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Delft is a city in the southern Netherlands, rich in history, culture and art. Its charming mediaeval city centre is a popular tourist destination with attractive canals and traditional markets. Delft is a student-friendly city and is home to the prestigious Delft University of Technology.
Delft is located in South Holland in the Netherlands, close to Rotterdam and The Hague and with strong transport links to many major cites in Northern Europe.
Architecturally, Delft is characterised by its historic canals, churches, mansions and courtyards. There are also a wide range of museums, markets and pubs for students to explore to explore. Delft has many beautiful medieval churches, the most famous being the Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk (Old Church and New Church). There’s also the 15th century Delft Markt – one of largest and oldest in Europe.
Known as the “City of Orange”, Delft has a strong connection to the Dutch royal family. The founder of the independent Dutch nation, William I of Orange, resided in Delft and was famously assassinated there in 1584.
The city is the origin of the world-famous Delft Blue pottery, which dates back to the 17th century. The recognisable hand-painted white and blue earthenware was popular among the world’s most prosperous families. The Royal Delft factory still produces this traditional pottery today.
Delft has been an important hub for scientific breakthroughs, too. It’s known as the ‘Birthplace of Microbiology’ thanks to the pioneering work of the scientists Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (the ‘Father of Microbiology’) and Martinus Beijerinck.
Today, Masters students in Delft continue the city’s proud cultural and scientific traditions whilst studying in an attractive and lively setting.
The city hosts the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the oldest and largest technical university in the Netherlands. TU Delft is often considered one of the best universities in the world and includes three Nobel Laureates amongst its alumni. The university has around 16,000 students, many of which are international students. It specialises in Design, Engineering and Science. All Masters degrees are taught in English.
Delft is also home to the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education – the largest international graduate water education facility in the world.
The major industrial sectors of Delft are education, scientific research, tourism, industry and retail. TU Delft emphasises its strong links with industry, with opportunities for internships and partnerships while studying. The city also hosts many world-leading research organisations working with companies such as ABB, RoboValley and Exact.
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The largest international graduate water education facility in the world
The International Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Engineering (IMETE) is a Joint Master Degree Programme, taught in English, bringing together students and scholars from all over the world. In IMETE, you will become part of a new generation of environmental scientists. Read more
The programme in Flood Risk Management integrates the complementary topics of global changes and monitoring natural processes, modelling their behavior and interaction, formulating the decisions based on interrogation of these integrated models and implementing these decisions in the context of socio-economic and institutional framework. Read more
Together with its partners TU Dresden and University of Lisbon, IHE Delft conducts the Joint Programme in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation (GroundwatCH). Read more
The MSc Programme is intended for mid-career professionals with an interest in environmental sciences and in maintaining environmental integrity in relation to human development. Read more
This demand-driven and practice orientated programme brings you fundamental understanding and knowledge on urban and peri-urban sanitation -especially in informal settlements- as well as the skills necessary for creating impact. Read more
The MSc Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation educates professionals in the fields of water supply, sanitation and integrated urban engineering, particularly in urban areas.. Read more
The Water Management programme is open to participants from a range of academic backgrounds, as long as they have a Bachelors degree in an area that contributes to water management. Read more
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