Opening Academic Year: vibrant start to new year20 July 2016
While the summer vacation has barely begun (or is about to), the Opening Academic Year working group is already busy with what happens next. Starting the new year abuzz with energy - that is what the working group wishes to project on Monday September 5 with speakers like Shell CEO Marjan van Loon and music from The Partysquad, and others.
“We know the theme of TU/e's sixtieth anniversary: Dream & Dare. But as well as dreaming and having courage, you also want things to actually happen,” says Jelte Borsboom, Vice President of the Federation of Study Associations Eindhoven, and also a member of the Opening Academic Year working group. That is why we have chosen the theme, 'Dream. Dare. Do.'”
During the ceremony Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs), Hans Clevers (scientist and former president of the KNAW) and Marjan van Loon (CEO of Shell Netherlands) will talk about the challenges they have faced in realizing their dreams. “Moreover, Marjan van Loon is an alumna of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry,” says Borsboom. “Just like us, she started out at TU/e, and now she holds a high position within Shell. That is motivating for all students.”
Held in the Auditorium, the ceremony will conclude with the announcement of the winners of this year's best Bachelor's and Master's degree lecturers, after which the professors will walk in procession to MetaForum's market hall. “That's where the party to celebrate the start of the academic year will get underway,” says Borsboom. A full evening's program is planned, including The Partysquad and cover band Hot Town.
The opening will take place on September 5th, starting at 16.00 hours and will be streamed live online.
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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.
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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.