The university

Year of foundation

In 1956 a law was passed enabling the foundation of the Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven (THE). When the THE was officially opened by Queen Juliana on 19 September 1957, the First academic year began.

Dies Natalis

For practical purposes, the university’s ‘birthday’ is celebrated on the last Thursday in April.

New name

On 1 September 1986 an amendment to the law saw the THE become Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).


  • Higher education: strong, distinctive position in the education market. 
  • Research: leading position in strategic research areas. 
  • Knowledge valorization: major source of knowledge, technology and new business in knowledge economy. Space has been allocated on campus for new young entrepreneurs. Cooperation with industry is also important, and TU/e is one of the best universities in the area of scientific output produced in cooperation with industry (source: CWTS). 
  • Student facilities: leading role compared with other Dutch universities. TU/e offers its students not only good facilities in the field of education (like laptops, state-of-the-art software, wireless networks and e-facilities), but also in the field of sport.


  • Central location near railway station and shopping/entertainment center. 
  • Green oasis in the heart of Eindhoven. This is attributable to more than the park features alone. The environment is a focal issue as embodied by the heat-cold storage system, which currently saves the energy consumption equivalent of 850 households. The future will see even more savings.
  • The campus was presented by the municipality as a dowry for the establishing of a second Dutch university of applied engineering in Eindhoven. A former marsh terrain, the street names recall that past. 
  • The architect S.J. van Embden was there from birth, creating a unique complex of buildings connected by footbridges enabling the various fields to be linked. This multidisciplinary character is still a key TU/e feature.
  • At the moment a new master plan is being unfolded in the Campus2020 project.


  •  3,239 employees (33.5 % international) 
  •  2,012 academic staff


Mens agitat molem
(Mind moves matter)