TU Delft continues to grow

News - 01 February 2019 - Communication

The number of new students at TU Delft this academic year once again exceeds the previous year. In 2018, 5,929 students began studying at TU Delft: 3,971 started a Bachelor’s degree programme (BSc), 1,748 started a Master’s degree programme (MSc) and 210 students started a bridging programme. The 7% growth at TU Delft is slightly above the national trend of 5.3%. Today, Dutch universities publish their intake figures for the current academic year. 

The majority of new students at TU Delft have started a Bachelor’s degree programme (a rise of 13% compared to 2017). The growth in the BSc can be largely attributed to international students, primarily from European (EEA) countries. The number of new female students (31%) has risen slightly, following a small drop in the previous year.

Approaching 25,000
A total of 24,703 students are now studying at TU Delft, 1,246 more than last year. A fifth of the students are international students. 13,081 are Bachelor’s students, 11,151 are Master’s students and the remaining 471 are bridging students. ‘In the last decade, the student population has risen by 63 per cent, and in the last 15 years, it has even approximately doubled. That is good for today’s society, which requires engineers, but governmental funding has been lagging behind for 10 years’, argues Tim van der Hagen. ‘The growth is putting our lecturers under enormous pressure; there is absolutely no more room for manoeuvre’.

Major risers
The number of new students was particularly pronounced for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) (+127%). CSE also welcomed a large number of new students last year, both Dutch (pre-university education) and international students. Other major risers were Technische Bestuurskunde (Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management) (+24%), Applied Mathematics (+15%), Life Science & Technology (+13%), Applied Physics (+11%) and Civil Engineering (+10%). Interest in Applied Earth Sciences (-41%) and Electrical Engineering (-16%) is diminishing.

Degree certificates
A total of 2,473 Bachelor’s degree certificates were awarded (a rise of 9% compared to the previous academic year) and 3,357 Master’s degree certificates (up 7%).