Campus La Luna, the former home of Electrical Engineering, now also offers studios for rent for an indefinite period, instead of applying a limit of 11.5 months to international students or six months to Dutch students. On Thursday March 2, residential tower block Luna, which has been occupied since August 2016, will be officially opened.
On the 11th floor of Luna lives Christian Sivertsen (25), Master's student of Industrial Design. His roots lie in Denmark, where he gained his Bachelor's of Digital Media and Design at the IT University Copenhagen. He is interested in the field of interaction design.
More than four out of ten students who start the major in Automotive do not complete the program. Reason enough for the Departmental Board to take action. The recruitment information will change and the curriculum will be amended.
With the introduction of the student information system OSIRIS, Master's students must now deregister for exams earlier. As much as three weeks in advance in the worst case scenario. Jan Fransoo, Dean van de Graduate School, regrets the change, but says it is unavoidable. Fortunately, a leniency scheme has been instituted.
On January 27, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting travel to the US from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. Dubbed the travel ban (or by critics the Muslim ban), that order has since been suspended by a federal court. How has the order impacted our community? And what do TU/e students and staff think of it?
If it is up to the students of the Living Lab Home honors program, there will be sustainable and affordable low-rise dwellings for students next to the Aurora apartment building within the foreseeable future. The eight TU/e students are working on the basis of existing technologies and have come up with a new construction method. They start with one house, but want to be able to scale up rapidly to a student village. This is also in line with the TU/e Masterplan 2020.
For months they dominated the news: Syrian refugees. Jadallah Haj Mustafa (25) also fled from Syria. After a break of two years - in a new country with a new language – he began the TU/e Master’s program Systems and Control last September. “I want to find a job as soon as possible and pay taxes.”
Tom Abel, TU/e's Chief Information Officer, is looking forward with healthy anticipation to Monday March 13. This is the date when Canvas, the new learning management system that become operational this week, and the student information system Osiris will be linked up. And, indeed, when three other systems will go live. “It is a major operation and we still have the green light,” says Abel.
This coming spring TU/e support staff will hear which position has been assigned to them. This marks the start of a new phase in the reorganization of the university's education and service departments. This project has not been without delay, partly because every effort has been taken to closely involve staff. TU/e Board member Jo van Ham says that taking a careful approach has been a primary concern.
In the spring of 2018 the TU/e Innovation Space is scheduled to open its doors in the Matrix building. For intended director and coordinator Isabelle Reymen, Associate Professor at the Department of IE&IS, the focus is going to be on hands-on multidisciplinary education, cross-fertilization between groups, support of start-ups, cooperation with the business community and the supervision of student teams.
The TU/e Campus is getting a bicycle repairman again. As of Monday January 30 ‘mobile bicycle repairman’ John Hermans will be located in Laplaceplein during lunchtime for four days a week. In addition, he will come to the campus for repairs by prior appointment (via WhatsApp) – if necessary also at night and during the weekend.
Safety will have the highest priority over the coming two years while the Atlas building is undergoing renovation, said Arno van den Thillart, regional director of construction company Van Wijnen. If necessary, he is prepared to arrange a daily bulletin on the renovation work. Today in Impulse, the former premises of Electrical Engineering and now converted into a luxury construction cabin, the formal project kick-off was held.
Many Aurora residents know Jeffrey Schijns (23), Master’s student of Construction, Management & Engineering, from his role in the campus complex as student custodian. It is almost impossible for him to walk through the city without being recognized; he is bound to run into an Aurora resident. He makes a real effort to know them all by name.
Work pressure among staff is a matter of increasing concern for Executive Board president Jan Mengelers. In his New Year's speech he called on his audience to keep a close eye on each other. He also announced that additional funds will be made available to attract scientific talent, and that collaboration with Utrecht University and the Utrecht UMC will be intensified. This year will also see the start of TU/e Innovation Space in the Matrix building.
The nuisance caused by mice in various buildings at TU/e has increased considerably over the past year and one of the main causes of this, says Monique Kuyck, head of Operational Services, is the careless manner with which food is being handled. All buildings will be cleaned thoroughly on Friday December 23, and Kuyck hopes this will be a good opportunity to alert students and employees to their behavior and the risks involved.
“It was a cracker of a party! A truly worthy end to the lustrum year.” Rogier de Rijk, chairperson of the ball committee, has only enthusiasm for last Friday's party. No fewer than 1,500 ball-goers enjoyed in style a special evening in the Auditorium.
The Chinese student Siyu Wang (24) has been living in Aurora since August, and he is really enjoying life there. All his expectations have been exceeded; the photographs he saw of the rooms and the complex in advance were not very appealing. Many of his friends chose to go and study in the US, England or Canada, but he was keen to experience something different.
Cursor will disappear as a paper publication and continue entirely online in January 2018. This coming year will be a transition period, in which the Cursor team prepares for the shift. The editorial staff believes this change is necessary if they are to continue delivering good solid journalism - and become more innovative. The website cursor.tue.nl must also adapt, becoming more emphatically a platform for the entire TU/e community. The editorial board and the Executive Board have already agreed to this proposal.
In 2017 the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) will have four seats on the University Council. The provisional results of the elections for the student factions on the UR and the departmental councils were announced yesterday afternoon. With five seats, Groep-één remains the largest faction.
Before she moved into her studio in Luna and was still living in her home town of Landgraaf, 18-year-old Veerle Lemmens spent a very long time looking for housing. But once she had moved, she felt right at home: “This really is my own little place. I like a tidy house and having privacy. Now there is no one else I have to keep happy, and when I need company, I can go in search of it.”
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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.