TU/e maintains modest score in THE rankings22 September 2016
For the first time this year all 13 Dutch universities are placed in the top 200 of the World University Rankings, a ranking produced by the British journal Times Higher Education (THE). This puts the Netherlands in fourth position, behind the United States, Great Britain, and Germany. TU/e slips one position to number 177; among the Dutch universities only Tilburg University ranks lower. The best university, according to THE is Oxford, followed by Caltech and Stanford.
In this year's competing Shanghai Ranking (tenth highest Dutch university) and QS World University Rankings (seventh highest Dutch university), TU/e scored relatively better than in the THE rankings, in which we dropped down one place, despite a better total score than last year (52.4 as opposed to 50.6).
The big Dutch winner in this ranking is TU Delft, which in 59th place bumps Wageningen University from the highest national position. A couple of points are striking, including that Delft scores much higher than TU/e in the field ‘research’ (72.9 versus 43.5), while TU/e performs better when it comes to ‘citations’ (71.7 as opposed to 67.3 for Delft). In addition, TU/e scores relatively poorly for ‘education’ whereas according to Elsevier the education offered at Eindhoven is in fact top notch, better than at, say, Delft.
In view of this, it should come as no surprise that the universities association VSNU points out that rankings are not the be-all and end-all. After all, for example, only limited measurement of the quality of education is possible. “Rankings never give a complete picture of the performance of universities,” says the association in a statement. Nonetheless, the various rankings are taken very seriously and regarded as valuable sources of information sources by researchers, international students and employers.
On Wednesday September 28 THE will publish its new rankings by subject.
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.