‘Dutch universities need to offer appealing career paths and outstanding research facilities in order to attract and retain domestic and international talent’, says the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) in its 2000-2020 Trend Report. TU Delft is making leaps and bounds towards both attracting international talent to Delft and giving talent from our university the opportunity to shine abroad. That certainly hasn’t done it any harm. For example, TU Delft rose six places to claim the 65th position in this year’s Times Higher Education World University Ranking, partly thanks to the university scoring higher for internationalisation. In this Delft Outlook, we introduce you to a selection of the wealth of examples of internationalisation at Delft.
TU Delft launched the Delft Global Initiative late in November,entailing not development work, but development collaboration, where researchers, lecturers and students all actively contribute to formulating concrete solutions to global issues. Did you know that TU Delft also has an office in Campinas, Brazil? We joined professors Luuk van der Wielen and Patricia Osseweijer for a week on the job. The number of international Master’s students at TU Delft continues to rise. According to Marietta Spiekerman, Senior Internationalisation Policy Officer: ‘If you attract talented international students, you also attract
talented international staff. And that has a positive effect on the standard of education at our university. I think that this has allowed TU Delft to make massive gains in terms of quality’.