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Studying Industrial Engineering

Manufacturing anything ranging from shoes to aeroplanes is a complex process involving several steps and procedures. Studying, analysing, implementing and improvising these steps and procedures is what industrial engineering is all about.

Industrial engineers perform a plethora of tasks including but not limited to designing a product, selecting best-suited technologies and processes for manufacturing, overseeing the manufacturing process and designing and managing the factory that would manufacture the product in question.

Industrial engineering is a sub-disciple of mechanical engineering. By studying industrial engineering, you will develop a strong understanding of mechanical engineering principles, in addition to learning about economics, commerce and business management.

Most courses require you complete an internship, a work placement or a project. This is a great chance to gain relevant work experience and build a professional network in the Netherlands.

Some of the most popular universities in the Netherlands include:

  • University of Twente
  • Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven
  • Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  • CEG (affiliated to University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Salary and Career Prospects

Industrial engineers are employed by automobile and vehicle building companies, oil and petroleum companies, food and beverage production companies and in factories, mills and refineries.

Some of the roles they take up are Industrial Engineer, Production Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer.

Salaries vary based on job role, experience, qualifications, skills and location. As a guide, industrial engineering professionals earn around €41,000 a year (33 lakhs INR).

Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is fast establishing itself as a popular destination for international students. Its universities are among the most prestigious in the world, with 12 ranking in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

The Netherlands or Holland, as it’s also known, is among the world’s most developed and industrialised countries. It has spawned conglomerates like Shell, ING Group, Unilever and Phillips. In addition to these, several tech, banking and financial services giants like Cisco, Tesla, HSBC and Microsoft operate out of here.

Amsterdam, the capital, is among the world’s biggest and most beautiful cities. Running along its pretty canals are spectacular museums and art galleries, grand hotels, cafes and restaurants, luxury retail stores and entertainment venues.

The country is a popular tourist destination, with millions of tourists drawn to its tulip gardens, historic cities, beautiful palaces and scenic countryside views complete with windmills.

Dutch is the national language, although most people living in big cities can speak fluent English.

International graduates are able to apply for a post-study work permit lasting one year.

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