Studying at IHE Delft

Many alumni say ‘it transformed my life’ when describing their experience of studying at IHE Delft. They talk about learning from each other, as well as the world-renowned teaching staff. They loved their exposure to other cultures and disciplines among the staff and student body and the fact that they built a network for life - the largest water professional network in the world.

Targeting early to mid-career professionals, the education programmes at IHE Delft aim at addressing water challenges and contributing to global sustainable development, in particular to all Sustainable Development Goals in which water is key.

The importance of water in sustainable development is highlighted in a number of international policies, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 2.5 and SDG 11.3, as well as the risk surveys by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Ramsar Convention and many others.

These global challenges will expose future IHE Delft graduates to water problems of unprecedented complexity and magnitude. They therefore require a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes to be optimally prepared for these challenges and to contribute effectively to the development of integrated solutions.

IHE Delft graduates are expected to be critical, creative and independent thinkers and effective water professionals, who are able to connect and engage with a range of disciplines such as natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. They are expected to be able to work in environmental and societal complex contexts, with the ability to work productively in teams and take leadership.

Today, several ministers, heads of water-related institutions and top scientists around the globe are IHE Delft graduates
Eddy Moors
Rector IHE Delft

A Network for Life

IHE Delft acts as a hub for partnerships and networks across the globe, linking global knowledge to local sector agendas. The Institute collaborates with a wide range of public and private partners, comprising a wide range of fields and technical cooperation in human and institutional capacity building. These partners, at the international, United Nations, EU and national levels, include education and research institutes, knowledge centres, the (Dutch) Water Sector, funding agencies, NGOs and governmental organizations. These partnerships add value to many of the Institute’s activities.

The Institute maintains close working relationships with many regional and local networks, which facilitates the transfer of scientific and technical expertise, strengthens the capacity of water professionals and institutions. Many of these networks are thriving professional communities, encouraging joint research, knowledge sharing and the development of sustainable water solutions.

As a student, you profit from the professional contacts the Institute has made since its inception. When studying at IHE Delft, you can expect to learn from leading figures from the international water arena. Your professors and lecturers will put your study in the context of global dialogues and targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals

After graduation, you will be part of the largest network of water professionals in the world. IHE Delft will continue to facilitate the communication between you, your former classmates, and the Institute. You will receive news about the Institute and the water sector on a regular basis through e-newsletters. You are encouraged to join the IHE Delft Alumni group in your country, where you can meet fellow alumni and enjoy social and professional activities.

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Delft, Netherlands, Europe

IHE Delft is located in the historical centre of Delft, a city of great charm characterized by ancient canals, beautifully kept monuments and historic squares. It is also a young, vibrant city with a large student population and an ideal starting point to explore the Netherlands and Europe.

Delft is known for its historic town centre with canals, Delft Blue pottery, painter Johannes Vermeer and scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek and its association with the royal House of Orange-Nassau.

Since Delft is a university city, there are plenty of cultural events and an abundance of cafes and restaurants, catering to every taste and making time spent away from your studies enjoyable and relaxing.

Safe cycle paths throughout Delft and the Netherlands provide recreation, exercise and a free means of commuting to IHE Delft from your student accommodation, none of which is far from the Institute.

Water has always played an important role in both the Netherlands’ and Delft’s history and continues to do so today. Therefore, it is no surprise that many science and technology organizations related to water have chosen Delft as their home base. IHE Delft maintains close working relationships with various Delft-based research and education institutes, such as the Delft University of Technology, Deltares and the Delfland Water Board.

Delft is well connected to the efficient Dutch public transport system, making The Hague, Rotterdam, Schiphol International Airport and Amsterdam easily accessible. It is a great location to start exploring other places of interest, both within the Netherlands and Europe.

Delft is a university city, and therefore accommodation is scarce and expensive. This is why IHE Delft provides fully furnished accommodation in Delft for all students of the Institute’s Delft-based programmes, available upon arrival and for the duration of the study period. Advice and assistance will be provided to students of all other programmes.

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