Vereniging voor Technische Physica

The VvTP (Vereniging voor Technische Physica) is the Student Association of Applied Physics students, bachelor and master, at Delft University of Technology. The VvTP is an active and well organized association and is completely run by students.

Formally, the objectives of the VvTP are to diversify the interests of Applied Physics students and to advance the study for Applied Sciences. To accomplish these objectives, the association is active in four different areas: education, career orientation, science and entertainment.

The prime reason for the existence of our student association is its involvement in education. The VvTP therefore takes its education related tasks very seriously and stays in close contact with the faculty. The VvTP acts as a quality watchdog on education and gives feedback from students to faculty. The VvTP gets its information from students during so-called Education Feedback Lunch. At these meetings, students can state their complaints and comments about the courses. From this, the VvTP obtains accurate information about education and necessary changes are then proposed to the education committee, teachers or the education director. Due to years of good relations with staff, remarks made by the VvTP are taken seriously, often resulting in rapid response and effective action.

A few times during their study, students are confronted with a range of different choices in their education. They have to choose a minor, a topic for their bachelor thesis and finally, a master thesis. Since there are so many options, the VvTP tries to help students with these decisions. By organizing tours to investigate the different research groups, providing information and publishing a Research Group Guide, the students are well informed and they can make deliberate, well-informed, decisions

The VvTP is an important link between students and companies. Since physics is a very broad field, students often have to possibility to have a career in numerous areas of interest. The VvTP organises on a regular basis excursion to various institutes and companies, so students can see exactly how physicists use their knowledge later in their career. Also, companies often give presentations at our faculty, for example during lunch so that students can become acquainted with companies in an easy-going and accessible way.

In addition to one day excursions, the VvTP organises annually a three-day trip with destinations such as Cologne, Antwerp and Groningen for younger students and is a study tour organized almost every year, with destinations in Europe, North America or Asia. The VvTP is co-organiser of De Delftse Bedrijvendagen, in which students can undergo the entire process from orientation to job application. In addition, once every two years a CaseTour is organised for the more ambitious students who are interested in working at the top.

Alongside all of the educational activities mentioned above, the VvTP organizes a wide range of social activities, such as a parties, movies, drinks, a barbecue and many others. These activities serve both to strengthen and maintain contact between our members. The above-mentioned excursions and lectures, and the study tour are also part of these activities. The so-called birthday of the association, the 2nd of December, is celebrated with a week full of activities. For all students and faculty staff a sports day is organised with adjacent barbecue and we offer lunch at a small fee for our students every day. We also provide our members with free coffee to help them through their classes.

Every year a yearbook is published, which contains an extensive report on the preceding year, information about faculty and  her staff, research done at our faculty. Furthermore ‘De Physicus’, the VvTP’s quarterly magazine, is published.                           


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