Answers to this simple question may prove diverse, basically affirmative or negative. For the one, it is stating the obvious, replying “Yes, of course (for the sake of privacy)”, but for the other, it goes more like: “Well no, why should I (I have nothing to hide)? Indeed, it is not so simple. Closing your curtains while turning the lights on in your living-room when it is getting dark outside to get some privacy has a cultural connotation, especially in The Netherlands.
“And I need this report ASAP!” Familiar? Who has never been confronted with this (possibly pushy) deadline in his/her professional life? ASAP (as soon as possible) is a common time expression in predominantly monochronic or linear cultures where people experience time as a continuum or a sequence. In global, modern management, it often means “right now, this minute” (or even preferably “yesterday”). However, it is subject to cultural interpretations. For people in more polychronic or synchronic societies, it can literally mean as soon as it is possible to make time for it, depending on various constraints or even fate, so maybe much later. This often results in misunderstandings or conflicts, especially when protagonists ignore each other’s...
Ironically, ‘students’ are accustomed to studying till they’re so hungry they could eat a horse. Students attending the best universities in the world definitely are. And their efforts pay off. Students of BEI just reached another milestone. They featured on 9GAG with a post amassing around 600,000 likes. The praiseworthy post showed a picture of a toaster substituting a laptop during a lecture in the Auditorium (see below).
“Class, I want your paper by Friday 5pm”. This is a classical deadline that is put to students who need to return an assignment before or by a certain time. As we all know, time is subject to multiple interpretations based on our cultural background or personal preferences. In my previous column, I dealt with the perception of the concepts of past, present and future that we have around the world. A term like deadline refers to the way we see the present or near future.
The compact campus – close to the city center, full of young people, interconnected buildings, and a warm feeling of solidarity among students and staff – is one of the attractive features of our university. A place for education and encounters, an inspiring spot for students and researchers alike. In other words: it’s the epicenter of our university community. But are we really a community?
Having read the columns of Vincent Merk about internationalization of TU/e I was triggered to write this column in English. In one of his columns, Vincent asked if other forums in the university are prepared for the international community.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie's got a Valentine's date.
It was a beautiful sunny day and a man took his mother, wife and daughter for a trip on his rowing boat. All four people were delighted by this short voyage. But suddenly the weather deteriorated and a heavy storm set in. The boat came in great difficulties and eventually overturned and sank. The man, although equipped with strong arms, could carry only one of the three women with him swimming ashore. Which of the three did he take back to safety?
It has been a week of inspiring meetings, passions overwhelming habits and monotonous jobs, stories of humdrum lives drastically changed by new beginnings.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie is losing sleep over a girl.
Jasper is a Dutch student who was doing an internship at an Indonesian company. One fine day, his local mentor Abdul and a few colleagues took him out on an excursion to a nearby ancient and famous Hindu temple. Upon arriving at the temple, they started to talk about religion. The Indonesians in the group were all Muslims. They asked Jasper about his religion. He spontaneously replied he didn’t have any religion and didn’t really believe in anything. For a moment there was an awkward silence among the Indonesians. Obviously Jasper’s choice to say that was not very wise. So what happened there? How should he have reacted to the question about his religion?
Still a little ill at ease, he drove around campus. Taking modest turns, prioritizing reckless cyclists like a true gentleman, and cutting a tight curve every now and then. Oh well, it was only his first day at the office.
“You‘re late ‘even though’ you live at university”, they say.
Me: “I ’m late ‘because’ I live at uni”.
It’s almost time for lecture but I am still in my bed. The buildings with the lecture halls are all visible from my studio’s window. I tell myself that I am almost there, and then fall asleep again. After all, all we need is ‘a few more minutes’. Thank you, snooze .
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie didn't do all that well during his exam.
It was a sunny day in Amsterdam and I was doing some sightseeing with an Italian girlfriend. Walking past churches she would invariably ask about the names, after which saint they were called, etc. Passing near the Moses and Aaron Church I ventured to say that it was not used as a church anymore, but nowadays served for various cultural or social events. As I recalled from my own experience in my student years in Amsterdam, it also served as a meeting place for the local tax office.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: how can one stay focussed?
It was the time of the year to reflect on past events and opening my kerstpakket (how does this translate completely?) I read the accompanying letter. In his kind words our president wishes us 'plezierige feestdagen', a neutral phrase with no religious connotation, a good fit for our international academic Community at TU/e. Surprisingly, these 2 words were translated in English in enjoyable Christmas, a clear religious reference to Christianity.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: TU/e employees aren't the only ones suffering from a heavy workload.
My first night in Eindhoven. Most of the newcomers go out for a late walk on their first evening. Curiosity, the urge to explore or whatever their reason. The city center was an obvious choice, and that’s where I ended up. My expectations were sky high. I was in Eindhoven, the City of Light, smack in the middle of the Brainport region, after all. But what I saw was just strange.
A group of Dutch tourists asks a Malaysian if Lumpur is far from where they are. Seeing they look tired, he sympathizes and replies: “Oh no, sir, it’s not far!”. After 2 hours of walking, they still haven’t reached Lumpur. Their reaction full of frustration: “See, you can’t trust those Malaysians, you asked them a simple question and they just give you a fuzzy answer!”
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At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.