TU Delft believes that student ambassadors and regional groups are the ideal means for attracting the most promising international students to Delft. Personal contact is of primary importance.
TU Delft has student ambassadors from countries including Taiwan, Brazil, the United States and Poland. These are Master’s students at TU Delft who, via their own university profile page or Facebook, are available to answer questions from prospective students from their own countries, or from people thinking of embarking on the same degree programme. They fulfil a crucial position, as a range of research has taught the university that personal stories from other students play a major role in what future students choose to study.
The university started out with five ambassadors two years ago, and now there are forty. Ina Dijstelbloem is responsible for the recruitment of international Master’s students at TU Delft. Latin American and East Asian regional groups were set up first, recently followed by groups for the UK, Europe, China and India. The Middle East/Africa group is set to launch soon.
The regional groups research from which universities TU Delft students originate and from which universities the university would like to attract new students. The second concern is dependent on matters such as quality, the substance of the degree programmes and whether a local study grant programme is in place. A student ambassador or a regional group can subsequently organise a meeting at their university of choice to allow students to talk one-on-one.
Dijstelbloem expects that this will enable TU Delft to attract the best students, while facilitating increased diversity at the same time. In excess of 80 nationalities currently study at TU Delft, but Chinese, Indian and Greek students dominate.
For that matter, international Master’s student numbers at TU Delft are increasingly rapidly. At the start of this academic year, there were 1,446 – a 40% rise compared to the previous year. Dijstelbloem “There’s no need for major recruitment campaigns”, she concludes.