University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente connects High Tech with a Human Touch

Founded in 1961, the University of Twente characterizes itself as an entrepreneurial university. Situated in the east of the Netherlands, it is a dynamic, international institution where more than 3,100 scientists and other professionals join forces in outstanding, cutting-edge research. Moreover, the UT stimulates innovations relevant to the world beyond the campus and it offers inspiring educational programmes to nearly 10,500 students. The QS Stars Ranking has awarded the University of Twente the maximum of five stars within the Worldwide University Rankings which makes the UT one of the World’s top universities.

The UT embodies ‘high tech with a human touch’. In our perspective, new technology drives change, renewal and progress in society. However, technology is not an isolated phenomenon. We believe that the most relevant and successful scientific breakthrough results from the cooperation between technology on the one hand and behavioural and social sciences on the other. That is why we seek synergy between these disciplines wherever possible. Examples of such a concerted effort are technology assessments and human-machine interactions.

Studying at the University of Twente means working in an interdisciplinary fashion, having an international perspective and being truly entrepreneurial. We educate our students to be professionals, capable of acquiring high-tech knowledge and translating this into practical applications. The educational programmes at the UT cover various scientific disciplines, ranging from Computer Sciences to Communication Studies and from Business & IT to Human Media Interaction. What makes our educational programmes so unique is that they extend beyond the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines. In our vision, collaboration between the disciplines produces the best solutions to the pressing issues society has to deal with.

The Campus of the University of Twente is an international meeting place for students, scientists with a multidisciplinairy focus and for companies and governments in their quest for knowledge. The campus buildings are located on an impressive verdant estate of nearly 150 hectares in the municipality of Enschede. The scenery is diverse: meadows, water, landscaped gardens and much woodland. Scattered around the campus are state-of-the-art research and educational facilities. But the campus is also a place to live, play sports and relax. It offers a wide range of facilities, such as student and staff housing, sports halls and grounds, shops, meditation and prayer facilities, including a mosque, a general practitioner, a dentist, a bar, restaurants and also a theatre.

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EIT Digital in Enschede, the Netherlands

The University of Twente provides the EIT Digital Master School with different possibilities. Students can participate in two programmes in the first year. These programmes are Security & Privacy and Human Computer Interaction & Design. They are closely connected to the locally existing Computer Security track which is part of the master Computer Science and the HCID track within the masterprogramme of Human Media Interaction. In this entry year, the students will for a large part join the “local” students in the basic courses of the masterprogramme, and for another part will join the I&E modules together with other EIT ICT Master School students in Holland.

In the second year the UT offers specializations within the following two master programmes:

1. Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) (specialization: Intelligent Systems)

The programme in Human Computer Interaction and Design focuses on study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems taking into account human aspects, at the cognitive and sensory-motor levels, technological aspects, as well as business aspects. The programme HCID will offer seven specializations. The specialization offered by the group Human Media Interaction (HMI) of the University of Twente is called ‘Intelligent Systems’. The HMI group is led by Vanessa Evers and Dirk Heylen. Virtual agents and humanoid robots that perform automated reasoning and learn to interact automatically from the user and the environment. In this specialization you look at tools and methods that can deal with incomplete, uncertain and ambiguous real-life data, obtained from the user, at cognitive architectures and mental models that define the internal reasoning of the agents. You will learn to apply strategic interaction styles and to use existing platforms to design and develop interaction with computers that act as with social intelligence skills.

FROG, the Campus RobotArticle: 'FROG, the Campus Robot'

More information about the specialization can be found in the programme HCID by clicking on the specialization ‘Intelligent Systems’.

2. Security & Privacy (S&P) (specialization: Network Security)

The programme in Security and Privacy focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. It follows a constructive security approach to teach the very complex and challenging field of information assurance. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks. The programme S&P will offer six specializations. The specialization offered by the group Distributed and Embedded Security (DIES) of the University of Twente is called ‘Network Security’.

Pieter HartelThe DIES group is led by Pieter Hartel. This specialization looks at security of communication networks in all their forms, putting emphasis on newer developments and special challenges arising thereby. One special focus is emerging wireless and dynamic networks like ad-hoc networks, WSNs, or VANETs where issues like collaboration incentives or the absence of protection perimeters lead to new forms of security systems that may also become relevant in a future more dynamic internet.

Preventing cybercrime in enterprises with Network Security

Nabila AmrinStudent’s experience: Nabila Amrin

Nabila is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and studied at the North South University in Electronics & Telecommunications. She majored in Telecommunications. After her Bachelor graduation she wanted to study in Europe. The EIT Digital Master School provides a study where you can do your two years study in two different countries. Because of her interest in security only a few universities where eligible. Read more…

More information about the specialization can be found in the programme S&P by clicking on the specialization ‘Network Security’.

Useful Information

Getting to know the University of Twente and its campus via ‘the Campus in 3D’

The Twente Graduate School at the University of Twente offers an increasing variety of integrated master's and PhD programmes for outstanding graduate students who aim at a career in scientific research. The programmes are set up in cooperation between faculties and research institutes.

Studying and living in the Netherlands may be very different from your home country. What do you know about Dutch (academic) culture, food and weather? Find out what other international students think about their upon arrival experience, how they interact with Dutch students and how they cope with the differences in food and climate visit our site for International Students and to prepare for study at our university look at the video.

Need more information? Contact our coordinator: Drs. J (Jan) Schut

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