No fewer than seven TU/e Master's students in Chemical Engineering received a scholarship worth 10,000 euros on Wednesday, 15 November. A total of eighteen VNCI Top Sector Chemistry scholarships were available, of which over a third were awarded...
Jaap Schouten believes in God, Marwan Mrait in Allah and Arun Babu worships Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. The three TU/e students are meeting for the first time but their backgrounds and religions provide enough starting points for an interesting...
Growth! The new Bachelor College yields a 14% increase in subscriptions, the highest growth percentage among the 3TU. On top of that it blew a fresh breeze across the campus with a dash of estrogen: there was an increase of none less than 53% in female applications! I’m happy for the university male, finally he’s not obliged to turn to Fontys parties with girls from teacher training or nursing, and doesn’t need to type 5318008 in his calculator to see boobies.
Sustainable. Green. Environmentally-friendly. Words that used to signify progress, forethought and responsibility. Words that, today, years after their first introduction, have become little more than labels used to make products attractive to the market, dodge the inquisitive public eye, or used haphazardly to pass laws and gain supporters.
Ten TU/e students will be participating in the iGEM competition. As a group they’ve manipulated yeast cells to form a luminous image, a find with which they hope to outdo the international competition at the synthetic biology contest organized by MIT University. Competitors for the Genetically Engineered Machine Competition have to create a biological system and assimilate that into live cells. Preliminaries for European and African hopefuls will be held in Amsterdam on October 5, 6 and 7. Winners will be participating in the global competition in Boston on November 2, 3 and 4.
With the help of the Bavaria brewery in Lieshout, close to fifty Eindhoven students of Built Environment have managed to win back the beer crate bridge-building record. With an initial construction of 17.30 meters, which was later extended to 19.55 meters, the old record of TU Delft (15 meters) was crushed.
The European Research Council (ERC) will be awarding nearly 800 million euros in research grants, divided among hundreds of young top scientists. The Netherlands are doing a good job with 51 of these starting grants. TU/e will ‘only’ be receiving two. Dr. Yves Bellouard of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and dr. Patricia Dankers of the Department of Biomedical Engineering were awarded the grants.
In order to succeed in building the longest ‘beer crate bridge’ next Thursday, students of Built Environment have started stacking crates already today. 24-bottle Bavaria crates will be used for the record attempt, and some of the empty bottles will be filled with water from the Dommel for solidity.
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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.