The University of Twente was founded in 1961 as the Twente Technological University of Applied Sciences, officially opening in 1964 and changing to its current name in 1986.
The university is home to more than 6,600 students, employs more than 2,900 scientists and professional support staff, and has more than 1,600 academic staff based at five faculties: Behavioural Sciences, Management and Social Sciences; Engineering Technology; Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science; Science and Technology, and Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation.
Twente places considerable emphasis on entrepreneurship and has acted as the breeding ground for 800 successful spin-off companies. Approximately 100 student companies are currently based on the campus, supported by the Kennispark Twente foundation. Meanwhile the nearby Twente Science Park was recently named best business park in the Netherlands.
The campus is located on the former country estate of Drienerlo, in extensive woodland, near Enschede in the Netherlands, and contains state-of- the-art research and educational facilities, along with student housing, sports facilities, swimming pools, restaurants and an open-air theatre.
The campus is also the finish line for Batavierenrace, the world’s largest student relay race, which begins at Radboud University and covers 115 miles (185km), ending in what is considered to be the largest student party in Europe.
Notable alumni include Jaap Haartsen, inventor of Bluetooth technology, and Geert-Jan Bruinsma, founder of Booking.com.