News Archive April 2012
International Award for Tilburg University with TNT Express and ORTEC
The collaborative, supply chain-wide optimization efforts of TNT Express, ORTEC and Tilburg University have been very succesful. On Monday 16 April, in Los Angeles, the TNT team have won the Franz Edelman Award 2012 for its successful application of Operations Research in supply chain optimization.
The Franz Edelman competition is initiated by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSŪ). The use of Operations Research (applied mathematics for decision making) to analyze and enhance its transportation networks has allowed TNT Express to save costs, improve service to customers and develop managers’ skills on a global scale. From Tilburg University, Prof. of Applied Operations Research Hein Fleuren has been involved in these efforts. He occupies the TNT Express chair at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. TNT Express, Tilburg University and Ortec have been working together for more than 6 years on a large number of optimization projects at TNT Express. Watch the video here
National e-Learning Award for interactive web lectures Bob van den Brand
The teaching method based on interactive web lectures, developed by Tilburg University Accountancy adjunct Associate Professor Bob van den Brand and colleagues, and Onderwys.com, has been awarded the Dutch e-Learning Award 2012 in the category Best practice e-Learning. This was announced, during the e-Learning Event in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. The jury's report states that i-STAR (as the teaching method is called) 'motivates students to start studying for a specific subject on time.' According to the jury, i-STAR also enables students, besides going to lectures, to study on a time that is appropriate for them, to repeat specific topics when necessary, and to be more actively involved in the subject they are taking. 'Above all, i-STAR works: it has increased pass rates from 58 to 79%, and students value it highly', they commented. The other Tilburg University colleagues that are involved in developing i-STAR are Gertjan Luijten, Prof. Dr. Eddy Cardinaels, Dr. Eric Dooms, Ivo van Amelsfoort MSc. and Dr. Peter de Goeij.
More information and the jury's report (in Dutch) can be found on e-Learning.nl
Editor-in- chief NRC Handelsblad next guest Food for Thought
Peter Vandermeersch, editor-in-chief of NRC Handelsblad, will be the next guest of Food for Thought on April 5th. Two students will interview him on:
- the role of NRC Handelsblad regarding the 'Friso' case
- social media and the future of the printed newspaper
- the crumbling image of the Netherlands in Europe and worldwide
- designing the public opinion on current events
The interview will be held in Dutch, from 12:45 – 13:30 in the foyer of the Koopmans building and is freely accessible. Interested? Just walk by, listen to the debate and participate. More information