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Halal and vegan on the way

Complaints work, concludes student member of the University Council, Thomas Vaessen. Last December, he held a minisurvey among students and employees on the selection of products offered in the university restaurants and the other catering ‘concepts’ by caterer Albron. Respondents’ wishes included more variation, more halal, more ...

FASoS: proposal submitted and immediately brushed aside

MAASTRICHT. Would it not be a good idea if student council members were to receive ECTS credits for their work? This idea was proposed by some of the student members during the last council meeting at the Faculty of Arts and Culture. This was not for their own benefit, but to make council membership more attractive in the future, they said. After a...

Unemployment among UM graduates drops, but not for all

MAASTRICHT. Things are looking up for graduates of this university: unemployment among them is dropping steadily, although Psychology and especially Law graduates are lagging behind considerably. The latter faculty is surprised at the results.  
How to pick a mandrake without being killed

How to pick a mandrake without being killed

MAASTRICHT. A beetroot up your nose will do wonders for a cold, tobacco improves a sore throat and mandrakes should always be picked by a dog. Folklore abounds in the historic herbal books on display at Realm of Herbs (Kruidenrijk), three mini-exhibitions curated by students and spread around Maastricht: Centre Céramique, the University Library and...
“It’s difficult not to envy others”

“It’s difficult not to envy others”

To most students, life feels awash with possibility. The vast array of opportunities and choices leaves many overwhelmed. Confronted with everything on offer, they struggle to choose and commit. But that doesn’t go for all students. “I don’t want to say you’re spoiled, but you are highly privileged.”

Start practising your lobbying-skills

MAASTRICHT. Hundreds of students from all over the world will get a taste of what it is like to be a country’s delegate at an international conference during EuroMUN, 26-30 April in the MECC. They will form thirteen committees which will think about and come up with solutions for global issues during this simulation event. 

Executive Board does not convince SJP students

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht department of the Students for Justice in Palestine organisation says that they are “extremely disappointed” with the viewpoint and the argumentation given by the Executive Board regarding SJP’s proposed boycott of IT company Hewlett-Packard.
Eating cakes and dancing for a good cause

Eating cakes and dancing for a good cause

MAASTRICHT. Is there anyone here with salsa experience? Two hands are raised. “Great, there is a lot of work to be done,” concludes instructor Saiyd Sinlae, who is leading this Rag Week workshop on behalf of student dancing association Let’s Dance. He divides the group of people who have gathered here at Dancing Centre Bernaards o...

Inkom theme: Legends of Tomorrow

Follow your heart and your intuition, said Apple founder Steve Jobs in the trailer for the Inkom 2017 theme. “They somehow already know what you truely want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Harry Potter writer JK Rowling reminds us that the world doesn't need magic to change something. “We carry all the power we ...

No boycott on HP computers

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University will not participate in a boycott on Hewlett-Packard (or HP) products, including computers. The Executive Board denies that HP is guilty of violating human rights. This is what president Martin Paul wrote in an elaborate answer to the question raised by Michael Dijkstra, former student member of the University Coun...

“I have a better future than TTIP”

“I have a better future than TTIP”

MAASTRICHT. The Aula at the Minderbroedersberg is filled on Tuesday evening with students on a mission: they are preparing to sound out Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, on the current political climate in a question-and-answer session as part of the Ambassador’s Lecture Series. Minister Koende...
“If you’re not going to vote, you have no right to say anything”

“If you’re not going to vote, you have no right to say anything”

Almost all of the 56 Maastricht students who participated in a survey conducted by Observant were planning on voting in the election on 15 March. A large number had consulted the Stemwijzer and other tools, but haven’t yet decided who to vote for. For many it’s a toss-up between D66 and the VVD. GroenLinks was mentioned frequently as we...

Eight master's programmes absolutely top notch, one or two below par

MAASTRICHT. Eight Maastricht master's programmes belong to the absolute top ranks in the Netherlands, says the Keuzegids Masters 2017, which was published last week and investigated 42 of the 51 Maastricht master's. One or two UM programmes score below average. Maastricht University as a whole is in second place in the category of ‘ge...
“We have a drink together every Tuesday evening. Chocomel”

“We have a drink together every Tuesday evening. Chocomel”

“Can we do anything?” Bas van de Valk asks Thara van der Borgh and Ilse van de Wijgert, who are busy in the kitchen. “No, everything’s ready, go sit down. Do you guys want a beer?” says Van de Wijgert, the host of the evening. Van der Borgh laughs: “We have a traditional division of labour tonight. Not deliberate...

HP issue lies with Executive Board again

MAASTRICHT. Can the UM do business with a company that is involved in the violation of human rights? This is one of the questions asked by former student member of the University Council Michael Dijkstra in a letter to the Executive Board.

Match: students sharing their knowledge with the city

MAASTRICHT. Foreign students giving computer lessons to people in Witte Vrouwenveld, while brushing up on their Dutch at the same time. Medical students, members of Taskforce QRS (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students), giving resuscitation lessons at secondary schools. These are just two examples of how Maastricht students serve the community.
Journalist: “Sir, those are not the facts.” Minister: “That’s how I feel it”

Journalist: “Sir, those are not the facts.” Minister: “That’s how I feel it”

“A liar cares, in spite of everything, about the truth. A bullshitter cares only about the effect of his words. And that’s what was going on when Donald Trump mentioned Sweden last Friday. He suggested that something terrible had happened there. Trump doesn’t care about the truth – he’s only interested in the effect.&r...
Busiest spring Bachelor's Open Day ever

Busiest spring Bachelor's Open Day ever

MAASTRICHT. With almost 2,300 prospective students, the Maastricht University’s spring Bachelor's Open Day last Saturday had more visitors than ever before. Especially the Dutch study programmes of Medicine and Health Sciences were popular (both more than four hundred visitors). During the Open Day last autumn, on the other hand, there wa...

Student House of the Year

Student House of the Year

Orleansplein 22B has been voted Student House of the Year, a joint initiative by Maastricht Housing and Observant. “It’s the winning house because of its good atmosphere, as if it is one big family. That is apparent from the road trip to Portugal that they have planned. They also want to put some of the prize money into decorating ...

Ragweek for two regional charities

MAASTRICHT. Ragweek – from 8 to 15 March – will be raising money for two regional charities this year. Normally, the proceeds from the charity week go to one national and one regional charity. The board decided to take a different course this year. “We feel more involved with regional charities,” says PR official Nina Mille....

Beer price in Dutch cafes nears €2.50

THE NETHERLANDS. The average price for a glass of beer in a Dutch café or bar is approaching €2.50 a glass, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

UM board does not want to boycott HP

MAASTRICHT. Is Maastricht University doing more business with Hewlett-Packard than the Executive Board stated to the University Council recently? The matter is a topical one since the Maastricht department of Students for Justice in Palestine called for a UM boycott of HP products because of activities in Israel and the occupied territories. The SJ...
"What on earth is a Brexit?"

"What on earth is a Brexit?"

In 2015, all hell broke loose when professor Jaap Bos changed the first-year subject Finance. Bos even decided it was better to stay away from the faculty for a few weeks to avoid aggressive students. Emotions don't always run so high, but complaining seems to be in the SBE students’ blood. In the latest edition of the Finance test, it ha...
“Ten complaints are not more important to the faculty than one”

“Ten complaints are not more important to the faculty than one”

The one grumbles among friends (or on Facebook), the other complains to the lecturer – answer key in hand. Sometimes just to get a better grade for themselves, sometimes to improve the education programme. Whatever the reason, complaining is normal for most students. Observant asked 25 students about their experience. The following are a few ...
Threatening e-mail for lecturer after a fail

Threatening e-mail for lecturer after a fail

MAASTRICHT. Students who collectively come to seek redress, parents who protest and call the dean, threatening e-mails and a lot of unpleasant rumblings on Facebook. It all happened to professor Jaap Bos in the past two years. To be more precise, after he adapted his exam for the first-year subject of Finance and 400 students failed.
Heartbreak, anger and existential thoughts

Heartbreak, anger and existential thoughts

MAASTRICHT. You know it’s Stukafest (the student room festival held last Thursday, 9 February) when you’re in a quiet residential street and suddenly a group of Germans on bikes comes to a screeching halt in front of a student building. “What are you going to see?” “Who knows, we just signed up for something, so I gues...

YO!Fest: Who is going to make ideas concrete?

YO!Fest: Who is going to make ideas concrete?

MAASTRICHT. “Let´s youth up Europe!” It is the slogan of this year’s YO!Fest,  the annual political festival which celebrated 25 years of the Maastricht Treaty this year. The eighth edition of the event, held at the Sphinxkwartier, is a festival combining forces of the City of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and the...

Professors: Study drugs are not a major issue at the UM

MAASTRICHT. Are study drugs used on a large scale at Maastricht University? Surveys held among students over the past few years pointed in that direction: one in four - at the School of Business and Economics nearly one in three – likes to take the odd pill, especially during exam periods. Ritalin, for example, ADHD medication with proven eff...
On gravitation waves and 500 years of renting history

On gravitation waves and 500 years of renting history

MAASTRICHT. A total of 26 students, from various study programmes, received a prize for their theses last Tuesday. The (17) bachelor’s students did so in the morning in the auditorium on the Minderbroedersberg, the master’s students in the afternoon during the foundation day celebrations in the Vrijthof Theatre. Observant spoke to two o...
Maybe it’s not just me

Maybe it’s not just me

“Stress seems to be a big thing at UCM that people talk about. It occurred to me after a while that maybe it’s not just me who has a hard time getting things done and we should do something about this,” says Amelie Gaetjen, a second year sociology student at UCM. She’s on the academic council and is one of the students behin...

Welcome in Maastricht

Welcome in Maastricht

A city walk, a traditional Dutch cookie (stroopwafel), drinks, a lot of tips and friendly words. Last Sunday the newly arrived international students were welcomed. About 120 students attended the ISAP Welcome Day.

First-year student sings in student rooms

First-year student sings in student rooms

MAASTRICHT. When he was 16, singer-songwriter Joshua Oudendijk (19), first-year student of European Studies, performed in the Rockhal in the city of Luxemburg, one of the most important pop podiums there. A year later, he was at the Luxemburg festival Sonic Visions, where bands like The Lumineers and Alex Vargas also played. “That is the a...

