Core values

Respect, integrity, expertise, involvement, transparency and avoiding conflicts of interest. These are the core values guiding everyone associated with TU Delft. Our modus operandi as an institution is trust – by which we mean that every member of our community is expected to comply with the core values, to draw inspiration from them and to feel responsible for upholding them. All at TU Delft should act with a sense of social responsibility and be aware of technology’s value to and impact upon society. 

Our staff, our students and our guests are all open about the roles they play and the activities they perform. Much of what the university does is situated on the interface between the public and private sectors. Avoiding conflicts of interests is therefore a key guiding principle for us. Ours is a learning organisation, with a culture in which drawing lessons from positive experiences elsewhere – as well as from “what went wrong” – comes as second nature.


TU Delft stands for proper appreciation of everyone’s qualities. Freedom to excel is at the heart of all we do, both academically and in supporting roles. There is no place here for any form of discrimination, for other kinds of intentional unfair treatment or for anything which prejudices TU Delft as an institution.


TU Delft stands for honest staff and students who think and act in an open manner, who demonstrably put the interests of science and society before their own personal and private advantage, who interact critically and constructively and who are not afraid to challenge unacceptable behaviour.


TU Delft stands for staff who always act with the utmost professionalism. Again, freedom to excel is crucial here, both academically in supporting roles. We expect all our staff to stay fully informed about their work and their discipline in general. They should strive to be leaders in developing knowledge, in pushing back the boundaries of research, in providing inspiring education, and in supporting one another, while upholding the interests of the university as a whole. 


TU Delft stands for staff and students who are actively involved in the development of both the university and wider society. Our public responsibility as an academic institution – helping to resolve the great societal challenges of the decades ahead – is firmly reflected in our educational curriculums, research, designs, student projects and support activities.


Send an e-mail to the Department Strategic Development.