Technology and Engineering in the Netherlands


The Netherlands is home to a high-quality knowledge economy that excels in technological innovations in many and varied fields. If you are looking to advance your future career, the Netherlands really is the place to study!

As you may be aware, the Netherlands is a leader in water management. Without its dikes and sea defences, two-thirds of the country would be in immediate danger of flooding. But thanks to the most modern civil engineering techniques, outstanding Dutch engineers have been able to keep the waters of rivers and the sea at bay for centuries.

The whole world is interested in this Dutch expertise. You will find Dutch engineering firms everywhere: in Dubai for the construction of the very imaginative palm-tree shaped island group; building a port in Oman; building an airport in Hong Kong; and working on dikes for the flood-threatened city of New Orleans.

A remarkable example of the affinity between the Dutch and water is the celebrated designs of bridges by architect Ben van Berkel. Another example is the team of young Dutch designers who have won major prizes with their clever Senz storm umbrella.

And the Netherlands is home to many more technological innovations. Think, for instance, of the use of sustainable energy. Many wind mills are built with Dutch knowledge, and Nuna, the world’s fastest solar-powered car, was designed by technology students in the Netherlands. In addition, one of the market leaders in navigation systems, TomTom, has its roots in the Netherlands.

There are reasons enough to study at one of the three Dutch universities of technology. The universities in Delft, Eindhoven and Twente are regarded worldwide as top institutes. Moreover, they have joined forces in the 3TU Federation ( and can thus offer students many additional opportunities. The agricultural university in Wageningen also has an outstanding international reputation, especially in the fields of food technology and agricultural science.

All Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences offer high-quality technology programmes in which you will often be working together with the business community and knowledge institutions. You will be well prepared for the international labour market by following inspiring and professionally-oriented courses, based on top-class research.

Contributed by:

Netherlands Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education (NUFFIC).

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