Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in The Netherlands, founded in 1956, is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorisation contribute to: 1. science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility; 2.science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry; 3. science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education. The University is structured around 9 departments and 11 service entities. TU/e has 3,055 employees (33% international) and 2,044 academic staff. The Students’ population includes: 4,700 Bsc, 3,070 MSc and 1,150 PhD candidates. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programs are incorporated in a Bachelor College and Graduate School respectively. From September 2015 both programs are taught in English. TU/e offers a variety of high quality courses developed in line with the life-long learning principles: 11 three-year Bachelor’s programs (BSc); 22 two-year Master’s degree programs (MSc) and11 two-year designer programs (PDEng). TU/e offers double degree programs. These may be converted into joint degree programs. TU/e accommodates 9 research groups and participate with numerous research institutions and research schools. About 15research projects are under development and in collaboration with foreign research organizations/partner universities. Cooperation in Europe is strongly supported by participation in the institutional networks, as Eurotech Universities, CLUSTER, CESAER and the Santander Group. The TU/e also participates in the Leo-net network to improve the opportunities for students to find internships.
Innovation is the motto of TU/e and it has been experimented in formulating the curricula of the past years at this University. Programs have received high national rating scores for their flexibility in the adaptation to society and industry demands. Based on interdisciplinarity and internationalization the TU/e -Department of the Built Environment elaborated a new Bachelor’s program in 2014 and a new Master’s program in 2015 (named Graduate School). The latter is an international/practice knowledge and design-oriented education which aim is to bridge academic education and professional practice. TU/e has organized several International educational projects, as Intensive Programs sponsored by Lifelong learning Program Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus partnership and participated to European workshops at Partner Universities: they have set the premises for shaping this new curriculum. Dr. Irene Curulli participated at the development of the new curriculum as member of the Board of Examiners at the Department of the Built Environment, which is responsible of the quality of education. She received the Excellence Prize for Education in 2010 by the TU/e for her innovative and internationally oriented teaching activities. She is actively engaged in education-research projects on the topic of industrial reuse and heritage that involve in parties that are external to university (Provincial authority, Municipalities, local institutions, etc.). On this basis, she organised the IP project E.L.I.R.(European Laboratory of Industrial Reuse) in 2011. She taught at Cornell University and Oregon University, in the USA and has presented her education-research method at many international conferences (CIB in Sao Paulo, Heritage 2012 at Green lines Institute Porto, etc.) and published several articles on it. Irene Curulli will lead a team of colleagues that participated to the development of the new curriculum and that also were allocated of innovative education project grants for master courses.