Launching our European campus book in Tallinn, Estonia (CESAER seminar)

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today George Tzovlas and I have launched our book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” in Tallinn, Estonia (see cover below).

book "The European campus - heritage and challenges" is available from October 16, 2014

book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” is available from October 16, 2014

About the book and research

The full-colour book (200 pages) contains data of all 28 European Union member states and draws conclusions about the current state of the European campus, highlighting both the heritage and challenges on campus. The target group of our book is decision makers about the campus, from the European Commission and national governments (setting higher education and innovation goals, allocating resources) to policy makers at European universities. The hand-out of our CESAER presentation can be found under DOWNLOADS.

To order the book (price: 29 euro excluding shipping costs), please send a mail to me (a.c.denheijer@tudelft.nl) and provide the following information: (1) name company / person, (2) full address – including (3) reference number customer if applicable and (4) VAT number for companies. We will send you the book and the invoice separately (invoice as PDF by mail).

About the CESAER seminar

We present our research at CESAER’s annual seminar, by invitation of Tallinn University of Technology / Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (TTÜ) and CESAER: the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research. Every participant (policy makers or board members of European universities of technology) received a book with compliments of CESAER and our university TU Delft. In total 120 copies will be distributed to CESAER members.

impressions of CESAER's annual seminar - CESAER's president Karel Luyben in the upper-left corner, authors Den Heijer + Tzovlas in the bottom-right corner - photographer: Sten-Ander Ojakallas for Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia

impressions of CESAER’s annual seminar – from CESAER’s president Karel Luyben in the upper-left corner to authors Den Heijer + Tzovlas in the bottom-right corner – photographer: Sten-Ander Ojakallas for Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia

Early responses to the book

Many participants welcomed the book with enthusiasm (and wanted a second copy): they are currently rethinking their campus or reinvesting in their facilities and they mentioned that the book is “just in time to support their decisions”. Some offered us to use their campuses as case studies for the next research step or to help with the data collection within their countries (like Lithuania, Belgium and Hungary). Others were proud to recognize their heritage (on the many photos in the book) or their management challenges (coping with underutilization of space, territorial culture, high costs of the campus and energy-inefficiency of buildings). One remarkable fact was that George and I showed a photo of an obsolete lecture hall – without revealing the name of the university – and that more than four (!) universities claimed that it was taken on their campus. The hand-out of our CESAER presentation can be found under DOWNLOADS.

Apart from the management challenges European universities recognized, many are also proud that the book highlights the heritage of European universities and is an invitation to study in Europe, and to enjoy both top-class education and quality of life in European “univer-cities”.

the book "The European campus - heritage and challenges" is available for all participants of the CESAER seminar (board members and policy makers of Europe's universities of technology)

the book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” is available for all participants of the CESAER seminar (board members and policy makers of Europe’s universities of technology) – photographer: Sten-Ander Ojakallas for Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia

Impressed by the TTÜ campus

It is always a privilege to give presentations about university campus at university campuses. In this case we got an opportunity to experience the campus of Tallinn University of Technology / Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (TTÜ). I was impressed by the quality of the facilities, the way this university supports social interaction and how it highlights the academic achievements in the corridors. On top of that, the new innovation and business center “Mektory” (“Modern Estonian Knowledge Transfer Organization for you”) already seems to be successful in connecting starts-ups with industry, investors, the academic community and the many visitors. The building provides many different working environments, including a range of meeting rooms with country themes – each sponsored by the country’s embassy – and aligning with the university’s multinational student population.

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the best alumni of TTÜ in the corridors of the main university building

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group of students working at Mektory, TTÜ’s innovation and business centre

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country-themed meeting rooms at Mektory, sponsored by the country’s embassy

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keeping track of who visited TTÜ’s Mektory – accommodating start-ups – on a world map

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Back in academic business

by Alexandra den Heijer

As always I am happy that the start of the academic year (Monday September 1st for Dutch universities) brings back life to the campus. On the Delft campus two new developments align with our “preferred strategy” for European campuses: more pop-up retail & leisure in public space and bringing new life to an old inner-city building (Legermuseum – see TU Delft website).

At this moment I am enjoying another European univer-city: Heidelberg. Not my first visit to Germany’s oldest university, but certainly my most academic. Our symposium will add another book to the series Knowledge & Space (website).

My lecture in Heidelberg, Germany about "the (future of the) campus & the city in Europe" - see DOWNLOADS for PDF

My lecture* in Heidelberg, Germany about “the (future of the) campus & the city in Europe” – see DOWNLOADS for PDF – *at this stage no group photos were available for blog publishing – when they are, I will add them to this post

The subject “Geographies of the university” also aligns with Flavia’s PhD research – see blog link and her assessment of 39 campuses, which will most likely be published in 2015 – the flyer: Summary Exploratory Research.

book "The European campus - heritage and challenges" is available from October 16, 2014

book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” is available from October 16, 2014

Speaking of books: George Tzovlas – who was promoted from researcher to PhD researcher last month – and I will launch our book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” (cover) next month – October 16 in Tallinn, Estonia – at the annual conference of CESAER, the network of European Universities of Technology. All participants will receive a copy. After that conference the book will be available. First responses to the draft copy: “A tour guide for studying in Europe”, referring to the many photos that highlight the beauty of Europe. However, the book also covers the “headaches” of the European campus, of which fewer photos are published online.

