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.
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.
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.
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.
TU/e has gained another association: Salaam. Its founders are keen to set up a faith-based association with a focus on Islam and science. The launch activity, a lecture and welcome speech, will be held on October 5.
A construction worker in TU/e's Atlas building fell from one floor to the next while working on Thursday morning. An elevated work platform brought in specially was used to get him back down to the ground. The emergency services were also called out this morning for two first-aid cases elsewhere on the campus.
The ICT systems such as Osiris and Canvas that were implemented on March 13 of this year to support the education process are suffering considerable problems. The University Council is concerned and Executive Board member Jo van Ham made known yesterday in the council meeting that the problems involved are serious ones, and that a task force will be appointed to address them as soon as possible. Additional staff will also be hired for the purpose.
More than 80,000 photos of world news from the past year have been submitted for the World Press Photo of the Year. Of these, the jury has selected 152 as prize winners and, as it does every year, the prize-winning exhibition is travelling to over a hundred places worldwide. One venue is Vertigo.
The TU/e innovation Space, which was officially opened Thursday afternoon, is intended to drive the continued development of TU/e's hands-on education. In cooperation with lecturers, researchers and industry, students will work here on societal challenges. Scientific director Isabelle Reymen is confident that the initiative will rapidly give rise to a close community.
While D66 leader Alexander Pechtold does not believe the TUs should be penalized for their success in increasing student intake, at the opening of the TU/e's academic year he did not take the opportunity to state how they should be rewarded. Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens stressed the need to raise the level of public investment in fundamental research in the Netherlands.
Occasionally the new Master students are surprised by the variety of cultural and sports associations available at TU/e. For who would expect there to be a climbing association in a country as flat as the Netherlands? In turn, the organization is also confronted with unexpected questions. Such as the question whether they organize curling as well. Yesterday participants in the Master Kick-off were given a tour of the Sports Center and got acquainted with cultural and sports associations.
Lin-Lin Chen, TU/e professor of Design Innovation Strategy, will be the new dean of the department of Industrial Design as of 1 March 2018. She currently is director of education of the master program Industrial Design.
You have hardly slept a wink and you’ve got a hangover. What can you do? That’s it, get moving! So that’s what lots of people were doing on the Flux lawn, where Intro kids and their mummies and daddies alike were doing push-ups, jumping jacks and burpees. Well, it was the attempt that counts anyway.
Getting to know your fellow students. Of course. Learning about the university. Goes without saying. Following workshops, useful too. But hey, the importance of eating and drinking is not to be sneezed at. And by all appearances you, the Intro goers, are taking this to heart – until the wee hours of the morning.
How do you repair a tire? And what kind of parts does a bicycle have? The workshop organized by international association Cosmos is not just attracting international students who have just learnt how to cycle. It is also attended by students who have been lucky enough never to have had to repair a tire and who now do want to try and master that skill.
“Hey, look out, you’re throwing me off my balance”, one Intro kid suspended from a rope stretched across the river Dommel is shouting to another Intro kid on the other side of the rope who just cannot keep his balance. A little later the other one can sample the Dommel water at very close range - he takes a dive. A bit farther on the lawn students are also trying to achieve some equilibrium, but in an entirely different manner. They are taking part in the Relaxation workshop given by ideological organization TINT.
Whilst missing a clear overview of all the sleeping-places, we nonetheless dare to posit that Tom Siebelt and Sjors Cornielje do have the most original place to get some shuteye this week. They are sojourning all week in their fire engine converted into a camper standing in the parking lot of the Auditorium.
Gigantic numbers of sausages, chicken on skewers, hamburgers and mega bins of salads and sauces have been procured by Mathematics & Computer Science study association GEWIS for Tuesday night. GEWIS organized a barbecue for five hundred persons. Surely life was far easier for study association CHEOPS from the Built Environment, as they just rented a mobile French fries van. Their aims are identical, though: lay a sound foundation for a visit to Stratumseind.
We report about the 2017 introduction period at TU/e, from August 21-25.
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