TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.
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.
Having driven a convincing race from the start, Solar Team Eindhoven is almost certain to take victory in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge once again. On Friday the TU/e students and their Stella Vie crossed the finishing line in Adelaide with such a high score for efficiency that Saturday's practicality assessment can do nothing to diminish their leading position.
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.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
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.
A few weeks ago I embarked on the biggest adventure of my life, a semester abroad in one of the world’s biggest cities, Shanghai. First of all, I travelled with a good friend through China for three weeks, to get acquainted with this intriguing country. Most Chinese don’t really speak English, but with the help of good hostels and a travel guide it was pretty easy to travel around . Most people are very friendly and helpful, although the spitting on the streets, which is mainly done by men, is not so pleasant.
Plastic surgeons at Maastricht UMC+ have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 millimeter in the arm of the patient. The robotic device, created by Eindhoven company Microsure, enhances the surgeon’s precision, making this type of procedure easier to perform.
So you have survived Introduction Week and now you are now studying in Eindhoven. Of course, you have heard from everyone you know who has completed a degree that your student years are the best time of your life. But how are you going to make sure that you get the most out of them? On these pages we take a closer look at Eindhoven's nightlife, because there is more to do in the city than sinking liters of beer and studying!
For someone who can easily read the Dutch postings on Cursor.nl it may be difficult to imagine all the problems people encounter in their efforts to learn the Dutch language. “Jij studeer? [You study?]” One hundred and twenty students and staff are grappling with the language on the Dutch for Beginners level 1 course at the TU/e Language Center. Katerina Lepkova is one of the NT2 (Dutch as a second language) lecturers. Patiently and while being complimentary to her students, she discusses the exercises in the teaching method Start.nl.
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.
ID student Anke van Oosterhout and the team led by ID alumnus Jiachun Du have won the iF Design Talent Award 2017. As well as a cash prize of 5000 euros, this means a permanent place in the online iF World Design Guide, and inclusion in the exhibition held in iF’s home city of Hamburg. Their products, the Ripple and TPSurgery, improve home life and future healthcare.
Group work is terrible and we are doing it all wrong. I see this every day when I look at my students, my children, myself. The endless waiting, the incomprehension, the misunderstandings, and then they don't deliver what's been agreed, or don't understand that I really had no time.
No theme issue of Cursor would be complete without some science and engineering. Even before Harvey and Irma appeared on the radar, we had decided to publish an article about natural disasters. How can we best deal with hazardous natural phenomena like hurricanes, floods, lightning, and earthquakes? How do scientists at TU/e regard these events, and what solutions are they working on?
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.
In the United States alone more than one million pilotless aircraft are now flying around. Better known as drones, these are an interesting development not only in terms of technology but also for safety and privacy reasons. That was the feeling at Studium Generale, and it was reason enough to have drone manufacturer DJI give a lecture in the Blauwe Zaal, followed by a workshop at a quiet spot on campus.
Solar Team Eindhoven hopes, despite initial bad luck, to “smash it” in Australia during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, starting 8 October. The TU/e students got back their solar car only yesterday and their battery only today - over three weeks later than planned. Spokesperson Beatrix Bos does not rule out legal steps as a consequence of the delays, “but right now our focus is on the WSC”.
SSRE has until October 1st at the latest to vacate the Bunker and is making every effort to find temporary accommodation. A series of setbacks, say students, means the renovation of the club's new premises is still not yet on the cards. Nonetheless, SSRE still hopes to move into its villa on Vestdijk before the summer.
We report about the 2017 introduction period at TU/e, from August 21-25.
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