With the first Maritime Match Day being organized in 2012, a very important tradition in the history of the Scheepsbouwkundig Gezelschap “William Froude”, study association of Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture at the Delft University of Technology was started!
The main goal of the Maritime Match Day has always been the “Strengthening of the relationship between Maritime students, companies, and engineers from the Maritime sector.” This goal has been the center or the day year after year and the Maritime Match Day has been the beginning of many interesting and useful professional relationships.
The first MMD had an open business fair combined with a lunch and ended the day with a dinner at “De Ruif” in Delft.
The second MMD committee had a great start from the successful day in 2012 and started to adjust several details of the event. The dress code changed from suits to “smart casual” and aimed for a lowering of the bar to talk to the engineers. The 50/50 percent of HR personnel and engineers was established in order to have a good ratio between the recruiters and people who know more about possible internships and those who know the ins and outs of the operations of the company.
The Maritime Match Day kept evolving over the years and each and every committee added their own focus and details, the MMD kept improving!
In the year 2016, the MMD had a special presentation by Dr. Ir. J.F.J. Pruyn with the help of two master students. During this presentation, practical matters and experiences regarding writing a thesis were provided, which turned out to be a nice part of the program for the Master students. For the second time in the MMD history, speed dates with students and companies were organized which lead to many great deals regarding graduation projects and internships!
The MMD in 2017 was the first MMD ever to operate under the name of a theme, being “MMD 2017, The Next Choice”. This day was the first event to host a discussion panel which started a discussion about the future of the maritime industry between several companies. It was a delightful day!
And the Maritime Match Day of 2018 is still in progress, although the committee plans to make it a blast! We will keep you posted on the details.