The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has been mentioned a few times on this blog. It is ranked 19th in the world on the Times Higher Education list of engineering institutions.
Its history goes back to 1842, when King Willem II founded a “Royal Academy for the education of civilian engineers, for serving both nation and industry, and of apprentices for trade.” It later became a Polytechnic. Following a period of competition with (and hostility from) traditional universities, it was given university status in 1905, thanks to theologian-politician Abraham Kuyper (who was thanked with an honorary doctorate in 1907).
Highlights of TU Delft’s research include the discovery (and naming) of viruses in 1898 (by Martinus Beijerinck), and the continued domination of the World Solar Challenge (TU Delft’s team won in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, and 2015, and came second in 2009 and 2011). One of the world’s great technical institutions!