The preparation of the new bachelor education is halfway. Time to discuss the progress to date with Lex Lemmens, the intended Dean of the Bachelor College to be. Is the timetable still being followed? And what is his view on the sneering remarks that the new education will only lead to an ir. Light ? “I dare to say that we are not going to deliver any second-class college kids.”
Yesterday, using posters and flyers, fifteen graduate hopefuls of the unit of Architectural Urban Design and Engineering called attention to the possible harmful effects of the ReDesign Bachelor for their program. They fear the new curriculum remains too general for too long. The group is supported by the unit’s board. According to the Departmental Board, the curriculum is well-balanced.
At the University of Amsterdam (UvA), first-year students are allowed to compensate for a five with a satisfactory grade for another course. Although State Secretary Zijlstra isn’t bothered by the new regulation, UvA students are very critical. Several TU/e programs know similar rules for compensation, but it’s still unsure if these will remain within the bachelor College.
Rector Hans van Duijn and Excecutive Board member mr. Jo van Ham can stay on after their current term. The University Council has decided on the matter earlier this month. Van Duijn will be the first-ever Rector at TU/e to have served more than two terms.
To find out whether or not the Bachelor College will be a success, it's important to map the curent situation first. At least that was Industrial Engineering and Management Science student Jeroen Dasbach's idea. His final bachelor project focuses on this very subject and researches TU/e's current reputation among students.
The names of all five new majors that will start in September as part of TU/e's Bachelor College have been revealed. The new programs are Web Science (W&I), Automtive (EE), Psychology and Technology (IE&IS), Sustainable Innovation (IE&IS), and Medical Science and Technology (BMT).
The IDBate about the Bachelor College is much needed. On December 2, the Bachelor College pioneers debated with Industrial Design students. The debate chairman’s question what the College entails exactly didn’t yield a clear answer from the ID students present. “It’s too conceptual, too vague, and too abstract”, one of the students noted.
Last week, the Executive Board approved the proposal to start a new major, ‘Psychology and Technology’, as part of the bachelor programme of Innovation Sciences. There’ll also be a new major for the bachelor program of Biomedical Engineering. Both majors will be part of the new Bachelor College and up and running in September of 2012.
You just go ahead and try it. Reform the whole Bachelor education at TU/e within one year, so as to attract more students as of 2012, who, if possible, will also score better. Lex Lemmens did have some misgivings when asked to lead this revolution. “It is an adventure with a great risk of damage.” Yet his motives prove to be stronger. “The challenge is together with the Departments to come up with something new. The question being, of course: am I going to pull it off?”
The announced redesign of the bachelor resulted in 37 questions from the university council (UR), all of which have now been answered in writing by the Executive Board. In the early stages of the redesigning process, the Executive Board had no answer to quite a number of their questions. On Monday, July 4, they’ll be discussed at the UR meeting.
In the past weeks, much has been written and said about the planned redesign of TU/e’s bachelor education, but the project’s actual start will be on Thursday, June 9. According to Rector prof.dr.ir. Hans van Duijn, it will be an educational revolution indispensable for TU/e’s future. There will be a gathering from 4.15-5PM at the Senaatszaal of the Auditorium, which will be concluded with drinks.
Dr.ir. Lex Lemmens, currently active as Education Director at the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, among other things, will be leading the task force concerned with the implementation of a new bachelor curriculum. He’s also the intended dean of the new Bachlor College that’s yet to be set up.
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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?