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.”
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.
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Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.