TU/e celebrates 40.000th graduate13 April 2016
TU/e has passed the milestone of 40.000 graduates. The 40.000th graduate in question is Melissa van de Steeg, a MSc who graduated from the Biomedical Technology department. This brand-new engineer set down her name on the ‘Alumni Avenue’ last Wednesday at the walking bridge between two of TU/e’s buildings. She was accompanied by chairman Jan Mengelers of the Executive Board and academic rector Frank Baaijens, who both happen to be TU/e alumni as well.
Van de Steeg started her Biomedical Technology studies in 2010 and graduated in 2016. Her interest in both technology and biology led her to these studies, which specialized her in working in a clinic, concerning the area of image forming techniques specifically. She has brought this to practice at the UMC Utrecht for her graduation project, and at her internship at King’s College London.
As from 1 April, Van de Steeg is employed as a clinical physicist at the Catharina Hospital Eindhoven. Something she is very happy about: “Being a junior clinical physicist I am exactly where I want to be: in the hospital, close to technology.”
The 40.000th graduate is a milestone which collides with the university’s anniversary. In April, the university will be around for sixty years, and that will be celebrated with a three-day festival from 22 to 24 april. One of the festival’s activities will be the Alumni Avenue: a walk of fame where graduates can engrave their name and year of graduation in glass.
Source: TU/e press team
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
Before you google yet another one of my invented diseases and subsequently begin to question the title of this story, let me tell you this. With a new academic year having begun and a shiny new batch of freshmen accompanying it, the university is full of people suffering from the so-called octopus syndrome.