Living on Campus | “Denmark isn't so different from the Netherlands”20 February 2017
On the 11th floor of Luna lives Christian Sivertsen (25), Master's student of Industrial Design. His roots lie in Denmark, where he gained his Bachelor's of Digital Media and Design at the IT University Copenhagen. He is interested in the field of interaction design.
After completing his Bachelor's, Christian started a Master's in Digital Media and Communication in Denmark. But he found the program too similar to his Bachelor's and after the first year he decided to quit. His professors in Denmark advised him to go and study at TU/e.
At the end of August he was able to move into his room in Luna. Since he had arrived in the Netherlands back in early August, he spent his first three weeks here living in a shared apartment on the Bomansplaats.
It was very easy for him to adjust to life in Eindhoven. “It felt just like being at home.” Denmark isn't so different from the Netherlands, says Christian. The Dutch mentality is similar to the Danish mindset, he confirms. Nor is life in the two countries very different.
In Denmark people celebrate 'Fastelavn'. This is celebrated in the same month as Carnival in the Netherlands. It is a past tradition. Today's it is only an activity for children, he says. “Children dress up as Superman, a princess or cowboy and hit barrels with a stick until the sweets inside fall out. Traditionally a black cat was put in a barrel and the barrel was hit to chase away evil spirits.”
In his leisure time he goes to the Student Sports Center to break-dance or practice the martial art of capoeira. He is really enjoying living in Luna; the building has everything he needs. “The best thing about my room is the magnificent sunsets.” It would be fantastic, he feels, if there were a small bar on the campus where you could meet international and Dutch students doing other studies than your own.
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.