (CIPV+)
  • CSTM - Center for clean technology and environmental policy (CSTM+)
  • Nikos - Dutch institute for knowledge intensive entrepreneurship (Nikos+)
  • STePS - Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS) (+)
  • TWC - Twente Water Centre (TWC+)


The degree programmes at the University of Twente range from business administration, psychology to applied physics, engineering and biomedical technology. The curriculum is broad, flexible and relevant to the labour market. Most students combine coursework in their major subject with a coherent set of minors in another discipline. A growing number of foreign students are finding their way to the UT. Almost all postgraduate programmes (and several undergraduate programmes) are taught in English. Half of all PhD students at the UT now come from outside the Netherlands.

The University of Twente has a world class research programme. In the applied sciences, the emphasis is on nanotechnology, process technology, engineering, information & communication technology, and the biomedical sciences. The University also has a strong track record in management and behavioural sciences.

The University of Twente sets great importance on the useful application of knowledge in the society. Patents, lifelong learning programmes, and spin-off companies testify to this commitment, as does UT’s intensive involvement in research programmes that enhance knowledge infrastructure in the Netherlands. So far, the UT has produced over 1,000 spin-off companies; more than any other Dutch university.[6]

From the outset, the University of Twente has sought to put the applied sciences in a wider social context. Students and researchers are always challenged to look beyond the boundaries of their own subject area and to establish links between different disciplines. The University of Twente believes that a multidisciplinary approach will stimulate innovation in science and society alike.


As of September 2016
University rankings
Times[7] 149
QS[8] 173
QS[9] 79

University rankings
ARWU Engineering 76-100
Times Engineering[10] 73
QS Engineering[11] 126

The Leiden Ranking (2014) ranked the University of Twente 102 overall in the world and 38 in Europe.[12]

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (2015) ranked the University of Twente 164 overall in the world and 51 in Europe.[13]

In 2015 QS World University Rankings[14] ranked the University of Twente 188 overall in the world. Some of its subject rankings were: 126 in Engineering and Technology, 50 in Education and training studies, and 101 in Philosophy.

In 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings[15] ranked the University of Twente 149 overall in the world.[16] Also, the University was ranked 73 overall in the world in the field of Engineering and technology.[17]

In 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities[18] (ARWU) ranked the University of Twente 76-100 overall in the world in the field of Engineering.[19]

University of Twente also holds the title of the most entrepreneurial university in Netherlands and was voted the best Dutch university in the area of valorization.[20]

Timeline of rectors[edit]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Jaarverslag UT 2007 [Year report 2007], University of Twente.
  2. ^ "History of the University of Twente". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "History of the University of Twente". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Members of the Executive Board". Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "University of Twente, Faculties". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "University of Twente Top universities". 
  7. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-2016". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2016/17". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Engineering and Technology". The Times Higher Education. 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "QS World Engineering Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Leiden Ranking 2014". Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "QS World University Rankings". 
  15. ^ "times higher education rankings". 
  16. ^ "University of Twente". timeshighereducation. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  17. ^ "times higher education rankings Engineering and Technology". 
  18. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". 
  19. ^ "world rankings Engineering". Shanghai Academic Ranking. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  20. ^

External links[edit]

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