TU Delft Master’s degree programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis relocates to The Hague

News - 12 January 2016 - Webredactie Communication

TU Delft's two-year Master's degree programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA) will relocate to The Hague on 1 September 2016. The proximity of ministries, international organisations and multinationals will facilitate closer collaboration between teaching, research and professional practice. EPA will still be a Delft programme, leading to a Master of Science degree from TU Delft.

Technical approach to policy

This technical Master's degree programme teaches students how to operate at the interface between technology and policy. It is geared towards finding solutions to the major issues in society, such as those relating to the energy transition and healthcare. Students learn to approach these policy issues in a quantitative and analytical manner. Their technical background will enable them, for example, to create models demonstrating the consequences of new and existing policy for society. Many graduates are employed as consultants or policy advisors at ministries, international organisations or multinationals.

Living lab

The degree programme focuses on case studies from practice. Studying close by the students’ future work settings (ministries, international organisations and multinationals) offers many advantages: it will facilitate internships and conducting research assignments for national and international bodies, and make it easier to organise guest lectures by the city’s policymakers and politicians. A modelling and simulation lab will also be opened at the new location so that practical cases can be tested. This ‘living lab’ will facilitate practical research into policy development and its consequences.

Opportunities for students and institutes

‘In its new location, the Master's degree programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis will bring a pool of well-educated, international Master's students from TU Delft to The Hague to work at the interface between technology, public administration and policy analysis. This will create opportunities in teaching and research, both for institutes in The Hague and for our students: the policymakers of the future. The new modelling and simulation lab can serve as a sort of ‘policy wind tunnel’, where the consequences of new policy can be tested,’ explains Professor Jeroen van den Hoven, Dean of the Faculty of  Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft.

TU Delft is strengthening The Hague's knowledge economy                  

The municipality of The Hague welcomes the TU Delft degree programme with open arms. Alderman Ingrid van Engelshoven (Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education) says: ‘The relocation of this TU Delft degree programme to The Hague will strengthen the city’s position as an international centre of knowledge in the areas of peace, law and security. Students from all over the world will come to our city to work on finding solutions to societal issues. The arrival of EPA is a long-held wish and a successful result of municipal economic policy.’

The municipality’s commitment derives from the Knowledge Economy Agenda. The Hague is currently transitioning from an administrative city, with central government as the main employer, to an international city with strong, innovative economic clusters. This calls for a range of high-quality educational opportunities. The Knowledge Economy Agenda reflects the city’s ‘trump cards’: peace, law and security. Twenty million euros from the Economic Structure Enhancement Fund (Fonds Economische Structuurversterking, FES) have been earmarked for this purpose. The Hague is contributing to the Economic Business Climate Agenda of the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH).

TU Delft degree

The EPA Master's degree programme currently has around 40 students, 70% of whom are international students. By basing the programme closer to the practical setting in The Hague, TU Delft expects to see a substantial rise in student numbers in the coming years. This setting aside, EPA is a TU Delft degree programme and students awarded a Master of Science degree from TU Delft.

More information:
Click here for more information on the EPA Master‘s degree programme.


Note to editors:
For more information, please contact:
Karen Collet, TU Delft Media Relations Officer, tel. +31 (0)15 27 85408, e-mail k.collet@tudelft.nl
Louis Hueber, spokesman for Alderman Ingrid van Engelshoven (Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education), Municipality of The Hague, tel. +31 (0)70 353 2610 / +31 (0)6 5574 0059, e-mail: louis.hueber@denhaag.nl.

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