Songs about Maastricht at Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. There will be many musical performances again at this year’s edition of Stukafest, the student room festival that will take place on Thursday 9 February. “It is difficult to find drama, cabaret or poetry in English,” says Kirsten Kramer, one of the organisers. To serve the international student community as well as pos...

University students more likely to opt for applied sciences

THE NETHERLANDS. Students at Dutch universities are increasingly opting for applied sciences, with technical subjects, natural sciences and agriculture the fastest growing sectors in the last five years.

Iranian families, students hit by US entry ban are waiting at Schiphol

THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch airline KLM on Sunday again refused to fly passengers from seven Muslim countries who were heading for the US because of US president Donald Trump’s entry ban.

FHML wants a binding contract with Kuwait about students

MAASTRICHT. From now on, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences wants binding, and in particular signed, contracts with foreign governments concerning organised groups of incoming students. They want no more surprises like the one in September, when a batch of Kuwaitis simply left.

Recorded lectures; students do it themselves

MAASTRICHT. Policies concerning whether filming of lectures is or should be allowed or not, are unclear. In the meantime, students themselves have been recording lectures. Sometimes even distributing them.
Wanted: non-sports lovers

Wanted: non-sports lovers

MAASTRICHT. How do you get students (and staff) up from their armchairs? How do you get them to do sports? This is going to be investigated by sixteen European universities from seven countries, including the UM, TU Eindhoven, RWTH Aachen (coordinator), and Imperial College London. The kick-off for this so-called Active Campus Europe Project in the...
Hire me … please?

Hire me … please?

MSV Incognito’s Business Day, ELSA workshops, SBE’s Maastricht Business Days – the list goes on. Study associations at UM are gearing up in response to a volatile job market with visions of enhancing student employability. But are they actually filling niches left open by the university, wonders Amira Eid. And are their – se...
An Ode to White, Blue and Cookies

An Ode to White, Blue and Cookies

“Sorry, I haven’t vacuumed in a week. My mom would probably freak out!” Liza Hazenberg, the present ‘day in the life of’ student room candidate apologetically opens the door to her 18m2 territory. Her mom, she jokingly declares, “can be a real piece of work“ and worries a lot. It is rather unclear why, thou...

More variety and halal in university restaurants

MAASTRICHT. The university restaurants should offer halal food as well as a greater selection of healthy options. These were two of the outcomes of a small survey carried out by student and University Council member for Novum, Thomas Vaessen (third-year medical student, third-year Dutch Law, master's student of Neuroscience). The survey was hel...

Uncensored stories from and about China

Uncensored stories from and about China

Visitors of the story festival China, Secret Stories, organised by Story-Line Maastricht in the Bonnefanten museum on Sunday 22 January, will receive a red envelope. The Chinese give these to family and friends at New Year and they usually contain money and some good advice. The visitors to the festival won't find that inside the envelope, but ...

How to deal with the US in the coming years

MAASTRICHT. Dutch university campuses in Silicon Valley and Boston (near Harvard), a more European – and less US-dependent – approach to NATO, and an emphasis on the economic benefits of climate measures to US partners. These ideas should be part of the Dutch policy approach to the US, according to students at Maastricht University.
Noise is the greatest irritation

Noise is the greatest irritation

MAASTRICHT. More than half of the one hundred students questioned find the noise made by others in the Maastricht University Library, troublesome. Unnecessarily keeping seats in the workspaces reserved, is the greatest annoyance for approximately a quarter. What would they like to see happen? Silence and concentration. The library is valued as a me...

University Choir’s anniversary concerts

MAASTRICHT. The University Choir is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2017 with a series of special concerts. The first is on Saturday, 14 January in the Sint Janskerk and is entitled Stars. In addition to the composition of the same name by Norwegian born Ola Gjeilo, there will also be two evening serenades from nineteenth-century Germany an...

 FASoS: compulsory attendance for 2nd and 3rd year bachelor’s students to be abolished

FASoS: compulsory attendance for 2nd and 3rd year bachelor’s students to be abolished

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is going to abolish compulsory attendance for second- and third-year students. For present students, everything will remain the same, but students starting in September 2017 will only have to deal with compulsory attendance in their first year.

Dutch bachelor’s of Arts and Social Sciences discontinued

MAASTRICHT. The Dutch programme of the bachelor’s of Arts and Social Sciences is to be discontinued. As of September 2017, students will only be able to choose the English variant of Arts and Culture. Although the language used during the course is English, Dutch students can choose to do their exams in Dutch, just like their papers and these...
A good cause and music: “It’s magic”

A good cause and music: “It’s magic”

MAASTRICHT. An intimate crowd gathers inside the Innbetween, which is decorated with warm lighting and a traditional Christmas tree, for the Unicef Charity Concert Thursday night. People chat and eat Mexican milk cake before the concert begins, which raises funds for children afflicted by the Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. An array of talented arti...

Separate train between Central station and Randwyck following transition chaos

MAASTRICHT – A separate train will be transporting passengers between Maastricht central station and Maastricht Randwyck at least until the next week. The additional train departs four times per hour in both directions. Public transporter Arriva will announce when the regular schedule will be continued. The takeover of public transpor...

“If you want to change politics, hell, don’t wait for an invitation, get organised”

“If you want to change politics, hell, don’t wait for an invitation, get organised”

“A European patriot loves his country and the values our societies are based on; a nationalist is someone who hates other countries. Let’s become European patriots.” In a packed Bonbonnière on the eve of the anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, a passionate Frans Timmermans, first vice president of the European Commission, debate...

Dutch to ban cyclists from using mobile phones, apart from hands-free

THE NETHERLANDS. Transport minister Melanie Schultz is to introduce new legislation banning cyclists from using their mobile phones unless they telephone hands-free and using headphones.
How to cope with the workload and find Cato by Cato

How to cope with the workload and find Cato by Cato

MAASTRICHT. “You meet new people and learn more about the university yourself, it’s a win-win situation”, that’s how the buddies of the International Student Ambassador Programme described their time showing new international students around. Last Wednesday, Maastricht University invited them to the Lumière to reward th...

Debate on teaching load dies away in numerical mess

MAASTRICHT. Where is the extra staff meant to relieve the pressure of work but especially ‘teaching load’ for academic staff? Members of the University Council are racking their brains over the continually changing figures and are bickering with the Executive Board about ‘standard hours’ and ‘task loads’. A workg...
Fewer Dutch students choose a UM programme

Fewer Dutch students choose a UM programme

MAASTRICHT. For the first time in the history of Maastricht University, fewer than half of the students are from the Netherlands (48.2 per cent). The number of Dutch students coming here for the first time to study, is even lower than that: 35.5 per cent. In particular Dutch bachelor students are less inclined to choose the South Limburg university...
Observant Christmas tree in Guesthouse

Observant Christmas tree in Guesthouse

MAASTRICHT. They were busy preparing for their Secret Santa – drawing lots and planning ‘pakjesavond’ as one does for the Dutch Sinterklaas – when the group of exchange students on the fourth floor of the Guesthouse on the Brouwersweg suddenly felt the need for a real Christmas tree. Priyanka Kanthan, Ilesha Bapat (both from...

Robots to replace lecturers?

Robots to replace lecturers?

MAASTRICHT. You enter the classroom and there is no lecturer in sight. Instead, a robot whizzes around and teaches at the whiteboard. The lectures turn into mass events with thousands of students listening in via a video link-up or some other technological device. Maastricht’s famous PBL sessions diminish slowly and online courses become part...
“Islam did not kill my son, Daesh did”

“Islam did not kill my son, Daesh did”

MAASTRICHT. The SBE lecture hall is full on the evening of Wednesday 23 November. Security is tight, and the mood is sombre. Three speakers have been invited for a discussion that is “perhaps even more important to have now – now that the issue is out of the headlines again”, in the words of one of the organisers, Luca Bucken. The...

"ISN will have to show that they are capable"

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club that will be housed in the Timmerfabriek halfway through 2019, has been given a name: Kaleido. In addition the setup has been changed. The International Student Network (ISN), the intended primary operator of the club, is no longer the biggest player.

Foreign students generate billions of euros for the Dutch economy

THE NETHERLANDS. International students who stay in the Netherlands after completing their studies generate some €1.6bn for the treasury every year, according to research by EP-Nuffic.
UCM undisputed winner

UCM undisputed winner

MAASTRICHT. Not a shared second place but undisputedly at the top. Like last year, University College Maastricht has the very best broad bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands. This is the outcome of the adapted Keuzegids 2017 ranking which was published yesterday. UCM received a final grade of 9.8 instead of 8.8, as was announced last week....

Good matching and a mentor

MAASTRICHT. Adequate information beforehand and more supervision during the course. These are the measures that faculties plan to implement in order to reduce the number of first-year dropouts or keep dropout numbers low. At the request of the Executive Board, every faculty investigated why students drop out and what they could do to prevent this. ...
A landing spot for students

A landing spot for students

MAASTRICHT. The Eiffel building on the Boschstraat is undergoing a metamorphosis. A large section of the striking old factory buildings will be occupied as of September by The Student Hotel. During yesterday’s kick-off, it was described as a “landing spot” where students will be able to stay for up to twelve months. The Student Ho...

“Without truth, there is no justice”

“Without truth, there is no justice”

Police brutality, gender violence and land grabbing are just some of the human rights violations that Kenyan activist Naythan photographs and documents on a daily basis in the Rift Valley area, the place he calls home. Two months ago he set foot in Europe for the very first time when he arrived in Maastricht, where he is being hosted by the Univers...

Students criticise Keuzegids

MAASTRICHT. The ranking of University Colleges in the latest Keuzegids is “full of factual inaccuracies,” write UC students, united in the national UCSRN (University College Student Representatives of the Netherlands), in a press release that was published on Wednesday. In addition to mistakes in student numbers (the Utrecht College doe...

