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.
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.
To be honest, India didn’t sound like my cup of tea. Since the land, culture, and climate are not really stroking with my personality. However, when this graduation project came across I just couldn’t leave it hanging.
Imagine this: you can go to a university where you pay no tuition fee, get free accommodation, never need go to lectures, do no exams, and can decide for yourself how long you take to do your assignments, which are then checked by your fellow students. And if any one of these assignments doesn't pique your interest, you can simply make up a new one. Oh yes, and once you have finally graduated, you can easily get a job at Google, or Facebook, or NASA, in fact, whenever you like.