As a national centre for mathematics and computer science with a focus on scientific research, CWI aims at collaboration with the universities in the Netherlands, for instance through part-time professorships for (usually) one day a week. Currently, more than thirty researchers hold part-time appointments at nine Dutch universities. By teaching and supervising students in MSc-projects or during a CWI internship, they contribute to the education of young mathematicians and computer scientists. In this way, CWI's research is linked to education and training at Dutch universities.
In addition, CWI researchers regularly move on to universities. Since the establishment of CWI in 1946, over 230 CWI researchers have become full-time professors at thirteen universities in the Netherlands (or abroad): TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, University of Twente, University of Amsterdam, Free University, Leiden University, Utrecht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Groningen, Radboud University, Maastricht University, Wageningen University & Research, Tilburg University.