This year, the foreign excursion committee of T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' is organizing a trip to Portugal! From april 14th through 22nd we'll be visiting Porto, Coimbra, and Lisbon, to visit universities and companies, as well as exploring the cultural aspects of Portugal.
Each year, the Foreign Excursion Committee, or Buixie, organizes an excursion to a foreign (European) country for members of T.F.V. 'Professor Francken', visiting universities and companies to get an impression of the world of applied physics outside of Groningen. Furthermore, every lustrum, the committee goes all-out and organizes an excursion to another continent, broadening the horizon even more. If you have questions about the committee, send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The country is perhaps most well-known for its iconic drink, port, its many famous football players, the piri piri chicken, and the fact that it once used to be one of the biggest empires of the world. Portugal has a lot more to offer though, including, but not limited to:
The capital of Portugal is one of the oldest cities in the world; parts of its long history can still be viewed in the city, together with its modern-day sightseeing attractions, like the Comercio Square, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and the iconic trams.
We'll be visiting the industrial side of Lisbon, the universities, and we'll explore the culture of the city.
This is where port comes from.
To finance the foreign excursions and keep the participants' fee as low as possible, the foreign excursion committee provides so-called case studies. A case study is an assignment by a company under supervision of a PhD or professor at the RUG. It could be anything from purely theoretical research to a practical assignment. The student doing such a case study is rewarded ECTs, which can be used for the mandatory bachelor project. Our job is to arrange these case studies, and initiate contact between students and companies.
A company can hire students who follow their education at the University of Groningen (RUG) to do a so called case study, which is an assignment by a company under supervision of a PhD or professor at the RUG. This case study is performed to fund a foreign excursion for members of the study association T.F.V. 'Professor Francken'. The case study can be something like a theoretical research or a practical assignment. For both the theoretical and practical cases the equipment, infrastructure and knowledge of the university can be used by the students to perform the study.
For case studies we enlist students with a Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics or Applied Mathematics background who are finishing their undergraduate degree. In the case of Physics, the student has knowledge of classical and quantum mechanics, and knows how to perform a theoretical study. For Applied Physics, the student has done courses in electronics, mechanics, a basic course in programming and numerical methods. Mathematics and Applied Mathematics students have learned to think analytically and know how to solve problems as such, and know a fair deal about statistics. After enlisting students, we then contact companies who can hire a student for a certain amount of hours, 420 hours for a 'normal' case.