UCM and Knowledge Engineering absolute top

UCM and Knowledge Engineering absolute top

MAASTRICHT. According to Keuzegids 2017, Maastricht University has two really top bachelor’s programmes: University College Maastricht and Knowledge Engineering. Study programmes that have been doing well for years.
Open Day: English study programmes popular

Open Day: English study programmes popular

MAASTRICHT. More than three thousand school-leavers visited the Bachelor’s Open Day last Saturday, which, just like the one in 2015, was the busiest ever.
Praise for the Sports Centre, criticism for the university restaurants and feedback

Praise for the Sports Centre, criticism for the university restaurants and feedback

MAASTRICHT. The new UM Sports Centre, officially opened in April, is very popular among Maastricht students. No less than 92 per cent is pleased with the sports facilities, shows the latest UM Student Monitor, which was distributed in April and May. Students are more critical about the price-quality ratio of the university restaurants, just as they...
Living in a doghouse

Living in a doghouse

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday four Italian UM students who had raised funds for the refugees headed for the ‘Jungle’ in Calais and the smaller camp at Dunkirk. Calais has been completely wiped out, says third-year law student Angelica Giombini. “It’s as if a tsunami has washed everything away. In the mud you still find left-behi...

“Sometimes you’re not smart enough on your own”

“Sometimes you’re not smart enough on your own”

MAASTRICHT. Oats, nanomedicines, and young entrepreneurs – the kick-off event of the annual Maastricht edition of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) leaves participants with a range of new insights into scientific entrepreneurship.
"We all have a stake in this problem and its solution"

"We all have a stake in this problem and its solution"

MAASTRICHT. "Don't use any phones please" quizmaster Tom Phillips says through his microphone. “Whoever uses a phone risks being disqualified”. Despite the cold and the rain, around one-hundred people, mainly students partook in a slightly different version of the usual Monday evening pub quiz at Peter’s Irish Pub.
“I’ll have him by the scruff of his neck”

“I’ll have him by the scruff of his neck”

The presence of Maastricht University can be felt not just in the inner city and Randwyck. A whole range of activities are underway in different places around the province, such as on the Chemelot campus near Geleen. But what exactly? Observant paid a visit to Center Court, which came into operation in August.
Award for study on vegetable consumption among toddlers

Award for study on vegetable consumption among toddlers

MAASTRICHT. The Catharina Pijls Encouragement Award 2016 goes to former student Michelle Vellinga. Her prize-winning master thesis examines how teachers can encourage kindergarten pupils to eat more vegetables. The prize is awarded annually to a recent UM graduate in the health sciences and is accompanied by a €2,000 cheque.  

Dutch Association of Psychologists: ‘Invest more in student guidance’

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Interstedelijk Studentenoverleg (ISO) and the Dutch Association of Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen, NIP) have concluded that there are too few psychological counsellors for students at a number of Dutch universities and other institutes of higher education. There are long waiting lists especially at u...
The players responsible for Trump’s rise to power: the media, the Republican Party and the people

The players responsible for Trump’s rise to power: the media, the Republican Party and the people

Many UCM students will wake up with a hangover Wednesday morning, and not just because the US Election Night at UCM turned out to be quite a party. Nobody, including speakers sociologist Kai Heidemann and political scientist Roberta Haar, expected a Trump victory. It was Dutch first-year Hanne Creijghton’s greatest fear. “He is someone ...

“Have you already got your door back?”

“Have you already got your door back?”

Mariëlle Heijltjes is being treated this evening to a full three-course meal: baguette with avocado tapenade and salmon to start, pasta with shrimps for the main and Swedish coconut balls to finish. “Did you come up with all that yourself?” she asks Caspar Naus as he gives a rundown of the menu. “No,” he replies, “I&rs...

Tragos penalised for violating code of conduct

MAASTRICHT. The Executive Board has put the student association Tragos on probation for contravening the code of conduct for the initiation period signed by all associations. If it violates the code of conduct again, one third of the grant Tragos receives from the university will be withdrawn.
Waiting for the snow

Waiting for the snow

Name: Sofia Carvalho (23) from Porto (Portugal), master European Studies (third track: Europe in a globalizing world) Size: "my bedroom has about 20 square meters" Monthly rent: € 425,- Area: Brusselsepoort
Lifesaver for two weeks

Lifesaver for two weeks

Spending two weeks aboard a ship with a tiny, poorly ventilated hut, helping refugees as they grow weaker by the minute in their rickety boats, trying to avoid the trigger-happy Libyan coastguard – these are not the usual experiences of a third-year UM medical student. Jendrik Dedow (24, international track), originally from Hamburg, spent th...
 “If only I’d bought you a broom instead of wine”

“If only I’d bought you a broom instead of wine”

“It’s too moist”, says Denise Sitters. “Not at all”, replies Nanne de Vries, professor of Health Promotion. “Just say that’s how your apple crumble is supposed to be. I like it.” Meanwhile, Wannes van Lonkhuijzen is standing at the kitchen counter with a knife and the second round of apple crumble. He...

UM students still going to Calais

UM students still going to Calais

MAASTRICHT. They had raised €4300 and collected sixty boxes of clothes, blankets, pillows, shoes and sleeping bags to transport to the refugee camp in Calais. Then the French authorities dismantled the ‘Jungle’. Right in exam week, too, says law student Angelica Giombini, one of the four Italian students who organised the initiativ...

Maastricht student housing companies see no drop in rentals to first-year students

MAASTRICHT. Last academic year, a mere 16 per cent of all Maastricht first-year students went to live in digs straight away, according to a recent report by Kenniscentrum studentenhuisvesting (Kences, Knowledge Centre for Student Housing). Maastricht student housing companies have not noticed anything like that so far and have doubts about the...
Stressed? Take Ritalin

Stressed? Take Ritalin

Ritalin, Adderall, Modafinil. Are SBE students taking ‘study drugs’ more often? Research by honours students shows that one in seven students from SBE has on occasion taken a ‘cognitive enhancer’. But also that the stress and the competitiveness at the faculty promote their use. Board member Huub Meijers: "I know that s...
“Our gift to you, sir: the Most Beautiful Students Calendar”

“Our gift to you, sir: the Most Beautiful Students Calendar”

“Oh, shit, we get scored on the food?” Loek Rekko hasn’t been following this Observant series. “Darn!” He apologises: he prepared the shoulder chops, but he didn’t buy it. “Also, it’s been in the oven for twenty minutes too long.” “My fault”, says Matthijs Hesselink. “I was lat...

Four Italians head to the ‘Jungle’

Four Italians head to the ‘Jungle’

With all the blankets, pillows, clothes and shoes they’ve collected, at least one student room is already overflowing. In addition, they managed to raise some 2500 euros in two weeks. They can hardly believe it; so touched were they that they even cried. “We were so surprised by all the appreciation and loving emails and messages”...

Stealing student: “It was a joke”

MAASTRICHT. A certain ‘Na Cho’ put a photo on Facebook, in which he – we only see an arm and a hand, which appear to be male – is helping himself to tea bags and sugar while announcing that he is stealing the stuff, in the Randwijck library. Albron caterers say that they have no idea how great the company’s losses are ...
OPINION: “I can´t vote for someone I don´t believe in”

OPINION: “I can´t vote for someone I don´t believe in”

Why are many young Americans so disappointed in the presidential elections that they even consider not voting at all? Cydney Contreras (19) from southern California, who is an exchange student in political science at UCM, explains her considerations.

“Let’s shoot less, but hit the target more”

MAASTRICHT. A third bachelor’s degree by 2019, 2100 students in 2021, more time for research, a reduction in work pressure and more opportunities for career development, not only by means of promotion to more full and associate professorships, but potentially also through the introduction of teaching careers. These are some of the plans set d...

Four Italians head to the ‘Jungle’

MAASTRICHT. With all the blankets, pillows, clothes and shoes they’ve collected, at least one student room is already overflowing. In addition, they managed to raise some 2500 euros in two weeks. They can hardly believe it; so touched were they that they even cried. “We were so surprised by all the appreciation and loving emails and mes...

“We practically drink in your backyard!”

“We practically drink in your backyard!”

“Ooooh how sweet!” He has barely been inside for five minutes and Martin Paul has already charmed the girls from MAX (pronounced mex), presenting them with four cups and saucers with the Maastricht skyline. “My daughter moved to Berlin for her studies. When I found out she was drinking out of an empty Nutella jar, I had to go to I...

Maastricht code of conduct for hazing seems to work

Maastricht code of conduct for hazing seems to work

MAASTRICHT. The practice of hazing new students is again under fire following incidents in Groningen and Amsterdam. But so far all is quiet on the home front: the Maastricht student associations claim to be following the Introduction Period Code of Conduct to the letter. Rector Rianne Letschert is monitoring the situation: “If something goes ...
Psychology in the lead, Medicine at the bottom again

Psychology in the lead, Medicine at the bottom again

MAASTRICHT. In the latest Elsevier ranking, the best and the worst bachelor’s programmes in Maastricht are exactly the same as last year: University College and Psychology come out as best in the country and Medicine as one of the worst, just like Biomedical Sciences. The best UM master’s in the country are: Psychology, M...
“You need someone to bake a cake? I can!”

“You need someone to bake a cake? I can!”

What’s it like to be a home chef, to share your dishes with fellow Maastricht residents? Observant visited a Russian and an Indian student who present their creations on the online platform HomeHandi.
“What if your potential fraternity member doesn’t drink?” That would be difficult

“What if your potential fraternity member doesn’t drink?” That would be difficult

According to a note by the door, the doorbell to the Boschstraat 58c is broken. At the bottom of the note the occupant of 58b has written her phone number. It’s a considerate gesture. Before she picks up, however, three students with grocery bags cross the road to the flat. Yes, they are tonight’s chefs, they reply cheerfully, as Ischa ...

Criminal investigation into Vindicat initiation rite

THE NETHERLANDS. A criminal investigation has begun into an initiation rite at Groningen student university society Vindicat that left a young man in hospital with a severe head injury, reports the Volkskrant.

Three Amsterdam students hospitalised after initiation rituals

THE NETHERLANDS. Three first year students in Amsterdam were hospitalised last month after taking part in initiation rituals to join a student society, broadcaster NOS reports.
A peaceful place

A peaceful place

Name: Batoul Al Nahhass (23) from Beirut (Lebanon), master Human Decision Science Amount of square meters: “almost twenty” Monthly rent: € 350,- Area: Scharn
I thought to myself: This country will be my home. Now I won’t have to move anymore

I thought to myself: This country will be my home. Now I won’t have to move anymore

This Observant series gives a voice to refugees (and the children of refugees) who work and study at Maastricht University. They talk about leaving their home countries, their lives before and after their flight, the Netherlands, the refugee crisis and the public debate about refugees. This week we meet Deeba Shahidi from Afghanistan: &ld...
A note from an Observant distributor

A note from an Observant distributor

You know us: those annoying students blocking the door of your faculty and almost forcing an Observant into your hands. Sorry about that, but most people just don´t seem to know the Observant well enough to let the matter go around on its own. If you don´t want a newspaper, then don´t take it; it´s as simple as that. We c...

