Rector celebrates successes at Opening Academic Year2 September 2014
A steep student increase, scoring well in national and international rankings, extraordinary performances by the soccer and care robots in Brazil, and perhaps even an auxiliary branch in Den Bosch: Rector Hans van Duijn explicitly touched upon the successes of his university in his speech for the Opening of the Academic Year yesterday.
A total of approximately 2,600 new bachelor, transition, and master students have enrolled in a TU/e program this year. According to Rector Hans van Duijn, that number clearly shows the huge progress the university over the past years.
Van Duijn also revealed the possibility of the launch of a new Graduate School in Den Bosch as part of a partnership with Tilburg University. The auxiliary branch is to be an academic educational institution offering three master tracks: Data Science, Entrepreneurship, and Governance. In the months to come, the two universities will be conducting a feasibility study, mapping the ever-growing need for academic data scientists, entrepreneurs, and managers.
The final implementation of a TU/e code of conduct for practicing science was also announced by Van Duijn. Already in June of this year did Cursor report about that code, and this week academic staff will receive a letter on the matter. Among other things, the letter states a code of conduct for conflict of interest is soon to be set in stone as well.
The education prizes for best bachelor and master teacher were awarded to Daniël Lakens (bachelor) of the School of Innovation Sciences, and associate professor Zümbül Atan (master) of Industrial Engineering. Last but not least, the successful teams responsible for the TU/e soccer robots and care robot AMIGO that landed a first and second place respectively at the World Cup this year were put in the limelight and treated to flowers.
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.