Welcome to the website of the Study Tour Committee of SSG. On this site you will find everything there is to know about the study tour to South Africa, our members and the Case studies. The tour will take place in the summer of 2018.

Company visit Prodrive Technologies

On Monday 19th of March we kicked-off the pre-program of the study trip with a company visit to Prodrive Technologies. As one of the sponsors of our trip, Prodrive invited us to visit their facilities located at the other end of the John F. Kennedylaan.

The visit started with an informative talk about the company’s vision and the various markets it competes in. After that, the speaker zoomed in on his own day-to-day job, namely developing in-house software applications. These applications ranged from productivity apps to custom software to talk to numerous industrial machines. One of the motivations for developing software in-house instead of purchasing off-the-shelf solutions, is that at Prodrive they don’t want their business to be dictated by processes defined by suppliers. In other words, they do not want to be constrained by the possibilities or shortcomings of third-party applications.

After the talk, the group was split in two as we were escorted towards their factory. Before we could enter their on-premise factory, we were required to put on special coats and apply anti-static strips under our shoes. Once inside the factory, we were guided along different production lines. Some were completely automated, while others still required manual assembly. We were allowed to get up-close with the machines and see with our own eyes how robot arms were assembling a piece of hardware.

The tour ended in the same room as we started. After a quick round of questions, we thanked our guides and went our separate ways. Some of the participants left in a warm bus, while others cycled through the freezing cold back down the John F. Kennedylaan towards the warm place we call home: GEWIS.

Subscriptions have closed

We are happy to announce that all spaces for the study tour have been filled. This also means that registration for the study tour has now been closed.

If you want to find out who our participants are and who the academic supervisors are, please visit saffa.nl/participants.

Extended registration period

Over the course of the past couple of weeks a lot of people signed up for the upcoming study tour to South Africa, if you missed the registration deadline and still want to participate in the journey then do not worry for there are still four places left! Because of this the registration period has been extended to Sunday the 23rd of April. Those who registered on or before the 14th of April are automatically placed and do not have to participate in the lottery. In case more than four people sign up in the next couple of days then a lottery will still take place, however this one will only be held amongst the new registrations. For more information visit our website at http://www.saffa.nl or contact us at saffa@gewis.nl.


Final reminder

Today, Friday the 14th of April, marks the closing day of the registration period for the upcoming study tour which takes place in the summer of 2018. If you want to join us in this amazing journey to South Africa you can sign up by going to saffa.nl. At the moment there are still a few places left, but be sure to sign up quickly as the registration period closes at midnight today! If you still have not been able to make up your mind and want to find out more be sure to visit saffa.nl for more information concerning the upcoming study tour and if you have any questions please contact us by sending an email to saffa@gewis.nl.


Registration reminder

This post serves as a reminder for those interested in the upcoming study tour. The registration period has been opened so if you want to participate in this amazing journey you can sign up on our website, but don’t wait for too long since registration is only possible until Friday the 14th of April.

If you are still uncertain and need more information to make up your mind then please take a look at the presentation given at the infomeeting. You can also contact us by talking to us in person or by sending an email to saffa@gewis.nl. Don’t hesitate for too long however as registration is only possible before or on Friday the 14th of April.

Presentation of the infomeeting and subscriptions are open!

For all who were unable to attend the information meeting during today’s lunch break or for who wants to review what was being presented, you can still take a look at the presentation: Infomeeting presentation.

From today the subscriptions for the study tour are opened. You can subscribe by clicking the subscribe button on the Saffa website and filling in your details. Subscriptions will be closed on Friday April 14th.

Infomeeting Wednesday March 29th

In the summer of 2018 committee Saffa will organize the biennial study tour. This time we have set our sights on South Africa where we will partake in many activities including, but not limited to, visits to many mathematics and computer science related universities and companies, visits to ‘Apartheid’-museums and even a small safari tour.  

Any student is welcome to join, as long as you have obtained at least 60 ECTS at the time of registration (obtained at either the TU/e or other universities during your Bachelor and/or Master) and are currently studying at the department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the TU/e and will be during the summer of 2018*.

Since we aren’t able to convey all information via this post we would like to invite you to the information meeting which will take place on Wednesday March 29th during the lunch break (from 12h45 to 13h30) in Auditorium 9. There we will give a detailed presentation containing all necessary information including pricing, logistics and many more with the possibility to ask relevant questions.

Registration will be possible between March 29th and April 14th. To be able to register without problems we would like to ask you to prepare a curriculum vitae in advance. We hope to see you at the information meeting, however if you aren’t able to join us then please send an email to saffa@gewis.nl and we’ll send you all the necessary information.

* If you are graduating in the academic year 2017/2018 and are unsure if you are still a student at the department  during the summer you can ask the exam committee to delay  your official graduation according to the OER.