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New chairmen and group manager

On 31 July a number of terms of office in the Science, Engineering and Technology Group will come to an end. Elections have taken place and a dean of Engineering Technology, new heads of the departments of Civil Engineering and Chemistry, as well as campus heads for Technology Campuses Ostend/Bruges, De Nayer Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Geel and Group T Leuven. In addition, a new group manager was appointed.
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Feedback path for SET students

In the forthcoming months, the SET Group will step up its efforts with regards to a few strategic SET policy priorities. One of those priorities is the development of a specific intake and target group policy concerning prospective students. Within this framework, and supported by the additional policy resources, a project was set up to develop a feedback path supporting (potential) SET students after assessment and orientation. This project will be carried out within LESEC by the team leaders of the spearhead incoming students: professors Tinne De Laet, Carolien Van Soom en Greet Langie.​
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Profiling of the SET programmes for incoming (international) students

The SET Group wants to make the profiling of the SET programmes more transparent for incoming (international) students. It is investing in a project, led by Professor Greet Langie, that will develop a tool that guides students in a clear and attractive way through orientation within the SET Group.
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SET invests in entrepreneurship among students

The five faculties of the SET Group join forces in the project Triple E in order to promote entrepreneurship among their students. The project wants to achieve this by increasing the visibility of entrepreneurship within the SET Group, by determining criteria for entrepreneurial projects and their evaluation, by training lecturers, and by promoting interdisciplinary projects such as PIP (Product Innovation Project) in cooperation with LCIE. Entrepreneurial lecturers and students will be interviewed on a regular basis. These interviews, and more information, can be found on our website.
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SET mission establishes contacts with top universities in the US and Canada

From March 30 till April 9, a delegation from the Science, Engineering and Technology Group visited 13 universities in the United States and Canada. "The purpose of this mission was to explore new opportunities for cooperation and to consolidate - and where possible expand - already existing partnerships, primarily in the areas of education and doctoral research", vice rector Georges Gielen explains.

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Technovation Hub supports entrepreneurship among SET students

Within the framework of the postgraduate programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship in engineering (Faculty of Engineering Technology) - and with the support of the SET Group - the non-profit organisation Technovation Hub was recently founded. Technovation Hub aims at encouraging entrepreneurship and technical innovation among students by creating a protected learning and working environment in which students can develop creative and ambitious team projects in interaction with researchers and partners. Jeroen Buijs and Chrisje Haenen were eager to elaborate on the new organisation and its objectives.
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SET Group rolls out further STEM actions with STEM coordinator


"The society of the future has a strong need for people with a STEM profile, but at present not enough young people opt for a STEM education. Enthusing young people to consider STEM-based programmes is one of the strategic objectives of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group and in this context we have recently recruited a STEM coordinator.", Georges Gielen, vicerector of the SET Group says. Katrien Kolenberg, who started on February 1 as STEM coordinator for the SET Group, explains what the job is about.
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"Relativity applies to physics, not to ethics" (Albert Einstein)

Ethics@Arenberg integrates knowledge on the ethical aspects of scientific research and makes it available to all members of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group in the form of lectures, training and consultancy. Professor Annemie Geeraerd, coordinator of the centre, explains.
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Three SET professors obtained major Odysseus project funding

On March 31, the FWO has announced the names of 25 internationally renowned researchers who have built up a career abroad and will now receive start-up funding in order to set up a research line within a Flemish university. Three of them will develop a research group within the Science, Engineering and Technology Group at KU Leuven. We are glad to introduce them (and their research) to you.
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