University of Twente

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University of Twente
motto High tech, human touch
founding September 14, 1964
Sponsorship state
place Enschede , the Netherlands
Rector Magnificus Thom Palstra
Students 9645 (2016/2017)
Employee 2602 (2016)
including professors 1516
Networks CESAER
Website (German)

The University of Twente ( UT ) ( Dutch : Universiteit Twente , English : University of Twente ) is a Dutch university for technology and social sciences in Enschede ( Overijssel ) in the Twente region .

The university campus is located between Hengelo and Enschede . The university is a campus university . Originally the university was a technical college, today numerous non-technical courses are also offered, such as B. Communication Studies , European Studies and Psychology . The UT is linked to the Technical Universities of Eindhoven , Delft and Wageningen in a federation 4TU and is a partner in the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).


On December 1, 1961, the Dutch Parliament decided to set up a third technical university in the Netherlands. One of the main goals of the new university should be to train new engineers for industry in the east of the country.

After the decision of Parliament, construction began. On September 14, 1964, the Twente University of Technology (THT) was officially opened by Queen Juliana and Prince Consort Bernhard . The THT started its studies with four departments: General Sciences, Mechanical Engineering , Electrical Engineering and Technical Chemistry .

In 1966 the THT had 634 students, including only 14 women. A year later, the college applied for approval to enter a medical school. However, the contract was awarded to Maastricht University . Over the years, new courses were added: Applied Mathematics , Technical Physics and Industrial Engineering (1968), Administrative Science (1973), Applied Pedagogy (1977), Technical Computer Science (1980), Civil Engineering (1991), Applied Communication Science and Business Informatics (1993). In 1985 a "branch" was founded in Leeuwarden in Frisia , where students could complete their first year of study. Twenty years later the "Vestiging Friesland " was closed again.

The university has had its current name since 1986.

In the summer of 2002, large parts of the university's computer network were destroyed in a fire. The building was reopened a year later.

Over the years Telematics (1999), Biomedical Technology and Industrial Design (2001), Psychology (2002), Technical Medicine and Health Sciences (2003), Advanced Technology (2004), European Studies (2006), Advanced Technology (2008), Creative Technology (2010) and University College (2013) were added as courses.


University of Twente "Horsttoren"

The university offers the following bachelor's and master's degrees (per faculty):

Research institutions

  • MIRA - Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine Homepage MIRA
  • CTIT - Center for Telematics and Information Technology Homepage CTIT
  • IGS - Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies Homepage IGS
  • MESA + - Institute for Nanotechnology. Homepage MESA +
  • Faculty of Geo Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
  • Program for Science Based Engineering (SBE)

Rectors (Rectores magnifici)

  • 1963-1967: Gerrit Berkhoff
  • 1967–1971: Jo Vlugter
  • 1971–1974: Pieter Zandbergen
  • 1974–1976: Jan Kreiken
  • 1976–1979: Willem van Spiegel
  • 1979–1982: Harry van den Kroonenberg
  • 1982–1985: Wiebe Draijer
  • 1985–1988: Harry van den Kroonenberg (second term)
  • 1988-1992: Jos Smit
  • 1992-1997: Theo Popma
  • 1997-2004: Frans van Vught
  • 2005-2008: Henk Zijm
  • 2009-2016: Ed Brinksma
  • since 2016: Thom Palstra

Well-known graduates

See also

Web links

Commons : University of Twente  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. All Bachelor programs | Overview of Bachelor programs | Bachelor programs at the University of Twente. In: Universiteit Twente. Retrieved December 30, 2016 .
  2. MSc programs | University of Twente. In: Universiteit Twente. Retrieved December 30, 2016 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 14 ′ 34 ″  N , 6 ° 51 ′ 12 ″  E