UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE

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INTERNATIONAL Study Programmes
Rik Akse
Lisbon/Porto/Minho - Portugal, February
2013
CONTENT
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Introduction
The University of Twente
Faculty Science & Technology
Exchange possibilities
BME Research Institute MIRA
How to apply
After your MSc
Questions
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INTRODUCTION
 Name: Rik Akse
 Staff member UT since 1980
 Current position: faculty coordinator
internationalization
 Study counselor/mentor international students
 Background: Chemical Engineering/PT
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
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Fair
Neso and/or institutes
Alumni meetings
Colleagues and contacts
Bring knowledge home -> documentation
2300
km
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Amsterdam
Den Haag
Enschede
Maastricht
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Hengelo
University of Twente
campus
Enschede
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
 Aerial view of the UT campus (old Estate)
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UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE: Campus impressions
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Sports
THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE: Student activities
Sports
Leisure
Cultural events
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UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE: buildings
Education buildings
Student housing
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Some facts and figures
 Founded in 1961
 9350 students, 1600 from abroad (17.5%)
 800 PhD’s, 350 from abroad (45%)
 1000 scientific staff
 900 non-scientific staff
 6 faculties
 6 research institutes
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WHY The Netherlands; WHY The University of Twente
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Multi cultural and open society
English is 2nd language in the Dutch society
(Only) campus University (study, living, sports)
International study environment
International student assiociations
Innovative research and broad-based education
Active community and extensive campus facilities
(safe and social)
 Place to be for International student and talent
 ESN-association (pick-up; parties; trips)
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE: FACULTIES
Engineering Sciences
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Science & Technology
Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Sciences
Civil, Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Design
Geo Information Science & Earth observations
Social Sciences
 Management & Governance
 Behavior Sciences
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE: RESEARCH INSTITUTES
 IMPACT: Process Technology & Mechanical
Engineering
 MESA+: Nanotechnology
 MIRA: Biomedical Engineering & Tissue
Regeneration
 CTIT: Telematics & Information Technology
 IBR: Behavioral Research
 IGS: Governance Studies
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ERASMUS: Student Exchange
 Seven contracts (student and staff mobility)
- University of Minho (BME)
- University of Coimbra (Life Sciences)
- New University of Lisbon (Applied Physics)
- Technical University of Lisbon (ChE/BME)
- University of Porto (BME)
For S&T:
 PT -> NL: > 45 (most Lisbon) since ‘09/’10
 NL -> PT: 1 – we have to change this
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ERASMUS: Student Exchange
 Exchange possibilities
 Erasmus study
 English taught BSc or MSc courses
 Period 3-12 months
 Erasmus placement
 Research assignment in a research group in one of our
institutes
 Period 3-12 months
 Placement + study
 Combination of research assignment + one (max two)
courses per quarter
 Period 6-12 months
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ERASMUS: Student Exchange
Procedure:
 Learning agreement via your International Office
 Via UT international office on my desk
 English proficiency:
for courses: IELTS (6.0) or TOEFL (80)
for research assignment: no requirements
 Erasmus scholarship from home university
 Host research group pays (partly) accommodation
 No tuition fee, etc.
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ERASMUS: Student Exchange
Current examples research topics:
 Ana Miriam Cabrita (Lisbon):"Development,
implementation and evaluation of personalized adaptative
feedback strategies with respect to an activity based
ambulant feedback module" (Roessingh revalidation centre)
 André Girão (Lisbon):’Micro- Nano engineering and the
cell-biological study of artificial cellular microenvironments for
tissue engineering applications’ (MIRA research group)
 Mariana Silva (Minho):’Influence of cell shape on cell
fate decision’ (MIRA research group)
 Ricardo Lé (Porto):’Movement Diagnostic System: quality
of filtered EMG and accelerometer signals’ (MIRA)
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FACULTY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
 5 BSc programmes
 Taught in Dutch
 Advanced Technology in English
 In total 675 students (~14% from abroad)
 5 MSc programmes
 All taught in English
 In total 350 students (~20% from abroad)
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MSC PROGRAMMES SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
 Chemical Engineering
 Chemical & Process Engineering
 Molecules & Materials Engineering
 Water Technology (Westus – Leeuwarden)
 Applied Physics
 Fluids of Physics
 Optics & Biophysics
 Material Physics
 Nanotechnology
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MSC PROGRAMMES SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
 Biomedical Engineering
 Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering
 Human Function Technology
