How many intro kids are there walking around? How do their numbers compare to last year? For how long have we had an Intro at TU/e? How many intro parents are there? For all the number fetishists and other interested readers we are listing some facts and figures.
Did you ever realize that the names Freek, Taco and Joke sound quite peculiar in English? Stand-up comedian Greg Shapiro did. He presented this reflection along with others to the more than two thousand intro kids who welcomed his jokes while chuckling in the sun on the lawn outside the Flux building.
Considerably larger and open all days. Those two aspects distinguish the second outlet of Spar University, in Luna, from the existing shop in Flux. This morning it opened its doors and before long students studying in MetaForum can also use the walkway and a spiral staircase to get direct access to the mini-supermarket.
The completion of various rooms in De Plint – the three lowest floors of residential tower Luna (the former Potentiaal building) has been delayed due to the discovery of asbestos. As a result, the cultural student associations will not be able to present themselves in their new accommodation in De Plint during the next Intro. Studium Generale will not be inconvenienced for the time being: SG’s autumn program had already been adjusted by way of precaution.
“Some students never really learn to be on their own,” Maria says, reflecting on her own journey from Amsterdam to Eindhoven. Maria Scholten (21) is currently studying a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Technology, and is the chairperson of We Know You Know, the oldest sorority in Eindhoven. For about two years she shared a student house with five Dutch girls. After always being surrounded by her housemates, cooking together and never lacking company, she bravely moved to Aurora to live on her own.
Four special paper editions of Cursor will appear in the fall, after that the editorial team will be publishing its articles exclusively online from early 2018. The last 'regular' paper version of Cursor appeared 29 June. The new-look website will soon offer more space for news articles, attractive longreads, opinion pieces, and more visuals. Moreover, the visitor will have the opportunity to set preferences for certain types of article.
The traffic junction where De Zaale and Het Eeuwsel roads meet on campus, which is often mistaken for a roundabout, is set to become a straightforward intersection. This will bring to an end the confusion about who has priority here. The introduction of speed bumps should ensure that people drive less fast. Moreover, the cobblestones will be re-laid. Consequently, the through road De Zaale will be closed to traffic from Monday July 10 through Friday August11.
Science Weekend will see De Zaale undergo a transformation. On Sunday October 8, this site on the TU/e grounds will become a science corridor between the Auditorium and DIFFER.
Lost your jacket after a drinks party at your study association? Found a bunch of keys in the bathroom? TU/e hopes that lost items and their owners will be reunited more quickly thanks to iLost. From now on building receptions will use this online service to register found items, and those seeking their possessions can search its files.
The Italian Gianmarco Venditti (28) is in the first year of his PhD pathway at the Department of Applied Physics. He is a fairly recent Aurora resident, since May 1st, but it suits him well. He is delighted with the natural light and the view out over the River Dommel from his studio on the fifth floor.
Vegetable kebab on a bed of couscous accompanied by fish and mince from the barbecue. In short, there was tasty food to be had at the cooking workshop that this year marked the close of the academic year. Head chef Frank Wirl of De Zwarte Doos taught his aspiring cooks on Friday June 23 how to carve a tomato into a rose and how to pack the fish with leek rings and lemon slices in aluminum foil. Cursor joined in the cooking for fun.
The Auditorium is set to gain some 200 additional study seats. Thanks to a redesign and new furniture, there will soon be room for 630 people to be seated at any one time, whether eating lunch or studying. All over the campus more study seats are being created. The idea is to give over the first two floors of every building primarily to Bachelor's students.
The success of the annual Hajraa tournament lies in its tried and trusted formula: volleyball matches in festival surroundings involving beer, French fries, music, and physical exhaustion. This year Europe's largest outdoor tournament spawned a new 'sister': sitting volleyball. “Great fun, but now I do have a sore backside”.
Korein Kinderplein hopes to open the doors of its new premises on the TU/e campus on September 4th. The child care center, previously known as De TUimelaar, is swapping the space it has occupied for years behind the Paviljoen for the ground floor of Luna.
TU/e has purchased sixteen bicycles for employees to loan, both for use on campus and to attend meetings elsewhere in the city. This is one of the projects by which the university is promoting and supporting sustainable transport. The bicycle will play a key role in the coming years.
The graduation preferences of Mechanical Engineering students are limited to too few research groups. The research groups of Henk Nijmeijer and Maarten Steinbuch, in particular, can no longer offer the same quality of supervision if student numbers continue to rise. This has prompted the department to introduce even stricter ceilings on numbers. Starting in the coming academic year, students will ‘reserve supervision capacity’ at a research group. The subsequent selection procedure will take place once a year.
This year TU/e was 104th in the QS World University Rankings and, according to QS, is the third best university in the Netherlands. Over the past five years, TU/e has risen gradually by some fifty places up this ranking and was the fastest Dutch climber this year. At 104th in the QS ranking, this puts TU/e among the top 1 percent of the world’s 26.000 universities.
Mark van Dijk, Masters' student Chemical and Process Technology, has written earlier about his experiences in London. He wrote another article, bacause of the recent attacks in London. Mark: "Luckily I was north of the Thames at the time of the attack, so I received the news upon arrival at home. Nevertheless, the attack feels rather close, since I have been at the same place at the same time only two days before the attack."
What kind of education should we be offering in 2030? What will our research targets be by then, and how can we ensure that the results of this research have greater impact, in particular in the Brainport region? Five working groups will apply themselves to these and other questions in the coming months. Yesterday the kick-off took place in Kennispoort with a parliamentary-style dialogue session.
You could listen to a symphony orchestra or a solo piano while watching the river flow by. To a chamber orchestra while hearing the rustling of the wind. You could watch soprano Anna Emelianova and catch sight of children playing, or affectionate couples. Sitting on a concert chair or lying on your own picnic blanket. In short, from June 2 through 4 it was once again Music on the Dommel.
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The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
There is a need for more activities for the LGBT community at TU/e. This became evident during an informal lunch gathering in De Zwarte Doos today. On international Coming Out Day, more than twenty employees and students discussed what more can be done, aside from the Facebook group recently started for this group.
On 1 November Paul Koenraad becomes dean of the Graduate School of TU/e, thereby succeeding Jan Fransoo who has held the position since 2013.
Visitors to the Connect with my Culture event last Wednesday were able to participate in and watch some of the oddest activities. Held in the Student Sports Center, the event included such wackiness as acroyoga, painting a Van Gogh, eating bitterballen whilst wearing boxing gloves, and playing hopscotch in clogs. There were also regional snacks to try, and visitors could do a quiz to test their knowledge.