Elsevier: Wageningen takes first place, Maastricht third

MAASTRICHT. In the latest Elsevier survey into the best studies in the Netherlands, Maastricht University takes third place in the category ‘specialist universities’. Wageningen is at the top of the list, followed by Tilburg, while Rotterdam ends up last. Elsevier’s ranking is based on the answers given by students to a single ...

UCM wants to expand its grants programme

MAASTRICHT. The five full scholarships that University College Maastricht awards annually to students from outside the European Union is not going to disappear. In fact, UCM is making plans to expand its grants programme so that students within the EU can benefit from it too.
Student associations stable

Student associations stable

MAASTRICHT. All Maastricht student associations have recruited approximately the same number of new members this year. Just like in previous years, Saurus attracted the largest number of foreign students (23), followed by Koko (18), Tragos (10), and Circumflex (5). Koko and Saurus each registered one more new member than last year, leaving them ...

‘Let’s get wasted’

‘Let’s get wasted’

MAASTRICHT. Rubbish was an item on the agenda at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) council meeting last summer. The following dialogue developed:  “I have heard a rumour that wastepaper baskets are going to disappear from offices and classrooms,” says council member and lecturer Marc van Ekert. “And that we would ...

Clearing the statistics hurdle with orcs and zombies

Clearing the statistics hurdle with orcs and zombies

Statistics. That term alone is enough for most students and alumni to summon up memories of deep-seated traumas. From explanations of the theory that are often too quick to be understood to software that seems to be from another planet and intimidating mathematical formulas. It wasn’t all that difficult for UM alumnus, lecturer and writer Vin...
“Are you into drinking and being rowdy?”

“Are you into drinking and being rowdy?”

It takes a while for Professor Maria Jansen to find her way up to the students of Lux ad Mosam, who live above their clubhouse on the Bogaardenstraat. In the three years the students have lived there, the intercom has never worked. “That’s why we installed a normal bell”, says Nadine de Hoog. The problem is that it’s a black...

Groningen student hospitalised after being hit during initiation ritual

THE NETHERLANDS. A first year student at Groningen University was hospitalised after he was hit on the head during an initiation ritual last month and developed a cerebral oedema, the NRC said on Wednesday.
2030 starts now

2030 starts now

MAASTRICHT. ‘No poverty’, ‘Quality education’, ‘Affordable and clean energy’, ‘Gender equality’. These are just four out of the seventeen colourful signs held by students last Wednesday at the Peter Debyeplein. About forty students from Health Studies, Global Health, and European Public Health had gro...

Cause of death of Finnish student will not be disclosed

MAASTRICHT. At the request of the parents, the police will not disclose how Jassim Aba Al-Khail, first-year student at the European Law School, died. The police have positively ruled out foul play. The 22-year-old Finn was found dead by his housemates in the student house on the Statensingel on Thursday evening 15 September. His body was released o...

Quality label for student accommodation as of January

Quality label for student accommodation as of January

MAASTRICHT. House owners who want to be able to put the quality label Prettig Wonen in their window have to meet all kinds of conditions, such as having linked smoke detectors, bilingual fire extinguisher signs and pictograms, door frame reinforcers on all external doors and approved tenancy contracts. The first student houses are due to receive th...

More understanding, poorer facilities

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. While lecturers do have more understanding for students with dyslexia, chronic diseases, depression, or other disorders, the information provided about studying with a handicap is still not as it should be. In fact facilities have worsened. This is one of the conclusions in the annual report ‘Studying with a handic...

“The word tricycle comes to mind”

“The word tricycle comes to mind”

Two bicycles under the raised bed, chain wheels and sprockets on the wall and a row of tires under the window. Jesse Raas is obviously a cyclist. His room is the venue for this evening’s dinner with professor of Philosophy Tsjalling Swierstra and three other members of the student mountain bike and cycling association Dutch Mountains. Having ...

Be gezellig, don’t boast and be sure to complain

Be gezellig, don’t boast and be sure to complain

How does one ‘be’ Dutch? Greg Shapiro, self-proclaimed ‘American Netherlander’ and comedian from Boom Chicago, Comedy Central, answers this question meticulously in his book How to be Dutch. Using quiz questions in the style of the official integration exam, Shapiro pokes fun at the reader, himself and especially the Dutch. ...
“We did end up bringing him a new pillow, that same night”

“We did end up bringing him a new pillow, that same night”

A year into her PhD programme, Maastricht graduate Karin van der Ven dropped out. She knew what she wanted: to start a student services company. “Deep in my heart I had a vision of Jules.” Back then, in 2009, one of the first services was the bike repair. And it’s still alive. A major growth area is in the management of student ro...
Student Union denounces student hotels

Student Union denounces student hotels

THE NETHERLANDS. City councils must force student hotels to comply with tenancy law, according to the Dutch Student Union (LSVb). At present, students who rent rooms in such hotels have no tenancy protection and the hotels reserve the right to enter the rooms at any time.
“A 15 per cent street quota won’t solve the problem”

“A 15 per cent street quota won’t solve the problem”

MAASTRICHT. The reactions from neighbourhoods to the new rules for room rentals proposed by the Maastricht City Council this summer, vary. After a host of complaints, heated discussion evenings and a call for ‘balance’ – especially from the neighbourhoods of Belfort, Brusselsepoort, and Limmel – there are now measures, of wh...
“Mr Van Schayck, life is no joke”

“Mr Van Schayck, life is no joke”

Tuesday evening, Bogaardenstraat 16. We’re sitting on the first floor of an apartment building where students and Maastricht locals live in harmony together. Most of the time, at least. The police were called in a few weeks ago, says psychology student Elizabeth de Nijs. “Nienke and I were just talking, with a bit of music on in the bac...

Extended BSA definitively scrapped

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT.Universities may not force second-year students with negative binding study advice (BSA) to leave their study programme, confirmed education minister Jet Bussemaker in a letter to parliament. Last academic year, the Maastricht psychology faculty considered introducing a so-called ‘extended’ BSA.
“Do you speak three languages or more?”

“Do you speak three languages or more?”

Did you go to an international school? Do your parents have different nationalities? Are you left- handed? Last Tuesday, around 350 first-year students were sent wandering around Brasserie Tapijn armed with a sheet of nine questions. Their task: to find, among the 60 buddies – also known as ambassadors – and their fellow students people...

Does Lagakari have many couples, the prof asks

Does Lagakari have many couples, the prof asks

No, Angeniet Helwig didn’t spend hours cleaning her room; she did remove some beer mats with messages of kissing, cuddling and boozing from the wall. Excuse me? Yes, that is a tradition at Lagakari – we’ll come back to the cuddling later. Helwig lives on the Grote Gracht, in a building that houses more than forty students. Perfec...

Towards empathic health care

Towards empathic health care

MAASTRICHT. More empathy in health care. That is the ultimate aim of medical student Matthijs Bosveld and health sciences student Sjim Romme, who received the Student Award 2016 last Monday. Their project ‘Mens Achter de Patiënt’ (MAP, the Person Behind the Patient) connects fellow-students to patients, who are given the opportunity to ...
“A ballerina who literally rises to great heights”

“A ballerina who literally rises to great heights”

Just one more week to go until PAS+ kicks off. The three-day Parcours of Art and Science, in which UM shows off all it has to offer, is slated to be the highlight of the university’s 40th anniversary.
“Do you still enjoy life, with four women at home?”

“Do you still enjoy life, with four women at home?”

“Burgers are always good!” Sjoerd van Dijk calls from the kitchen as he does his final check: “Onions in the pan, potatoes in the oven, pasta salad, tomatoes.” Tonight’s guest – Professor Philip Vergauwen, dean of the School of Business and Economics – had already shown up at the Noormannensingel a week ear...

Bet with boyfriend: no drinking for three days

Bet with boyfriend: no drinking for three days

Name: Anni Schleicher Nationality: German Age: 19 Study: European Studies Time & place: Thursday, 14:30 hrs, Griend SportsEvent
“There are only three boys in our group: not much to choose from”

“There are only three boys in our group: not much to choose from”

Names: Nadine Berners and Anna Pietsch Nationality: German Studies: Psychology and European Public Health Time&place: Thursday 15:30 hrs., Sports Event at the Griend
“It’s a little too hot”

“It’s a little too hot”

Name: Stephanie Ibe Nationality: German Study: Psychology Time&place: Wednesday, 19:30 hrs., CultiFest at the Stadspark
“I spontaneously bought a bike yesterday”

“I spontaneously bought a bike yesterday”

Name: Kimberly Schäperklaus Nationality: German Study: European Law Time&place: Wednesday, 19:30 hrs., CultiFest at the Stadspark
“My house is still clean; I’m pretty proud of myself”

“My house is still clean; I’m pretty proud of myself”

Name: Charlie Böhm Nationality: German Study: International Business Time&place:  Wednesday, 19:15 hrs., CultiFest at the Stadspark
Disco room for a "nerd"

Disco room for a "nerd"

Name: Arthur Graton Nationality: Belgian Age: 19 Study: Data Science & Knowledge Engineering Time & place: Wednesday, 15.30 hrs., Stadspark
"I forgot my pillow"

"I forgot my pillow"

Name: Josina Jansen Nationality: German Study: Psychology Time & place: Wednesday 13.00 hrs., Tapijnkazerne
"I heard the yellow ones are more international"

"I heard the yellow ones are more international"

Name: Aliona Normandin Nationality: French Study: European Law School Time & place: Tuesday 16.00 hrs., Griend Festival
Dire Straits' Telegraph Road: anyone?

Dire Straits' Telegraph Road: anyone?

Name: Eve Millerot Nationality: Belgian/French Study: Biomedical Sciences Time & place: Tuesday 15.30 hrs., Griend Festival
"Girl power!"

"Girl power!"

