Intro ’17 | Facts and figures22 August 2017
How many intro kids are there walking around? How do their numbers compare to last year? For how long have we had an Intro at TU/e? How many intro parents are there? For all the number fetishists and other interested readers we are listing some facts and figures.
For the 2017 Intro a total of 2,289 new students registered, as we hear from the Central Intro Committee (CIC). Of this number 288 are international students, 145 are pre-Master students and 1,856 are Dutch Bachelor students, 608 of which are of the female gender. Last night an extra 110 late registrations were added.
Last year 2,367 new students had registered altogether. Then the Bachelor and Master intro still formed one event. There were 1,703 Bachelor students and 180 international Master students with 536 women among them.
To supervise all the intro kids this year, there are 542 intro parents involved all in all. The 7 members of the CIC have been preparing the event for many months and are overseeing the proper running of everything this week. For the Master Kick-off, which will see its first edition next week, some 400 participants are expected.
It is difficult to say precisely when the very first TU/e intro took place, because its format has been changed over the years. In the 1960s the arriving freshers of our university were transported by bus to the barracks in Oirschot, where they were given all the information about student life within 3 days: about the financing, clothing regulations, the study program and many other things. After this general introduction the 3 student associations would hold their own intros, as is still being done.
In the 1970s the Stichting Inter Kommunikatie (Student Intercommunication Foundation; StIK) was responsible for the ‘supervision of the education of the students’. Apart from receiving information about the university and student life, freshers were also made familiar with the city.
Girls received special attention as of the 1980s in the form of several extra days prior to the Intro week, the so-called Pre-Intro. The offer of English-language study programs as of 2007 also resulted in more international students coming to Eindhoven. For them an extra period of time was added to the Intro as well. It is the first time this year that there are separate Intros for the Bachelors and for the Masters.
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.
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.