35 Facts About Delft University


Delft University was established on 8 January 1842 by William II of the Netherlands as a Royal Academy, with the primary purpose of training civil servants for work in the Dutch East Indies.

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TU Delft is a member of several university federations, including the IDEA League, CESAER, UNITECH International, LDE, and 4TU.

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On 20 June 1864, Royal Academy in Delft University was disbanded by a Royal Decree, giving a way to a Polytechnic School of Delft University .

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Studium Generale was established at all universities in the Netherlands, including TU Delft University, to promote a free and accessible knowledge related to culture, technology, society and science.

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On 1 September 1997, the 13 faculties of the TU Delft were merged into 9, to improve the management efficiency of the growing university.

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Delft University's statue stood in the center of the newly renovated TU Delft campus, Mekelpark, until it was stolen in 2012.

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The last university building in the historic centre of Delft was the university library, which was relocated to a new building in 1997.

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TU Delft University Aula was designed by Van den Broek en Bakema architecture bureau founded by two TU Delft University alumni Jo van den Broek and Jaap Bakema.

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TU Delft University Library, constructed in 1997, was designed by Delft University-based Mecanoo architecture bureau.

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Science Centre Delft University was opened in September 2010 and is located at Mijnbouwstraat 120 in Delft University.

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Science Center Delft University is a successor of Technical Exhibition Center.

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Creation of botanical gardens at TU Delft University was partially a result of the increasing needs of systematized development of tropical agriculture in then Dutch colony of Dutch East Indies.

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TU Delft University students obtain their degree after a three-year study.

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TU Delft University uses the European Credit Transfer System, where each year MSc students are required to obtain 60 ECTS points.

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TU Delft University has three officially recognized research institutes: Research Institute for the Built Environment, International Research Centre for Telecommunications-transmission and Radar, and Reactor Institute Delft University.

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Research schools of TU Delft University cooperate with other universities in the Netherlands.

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TU Delft University is taking the lead in ten research schools, and participates in nine.

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The full list of research schools affiliated with TU Delft University is available on TU Delft University website, see for example TRAIL Research School.

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Also, approximately four times a year, the TU Delft publishes a magazine devoted only to research conducted by the university, called Delft Outlook.

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Delft University Outlook is published in English, while the same content is published in Dutch in Delft University Integraal magazine.

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Student life at TU Delft University is organized around numerous student societies and corporations.

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Apart from bachelor and master student organizations, PhD students of TU Delft have their own organization called Promood, which represents TU Delft PhD students at the university.

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Each faculty of TU Delft University has its own set of professional student organizations.

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International professional student organizations are present at TU Delft University, including European Association of Aerospace Students.

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TU Delft University researchers developed many new technologies used today, including Glare, a Fibre Metal Laminate used in Airbus A380 skin and Vision in Product Design design method.

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Cees Dekker's lab at TU Delft University demonstrated in 1998 the first transistor made out of single nanotube molecule.

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Delta Works plan was, in part, a child of TU Delft University graduates, including Johan Ringers and Victor de Blocq van Kuffeler.

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The responsibility of TU Delft University professors is lecturing, guiding undergraduate and graduate students, as well as performing original research in their respective fields.

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Some notable designers were faculty of TU Delft University, including Paul Mijksenaar, developer of visual information systems for JFK, LaGuardia and Schiphol airports.

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Two TU Delft University alumni were awarded Nobel Prize and one recipient has been affiliated with TU Delft University: Jacobus van 't Hoff was awarded first Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1901 for his work with solutions.

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Chemists and TU Delft University alumni include Willem Alberda van Ekenstein, Dutch chemist and discoverer of Lobry-de Bruyn-van Ekenstein transformation.

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Political figures that studied at TU Delft University include Karien van Gennip, Dutch secretary of state for economic affairs, Anton Mussert, Dutch politician of World War II era and founder of National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands, Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan nuclear program, and Dutch politician Wim Dik.

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Dutch designers that graduated at TU Delft University include Alexandre Horowitz, designer of Philishave, and Adrian van Hooydonk, Dutch automobile designer and head of design at BMW.

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TU Delft University has formed partnerships with leading universities across Europe for student exchange and combined degree programs.

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TU Delft University has partnered with many universities worldwide for exchanges.

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