TU/e gains Fair Trade University status4 November 2016
TU/e can now call itself a Fair Trade University, and is only the second university in the Netherlands entitled to do so. The Fair Trade University Certificate mainly recognizes the university's promotion of fair trade and the product range it carries. Executive Board member Jo van Ham received the certificate yesterday.
‘Fair Trade Universities and Fair Trade Universities of Applied Sciences’ are part of the longer running 'Fair Trade Municipalities' campaign (Fairtrade Gemeenten). This initiative aims to inspire as many municipalities, companies, organizations, store owners and consumers as possible, as well as higher education institutions, to opt for free trade.
The certificate is due mainly to the efforts of the GO Green Office, the TU/e platform linking the university's education, research and operations. With the support of the Executive Board and the Sustainability Steering Group, the GO Green Office set about achieving the certificate. As the university has been carrying sufficient sustainable products for some time now to satisfy the requirements, in recent months time has been spent mainly on cooperating with various partners to set up activities on the theme, and on informing students and employees about the university's ambitions and the steps taken.
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.
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.