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Proud of our European Campus book (almost ready)

by Alexandra den Heijer

Yesterday researcher George Tzovlas and I presented the draft version of our book “The European campus – heritage and challenges” for delegates from the European Commission, the European University Association (EUA) and our own university TU Delft, including our president Dirk Jan van den Berg.

More info about the research project will follow in my next posts – please mail a.c.denheijer@tudelft.nl if you want to be informed, when the book can be ordered.

George Tzovlas and me, just before presenting the preliminary results of our research project "The European campus"

George Tzovlas and me, just before presenting the preliminary results of our research project “The European campus”

Proud of the results so far, and thanking EUA for their support from the start by giving the first copy to EUA's Enora Pruvot (in the background: chairman Hans Beunderman, former dean and vice rector TU Delft)

Proud of the results so far, and thanking EUA for their support from the start by giving the first copy to EUA’s Enora Pruvot (in the background: chairman Hans Beunderman, former dean and vice rector TU Delft)

More about our campus research team @ TU Delft – see CAMPUS RESEARCH TEAM.

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Academic family portrait of the campus research team

by Alexandra den Heijer

Last month we took a photo of the campus research team, which – to our pleasant surprise – resembles a family portrait.

Introducing TU Delft's campus research team - Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, Alexandra den Heijer,  George Tzovlas, Salome Bentinck and Naif Alghamdi

TU Delft’s campus research team – Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, Alexandra den Heijer, George Tzovlas, Salome Bentinck and Naif Alghamdi

Campus team members and their projects:
1. Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel: Technology Campuses in Cities
2. Salomé Bentinck: Knowledge workplace
3. Naif Alghamdi: Sustainable campuses in Saudi Arabia
4. George Tzovlas + Alexandra den Heijer: Managing European campuses

In comparison with the photo that I posted last year – see post Campus team 2013 – Naif Alghamdi joined the group. In his PhD research he will focus on campus management in his native country Saudi Arabia, with lessons from and for many other universities. The following section is a text from his PhD proposal (edited for this post).

“Currently, the government of Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in the higher education sector. Today, Saudi Arabia has twenty-eight universities, of which many are founded between 2003 and 2014. This boom has led to the construction of 16 new campuses in different parts of the kingdom, costing more than €16 billion in total. These campuses are located in cities that have had no history of hosting such institutions. The capacity of new campuses ranges from 10,000 to 90,000 students. According to the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education (2014) more than a million students were enrolled in 2012. The total capacity of the 16 new campuses will be around 776,000 students, increasing accessibility of higher education to a total of almost two million students once these new campuses are fully operational. The total area of campus land is more than 11 thousand hectares. This massive area gives more flexibility for possible future expansions. Such figures send a clear message that these mega-projects should be handled cautiously for the sake of a sustainable future.” (source: Naif Alghamdi, 2014)

comparison NL-Saudi Arabia (source: Naif Alghamdi, 2014)

comparison NL-Saudi Arabia (source: Naif Alghamdi, May 2014) – note: in red “+ 3 last week” (!)

More information about Naif Alghamdi and the other team members can be found on the page CAMPUS RESEARCH TEAM.

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Discussing the campus of the future, in Portugal

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today I was a guest of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon’s University of Technology. I gave a lecture in the morning, for hand-out: see DOWNLOADS (for more info: see conference website).

After lunch I spent 3 hours with 5 PhD students on related subjects, see photo below.

five PhD students, two professors and (possibly) one student of the future - sharing ideas and space at IST in Lisbon, Portugal

five PhD students, two professors and (possibly) one student of the future – sharing ideas and space at IST in Lisbon, Portugal

It was good to inspire each other with new ideas – this would not have worked so well without meeting each other in person – that is one of my propositions about the campus. And that is also a lesson for the campus of the future.

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Exploring the European campus – in Germany (again)

by Alexandra den Heijer

The past two days I was in Stuttgart, giving a lecture for Universität Stuttgart at their Campus 2030 Symposium (180 Zuschauern): Universität Stuttgart. The hand-out of my presentation can be found under DOWNLOADS.

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The discussion about branding both the city and the university to attract students and other knowledge workers was very similar to discussions last year in Delft and Bochum – see blog: STUDENT AS TOURIST (2013).

Stadtbibliothek / Library Stuttgart - more info:

Stadtbibliothek / Library Stuttgart – more info: WIKIPEDIA

Stuttgart has so much to offer – including the impressive new Stadtbibliothek (2011, see photo above). Personally, my attraction to Stuttgart also has everything to do with the automobile industry – with highlights like the Mercedes Museum and Porsche Museum – see blog MANAGING THE AUTOMOBILE CAMPUS (2011) and UNIVER-CITY STUTTGART (2013).

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From campuses to façades (and back)

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today I will start blogging and tweeting again after months of education in Delft – I am back on tour. First stop Utrecht – VMRG / VKG seminar (Façade industry)- see DOWNLOADS for presentation, links and articles.

More news:
– The European campus seminar will be held May 26-27, 2014 in Delft (more info in the next post)
– I published a new journal paper in the Journal of Facade Design and Engineering “Assessing facade value – how clients make business cases in changing real estate markets” – see PUBLICATIONS
– My TOUR is restarted in Germany – and I very much look forward to it.
– I have an extra, honorable job – chairman of a jury (Job Dura Prijs) – see website for background information and Tweets in Dutch below.

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