The Domain Study Tour will depart the weekend of August 4th 2017, this is the weekend after the Bachelor resits. The first country the study tour will visit is China. Here the tour will stop in Beijing and Shanghai.


Beijing (also known as Peking) is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government with 16 urban, suburban and rural districts. The Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of the neighboring Tianjin Municipality. Together, the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital of China.

Beijing has as one of the largest cities in the world. The city offers a lot on academic level such as the Beijing Research Centre (BRC). This is a research branch of TU Delft in China dedicated to promoting research and education in Solid State Lighting (SSL) technologies and applications as well as in Micro/Nanoelectronics.


Shanghai, is the most populous city in the world. The city has a population of more than 24 million inhabitants. The city is located in the Yangtze River Delta in Eastern China. Shanghai has the busiest container port in the world which makes it a true trading town. Shanghai has been described as the ‘showpiece’ of the booming economy of mainland China and is renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, museums and historic buildings such as those along The Bund, the City God Temple and the Yu Garden.


While in China, the study tour will be joined by Professor Rob Fastenau.

Rob Fastenau r-fastenaustudied Physics at TU Delft where he gained his doctorate in 1982. After his doctorate he worked as researcher and research group leader at Philips Research in Eindhoven and in Sunnyvale, California. In 1995 he transferred to Philips Electron Optics, which later merged with FEI Company. For the past ten years he served on the board of directors at FEI Company, market leader in electron microscopes. During that time FEI expanded greatly, not in the least because of its fast-paced, successful product innovation.

Rob Fastenau has an extensive network within academic research circles in the fields of material sciences and life sciences. He was among other things closely involved with the foundation of the extensive microscopy group at KAUST University in Saudi Arabia and of NeCEN, the Netherlands Centre for Nanoscopy. He also maintains close relations with high tech companies in the semiconductor and other industries. He co-founded the High Tech Systems Platform and is an executive board member of innovation programmes Point-One and of the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM). (From: TU Delft website)