So you have survived Introduction Week and now you are now studying in Eindhoven. Of course, you have heard from everyone you know who has completed a degree that your student years are the best time of your life. But how are you going to make sure that you get the most out of them? On these pages we take a closer look at Eindhoven's nightlife, because there is more to do in the city than sinking liters of beer and studying!
For someone who can easily read the Dutch postings on Cursor.nl it may be difficult to imagine all the problems people encounter in their efforts to learn the Dutch language. “Jij studeer? [You study?]” One hundred and twenty students and staff are grappling with the language on the Dutch for Beginners level 1 course at the TU/e Language Center. Katerina Lepkova is one of the NT2 (Dutch as a second language) lecturers. Patiently and while being complimentary to her students, she discusses the exercises in the teaching method Start.nl.
The highest ranking awarded by weekly publication Elsevier goes to Wageningen University, as it did last year, while TU/e outstrips the competition in its own category to win recognition as the best university of technology. Of the six 'broad' universities, Utrecht comes out top.
TU/e has gained another association: Salaam. Its founders are keen to set up a faith-based association with a focus on Islam and science. The launch activity, a lecture and welcome speech, will be held on October 5.
ID student Anke van Oosterhout and the team led by ID alumnus Jiachun Du have won the iF Design Talent Award 2017. As well as a cash prize of 5000 euros, this means a permanent place in the online iF World Design Guide, and inclusion in the exhibition held in iF’s home city of Hamburg. Their products, the Ripple and TPSurgery, improve home life and future healthcare.
In the United States alone more than one million pilotless aircraft are now flying around. Better known as drones, these are an interesting development not only in terms of technology but also for safety and privacy reasons. That was the feeling at Studium Generale, and it was reason enough to have drone manufacturer DJI give a lecture in the Blauwe Zaal, followed by a workshop at a quiet spot on campus.
Solar Team Eindhoven hopes, despite initial bad luck, to “smash it” in Australia during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, starting 8 October. The TU/e students got back their solar car only yesterday and their battery only today - over three weeks later than planned. Spokesperson Beatrix Bos does not rule out legal steps as a consequence of the delays, “but right now our focus is on the WSC”.
SSRE has until October 1st at the latest to vacate the Bunker and is making every effort to find temporary accommodation. A series of setbacks, say students, means the renovation of the club's new premises is still not yet on the cards. Nonetheless, SSRE still hopes to move into its villa on Vestdijk before the summer.
The ICT systems such as Osiris and Canvas that were implemented on March 13 of this year to support the education process are suffering considerable problems. The University Council is concerned and Executive Board member Jo van Ham made known yesterday in the council meeting that the problems involved are serious ones, and that a task force will be appointed to address them as soon as possible. Additional staff will also be hired for the purpose.
The Noche de Tuna, a mini-festival involving Spanish-speaking musical groups, drew fewer visitors than the Eindhoven-based organizers had hoped for. This was due in part to the fact that in Spain resits for exams fell in the same weekend, says TU/e student and co-organizer Michael Heidweiller. Nonetheless, he believes, the visitors and participants still enjoyed the music played by the groups that were able to attend.
More than 80,000 photos of world news from the past year have been submitted for the World Press Photo of the Year. Of these, the jury has selected 152 as prize winners and, as it does every year, the prize-winning exhibition is travelling to over a hundred places worldwide. One venue is Vertigo.
The TU/e innovation Space, which was officially opened Thursday afternoon, is intended to drive the continued development of TU/e's hands-on education. In cooperation with lecturers, researchers and industry, students will work here on societal challenges. Scientific director Isabelle Reymen is confident that the initiative will rapidly give rise to a close community.
Almost four hundred TU/e staff and students have got the green light to go into battle on the Flux field on September 26 and 27. For these two days the lawn will be converted by chemistry study association Japie into a paintball site. This activity is the opening event of Japie's twelfth lustrum.
The T.E.S.T. team from Eindhoven has emerged as the clear winner of the SensUs competition that took place last week Friday and Saturday at TU/e. The home team won three of the four categories: analytical performance, translational potential and public inspiration. Only the award for creativity went to the Swedish team Uppsense.
Solar Team Eindhoven is having really bad luck in the run-up to the World Solar Challenge, which kicks off in Australia on October 8. The transportation of solar car Stella Vie as well as its battery pack is not going according to plan. This isn't the only student team suffering delays. “It's a catastrophic year for Solar Teams.”
According to the Dutch Student Union (LSVb) and the Groningen Student Union (GSb) yet again this year the shortage of rooms for international students is soaring. But according to the student housing providers the situation is actually not so bad. In Eindhoven at least there is no cause for panic; as far as is known all of TU/e's 'internationals' have housing.
“Get students started step by step and then let them go their own way.” That's the secret of Ivo Roghair, assistant professor at Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. At the opening of the academic year Monday he was presented with the Educational Award Bachelor by Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens. Professor Yvonne de Kort of the Human Technology Interaction group was honored with the Educational Award Master. “Teaching is like a live concert.”
While D66 leader Alexander Pechtold does not believe the TUs should be penalized for their success in increasing student intake, at the opening of the TU/e's academic year he did not take the opportunity to state how they should be rewarded. Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens stressed the need to raise the level of public investment in fundamental research in the Netherlands.
Occasionally the new Master students are surprised by the variety of cultural and sports associations available at TU/e. For who would expect there to be a climbing association in a country as flat as the Netherlands? In turn, the organization is also confronted with unexpected questions. Such as the question whether they organize curling as well. Yesterday participants in the Master Kick-off were given a tour of the Sports Center and got acquainted with cultural and sports associations.
The text involves rather a wide selection of hard and wet vital parts, and it does lead to an unusually savage feast on the campus on Friday afternoon. “All of this was mere foreplay, folks. Are you ready for the real McCoy? I insist on seeing a violent Mosh Pit”, Mr. Polska incites his audience.
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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.”
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.
Do you find MetaForum too busy around exams? Does studying at home not appeal to you? Or do you simply need a bit of structure when you're revising? It may well be that the public library at De Witte Dame is the place for you. Under the banner ‘StudyShare’ staff there are hoping to attract students through most of January - with your books or laptop, but without your cellphone.