Name: Nora Andelfinger Nationality: Canadian Age: 20 Study: bachelor Biomedical sciences Time and place: Tuesday 12:30 hrs, Day at the Uni, School of Business and Economics
Parent’s advice: keep the bathroom clean

Parent’s advice: keep the bathroom clean

Names: Loïc Feis and Alexander Renno Nationality: Luxembourg Study: Economics and Business Time&place: Tuesday 16:00 hrs, Festival at the Griend
“We don’t have parties like that in Korea”

“We don’t have parties like that in Korea”

Name: Jay Park Nationality: South-Korean Study: Business Time&place: Tuesday 15:30 hrs, Festival at the Griend
Not to get hit by bikes

Not to get hit by bikes

Name: Lourane Sahraoui (18) Nationality: French Study: European & International Law Time & place: Tuesday, 13.00 hrs., Day @ the uni (garden SBE)
Beer, confetti and Fabrizio

Beer, confetti and Fabrizio

‘Need beer?’ asks a Koko member on a large sign he holds up into the air. Most students seem to be well equipped at the Market, where the opening of the Inkom 2016 took place Monday evening. Some beer has even found its way through the air. And when the Working Group Inkom pushes the start button, confetti is flying through the air and ...

A record for Inkom 2016: 2,735 freshmen

A record for Inkom 2016: 2,735 freshmen

MAASTRICHT. Yesterday 2,735 freshmen registered for the INKOM, the introduction week for first-year students from Maastricht University and Zuyd. That’s more than ever. The Inkom 2015 had 2,360 participants. “We are sold out”, says INKOM-chair Wim Renders. “The registration was closed Friday evening. Just before the en...

Just enjoy

Just enjoy

Name: Konny Flämig Nationality: German Study: Global Health Time & place: Monday 16.30 hrs, Stadspark
"Maastricht is cheaper than Scotland"

"Maastricht is cheaper than Scotland"

Name: Stefan Konichev (24) Nationality: Bulgarian Study: master work and organisation psychology Time&place: Monday 15.30hrs, Stadspark
“Burger lovers – listen up, Greek burger rose above its crisis”

“Burger lovers – listen up, Greek burger rose above its crisis”

Looking back at a year of visiting restaurants and sipping cocktails, drinking wines or eating salads, and listening to the magic ‘click’ – or not – on the crème brûlée, Kate’s weekly Maastricht culinary experiences for her column ‘Work like a slave, eat like a king’ were memorable. To be honest, some exper...
Maastricht hares and Rotterdam snails

Maastricht hares and Rotterdam snails

MAASTRICHT. Master’s students at the UM graduate much quicker than students at other universities. New figures show that the differences are enormous. “Maybe our master’s programmes select students more strictly,” says rector Luc Soete.
Inkom: Time Travel Tuesday

Inkom: Time Travel Tuesday

MAASTRICHT. Where last year the Spanish-Belgian singer Belle Pérez performed on the Markt during the Inkom opening, this year the choice falls on a duo working the turntables: Manuel Broekman and Géza Weisz. Who is making a repeat performance? Maastricht star Fabrizio. Just mentioning his name caused a lot of cheering when the artists were announce...

Reality Check: First-Year Reflections

Reality Check: First-Year Reflections

Living off of pasta, experiencing frat parties, and joining oddly specific fan clubs are just a few of the college clichés that Hollywood and the book industry have fed generations of students. Yet every first-year UM student arrives on campus – if you will – with his or her own expectations about university life. Which results in a rea...
Psychology students also want recorded lecturers

Psychology students also want recorded lecturers

MAASTRICHT. Students in the Psychology faculty council want lectures to be recorded in the future. They have written a proposal on the matter that will be dealt with on Thursday afternoon in the faculty council meeting. “There is a need,” says Hanne van Kasteren, one of the authors of the proposal, which will be discussed in the faculty...

Birthday party with trapeze in hall MBB

Birthday party with trapeze in hall MBB

MAASTRICHT. PAS+ is slated to be the highlight of the university’s anniversary celebrations: a three-day Parcours of Art and Science in which UM, now 40, shows off all it has to offer. When: during the week of festivities on 8, 9 and 10 September. Where: between the Zwingelput, Kapoenstraat and Minderbroedersberg. For whom? Everyone. In Dutch...
“A Belgian team without Kompany is like a Dutch person without a bike”

“A Belgian team without Kompany is like a Dutch person without a bike”

Oranje definitely won’t bring home the trophy from the European Championship football, but at least there are other teams we can cheer for. Observant asked a Belgian, a British, a French and a German football fan why their team should be the one.*
Netherlands need not give foreign students public transport pass

Netherlands need not give foreign students public transport pass

THE NETHERLANDS. The Netherlands is not guilty of unfair treatment. It has the right to only provide its own students with a public transport pass and need not give students from other European member states a similar pass.

Dutch students speed up their studies and are less likely to drop out

THE NETHERLANDS. Almost seven in 10 Dutch students now pass a bachelor’s degree within four years, compared with just 56% four years ago, according to new figures from the university association VSNU.
“Maybe there’s just nothing wrong here”

“Maybe there’s just nothing wrong here”

Last week, Maastricht University held the 2016/17 elections for its Faculty and University Councils. But standing for election (or simply voting, for that matter) are not the only ways to get involved in student politics. Maastricht boasts a whole range of political activities, if you know where to look. But do students know where to look? And, mor...
New Student Portal is live

New Student Portal is live

MAASTRICHT. The new Student Portal has been live since Monday. Students from Humanities and Sciences and the School of Business and Economics are the first to be able use it. This new source of information, which lists timetables, deadlines, grades, course material, and helpful links, was developed over a period of two years in close collaboration ...

Evening tutorials at Psychology

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Psychology is going to introduce evening tutorial groups on a voluntary basis. From the next academic year, students who register for a block may indicate a preference for morning, afternoon or evening sessions. If there are enough students to fill a group (12-14), the faculty will find a tutor. Other faculties, such as L...

Another strong win for Dope in university elections

Another strong win for Dope in university elections

  MAASTRICHT. With 29 seats, Dope has come out as the largest student party at Maastricht University, just like last year. Competitor NovUM, who were the most powerful in 2014 but dropped back last year, has lost even more ground and now only has twelve seats. The new Wise party obtained three seats. The election results were made k...

Wageningen again most sustainable university

Wageningen again most sustainable university

MAASTRICHT. For the fourth year in a row, Wageningen University has been declared most sustainable institute of higher education. The university is practically unassailable in the annual SustainaBul ranking. The UM dangles at the bottom.

Utrecht students say ‘dare to be grey’ to combat extremism

THE NETHERLANDS. A group of students from Utrecht University are through to the last six of an international competition launched by the US government and Facebook to counteract extremism.

“UM does not aim to guide students into employment, but focuses on enhancing employability”

MAASTRICHT. What can I do? What do I want? Will the labour market have an opening for me? Many students have doubts about their knowledge, capabilities and chances on the labour market. Maastricht University wants to facilitate students in their academic and personal development and make them aware of their employability. Eventually, in 2018 t...
“Help, I’ve almost graduated. What to do now?”

“Help, I’ve almost graduated. What to do now?”

What can I do with my qualification? What do I have to offer? Today’s students are under severe pressure and hardly have time to think about themselves and their future. It is the university’s job to help them, to ensure that no talent goes to waste and that future academics can enter the labour market with more self-insight and confide...
Graduation stress: Three students on what to do next

Graduation stress: Three students on what to do next

Maximiliane Kolb, 23, Bachelor in International Business, Class of 2015 “The biggest struggle for me was that I didn’t know where to go and what to do. Of course Maastricht University offers things like the Business Days, which help you orientate yourself to some extent, but what I was missing was a career centre where you could go a...

Overcrowding in university library is main complaint. And mice

Overcrowding in university library is main complaint. And mice

MAASTRICHT. Too few study spaces, sockets with no power, broken chairs and mice in the inner city building: students continue to complain about the library facilities at Maastricht University.
A thousand people on yoga mats

A thousand people on yoga mats

MAASTRICHT. A thousand people on yoga mats at the Tapijn barracks. That is the aim of the Good Life Yoga Maastricht foundation. On 21 June, International Yoga Day, the organisers want to show that yoga is not “woolly, boring or just sitting down,” says psychologist Kim van Oorsouw, a researcher at Maastricht University. “On the co...

Library access restrictions

Library access restrictions

MAASTRICHT. Until 8 June only UM cardholders will be permitted to enter the University Library in the inner city. Students who don’t have a UM card can gain entry on presentation of their ID and certificate of registration. “We are working hard to guarantee that UM students have a study place during the exam period”, say the libra...

"You can follow the rules and still commit fraud”

"You can follow the rules and still commit fraud”

“I didn’t know I was committing fraud, but I was. I pled guilty because I broke the law, behaved unethically and harmed people. I’m ashamed and want to apologise.” These are the words of Andrew Fastow, former chief financial officer at Enron, the US energy company that went bankrupt in late 2001 after one of the biggest corp...
Microwaves in the student cafeteria, all exam dates listed and free sports

Microwaves in the student cafeteria, all exam dates listed and free sports

Communication could be much better, tutors should receive more standard teaching hours and exams should be checked beforehand for mistakes. From 23 to 26 May, students can vote for the new members of the University Council and the faculty councils. Observant asked three student parties about their vision on PBL, exams and facilities.
“Whoops, sorry for that kick”

“Whoops, sorry for that kick”

They had to conquer obstacles, run, raft and race, but eventually the School of Business and Economics (SBE) successfully defended its title and won the Faculty Fight 2016. This interfaculty sports competition is organised for every fifth anniversary of Maastricht University. Last Thursday, it was held for the second time.

Eleven percent more students apply for Dutch university

THE NETHERLANDS. Applications to Dutch universities for the year starting in September have risen by 11%, according to new figures from the VSNU higher education body.
Playing table tennis in the SBE Bar

Playing table tennis in the SBE Bar

No, there have been no stories about students or employees drifting along the Tongersestraat after closing time. That is probably also due to the fact that the SBE Bar closes at 20:00hrs. The initiative for a faculty pub in the Kruithuis came from the students but the School of Business and Economics, caterer Albron and Facility Services fully supp...

Watch out for the PPF factor: pain, panic and fear

Watch out for the PPF factor: pain, panic and fear

MAASTRICHT. “Don’t listen to people like us, it’s your own path,” said Alejandro Barrera, owner of technology news site tech.eu, at the Centre Céramique last Monday. Nevertheless, many people had come to listen to entrepreneurs giving talks and workshops at the Maastricht Entrepreneurship Week 2016, from 9 until 12 May.

