23 Oct 2016
Collaboration Dutch and German mathematics
On October 17, 2016, Prof. Kees Vuik (TU Delft) on behalf of 4TU.AMI and Prof. Dr.Martin Skutella (TU-Berlin) on behalf of Matheon (Research Center “Mathematics for Key Technologies” https://www.matheon.de/) signed a cooperative agreement between these two national research centres with similar missions: “to bring advanced mathematics to key technologies and complex systems”. This in the confident expectation that working together will add value to the separate efforts of the two centres. This agreement is a continuation for 6 years of the previous successful cooperation period on Mathematics for Key Technologies. 4TU.AMI and its German counterpart Matheon form one of the largest clusters on the field of mathematics in Europe. This agreement establishes a framework for mutual assistance in achieving their aims in the field of Applied Mathematics and Education. It will support collaborative research, relationships, exchange of students, junior and senior researchers, educational programs in mathematical modelling and its applications, e-learning and didactics of mathematics for university students of the TU-‘s, and programs that stimulate interest in mathematics for secondary students.
27 May 2016
Wageningen University joins 3TU
Wageningen University joins the collaboration between the three technical universities in the Netherlands (3TU.Federation). As of today the federation will be known as 4TU.Federation, or simply 4TU, and the cooperation in the field of education and research will be expanded. The four technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven, Twente and Wageningen will intensify their collaboration to strengthen the interaction with industry. With Wageningen University joining, some interesting crossovers between high tech and agri & food come to sight as well as in the areas of water and environment. Joint activities The 3TU.Federation has been working closely together in the field of education and research. There are five 3TU.master programmes, a Centre for Engineering Education and the Institute of Professional Doctorate Education. They connect to the successful growth in student numbers in technical education. The federation has nine Research Centres and the data management is supported by the 3TU.Datacentrum, part of Research Data Netherlands. With Wageningen joining, possibilities for extending the activities are being explored, for example in the field of:
26 May 2016
4TU.Centre for Research Data
As of the 30st of May, the 3TU.Datacentrum will be known as the 4TU.Centre for Research Data. The centre offers researchers a reliable long-term storage facility for technical and scientific research data. It creates opportunities to link publications to underlying data, thereby promoting improved findability and citability for research data. Researchers can turn to the data centre for advice and support on data management at any stage in the research process, ranging from setting up a data management plan or facilitating a data lab, to ultimately depositing the data in the archive. Datasets are automatically issued with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to promote visibility, findability and citability. The 4TU.Centre for Research Data is an initiative of the three Dutch technical universities (Delft, Eindhoven and Twente) and also offers the above services to researchers at other institutions. For more information, please visit the website.
26 May 2016
An update on CEE
The 4TU.Centre for Engineering Education (CEE) is set up to support and research educational innovations that are taking place at the universities of technology in the Netherlands. In only a short period of time, from September 2014 onwards, CEE’s core team managed to instigate many projects that contribute to the innovation of engineering education. This resulted in various publications, ranging from reports to conference contributions, activities such as workshops and meetings both large and small scale that have been organised. This enabled education staff to learn about innovations, exchange ideas and actively participate.
26 May 2016
High Tech 2 Feed the World
We are currently facing one of the greatest social challenges of this century: over the coming 40 years, the global food demand will be equal to the total amount of food produced over the last 8,000 years. Applying high-tech systems and materials and new ICT possibilities will support the agrarian and food sectors to meet the enormous social challenges associated with this. Moreover, the competitive position of these sectors in the Netherlands will improve and opportunities will arise to export new systems using these applications. Conversely, high-tech sectors will be challenged to find solutions to the problems that have stood in the way of such applications until now, such as non-uniform products, the circumstances in which systems have to function and limited economic scope for innovation. It is essential that the sectors concerned work intensively together on these opportunities.
26 May 2016
Sector Plan 2011-2015
In January, the 3TU.Federation submitted its Final Report on the Technology Sector Plan to the Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs and Science (OCW). Over the past five years, many issues have been addressed, and above all there has been significant improvement. The Bachelor’s intake has grown by more than 30% and all three technical universities have made major reforms to their Bachelor’s programmes. Students are earning more credits each year, the drop-out rate has been brought back to an acceptable level and our degree programmes are extremely popular internationally.
