Though the Eindhoven University of Technology was set up in June 1956 as Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven (a technical college), it’s official opening – with Queen Juliana – wasn’t until the following year.
The first classes began in September 1957, though the school officially celebrates its birthday in April.
On 1 September 1986, due to a change in law, the name of the school was officially changed to Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, or TU/e.
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Three percent of bachelor's students and 18 percent of master’s students are non-Dutch while 30 percent of the staff are international.
Overall ranking (2011):
- QS World University Rankings: 146 overall, 61 for Engineering & IT.
- Times Higher Education World University Ranking: 115 overall
- Keuzegids HO: 2 within the Netherlands
- University-Industry Research Coorperation Scoreboard 2011: TU/e in top 10 worldwide
Unlike most Dutch universities, the buildings of TU/e are all concentrated on one campus located in the centre of Eindhoven, just north of Central Station. While the buildings are modern – and construction is on-going – the campus retains a green and restful feel.
Eindhoven is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands and is internationally recognised as a centre for advanced technology. Around 40 percent of Dutch research & development expenditure takes place in the region and 30 percent of regional employment is related to the industrial sector. The Dutch government has qualified the Eindhoven region as a “Technology Hotspot” in the Netherlands.
The Eindhoven region hosts a large number of high-tech enterprises – including the multinational Royal Philips Electronics group and ASML. Local government, industry and the Eindhoven University of Technology are working to develop the knowledge economy of the Eindhoven region through the Brainport Top Technology Region initiative.
The Brainport region was voted "smartest region in the world in 2011" by the Intelligent Community Forum, due to the excellent cooperation in the "triple helix" of science, industry and government.
Motto: Mens agitat molem – the mind bring matter into motion
Despite the economic crisis, TU/e has set itself ambitious goals for the next few years. The school hopes to increase the student body by 50 percent while raising its international ranking to within the top 100 universities.
The school is already well-known for its High Tech Campus – a special area where Philips Research and a growing number of other research groups, institutes and companies work together in an open innovation environment.
The Eindhoven University of Technology has three strategic focus areas – energy, health, and smart mobility – and nine departments:
- Applied Physics
- Architecture, Building and Planning
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Design
- Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Mechanical Engineering
Nine strategic research areas have been selected to attract research funding at both the national and international level, as well as top researchers and master’s students.
- Biomedical Engineering Sciences
- Broadband Telecommunication Technologies
- Catalysis and Process Engineering
- Logistics, Operations and Information Systems
- Mechanics and Control
- Nano-Engineering of Functional Materials and Devices
- Plasma Physics
- Polymer Science and Technology
- Science and Engineering of Embedded Systems
In addition, the school emphasises strong international ties with scientists and research groups from all over the world.
TU/e offers two bachelor's programmes in English: Industrial Design and Computer Science & Engineering (read more about the bachelor’s programmes) and many more master’s programmes.
Of 2,100 international student applicants in the year 2010, 1,000 students were accepted and 250 actually enrolled.
As an international student, you will also likely need a residence permit and possibly a visa. Read more about those here.
Tuition for Dutch students is set annually by the government. For 2011-2012, this is € 1,713.
Tuition for international students is set by each school individually and varies per academic programme.
For non-EEA students, the tuition is € 8,000 for a bachelor’s degree and 12,500 for a master’s degree. Read more about tuition.
Cost of living:
TU/e estimates that international students need a budget of at least 10,000 euros per year for rent, insurance, living expenses, books and local transportation. Tuition fees and international traveling expenses are NOT included in this estimate.
EU students with valid residence permits can also get part-time jobs. Students from outside the EU must get a work permit in order to get a part-time job and, even with this permit, may only work for a maximum of ten hours per week (which can be condensed into 3 months of full-time work). Read more about this on the Nuffic website.
Check out the portal for student housing for more detailed information.
Eindhoven has a surprisingly lively nightlife, both on-campus and off. Through the school’s many student associations and clubs, students can attend parties and numerous other events. In addition, the city of Eindhoven offers many bars and clubs, mainly centred on the Market Square, Stratumseind (Stratum's End), Dommelstraat, and Wilhelmina Square.
For film-loving students, there’s the Plaza Futura, as well as two cinemas in the centre of town - Servicebioscoop Zien and the Pathé Eindhoven. Eindhoven also hosts many festivals, including Carnaval in February and Dutch Design Week in October. And, of course, football fans will want to try for tickets to a PSV Eindhoven game in the Philips Stadium.
As with most large Dutch cities, there is also some adult entertainment, including a red light district as well as coffeeshops and casinos.
Who’s the boss:
Rector Magnificus: Prof. dr. ir. C.J. van Duijn
Among the TU/e alumni are many well-known architects including:
Jo Coenen, the Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands from 2000 to 2004 (Rijksbouwmeester), Wiel Arets, Sjoerd Soeters, and René van Zuuk.
Also of note are Gerard Kleisterlee, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Philips, and Kees Schouhamer Immink, scientist and president Turing Machines Inc, co-inventor of the compact disc.
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