For campus dwellers as well as visitors it is guesswork what is going on inside Atlas (formerly called Hoofdgebouw). That is why early next year, next to the colossus to be renovated, a digital screen will be set up to show the progress that is being made. Also, a model of the new façade of Atlas will be displayed between the pond and the 'markthal' and there will be guided tours for employees.
More and more international students manage to find their way to TU/e. However, that does not yet translate into as many foreign students taking an active part in associations. The language is a hurdle, as is the nature of the activities or the unfamiliarity with the association. Nevertheless there is more movement gradually, thanks to more international students, English-language studies, the recent appointment of a community manager and combined activities.
The announcement of student quotas at the four universities of technology (TUs) is causing quite a commotion. The business community is not buying it and Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker was also put out. Later she did show some understanding, but still reacted grumpily to the call for extra funds, some 400 million.
After having to pull out all the stops just before GLOW got underway, TU/e can finally look back on a successful opening weekend. The Tesla Coil, one of the public favorites at GLOW five years ago, was put out of action by computer failure on Saturday evening, but once the necessary changes were made it was back up and running on Sunday. With another lightning installation, Exploding Wire, TU/e set a new record: for the longest artificially created lightning bolt.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. This time: South African Marinda Boshoff lives on the eighth floor of Luna.
Preparations on campus for GLOW are in full swing. Visitors to the Science route, which runs largely over TU/e grounds, will be able to see ten projects made by students and employees. A couple of projects in the city are also the work of TU/e employees or alumni. The GLOW light festival will be held from November 12 through 19.
TU/e can now call itself a Fair Trade University, and is only the second university in the Netherlands entitled to do so. The Fair Trade University Certificate mainly recognizes the university's promotion of fair trade and the product range it carries. Executive Board member Jo van Ham received the certificate yesterday.
Further reducing car use on campus will be no easy matter. This is evident from the report, TU/e Mobility Plan; the Second Evaluation. The university had aimed to see no more than 24 percent of campus users arriving by car in 2018; this percentage will now likely be revised. In 2012 this figure was 32 percent. In 2016 it fell to 30 percent.
It takes hard work to succeed - particularly when the odds are massively stacked against you. As a Muslim Indian woman, Jumana Mundichipparakkal (25, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science) knows first-hand that perseverance has altered the course of her life, “I saw that some of my friends were getting married at 15 and 16 and knew this would happen to me, too.”
TU/e still continues to be popular as a possible place to study. Last week the Executive Board together with the deans made a difficult, though understandable decision that is intended to relieve the pressure a bit. In the academic year 2018-2019 there will be four programs for which a maximum number of students can enroll and admission will be determined by means of a decentralized test. Vice-president Jo van Ham and DPO Director Nicole van der Wolk explain what else is being done at a central level about the work pressure.
‘Countering active shooters’ is the title of the lecture Noel Whelan is giving three times at TU/e, mainly for in-house emergency service staff and members of the crisis management team. Impassioned and persuasively, the Irish security expert talked on Tuesday about terrorist attacks that could take place on the campus, and gave tips for how best to respond. Tuesday afternoon's audience was impressed by his personal story.
As of Thursday, the general public will be able to use the world’s first fully biocomposite footbridge on TU/e campus. This fourteen meter long ‘biobridge’ is made from a hemp and flax-fiber base and is the result of collaboration between a large number of knowledge institutions and companies.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. This time: Laura Juan shares a bathroom and kitchen with three other internationals in Aurora.
The new head of the department Safety & Security and Location Management, Peter Bloemers (29), took up his post at TU/e last month. He succeeds Mirjam Jahnke, who will be emigrating to France after her last working day at TU/e at the end of this month.
TU/e has decided to prepare the way for introducing an upper limit to student intake combined with student selection criteria for four Bachelor study programs, to take force as of the academic year 2018/2019. This in order to secure the quality of the education and manage the growth.
TU/e taps fourth flow of funds through private fundraising: “Just a sob story does not have any effect”
The huge donations that have been secured for decades by large Anglosaxon universities such as Harvard, Oxford and MIT are beyond the reach of TU/e. Yet after several attempts in the past the university is now seriously taking action for private fundraising. That fourth flow of funds should make TU/e less dependent on the three other flows. This means that the Eindhoven university is entering a rather new arena, so it has put together a team of three which will focus fully on this so-called philanthropic funding.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. This time: Polina Ivannikova from Russia lives in Luna.
At the end of this month Mirjam Jahnke (49) will be making a huge change to her life. The head of security is drawing a very definite line under her fifteen-year career at TU/e. Not because she is tired of the university, but so that she can enjoy her freedom. Her future lies in the Dordogne, where she and her partner will be restoring a house and garden, and want to help people and animals.
The arrival of new digital education systems will soon be forthcoming, for on March 13, 2017, Canvas and Osiris will take off. They are going to replace the existing systems, including Oase, Owis and Studyweb. A considerable number of students and employees showed up this afternoon to attend the meeting in the Auditorium, where a panel of seven members explained the renewed systems.
The range of food and beverages on offer at various TU/e canteens has recently been expanded and some remodeling work has also been done. Additionally, if any lectures and exams are planned for the evening hours, caterer Eurest will extend the opening hours of the restaurants near the halls being used. With these changes, every effort is being made to respond to the wishes of users, whose views were asked in a survey in early 2016.
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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.
For thirty years, Huub Meijer, former Dutch champion and national coach of the Dutch karate team, spent evening after evening in the dojo and the gym of the Student Sports Center working as an instructor. He taught students the intricacies of various martial arts and ran strength-building and circuit training sessions. All the prizes he has won over the years are now stored in plastic bags – ‘they were on show at home for long enough’ – but he looks back on a glittering career with satisfaction, and with even more pleasure on a fine working life as a trainer.
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.