Jules to manage Carré accommodations

MAASTRICHT. Students service company Jules will be in charge of the management of 143 studios in the Carré building on the Tongerseweg. The owner is Belgian project developer LIFE. The studios – between 23 and 38 square metres and intended for Dutch and foreign students – each have their own kitchen and bathroom. They are situated above...

“The EU has to work on getting young people to feel connected again”

MAASTRICHT. A standardized post-traumatic stress syndrome test for refugees and a birthday card from the EU for 18-year-olds. These are two of the proposals that came out of Student Forum Maastricht, a student conference about European policies in Brussels that was held from 13 until 17 April. All proposals will be presented to European Commission ...
Royals Cup 2016: “Actually, the matches are secondary”

Royals Cup 2016: “Actually, the matches are secondary”

MAASTRICHT. A trophy hung with black and white ribbons stands amongst sliced sandwich buns and a drone in the ‘Board Only’ room at the Sporthal Geusselt on the East side of the Maas on Friday 15 April. It is here that business students from all over Europe shed the confines of button-up shirts for jerseys and/or pompoms in Maastricht fo...

UM sounds the alarm for house parties

UM sounds the alarm for house parties

MAASTRICHT. “What if a fire were to break out in a house where two hundred people have gathered,” says Pascal Breuls, director of Student Services. The police regularly receive reports about illegal house parties, in particular at the end of block periods. Maastricht University makes students aware of the risks.

WE Festival expands

MAASTRICHT. A film festival, a kick-off in the Stadspark and of course lots and lots of workshops: the seventh annual WE Festival, from 24 April to 1 May, will be the most extensive one yet. The festival is organised by volunteers – many of them students – who have encouraged as many organisations and people as possible to collaborate a...

“Set requirements for landlords, agencies and managers”

“Set requirements for landlords, agencies and managers”

MAASTRICHT. A liveability test, better enforcement by the city council, the introduction of a quality mark, the arrival of the International Student Club, and especially ‘open communication’: measures to curb the proliferation of students rooms and the disturbance, as experienced by some inhabitants of Maastricht. The Maastricht La...
“We even had to resort to YouTube at times while teaching ourselves”

“We even had to resort to YouTube at times while teaching ourselves”

They are the reigning champions of Euromasters, the largest university sports tournament in Europe. And just two weeks ago they secured a place in the finals at the Dutch Nationals in June. Cheerleading might not be a well-known sport in the Netherlands, but the UM Cheerleading team is quickly gaining a reputation for being a talented group with bi...
University Sports Centre officially opened

University Sports Centre officially opened

MAASTRICHT. A new logo, gifts for the Executive Board and a dazzling performance by two Latin dancers and the UM cheerleaders. The new University Sports Centre (USC) was festively opened amid great interest last Tuesday.
MECC rewards best idea with €1,000

MECC rewards best idea with €1,000

MAASTRICHT. How to make MECC more attractive to young people? With a MECCSpace, a community around start-ups, according to Alit Sudarsana and Stefani Christianti, an alumnus and a student of Maastricht University. And with that concept, they won €1,000 during the first Jules Challenge on Monday evening. Along with more than a hundred other st...

What does a daisy look like?

What does a daisy look like?

“Noooo! That was a super plant, so cool.” “Whoops”, says the other student, removing his foot from the “cool” plant. The pair continue their search through the fields. Last Tuesday morning, the students of the Maastricht Science Programme joined their lecturer and researcher Roy Erkens at the Lage Fronten as part...
Plea for more languages

Plea for more languages

MAASTRICHT. It looks like more languages than just English and Dutch will soon be promoted at this university. A few weeks ago, the Executive Board, through its chairman Martin Paul, already stated that the UM may be bilingual, “but it is useful to teach people three languages. Students as well as staff. Which languages exactly, to what degre...

No general master’s selection

MAASTRICHT. There will be no general selection for master’s students at this university, says a written statement from the Executive Board to the University Council. The Council agrees with the position taken by the Board.
Things no one told me before writing my thesis

Things no one told me before writing my thesis

Writing a thesis: don’t let it be your Waterloo! Take a few breaths and read these tips from people who have already walked that path and carried on.
“After the explosion, there were screams everywhere”

“After the explosion, there were screams everywhere”

German master student Ediz Rehberg, doing a Master’s degree in European Public Affairs at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, was in Brussels last Tuesday. He slipped into the metro at 9:01 just before the doors closed. At Maelbeek station, he witnessed the explosion of the carriage in front of him, about 20-25 meters distance. In a...

Possible delay for extended BSA at Psychology

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty Council at Psychology and Neuroscience does not support the extended Binding Study Advice (BSA) as currently proposed by the Faculty Board.
The million dollar question: how to overcome the hatred?

The million dollar question: how to overcome the hatred?

MAASTRICHT. “Think of Europe 70 years ago,” says Haim Divon, Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands, in his introductory talk. “Who believed then that France, Germany and England would now live so peacefully together? In other words, anything is possible. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is solvable too, in my opinion. Other...
It’s been a hard day’s night

It’s been a hard day’s night

MAASTRICHT. “A social life?!?” Snorting, laughter and amazement follow the suggestion that students have plenty of leisure time. There might not be too many contact hours, but the workload at Maastricht University is much higher than at other universities, claim exchange students and other internationals. “Excellent”, says E...

Collecting Support for Amnesty International

MAASTRICHT. 1.59 million euros. That is what Amnesty International Netherlands gathered during Collection Week in 2015. This year, Collection Week will be held from Sunday the 13th until Saturday the 19th of March. The student group of Amnesty International Maastricht has set up a variety of channels that will enable students as well as the...

Faculty Fight on 12 May

Faculty Fight on 12 May

MAASTRICHT. Five years ago, the team from the School of Business and Economics won the first Maastricht Faculty Fight, a huge sports’ competition between the various faculties that is organised every fifth anniversary year of the UM. Last week a delegation of athletes from six faculties and representatives from the organisers - UM Sports - we...

An American in Maastricht wins $100,000

An American in Maastricht wins $100,000

MAASTRICHT. Just twenty years old and already famous – on the American quiz show Jeopardy! College Championship, Sam Deutsch took home the prize of $100,000. A junior at the University of Southern California, Deutsch is now spending a semester in Maastricht.
Cats and dogs

Cats and dogs

It’s been raining non-stop for the past two weeks in Granada, Southern Spain, and I decide to take refuge in one of the many breakfast-bars the locals start their days in. Savoring my small Spanish breakfast (a toast and an espresso), I detect a strange odor. There’s no way around it: someone stepped into a pile of dog shit. Reflecting ...

Fire in student house; police investigate possible arson

Fire in student house; police investigate possible arson

MAASTRICHT. There was a fire in a student house in the Brusselsepoort area during the night of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February. The police found evidence of arson and have started an investigation. The building has been declared uninhabitable. “Nobody was harmed. I am so glad that I wasn’t there.”

No turnstiles in city centre university library

MAASTRICHT. There will be no access restrictions at the university library in the city centre. Although formally this library does not have a public function, the Executive Board and the deans wants to keep the building open for outsiders. They also reckon that the number of non-UM library users is manageable. Students think differently about this....

UM in second place in Keuzegids Masters

UM in second place in Keuzegids Masters

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht has had to relinquish its leading position as best ‘broad master’s university in the Netherlands’ to Tilburg, according to the Keuzegids Masters 2016. The UM is now in second place. At the same time, one Maastricht study is in the national top 22 of best master’s studies: Management of Learning.

"Migrants bring more cake"

MAASTRICHT. Migration and violent extremism. A politically sensitive and controversial topic, agreed Khalid Koser, professor in Conflict, Peace and Security at UNU-MERIT/Maastricht School of Governance. Still, he emphasised continuously during his lecture, organised on Monday 22 February by Studium Generale, its importance. “The discussion ab...

NS set to sell off sidelines and focus on running trains

THE NETHERLANDS. State-owned train operator NS plans to sell off its station shops and local bus services to concentrate on its core business of running main line trains, the Telegraaf reports.
“There is more to life than a cum laude”

“There is more to life than a cum laude”

MAASTRICHT. Pressure on students has increased in the past few years, claim Maastricht student advisers and counsellors. The list of possible causes is long: from binding study advice to parents who have (too) high expectations of their children.
The Vagina Monologues at UCM

The Vagina Monologues at UCM

MAASTRICHT. Vagina, vagina, vagina. It wasn’t too long ago that uttering this word in the public sphere could induce sharp rebuke or embarrassment. Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, doesn’t just say the word - it’s entirely focused on it. The Universalis Society of Feminism (USF) is performing The Vagina Monologues th...

Connecting in the kitchen

Connecting in the kitchen

MAASTRICHT. Arabic music is blaring from the kitchen at the Jan Van Eyck Academy an hour before the doors are to open. Around twenty people from the Maastricht refugee centre (AZC) and a chef from Cato by Cato are manoeuvring their way around the countless pots and saucers and the occasional curious child. It’s Thursday 18 February and the so...

What’s that hanging on my bicycle?

What’s that hanging on my bicycle?

MAASTRICHT. You will find them everywhere in the city: yellow handlebar hangers. It's an initiative of Maastricht Bereikbaar (Maastricht Accessible) that wants to know if there are enough bicycle parking spaces in Maastricht. The handlebar hanger – with a text in Dutch – contains a chip with a unique number. This Thursday and ...

International Students Club: not in 2017, but in 2019

International Students Club: not in 2017, but in 2019

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club will move into the Timmerfabriek in 2019, not in 2017 as originally planned. Renovation issues are the main cause of the delay, but it also appears that the International Student Network, the main operator of the club, is not yet ripe for the mammoth task that awaits it.
“For the love of my life”

“For the love of my life”

“I actually wanted to send myself one, but I didn’t in the end.” Two students from University College Maastricht are snooping through the handwritten notes on one of the common room’s walls. The cards are attached to heart-shaped cookies – how appropriate on Monday, 15 February, the day after Valentine’s Day. It...

