And how are things in London?7 June 2017
A few weeks ago, I left the local Eindhoven University of Technology behind to conduct a research project at London’s global university, UCL. The distance isn’t that big, but the rest of the differences certainly are.
A shop to get coffee every 50 meters, free magnificent museums, the craziest pop-up stores and the best spontaneous events are alike the most common things here. To get to your destination within 15 minutes or to spend less than your entire Erasmus Scholarship on only 3 weeks of rent is rather unusual.
Already at my first day I was confronted with the international character of London and especially UCL, since there is not a single British person in my research group. This made blending in very easy, since everyone has been new once. The British I did find in other groups are very fond of the international character of the university. It came therefore as no surprise to me that they, and actually most of central London, has voted against the Brexit.
Unfortunately for them, the people Up North decided otherwise. The Londoner has lost its trust in the political understanding of the fellow British and is anxious for the coming elections at the 9th of June. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to it. The chaos around this election could result in a fall of the Pound, which for me would be more than welcome.
There is enough to see, go astray and especially to do in London. The big advantage of the many inhabitants, is that you’re always able to find people who have the same idea. Would you like to experience new cultures? Would you like to try new dishes? Would you like to go to the club? Or maybe dance with football fans in the fountain of Trafalgar square? You can find it all in The Capital. And that ocean of endless possibilities makes the sky high rent prices totally worth it.
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.
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.
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.
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.