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30 May 2017
How 20 PDEng trainees helped Bosch Security Systems
We’re at the Bosch Security Systems headquarters in Eindhoven. Ten of the twenty Eindhoven University of Technology trainees are waiting nervously until all stakeholders of Bosch have found a place in the room. The final presentation of their eight-week project is about to start. A short period in which the technological design trainees worked as a team on a real life assignment coming from the industry. A period in which they actually delivered a working prototype for Bosch.
15 Mar 2017
Fund for learning on the job
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland; RVO) subsidises companies who offer internships or other ways of learning on the job. These subsidies help compensate the costs associated with student supervision and salaries. Companies who work with PDEng trainees also qualify.
9 May 2016
Engineers need to be prepared for industry
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: ‘Prepare engineers for industry’ Last month, the foresight report ‘The PhD system works’ of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was published. The Academy concluded that the Dutch PhD system works, is future-proof and highly qualified, delivering independent minds. However, it is important to better prepare candidates for careers outside academia, and there must be room for other forms of qualification after the master's degree, such as the PDEng. The report recognises the need for what the PDEng programs of 3TU.SAI have been offering for many years: engineers preparing for work at a high level in industry. Whereas a PhD candidate delves deep into an investigation, a PDEng bends to the application of knowledge to design something new. Unlike PhD candidates, PDEngs are getting prepared for a career outside academia. In the first year of schooling, alongside substantive courses, the training of soft skills gets intensive attention. PDEngs are being prepared for the new and unexpected and learning to break through walls whilst keeping a bird’s eye view. Not only should there be a good technological design, it also should be able to solve the actual problem, be financially viable, have support among users and so on. The second year of the PDEng training consists (mainly) of an individual major design project which is carried out at a company. In addition, the report of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences confirmed that the degree of Professional Doctorate is in place at the PDEng courses, which are classified next to the promotions in the third cycle of the European Qualifications Framework. 
15 Mar 2016
Renewed orientation year
The renewed Orientation year for highly educated persons offers the best of two worlds. The criteria of the scheme have been relaxed, offering international talent more opportunities to look for work in the Netherlands.  The aim of the orientation year is to offer international talent an opportunity to start working as a highly skilled migrant or, for example, to start their own business. Under the new scheme, more groups will be eligible for the orientation year. In addition to graduates in the Netherlands or graduates studying at a world-class university abroad, the scheme can now also be used by researchers. Multiple orientation years It is no longer necessary to apply for an orientation year directly after graduation. Those interested in an orientation year may apply within three years after graduating or completing their research. This offers them the opportunity to first go back to their countries of origin and return to the Netherlands later to look for a job. A further plus is that, under certain conditions, the orientation year may be applied for not once, but multiple times. Each time a graduate obtains a new degree or a researcher has completed new research, they may again apply for an orientation year. No work permit requirement The work permit requirement (TWV) and the points system that applied to the Orientation year for highly educated migrants have been fully revoked. This means that people may work without a work permit (TWV) during the orientation year and are permitted to do all kinds of work, from a temporary job or part-time job to a paid or unpaid internship. For the application form and more procedural information on the new orientation year, go to
11 Dec 2015
2500th technological designer graduated from TU/e
Thursday 10 December the Chinese Ya Zhang from the technological designer programme Information and Communication Technology received her diploma from J.C. Fransoo, Dean of the TU/e Graduate School. She’s the 2500th technological designer that graduates from TU/e and may use the degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering or PDEng. 27-year old Ya obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the Zhejiang University in China. She did her Master in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. The technological design project of Ya was involved with the development of a model-predictive-controller system leading to a longer life of power electronic products. Recently Ya started with a PhD programme at TU/e.
22 Jul 2015
Apollo Vredestein invests in collaboration with PDEng programmes Twente
In the coming 5 years, Apollo Vredestein will invest in having PDEng programmes the University of Twente train its technical personnel. The tyre manufacturer from Twente is expanding its R&D activities and is therefore appealing to the specific knowledge available at UT. The collaborative agreement was signed on 18 June by UT educational board chairman Victor van der Chijs and Peter Snel, Chief R&D PV of Apollo Tyres Ltd.
3 Jul 2015
TU/e Design Award 2015 for alumnus Automotive Systems Design
The festive closing of the Academic Year 2014 – 2015 of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) took place on Friday 3 July 2015. During the event the Academic Annual Awards were announced for the best master thesis, design project and doctoral project of the TU/e.
29 May 2015
First PDEng graduate Robotics PDEng programme
The first PDEng trainee of the Robotics PDEng programme Robotics has graduated at May 29. During the two-year PDEng programme Jan de Jong MSc PDEng developed a robot which is capable to keep a TMS coil ( transcranial magnetic stimulation) pressed exactly in the correct position against the head of a moving rehabilitation patient.
28 Feb 2015
PDEng trainee ASD dies in fatal accident
The Executive Board, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Automotive Systems Design group (ASD) at Eindhoven University of Technology were greatly dismayed to learn of the death of our colleague Özhan (H.O.) Coskun. During the night of 27 to 28 February, he died as a result of an fatal accident in an apartment block in the Cederlaan of Eindhoven. Police investigations confirmed this.
1 Oct 2014
Technical Universities honour 3,500th PDEng degree
Chinese Fangyi Shi from the Technological Designer's programme Software Technology was officially honoured on Wednesday 1 October by Rector Magnificus Hans van Duijn of TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology). She is the 3,500th recipient of the Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) degree at one of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands since its introduction in 1986. Van Duijn pointed out that the program has accounted for a € 350 million investment in innovation over a 30-year period.
7 Jul 2014
Alumnus ASD programme wins TU/e Academic Award
Friday 4 July 2014, the TU/e Academic Award winners of 2014 were announced.
20 Mar 2014
First PDEng diploma for trainee Energy & Process Technology
André Louis MSc. is the first candidate who has received the PDEng diploma of the new programme in Energy & Process Technology (EPT) at the University of Twente. On behalf of the VMI Group company, Louis conducted his technical design project, and on March 4, he received his degree from UT-rector prof.dr. Ed Brinksma.
27 Feb 2014
First generation of SEB&C PDEng graduates!
On 20th of February the First Generation of Smart Energy Buildings & Cities technological designers graduated with a festive ceremony. In a symposium prior to the ceremony these Smart Energy Professionals all pitched their projects in five minutes to the audience. 
7 Oct 2013
High level presentations SEB&C trainees
In the first week of October the first nine trainees of the two-year post-master’s technological designer’s programme SEB&C of the 3TU School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute, presented the progress they made with their company assignment. These trainees are the first generation of this programme, which started in January 2012. High-tech subjects like chip technology used to optimize active/reactive power flows in distribution networks in photovoltaic panels as well as a total lighting solution for hospitality were presented by the international students. In January 2014 the trainees will finish their company assignments.
10 Sep 2013
Automotive Systems Design celebrates first graduates
The technological designer’s program Automotive Systems Design (ASD), provided under the common flag of 3TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute and located at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), provides a systems approach to problems around mobility and fuel efficient automotive systems, including communication systems and electrical driving, with emphasis on the multidisciplinary design aspects of project-based research and engineering and the challenges that are faced by the automotive high tech industry.