“We live like professional musicians”

“We live like professional musicians”

MAASTRICHT. The students of the Dutch National Student Orchestra rehearse ten hours a day during the days prior to their eleven-day tour ‘Vrij’. Together with pianist Arthur Jussen, the ninety members play pieces by Claude Debussy, Trevor Grahl, Ravel and Béla Bartók in various cities (in Maastricht on 14 February). Second-year Biomedic...
“He was paying €625. Based on the point-score system we came up with €280”

“He was paying €625. Based on the point-score system we came up with €280”

No hot water, a bad smell, a plague of mice, ridiculously high rent, agency fees or a bust-up with a flatmate – whatever their housing question, students can now turn to Maastricht University’s Housing Helpdesk. Established twelve months ago, its six students and coordinator, a law graduate, now have almost two hundred cases on their bo...
Contract or administration fees: a new grey area

Contract or administration fees: a new grey area

MAASTRICHT. Mediation fees should largely be a thing of the past, especially after the Dutch Supreme Court made its verdict concerning agency fees, four months ago. The judge ruled that housing agencies are not allowed to charge mediation fees to both the landlord and the tenant (the only exception is when a tenant asks the housing agency to find a...

“If you see the Prince, give him a hug and a kiss”

“If you see the Prince, give him a hug and a kiss”

Keen to join in during the Maastricht Carnival? Be prepared. But don’t worry – Ad van Iterson, associate professor at the School of Business and Economics and Carnival – goer by birth, is here to help you through these weird three days and nights. “Get over your shyness, but don’t overdo it; don’t be too enthusia...
Carnival: to stay or not to stay?

Carnival: to stay or not to stay?

The Maastricht Carnival attracts hundreds of people per year from around the country as well as abroad. To uninitiated foreigners, it might look like a bizarre dream. Others get excited and dress up to enjoy the feast. But what about Maastricht students? The university, its libraries and all academic facilities are closed for several days. Clearly,...

Fasos: Third reader thesis AC will disappear

MAASTRICHT. The phenomenon of the third supervisor, who now springs into action when the final thesis of a bachelor’s student from Arts and Culture (Dutch and English track) scores a 6 or 6.5, will disappear. The faculty board of Arts and Social Sciences decided so.
“Every paedophile in a TV series is a calculated child molester”

“Every paedophile in a TV series is a calculated child molester”

MAASTRICHT. “Imagine having your sexual preference always portrayed as criminal.” It’s Thursday evening, Gabriel overlooks the Maastrichtzaal where four hundred students have gathered for the lecture on paedophilia, organised by UM students. Gabriel – a pseudonym – is a non-active paedophile. He just told his life stor...
Vrow Wielemösj is back in town

Vrow Wielemösj is back in town

MAASTRICHT. Prince Bastiaan 1st and his Tempeleers put Vrow Wielemösj on the stage at Student Services last Thursday. In doing so, the landlady from the Platielstraat, the symbol of student Carnival, is back where she belongs. For the past two or three years she had remained in storage with the Maastricht Carnival Association, because the annu...

University Council students against selection for masters

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students have also signed the recent ‘pressing letter’ from the Interstedelijk Studentenoverleg ISO (national student union) to the education minister and university association VSNU. That is, some of the students - those representing Dope, the party that is linked to ISO.
“We are a rainbow-like community”

“We are a rainbow-like community”

It all started in 2002 with four people who started living in the squatted former grain storage facility at the Biesenwal 3 in Maastricht. Nowadays, the Landbouwbelang is home to fifteen people, a ‘free zone’ for art, music and culture and the set of many a festival, play and exhibition. Sina Maghami, a third-year Science Programme stud...
Completely ruined

Completely ruined

MAASTRICHT. Holocene, Pleistocene, Palaeocene. All well known, but have you ever heard of Anthropocene? According to Christian Schwägerl, we are in the middle of that right now. The German biologist and journalist claims that there is actually no single place on earth that has not been ‘ruined’ by man. Schwägerl will give a Studium Gene...
Every bit of this is true

Every bit of this is true

MAASTRICHT. A lecturer at the School of Business and Economics made his debut on national television just after 2000, in a controversial sex programme, surrounded by beautiful naked women in a bubble bath. Much earlier, in the first years of the university, a furious dean of Medicine switched off the lights during a meeting and left. A jurist who m...
Dutch only

Dutch only

MAASTRICHT. They were some of the first foreign students to attend Maastricht University. They have at least two things in common: they learned Dutch in no time and they took to Problem-Based Learning like ducks to water. 
“We take education for granted”

“We take education for granted”

MAASTRICHT. “The alarm wakes me up. Bah, I have to go to university today.” This is how Amnesty International Maastricht Students (AIMS) started their presentation last Thursday during the first Maastricht Human Rights Prize competition. Installed by former mayor Onno Hoes as a farewell present, the competition aims to get young people ...

From sticky rice cake to latkes

From sticky rice cake to latkes

Christmas is hardly the only holiday celebrated at the end of the year, nor is turkey the main festive food on everyone’s table. Observant asked four students about their holiday food traditions.

MPs call for flexible approach to funding degrees

THE NETHERLANDS. MPs from the ruling VVD and Labour coalition say students should be allowed to pay tuition fees for their university or college degree on a subject-by-subject basis.
Pharmaceutical companies keep the price high, but medicines don’t need to be so expensive

Pharmaceutical companies keep the price high, but medicines don’t need to be so expensive

MAASTRICHT. It is about time that everyone has access to the right medicines, whether you live in America, Europe or Africa. At the moment the pharmaceutical industry has so much power that they can keep prices high. The UM wants to do something about this and signed the Socially Responsible Research and Licensing Policy this week. Ellen ...

Psychology maintains numerus clausus

MAASTRICHT. From the next academic year, seven of the ten university bachelor’s programmes in Psychology will no longer have a numerus clausus. Maastricht University will maintain the restriction because of the huge number of applications and the wish to provide the small-scale education. The universities of Leiden and Groningen are still dis...
Running for resuscitation training

Running for resuscitation training

MAASTRICHT. Resuscitation training for secondary-school pupils is what UM runners will be sweating for on 17 January during the ‘Zweit veur Leid’ run. It is the third time that the University Fund/SWOL participates in a sponsored run with their own good cause. “It fits in well with our knowledge institute,” says Charlotte Gr...

Science students win NWO competition

Science students win NWO competition

MAASTRICHT. Three students from the Maastricht Science Programme won the NWO Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition last week. Onno Akkermans, Mitch Spronck and Pegah Keshaniyan went home with one thousand euro each. They created a bit with a built-in miniature sensor that detects awake bruxism. In layman’s terms: teeth gnashing during wake...

Walking 9 km for the kids

Walking 9 km for the kids

MAASTRICHT. ‘The next generation’ is the theme of this year’s Serious Request event, during which three popular radio DJs are locked up for six days in a small, temporary studio. Donations will go to children in conflict areas. “The university just had to be involved”, said Ellen Breevoort of the UM working group, who ...

"Will I be able to correctly play that high bar in the Schubert piece?"

MAASTRICHT. On December 6th the Maastricht University Orchestra performed at Maastricht’s Christmas celebration ‘Magisch Maastricht’. Leading up to this, Sophie Silverstein, second violist and second year UCM-student, kept a diary.
Creating a play from individual scenes

Creating a play from individual scenes

MAASTRICHT. The American Dream was their point of departure: what is it in fact, why does everyone want it? The students from drama association Alles is Drama subsequently improvised and elaborated on the theme. This resulted in a mix of made-up scenes and a new interpretation of existing monologues and pieces of music: Day/Dream. The show, directe...

Countless tables laden with books

Countless tables laden with books

MAASTRICHT. Every year the Boekenfestijn, a travelling event selling books at reduced prices that failed to be sold in stores, makes a stop in Maastricht. From November 26-29 the fair took place in the MECC, its yearly reoccurring venue.
Overcrowded trains attract record number of complaints

Overcrowded trains attract record number of complaints

THE NETHERLANDS. Record numbers of rail travellers have complained about overcrowded trains in the past month, passengers’ organisation Rover said.

UM opens its doors at 40th anniversary next year

MAASTRICHT. A jubilee that focuses on the city of Maastricht and the surrounding region. That is the idea behind the festivities next year, in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of this university. “After that,” said President Martin Paul during a press conference on the jubilee this week, “we hope that we have put an end to ...

Innovation Challenge: How to raise money for UNICEF

MAASTRICHT. A sign saying ‘No girls allowed’ at the School of Business and Economics. A sign saying ‘No water’ at the sports centre and ‘No toilet’ at the faculty. “It’s all about awareness for the living conditions of refugee children. People need disruptive reminders to know what it is like to have ...

Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

A standing tutorial: is it healthier, better for group dynamics and learning? Experiments are being carried out at University College Maastricht and in the Maastricht Science Programme. “Sometimes I have classes from eight to half past six in the evening. Standing between sessions keeps me awake.” A tip: kick high-heeled shoes under the...
Torchlight procession for Serious Request

Torchlight procession for Serious Request

MAASTRICHT. Walking nine kilometres for a good cause. On Tuesday 8 December at 18:30hrs., a torchlight procession for employees and students will start from the Minderbroedersberg. The procession will pass the Sint Pietersberg and continue on to the Cannerberg and Louwberg, pausing for hot chocolate and glühwein in the courtyard of Chateau Neercann...

FASoS: no more than one exam a day

FASoS: no more than one exam a day

MAASTRICHT. At the moment, there are often too many exams and resits in one week, says the student fraction of the faculty council of Arts and Social Sciences. Sometimes there are even two in one day, a situation that requires a solution.
EU gives foreign students nine months to find a job

EU gives foreign students nine months to find a job

THE NETHERLANDS. Americans, Chinese or Kenyans who have graduated in Europe, will be given the time to look for a job within the European Union. The European Students Union is satisfied, but had hoped for more time.
A quarter of foreign students find jobs

A quarter of foreign students find jobs

THE NETHERLANDS. Foreign students often remain in the Netherlands to work after they have graduated. More than one in four has a job five years later, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports.
‘Yes’ to The Student Hotel

‘Yes’ to The Student Hotel

MAASTRICHT. Tuesday evening, the Maastricht city council said ‘yes’ to the plans for the establishment of The Student Hotel in the Eiffel building at the top of the Boschstraat. The following morning, Gerdo van Grootheest, the alderman concerned, twittered that he was “very happy”. He had a tough time these past few weeks. ...

