Conference Grand Challenge Accepted

News - 24 July 2019 - Webredactie

On Thursday 22 August 2019, Delft University of Technology's second Grand Challenge Accepted Conference will take place on the TU Delft Campus in The Hague. Students from the Master's degree programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis will present their graduation research at the conference.

The Master's programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA) is taught by the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. The core of this programme revolves around using modelling to formulate promising policies in response to the major challenges facing our world today. These include climate change, the energy transition, healthcare and the effects of digitisation. The subjects presented by the students focus on issues like these and are socially relevant. The conference also provides an opportunity to take part in ‘serious games’ and a group modelling workshop, which demonstrate the techniques involved in modelling.

We want to be up there with the policy-makers

In 2016, TU Delft made a conscious decision to move its Master's programme in EPA to The Hague. “We want to be close to the policy-makers. The numerous international organisations and NGOs in The Hague, and the international issues they deal with, allow us to play an active part in formulating future policy,” says Bert Enserink, Director of Studies for EPA.

Alderman Saskia Bruines for Education, Knowledge Economy and International Affairs from the Municipality of The Hague agrees: “We’re pleased that TU Delft decided to base its Master’s programme in EPA in The Hague a few years ago. It’s not only a boost for The Hague’s knowledge infrastructure, but The Hague's status as an international city of Peace and Justice makes it the ideal spot for this programme. The programme focuses on global issues that fit in perfectly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. EPA has the potential to become the place for TU Delft researchers from a range of disciplines who want to address global issues such as climate change, migration and humanitarian aid.”

Enserink adds: “Half of the EPA students come to The Hague from abroad with the exclusive aim of taking this degree programme. We teach students how to operate at the interface of technology and policy. Students use projects to work on ‘grand challenge’ topics, and collaborate closely with the international organisations and institutions based in The Hague. One of the projects involved helping the National Police Force to improve the migration process in the Netherlands.” 

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