Dozens of scholars, teachers and deans of several secondary school communities in the province of North Holland have joined the information session, which was held on Wednesday 10 October, on the new bachelor programme of Mechanical Engineering. The University of Twente and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will jointly offer the programme as of September 2019.
The bachelor programme Mechanical Engineering offers scholars, that have chosen a Nature & Technology Profile in secondary college, the possibility to apply for a technical bachelor at an university in their region, catering for the enornous demand of academically-trained professionals on the labor market.
Marjolein Dohmen-Janssen (UT) and Bart Bossink (VU) gave an insight into the strategic aspect of the new collaboration between the two universities. Pieter Roos, who is the initial project manager and closely involved with the development of the curriculum, and Marijn Zwier, teacher in Mechanical Engineering, provided more detailed information on the content of the bachelor programme and the principles of project-driven education.
Afterwards, Mariska Bos (a student Mechanical Engineering) told the attendees on her activities as aerodynamic engineer at Solar Team Twente and Wessel Straatman (Clear Flight Solutions) gave a lecture on his experiences as an engineer for the development of the Robird, a robotic bird which helps to keep birds away from e.g. landing strips at airports.
All in all, the organization looks back satisfied on the event.
More photos are available on the Facebook page.