Delft is an interesting and historic town located in the province of South Holland between the larger cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, the former being the seat of Dutch government and the latter, with its Europoort, the largest sea terminal in the world.
Delft is nicknamed ‘de Prinsenstad’ (the Princes’ City), because William of Orange, the first in the Dutch royal line, held court in Delft in the 16th century. Other famous historical figures who once lived and worked in Delft are the painter Johannes Vermeer and the inventor of the microscope, Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek. If one looks at the ancient canals lined with merchant’s houses, the old churches and the splendid town hall one sees that Delft’s rich history is still very much alive. At the same time, though, it remains a very modern and vibrant city. Ten percent of its 100,000 inhabitants are students and the university has attracted a large number of technology-oriented companies.
For more information about the city, please visit the Delft tourist board.
About Delft University of Technology
Established on 8th January 1842 by King Willem II, DUT has a rich tradition reaching back more than 160 years. Initially the university focused predominantly on civil engineering but gradually more and more engineering disciplines have appeared on the academic programme. Today DUT has eight faculties and it currently offers fifteen BSc and twenty-nine MSc programmes. With approximately 13,000 students and an academic staff of 2,100 (including 200 professors), DUT is the largest and most comprehensive university of engineering sciences in the Netherlands.
DUT is a state university which conducts cutting edge research and provides first class education. In addition to national accreditation, many of DUT's educational programmes have also been acknowledged by international organisations such as the American Board of Engineering & Technology (ABET).
DUT's research portfolio is clustered around thirteen interdisciplinary technological themes examples of which are Computational Science and Engineering, Mechatronics and Microsystems, Nanotechnology, Sustainable Industrial Processes and Water: Water Works, Water Management and Water Quality. Research is conducted within the faculties, research institutes and research schools. Each year, the University's cumulative research results in an average of 185 PhD dissertations, and over 4,000 publications in scientific journals. Research and education are interrelated. This is most notable in the MSc programmes which are research driven and challenge students to make their own contributions.
There is also a Virtual Campus Tour, where you can get an impression of Delft and the university.
Places to visit in Delft
The city of Delft has a rich cultural history, which is represented in its numerous historical buildings. All visitors to Delft should visit the Prinsenhof ,an old converted monastery and the former residence of Prince William of Orange. It is also the place where the Prince was assassinated by Balthazar Gerards.
The city has various other important historical buildings of interest. The ’Oude Kerk’ and ’Nieuwe Kerk’ (the Old and New Church), where members of the Royal Familiy are buried. The Town Hall and the ’Herenhuizen’ along the Delft Canals. The wonderfully preserved East Gate, is also worth a visit.
Delft is well-known for its Delft Blue pottery and Royal Delft proudly allows tourists to visit their factory and museum.