 Technical Medicine (in Dutch)
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MSc Programme: General Structure
First year: 60 EC
 Compulsory courses: 30-40 EC
 Electives: 20-30 EC (1 or 2 non-technical
courses)
Second year: 60 EC
 Internship in industry of other university (abroad)
 MSc thesis project in research group
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Selection criteria MSc programmes
 Relevant preliminary education (BSc or MSc)
programme
 Possible PhD-candidate
 If PhD-candidate: age < 25 years
 CGPA: 75% score for the relevant courses
 English proficiency: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL-iBT: 90
 Two reference letters (home university or
internship)
 Personal motivation
 Own financial sources or scholarship
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Application for Admission
1. Fill in and submit the application form on the website
www.graduate.utwente.nl
2. Complete the programme specific requirements
3. Ensure any documents required are received by the UT
4. Faculty selection committee will take decision
5. No admission fee is charged
6. Admission letter (or rejection)
7. 6-8 weeks before answer
8. Preparations for arrival
9. Introduction week in 2nd part of August
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More about BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING: MIRA
 MIRA strategic Research Orientations:
 Fundament – Applied – Clinical
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Technology of Regeneration
Technology of Targeted Therapeutics
Technology of Imaging and Diagnostics
Technology of Motor & Neural Systems
 More: www.utwente.nl/mira : 18 research groups
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Nanobiophysics (NBP)
http://nanobiophysics.nl/
Single molecule and ensemble biophysics of protein
aggregation
Vinod Subramaniam
Measuring mechanics and kinetics of biomaterials on the
nm-scale
Martin Bennink
High-resolution AFM imaging
of protein aggregates
AFM-based nanoscaled tensile
testing and bending
Optical tweezers force
spectroscopy to stretch DNA
and collagen molecules
100 nm
500 nm
100 nm
2 μm
- Development of novel techniques
to manipulate nanomaterials
- Combination with fluorescence
- Towards building nanobiomaterials
08/04/2015
20 um
100 um
Biophysics & Biochemistry of Alzheimer’s Disease
Kerensa Broersen
Amyloid b
peptide
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Genetic predisposition Mitochondrial dysfunction Neuroinflammation Co-factors Aging
α-Synuclein interactions in health and disease
Mireille Claessens
Lewy
Body
monomer
oligomer
fibril
10 µM
What are the functions of αS
in healthy cells and do
functional interactions play a
role in disease?
How do supra-fibrillar
structures form? Are they
toxic or can they be used
as building materials
How does αS aggregation
affect membrane integrity,
cytoskeleton organization and
cell mechanics?
Lorenzo Moroni
Research Lines in TR
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Bone
Mesenchymal stem cell differentiation
Surface topography
High througput analysis
Vascularisation
Animal models
Biomaterials
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Osteoinduction
Ceramics
Small molecules
Polymers
Rapid prototyping
Microfabrication
Surface modification
Cartilage
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Osteoarthritis
Bioreactors
Hydrogels
Drug delivery
Cartilage specific markers
Animal models
Vascularization
• Scaffold design
• Biomimetic extra
cellular matrix
• (Stem) cell niche
• Co-cultures
• Biphysical cues
• Animal models
New Tools for Regenerative Medicine
Microfluidics for Tissue Instruction
HTS Topographies
Jan de Boer
Dr. Pamela Habibovic
Björn Harink
3D Niches
HTS Cell aggregates
Roman Truckenmüller
Biofabrication Technologies & (Stem) Cells
Model
Scaffold
Lorenzo Moroni
Trachea
Meniscus
Nose
Ear
Fingers
• Other options: Mandible, Ligaments, Tendons, Vertebrae, Intervertebral disk…
Costs for study & living
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Tuition fee 2013/2014: € 1835,-- per year
Housing: € 250,--/€ 350,-- per month
Living: € 250,-- per month
Student health Insurance: € 40,--/month
Books, readers, etc.: € 30,--/month
 Total costs: € 700,--/€800,-- per month
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Scholarship and other grant possibilities
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UTS – € 2000,--/year (deadline: July 1st)
For Nano 5 additional scholarships of € 2000,--/y.
Part time jobs (min. 8 hours a week), than ….
Dutch government (IB-group) – part tuition fee
During internship: Twente Mobility Fund
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PhD positions
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PhD in the Netherlands is not a student!
PhD is a salary paid position
Salary: € 2000,-- gross in first year
PhD is project manager of his own research
project and is responsible for his/her project
budget
 Normal budget: € 400.000,- Nominal period: 4 years
 PhD thesis + papers
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Labor market BME students in the Netherlands
 Hospitals as Clinical Physist or Biomedical Eng.
 PhD positions at the UT and other universities in
NL and EU
 High tech industries in the Netherlands, like
Philips and Medtronic (product development).
 Revalidation Centra: Roessingh, Enschede
 Applied research institutes: like TNO.
 Spin off companies of the University of Twente.
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QUESTIONS?
 Rik Akse: h.a.akse@utwente.nl
 Study Information Center: Tel. +31 53 489 5489
 E-mail: study@utwente.nl
 Websites: http://www.utwente.nl/internationalstudents
http://www.graduate.utwente.nl
http://www.utwente.nl/mira
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See you in Twente !
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