A year's world news in 152 photographs15 September 2017
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.
In Plaza Vertigo the photos are hung in categories. Photographers have sent in either series or single photographs. The one of a weeping man with a blood-covered child in his arms lingers in my thoughts. The photograph of four little Chinese girls at a gymnastics school doing toe exercises for 30 minutes in an impossible posture also sets me thinking.
For neither of these photos do I need to read the accompanying text, but looking at the photo of the countless monarch butterflies I wonder what the news angle is. I also read the text when I come to the series about male rugby players, in one picture fanatically playing their sport, in another all spruced up and wearing make-up and corsets in the changing room. 'A gay-friendly rugby team'. Ah, now I understand.
On December 19 2016, while giving a speech in an art gallery in Ankara, a Russian ambassador was murdered by an off-duty Turkish police officer. The newspaper photo showing the perpetrator standing next to his slain victim, his finger pointing upwards, is still etched in my memory. As you'd expect, the photo is on display at WPP 2017. Next to it hangs a photograph showing the other side of that gallery. A group of visitors has crept away into a corner and sits there in fear of their lives. That image brought the event back to me.
The 152 photos are all moving in some way. They spark memories, an unpleasant feeling or a smile. Until October 6 they are on view here every day. At lunchtime on Thursdays, Studium Generale will be giving a guided tour lasting 30 minutes, in both English and Dutch. Register here. Entry to the exhibition is free.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.