This year TU/e was 104th in the QS World University Rankings and, according to QS, is the third best university in the Netherlands. Over the past five years, TU/e has risen gradually by some fifty places up this ranking and was the fastest Dutch climber this year. At 104th in the QS ranking, this puts TU/e among the top 1 percent of the world’s 26.000 universities.
Mark van Dijk, Masters' student Chemical and Process Technology, has written earlier about his experiences in London. He wrote another article, bacause of the recent attacks in London. Mark: "Luckily I was north of the Thames at the time of the attack, so I received the news upon arrival at home. Nevertheless, the attack feels rather close, since I have been at the same place at the same time only two days before the attack."
What kind of education should we be offering in 2030? What will our research targets be by then, and how can we ensure that the results of this research have greater impact, in particular in the Brainport region? Five working groups will apply themselves to these and other questions in the coming months. Yesterday the kick-off took place in Kennispoort with a parliamentary-style dialogue session.
A few weeks ago, I left the local Eindhoven University of Technology behind to conduct a research project at London’s global university, UCL. The distance isn’t that big, but the rest of the differences certainly are.
In a month's time TU/e will say farewell after more than thirty years to VUBIS. The library's search and reservation system is being replaced by WorldCat, whose benefits include being better suited to electronic rather than paper documents. Owing to the transition, no materials can be loaned or reserved in the last week of June.
InMotion, the student team from TU/e and Fontys, has taken the track record for electric vehicles at Circuit Park Zandvoort. In the capable hands of racing driver Beitske Visser, IM/e completed the circuit in 1.48,371, an improvement of over 16 seconds. A top speed of 240 kilometers per hour was recorded.
From a compact system for safely hanging up your coat to the first steps towards a revolution in process technology. The plans and prototypes presented yesterday during the third edition of the TU/e Contest were highly diverse. President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, in his capacity as jury foreman, had words of praise for this year's participants. He was impressed by their thorough preparation.
“Yes, the title of my lecture is somewhat provocative,” says the spreker, “but biosensor development is going so unbelievably fast. In thirty years' time biosensors will be standard in everyone's home.” At the invitation of SensUs and Studium Generale, science journalist Diederik Jekel gave a lecture Wednesday afternoon about a revolution that he believes is already underway.
As yet SSRE has been unable to take up residence in its new premises on Vestdijk. The renovation plans of the student association, which until recently had hoped to be able to relocate to the monumental villa this month, are considerably behind schedule. SSRE hopes that the work on Vestdijk 22 will soon get underway.
For my internship I travelled to Hamilton, New Zealand. I’m doing research on wood fiber reinforced polymers at the University of Waikato. As a mechanical engineer, of course I'm interested in the material's mechanical properties, but much more than this is involved in producing composites of this kind. This makes for a very interesting and challenging project from which I’m learning a lot.
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.
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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.