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.
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.
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.
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.
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.