Living on campus | “The food here really took some getting used to”27 June 2017
The Italian Gianmarco Venditti (28) is in the first year of his PhD pathway at the Department of Applied Physics. He is a fairly recent Aurora resident, since May 1st, but it suits him well. He is delighted with the natural light and the view out over the River Dommel from his studio on the fifth floor.
Gianmarco chose to do his PhD in the Netherlands because it offered some very attractive prospects. “The salary of a PhD candidate, for example, is much higher in the Netherlands than in Italy. If you take an apartment in Rome, almost half your salary disappears in rent. That makes it almost impossible to live alone."
Something he wondered about initially was how the central washers and dryers worked in Aurora. “First of all I had to put credit on my payment card via a website, only then could I use the washers. I thought that simply feeding in coins would be enough to make the machines work.” If there is one thing he could change about his studio, it would be to place the kitchen near the window. He doesn't find it practical having the kitchen next to the door.
For this Italian, Dutch food really took some getting used to. The transition was almost ‘traumatic’ for him. “In Italy we have a really good canteen on the university campus where you can get a wide range of tasty pastas and pizzas. You can get that here too, but it is different. And the Dutch eat much earlier, as early as five or six o'clock in the evening. I am used to eating not before about 10 o'clock at night.”
He enjoys living on campus. “It is a pleasant campus, there is a lot of greenery and I am at work in no time.” You won't find him doing nothing for longer than five minutes because then he starts to get bored. Even though he has been living in the Netherlands only a short while, he has already bought a brand new bicycle. “I really like the cycle paths in the Netherlands, and everything is close together so you can easily go by bike. In Italy the distances are much greater.”
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.