Living on campus | “Studying here has been a great experience so far”28 March 2017
Seven months ago Matteo Presutto (23) swapped his student life in Trento (Italy) for a new start in Eindhoven, studying an EIT Digital Master’s Program in Data Sciences. Rushing into the common room on his way to his apartment in Aurora, Matteo takes some time out from his busy schedule.
“I love it here, this building is great, Eindhoven is amazing and very high tech. I have nice roommates and my fellow students are also very friendly. Studying here has been a great experience so far, it's exceeding my expectations,” he says enthusiastically.
According to Matteo, some things are really different from in his home country. “The colors, I mean more specifically the combination of architecture and nature, the environment, the atmosphere, and the climate, of course. I am used to higher temperatures at home.” Another difference that Matteo finds striking is that Eindhoven looks designed for cyclists. “Everything here is within cycling distance. Stepping out of my apartment in Trento, I would walk for only a few minutes before coming to shops and a supermarket. Things are more clustered over there."
Matteo experienced few problems adjusting to his new environment and he likes living on campus a lot. He shares his apartment with roommates from Russia, India and Spain. “Now and again we cook and have dinner together. In my spare time I like to hang out with my roommates and my other friends - international and Dutch - or play table tennis. But we do have to study hard.”
This prompts Matteo to share his observation that the Dutch have a good balance between work and leisure time. “They know how to enjoy life and they know how to work hard. It looks like the perfect mix to me. They have fewer holidays here than in Italy, but when they do have one, like Carnaval, it’s party time for young and old. I find that really amazing.”
For Matteo, Eindhoven looks like the perfect place to stay, but before he settles down he wants to see more of the world, starting with Sweden, where he will be moving to after his time at summer school in Berlin. “After that I’d love to do a bit more travelling, maybe to China or India, we’ll see. But first I want to have the European experience.”
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.
For thirty years, Huub Meijer, former Dutch champion and national coach of the Dutch karate team, spent evening after evening in the dojo and the gym of the Student Sports Center working as an instructor. He taught students the intricacies of various martial arts and ran strength-building and circuit training sessions. All the prizes he has won over the years are now stored in plastic bags – ‘they were on show at home for long enough’ – but he looks back on a glittering career with satisfaction, and with even more pleasure on a fine working life as a trainer.
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.