1 Mar 2016
ERC Grants for 3 TU’s
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a number of 13 grants in the 2015 ERC Starting Grant competition to excellent researchers of the three Dutch technical universities. The granted researchers received grants, worth up to €1.5 million each, to support promising researchers and in order to help them build their own teams. The Starting Grants are have been awarded to Andrea Caviglia (Delft University of Technology), Tom de Greef (Eindhoven University of Technology), Simon Gröblacher (Delft), Arjan Houtepen (Delft), Rudie Kunnen (Eindhoven), Alvaro Marin (University of Twente), Sander Otte (Delft), Jantien Stoter (Delft), Ivo Vellekoop (Twente), Miren Vizcaino (Delft), Stephanie Wehner (Delft), Hyun Youk (Delft), Amir A. Zadpoor (Delft). Furthermore, three ERC Consolidator Grants have been awarded to TU Delft researchers, as part of the ERC 2015 Consolidator Grant competition. With grants worth up to €2 million each, these excellent mid-career scientists will be able to consolidate their research teams and to develop their innovative ideas. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. ERC has three core funding schemes: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Proof of Concept. Funding schemes are open to top researchers of any nationality or age who wish to carry out their frontier research.
19 Feb 2016
Working visit Minster Bussemaker
On Monday 15 February, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, paid a working visit to ASML. Discussions were held with representatives of the 3TU.Federation on the importance of a continuous influx of highly-qualified technicians such as those educated at the three universities of technology. ASML indicated that the level of the graduates in the Netherlands matched the needs of the company, but added that there are too few students in the Netherlands graduating in subjects such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. And software engineering is the greatest sticking point.
1 Dec 2015
Minister Edith Schippers visits 3TU.HTS at Medica
From 16–19 November 2015, 130,000 specialist visitors from 120 nations came to Düsseldorf to visit the MEDICA. For the first time, the complete spectrum of innovations for out-patient and clinical care were offered by almost 5,000 exhibitors from 70 nations to experts from hospitals, practices, laboratories, the retail sector as well as from industrial ranks and cost bearers.
25 Oct 2015
Dutch teams win World Solar Challenge
The Solar Teams of TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and Twente University have proved that the Netherlands is among the best in the world in the field of solar cars.
15 Oct 2015
Winner of Excellent Master Thesis 2015
Mark van Swam (TU/e) is the winner of the 3TU Construction Management and Engineering Master’s Thesis award 2014-2015. On the 3TU CME kick-off day at the University of Twente, UT Programme Director dr.ir. C.M. Dohmen-Janssen awarded him with a cheque to the value of €1000,- .
1 Sep 2015
Victor van der Chijs new chairman 3TU
On 1 September 2015, Victor van der Chijs, President of the Executive Board of the University of Twente, will take over the chairmanship of the federation of the three universities of technology. His colleague Dirk Jan van den Berg announced his departure from TU Delft this summer.
10 Aug 2015
41st Micro and Nano Engineering Conference
MNE 2015 is the 41st international conference on micro- and nanofabrication and manufacturing using lithography and related techniques. The conference brings together engineers and scientists from all over the world to discuss recent progress and future trends in the fabrication and application of micro- and nanostructures and devices. Applications in electronics, photonics, electromechanics, environment, life sciences and biology are also discussed.
18 May 2015
Rinnooy Kan presented with book ‘Agenda voor Nederland, inspired by technology’
As a contribution to the Dutch Research Agenda, the three Dutch universities of technology (TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, University of Twente), together with Wageningen UR, TNO and STW, have put together a collection of ten essays, each of which describes a different innovation task for the Netherlands. Today this collection was presented to Alexander Rinnooy Kan, co-chair of the Dutch Science Agenda, during the Innovation & Technology Conference of the 3TU.Federation in Rotterdam. During the presentation the six organisations were represented by Dirk Jan van den Berg (President of the Executive Board, TUD), Jan Mengelers (President of the Executive Board, TU/e), Victor van der Chijs (President of the Executive Board, UT), Raoul Bino (General Director of AFSG, Wageningen UR), Wim Nagtegaal (COO, Member of the Board of Management, TNO) and Eppo Bruins (General Director, STW).
17 Apr 2015
Launch Cyber Security master’s degree
In September 2015, TU Delft and the University of Twente will start the new joint master's specialization Cyber Security. The two-year master's degree is open to students with a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related degree programme.