Symposium: Where science meets business


What have I done?

Feedback from my previous coach was to see and experience more outside the Industrial Design department, therefore I'm planning to attend three symposia, lectures or events. The first one is a symposium called "Where science meets business". Multiple speakers in managing directions, entrepreneurs and heads of the municipality discussed the role of the TU/e in valorization and entrepreneurship under students.

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What have I learned?

Where can I add value to society?

The symposium gave me a better understanding of the role that the TU/e has as a university and the small role I have as a student. It made me realize how special Industrial Design is as a study on the TU/e. The university is trying to develop me in such a way that my skills fit into society when I graduate, while my study is giving me all the freedom I want to develop the competencies I find important. I now realize that I have to look better into competencies that are needed now or in the future, instead of doing only the things I like. I already do this by focussing on technology and form now but I have to be more aware of this.

Awareness on valorization

The theme of the symposium was valorization. All companies, universities and municipalities are trying to do this most effectively, but I learned that there is no golden standard on how to do this. Having an active ecosystem between R&D, companies, universities and municipalities seems to be the only way. The key factor is network and co-creation.

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Why does this contribute to my development?

Where can I add value to society?

Its very important to be aware of all the steps I take within my study, that gives so much freedom. This freedom is a given but comes with a lot of responsibilty on the choices I make. I think I can graduate here without being very usefull to society and ofcourse I don't want this. I have to question myself more often where I can add value to society? And can I combine this with doing things I really like doing?

Awareness on valorization

By being more aware of the concept of valorization, I can better understand the study and the role of the university in society. I am also more able to judge changes that are made withing the study.

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