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Foundation for Particle Therapy Centre has been laid

After years of intensive preparation, the construction of the Holland Particle Therapy Centre (HollandPTC), the first proton therapy clinic in the Netherlands, was initiated on 6 May. HollandPTC is an important initiative of a consortium consisting of LUMC, Erasmus MC and TU Delft.With the construction of this Centre, proton therapy will become available to cancer patients in the Netherlands by mid-2017. Proton therapy is more focused than regular radiation therapy, enabling treatment in hard-to-reach areas and reducing the severity of side effects. In addition to treating cancer patients with protons, HollandPTC is also focused on ground-breaking clinical-scientific and technological research and education.  Read more

New Leiden-Delft-Erasmus trainees

On 1 May 2015, 12 new management trainees started the joint trainee programme of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. They will participate in the management of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities and will be given the opportunity to work on their professional and personal development. The trainees can take up a non-academic position in almost every part of the organisation: policy officer, coordinator, advisor or project assistant. Two trainees work at a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus centre: Tom Harmsen works at the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa and Manou Windhausen (pictured in the photograph) works at the Centre for Education and Learning. 'I've already learned a great deal', says the latter. 'Because the centre is so new and the subject is so interesting.'

Female academics organise symposium on diversity

Under the motto ‘Let’s make things happen’, the networks of female academics of Leiden, Delft and Erasmus organised a symposium on diversity on 14 April, thereby laying the foundation for joint diversity initiatives. University administrators Huib Pols (EUR), Simone Buitendijk (Leiden) and Anka Mulder (TU Delft) spoke about becoming aware of one's own prejudices and the necessity of rapid change in the area of diversity. Menno Kok, director of Medical Delta, emphasised the importance of diversity for inter-university cooperation. The participants in the closing panel discussion dealt with difficult issues. And they all agreed that change takes time, which is exactly why universities cannot leave anything to chance: 'We should regard diversity as added value and no longer as a problem. The dominant majority (male departmental directors and heads of research projects) must start to feel collectively responsible and take action.' 

'Online media in international communication' conference

The third annual mini-conference ‘Online Media in Higher Education’ (OMHE), organised by colleagues in the field of communication from Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University, was held on Monday, 13 April. The idea of a joint annual conference was conceived in 2013 after a successful social media conference organised by EUR for colleagues in Leiden and Delft. The theme of 2015 was international communication and around 150 staff members from 20 education institutions came to the Academy Building in Leiden to attend lectures and workshops on subjects such as MOOCs, online communication with international students and the recruitment of students from China. The presentations of the speakers can be found online here. The date of the fourth OMHE conference has already been fixed: 4 April 2016 in Rotterdam.

Cycling past three universities

The VLS University Tour, a unique cycling tour, was held on Saturday 30 May. The starting and finishing lines were located on the grounds of Erasmus University Rotterdam, while rest stops were located on the TU Delft campus and at Leiden University. There were five distances, ranging from 30 to 160 km. Leiden-Delft-Erasmus  trainee Jasper Meeuwissen cycled 160 kilometres. 'This was a very enjoyable experience. And challenging, of course!' Jon de Ruijter, director of Erasmus Sport, which co-organised the tour, looks back: 'It was a fantastic opportunity to draw attention to the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus partnership in a sportive way and it was the first time that something like this was organised for all students in the Netherlands.' Read more 

Southern 'Randstad' presents itself in Brussels

More than 50 administrators from the southern Randstad conurbation gathered in Brussels on 21 January to give an inspirational presentation on the region in the European Parliament.The three universities were represented by Karel Luyben, Rector Magnificus of TU Delft, and Pauline van der Meer Mohr, Executive Board president of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Both individuals are members of the Economic Programme Board of the South Wing (EPZ). Representatives of the triple helix of regional and local government bodies, knowledge institutions and businesses spoke with European partners in order to strengthen and deepen cooperation. Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU stated that they applaud the South Holland cooperation.  Read more 

Wetenschapsknooppunt Zuid-Holland: encouraging investigative and creative learning

Children are, by their very nature, imaginative, creative, and curious. It is up to adults to help them develop these traits by giving them the right kind of attention and encouragement.  Together with schools and other partners in the Wetenschapsknooppunt Zuid-Holland network, TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University are organising educational activities to bring school pupils into contact with scientists and designers. The aim is to promote an investigative attitude and to stimulate creative thinking among children. Teacher training colleges, science centres, museums, and businesses based in the province of Zuid-Holland are also taking part. Read more (in Dutch)

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus News June 2015
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus News June 2015