New Fontys building on TU/e campus has 'wow factor'
The new technical education building of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Fontys Nexus, was opened on Thursday 7 November on the TU/e campus. The building, which houses three institutes in the domain of Technology & Innovation, is to become an open space for meetings, study, research and knowledge sharing, both for students, lecturers and the business community. The location is not a coincidence: with the establishment on the TU/e campus, both institutions want to give the existing collaboration even more substance.
Fontys Nexus is a renovation of the former TNO building, which was built in 2000 on the TU/e campus. Anyone who has ever been inside will no longer recognise it; from an inward-facing accommodation that seems to fend off prying eyes, it has become a modern and transparent building where glass predominates. There is activity everywhere, whether you look at the many laboratories, or at the main study square. Lecturers conduct their research in an environment that is visible to the visitor. In the Automotive lab, a large part of the concrete ceiling has even been cut open, so that the activities can be seen from above.
For Robert-Jan Smits, chairman of the Executive Board of the TU/e, the opening of the new Fontys building is "great news", and an important step towards further cooperation between the two institutions.
TU/e and Fontys are already working together in various areas and want to expand this, for example by making use of each other's labs. There are also discussing joint recruitment and information campaigns, better access for Fontys graduates to TU/e, and the joint hiring of teachers from the business world.
With the opening of the new Fontys building, the TU/e campus will become one of the largest technical campuses in the Netherlands, with a total of some 17,500 students.
More info on the site of Fontys (Dutch)