Deadline for SSRE, club seeks temporary premises19 September 2017
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.
Nearly two years since the purchase, the renovation of SSRE’s new villa on Vestdijk still hasn't gotten underway. As to what exactly has gone wrong over the past two years, causing the project to run into repeated delays, is something the new board members - like their predecessors - aren't going into detail about.
“Actually it was simply that every step proved more trouble than we'd anticipated and time and again there turned out to be more work than we'd hoped. And because that leaves you wanting to investigate everything thoroughly, you can't get on with the next step,” says Daan Hommersom, SSRE's new Housing Commissioner.
TU/e announces by way of spokesperson Ivo Jongsma that it “sincerely hopes the association succeeds in finding temporary accommodation.” The university supports SSRE in several ways, he says, financially, for example by buying the monumental villa on the Vestdijk and by scrapping the rent for the Bunker at an earlier date, as well as being lenient about its current premises.
“On six occasions since 2015 we have given SSRE a postponement of their final moving date. But in a couple of months' time ownership of the Bunker transfers to the property developer and then the building must be empty.”
The cultural associations currently still housed in the middle portion of the building will move at the end of September to Luna on the TU/e site; “SSRE will be the last one”.
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
Before you google yet another one of my invented diseases and subsequently begin to question the title of this story, let me tell you this. With a new academic year having begun and a shiny new batch of freshmen accompanying it, the university is full of people suffering from the so-called octopus syndrome.