Campaign group Beter Onderwijs Nederland (Better Education in the Netherlands) is threatening to take legal action against the anglicization of education at Dutch universities of applied sciences and universities. “Everything's got to be in English, even the nameplates.”
TU/e will start a pilot this coming academic year whereby it will be possible to pay the tuition fee in ten installments. At the request of the University Council, the Executive Board has instructed the Education and Student Service Center to start this test. At present, the option of paying in five installments is available.
The Student Shop in MetaForum will be moving in with the Notebook Service Center, a few meters along on the same floor. This has been decided by the Executive Board. For a short time the survival of the desk selling student supplies, which is making way for the ICT Service's helpdesk, was in doubt.
The participants in the Houses & Societies Race (Huizen & Disputenrace) were lucky with Wednesday evening's glorious weather. Fifty teams of largely inexperienced rowers raced over a distance of 250 meters to the finish line on the Eindhoven Canal. Afterwards a party was held. Women's society Animo of E.S.R. Thêta handled the organization.
Sietse Wolberink of independent society HenK is entitled has won the right to call himself 'student wrestling king' of Eindhoven for the coming year. In the closing battle of the First Eindhoven ‘Bras’ Gala, hosted by study association Simon Stevin, he faced scant opposition from his fellow finalist Mitchell Multem van Lucid, who he maneuvered to the floor within three seconds.
“The current 10-hour timetable no longer meets our needs,” Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens yesterday told the assembled members of the University Council. The strong growth in student numbers necessitates the switch to a 12-hour timetable, he believes. The introduction should take place in the third quarter of the coming academic year. In the coming weeks this issue will be discussed in several university bodies.
This year TU/e will run an Introduction Week for Master's students, the Master's Kick-off. Additionally, a separate Intro Week for international students is no longer being held; they will join in the Bachelor's or Master's Intro. The program for the Bachelor's Intro is broadly the same as it was last year.
Professor Jan Fransoo, Dean of the Graduate School of the TU/e since 2013, has announced that at the beginning of 2018 he will take up a position as Dean of Research at Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg, Germany. KLU is a private, state-certified university focusing on the areas of logistics and management.
Nearly six hundred students took part yesterday in the traditional bar crawl organized each spring by Protagoras, the study association of Biomedical Engineering. After eight drinks, the participants could party on at Plugged Festival, the music festival held each year by CHEOPS. Besides students, two stages, a bar, food tents, and a couple of party tents providing shelter from the rain filled the KOE field.
In the coming academic year TU/e expects to see an increase in its Bachelor's intake of at least 7 percent. Reason enough for President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers to voice his concerns in a letter to the minister. Funding from The Hague is necessary, otherwise admission freezes look likely for many programs.
The work of nominees for the Academic Awards forms the heart of a TU/e exhibition held in the Klok building during the sixth Dutch Technology Week (DTW). This is also where the winners of the Academic Awards and the Marine van Damme grant will be announced on Wednesday May 17. TU/e will enjoy additional representation at DTW by, among others, Blue Jay, TU/ecomotive, Team FAST and the medical project ImaValve. DTW runs May 15 through 20.
Student team FAST is holding Thursday 11 May in the Evoluon a symposium on formic acid, regarded by the students as the environmentally friendly fuel of the future. The primary aim of the Formic Acid Symposium is to introduce formic acid – or hydrozine, as Team FAST calls the fuel - to scientists, and governmental and commercial parties in advance of the presentation of a bus powered by formic acid, planned for July 6.
Frying onion and peppers and getting a visit from agitated security guards who think there's a fire - that wasn't the plan. It happened to a member of Cosmos, the association for international students. The smoke alarm in the Common Room is the most frequently activated on campus. What is going on?
The AMIGO service robot of the TU/e robotics collective Tech United came second in the @Home-League of the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg. At the start of the tournament AMIGO was not quite ready in terms of software, due to a lack of manpower earlier this year. Nonetheless, AMIGO still managed to beat the reigning world champion, ToBi from Bielefeld.
The square named Lichtplein, situated behind the Witte Dame building on the Emmasingel, is the planned site of a Liberation Festival to be held on September 22. Here, residents and students will party together, as well as engage in debate about the importance of peace and freedom. A committee of the Eindhoven Students Corps (E.S.C) is busy working on the preparations.
Gamer and medical student Koen Schobbers is set to receive an elite sport status at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. This will give him more scope to “develop his talent” while pursuing his medical studies. At TU/e no elite sport arrangements are in place specially for gamers.
Anyone who plays piano must do so with their entire body, and especially with their wrists. Students Jan-Pieter Rooij and Jan Heemstra, both members of Quadrivium, heard that time and again yesterday evening from pianist Mariana Izman. In the Blauwe Zaal she gave them a master class under the watchful eyes of their family members and fellow students. “Let your wrist bring the breath.”
For the TU/e-Fontys team there was to be no place on the winner's podium at this weekend's Batavierenrace. Somewhat disappointingly the team finished sixth in the university competition. Team Eindhoven more than compensated however in the overall ranking, with second place.
The Tech United robot soccer team yesterday won the final of the Portuguese Robotics Open in Coimbra. They beat the Portuguese team CAMBADA 2-0. The Portuguese tournament is regarded as the unofficial European championship of robot soccer. At the end of July, the TU/e team will play in Japan at the World Championship, where they will be defending their world title.
The umpteenth puncture, a chain that is forever falling off, a broken bike light: SwapFiets wants to put an end to all these cycling irritations. The company, prompted by similar frustrations experienced by Delft engineering students, describes itself as 'Spotify for bikes’. On May 8, the company will expand into Eindhoven.
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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 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.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
From our 'How can I survive special': Both of them are active members (past and present) of Eindhoven's student scene, have had their fair share of life's headaches and dick pics. Britte Bouchaut (28, graduating student of Innovation Sciences; in an 18-month relationship and not cohabiting) and Alain Starke (27, PhD candidate of Human-Technology Interaction; in an eight-year relationship and cohabiting) discuss love and romance at TU/e like two old fogeys. From long-distance relationships to kissing networks: How can you survive student romance? Alain and Britte give tips, ask others for advice, and take a critical look at each other's views. Are Eindhoven’s drinks rife with date-making, or do dicks take a backseat in Eindhoven?