The founding of the MATSO foundation marked a new era of study trips for the students Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Delft University of Technology. From then on trips could be organized to nearly every part in the world. And so it was! Since 1986 frequent trips have been organized to the Far East, Northern America, Australia and Asia to find out what is happening abroad and which cultural differences have to be taken into account when dealing with engineers from all over the world. Over 300 students have since been able to fund their ambitious trips with the help of the MATSO foundation.