Questions about BISS education

Questions about BISS education

MAASTRICHT. The technical universities of Twente and Eindhoven have raised concerns about the study programmes at the BISS institute Business Intelligence and Smart Services (BISS) institute in Heerlen. The institute, established by the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and partners, will focus on transforming big data into services. The techn...

“Supporting France doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world”

“Supporting France doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world”

MAASTRICHT. “The attacks on the Russian aeroplane, or Beirut last week, are just as barbaric as the one in Paris last Friday. But I know the neighbourhood in the French capital where it happened, I lived in Paris for a number of years when I was young, and I was there for UNESCO only last week. It is difficult to find words for the pain you f...
Human border for refugees

Human border for refugees

MAASTRICHT. Sunday 15th marked Amnesty International Maastricht Students (AIMS) creating a small scale blockade on the Sint Servaasbrug. The goal? To raise awareness about the difficulties refugees face on their way to a safer life in Europe.
Peekaboo wins Local Hero Award

Peekaboo wins Local Hero Award

MAASTRICHT. Nine months until you can hold your baby in your arms – for some parents the wait is unbearable. Enter Peekaboo, a startup that aims to convert ultrasound scans into virtual reality so soon-to-be parents can have a 360 degree look at their baby and even ‘hold’ it. Yesterday, they won the Local Hero Award and received 1...

Strong interest from Dutch pupils

Strong interest from Dutch pupils

MAASTRICHT. Last Saturday saw the busiest Bachelor’s Open Day in Maastricht University’s history, with as many as 3100 school students descending on the city. In November 2012, which previously held the record for the busiest Open Day, UM welcomed under 2800 prospective students. A large number of this year’s pupils (almost 2100) ...

A record 90,000 foreign students are studying in the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS. Almost 90,000 foreign students are studying in the Netherlands this year, of whom 23,000 come from outside Europe, according to international education body EP-Nuffic.
“Photography is the best way to bring about emotion in people”

“Photography is the best way to bring about emotion in people”

MAASTRICHT. The image of two male lovers bathed in the teal-tinged light of a bedroom confronts the visitor when entering the Centre Céramique. With this image, Danish photographer Mads Nissen won the prize of Photo of the Year. It is part of the World Press Photo exhibition, which Céramique hosted until the 15th of November.

Website delay

MAASTRICHT. The launch of the new Maastricht University website has been delayed. The site will not go live in December, as Manon Gorissen, head of digital communication, reported a month ago in Observant, but after New Year. No new date has been fixed yet.
“Somaliland’s constitution is beautiful, but mostly theoretical”

“Somaliland’s constitution is beautiful, but mostly theoretical”

MAASTRICHT. What is more important: targeting poverty or human rights? This is the question that occupied Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairman of the Somali Human Rights Centre and participant in Maastricht’s Shelter Programme, at the Somaliland Human Rights Info Night last Tuesday. Leonie Eilers, a first-year student of European Public Health, hea...

Prize for Maastricht Green Office model

MAASTRICHT. RootAbility, the organisation behind the Maastricht Green Office movement, last week received the UNESCO–Japan Prize for education in sustainable development. This is the first time the prize has been awarded. The $50,000 award will be used to further spread the Green Office model and strengthen the Green Office movement...

Faculty of Law goes to Aruba

Faculty of Law goes to Aruba

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht Faculty of Law is going to work together with the University of Aruba. From the next academic year, they hope to welcome the first students for the double degree programme, an American Specialisation, within the existing master’s programme of International and European Tax Law. Eventually, the participants will...
A dancing pumpkin

A dancing pumpkin

MAASTRICHT. Jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, witches, mind-blowing costumes, trick-or-treating, ringing doorbells, candy, chocolate, caramel apples, parties, late October… It is Halloween . Fuelled by an unbridled Halloween obsession, enthusiasm for choosing original costumers and desire to experience something out-of-the-ordinary, Maastricht is a v...

Keuzegids 2016: High praise for University College

Keuzegids 2016: High praise for University College

MAASTRICHT. University College Maastricht once again received high praise in the latest edition of the Keuzegids guide to higher education. With a final score of 9.4, UCM left the sixteen other Maastricht programmes included in the ranking far behind, and can rightly call itself the best bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands. Knowledge Engi...
The Student Hotel: concerns among politicians and Maastricht hotels

The Student Hotel: concerns among politicians and Maastricht hotels

MAASTRICHT. Of the 378 rooms in The Student Hotel, planned in the Eiffel building at the Boschstraat, on average a maximum of 98 rooms may be let as hotel rooms each year. The majority should serve as accommodation for students. This is what the Maastricht city authorities wrote to two political parties (CDA and Maastrichtse Volkspartij), who were ...
Students help refugees

Students help refugees

MAASTRICHT. Students from the Refugee Project helped to receive new refugees in the Netherlands last week. On 13 October, the Maastricht city council decided to accept hundreds of additional asylum seekers in the Limmel refugee centre. “I received a phone call asking if there were volunteers from the Refugee Project who’d be willing to ...

The Run of the Germans

The Run of the Germans

I get to the library around 8:15 and there’s already a huge queue waiting at the centre of the glass windows. As its namesake would suggest, the Running of the Germans is a Maastricht phenomenon in which German students line up before the opening of the library to vie for the best study spot. If you’re an exchange student, like me, or j...

First-year students’ feelings matter

First-year students’ feelings matter

MAASTRICHT. Brains are important, but we shouldn’t ignore the influence of emotions such as hopelessness or enjoyment on students’ learning process, says Alexandra Niculescu, a Romanian psychologist who will defend her PhD thesis tomorrow, Friday 16 October, at Maastricht University. “We need to invest in how students feel, but no...

2,000 euro for UM thesis

MAASTRICHT. Ingrid Kremer, a recent graduate from the research master’s of Health Sciences, has won the Catharina Pijls Aanmoedigingsprijs (Catharina Pijls encouragement prize) for her thesis on MS medication. This annual prize, specifically for Maastricht Health Sciences graduates, consists of two thousand euro, to be spent at the winner&rsq...
New UM website online in December

New UM website online in December

MAASTRICHT. It will finally go live in December: Maastricht University’s new website. After a year-and-a-half of discussions, writing, designing, and constructing, the worst irritations have hopefully been dealt with. No more rambling, a search machine that works properly, and a lot of images and videos.
“Jordanians are proud that their country is stable”

“Jordanians are proud that their country is stable”

MAASTRICHT. One person is making a tour of Oman and writes a blog about it, the other teaches English to children for ‘SOS Kinderdorpen’. AIESEC, a student organisation that arranges work placements abroad, sends thirty students to the Middle East every year. This is done within the framework of the extra-curricular Nour Project, for wh...
Scrapping student grants means more stay at home

Scrapping student grants means more stay at home

THE NETHERLANDS. More students are likely to study in their home towns and continue living with their parents now the government has scrapped student grants, according to research by student housing monitor group Kences.
University library considers installing turnstiles

University library considers installing turnstiles

MAASTRICHT. Again students are complaining about the over-crowded library in the city centre. This time, they did so in the Law Faculty Council meeting last Wednesday, in which the idea of the university library to install turnstiles again was discussed.
“For years the Netherlands has had its back to Germany”

“For years the Netherlands has had its back to Germany”

MAASTRICHT. Five thousand German students in Maastricht, against three hundred Dutch students in Aachen. Where does this difference come from? This was the theme of a discussion held in the Feestzaal at the Faculty of Law last Monday.
Students want more video recordings

Students want more video recordings

​MAASTRICHT. Law students want more lectures to be made available digitally. They argued for this during the Faculty Council meeting last Wednesday. Especially in the bachelor’s and master’s of Tax Law most lectures are not recorded. “It is an easy way to make education more effective and eventually improve test results,&rdqu...
Pick-up-your-permit day

Pick-up-your-permit day

MAASTRICHT. Whether they had come to Maastricht for a semester, a year or a full three-year study programme, all non-EU students stood in line last Tuesday at the Student Service Centre to collect their residence permits. Since 2010 the Maastricht University Visa Office has organised a centralised pick-up-your-permit-day twice a year. On Tuesday, a...

Glitz and glamour at the Law Ball

Glitz and glamour at the Law Ball

MAASTRICHT. The Annual Faculty of Law Ball contained all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood red carpet event. It was sold out already weeks before the event and held at Maastricht's Ipanema venue. A range of different music genres were played to suit everyone's taste; a smooth concoction of jazz to help people glide into the celebratory s...

Raising awareness with tea and cookies

Raising awareness with tea and cookies

A group of seven gathers in a tight circle, balancing coffee mugs and cookies on their laps, on Monday evening in the new building of the InnBetween Student Chaplaincy on Capucijnenstraat 122. Beneath paintings entitled Life, Process of Life, and Flow of Life, they sit discussing the artwork as well as topics that reach far beyond the scope of any ...

“Munich of the Netherlands”

“Munich of the Netherlands”

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht was once a fortified town. Left to depend on itself and inward looking. The city didn’t become any more open even when the walls were pulled down at the end of the nineteenth century. It did not have the grandeur of a provincial capital, some concluded during a mini conference in Centre Céramique last Sunday.
Trend: SBE students tend to focus on exams

Trend: SBE students tend to focus on exams

MAASTRICHT. Poorly formulated questions, typos, the degree of difficulty: SBE students occasionally have a point and there are genuine issues with an exam. In such cases, it’s understandable that they band together in protest. But these days they seem to be doing it even for spelling mistakes. Moreover, some tutors have found themselves being...
Tutors to sit exams first

Tutors to sit exams first

MAASTRICHT. To improve the quality of exams, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has come up with a novel measure: before students sit an exam, the tutor who developed it should first have a fellow tutor take the exam. Depending on the mark obtained, the exam questions will then be critically evaluated.
Tom Dumoulin: Near Vuelta winner and would-be UM icon

Tom Dumoulin: Near Vuelta winner and would-be UM icon

MAASTRICHT. He was breathtakingly close to winning the Tour of Spain. And if the 24-year-old Maastricht native had managed it, it wouldn’t have mattered whether Maastricht University was able to flaunt its own student-cum-champion cyclist.
Give refugees opportunity for a meaningful stay

Give refugees opportunity for a meaningful stay

NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Six Dutch academics, including the Maastricht professor Wiebe Bijker and Amsterdam political scientist Rob Hagendijk, have started a petition urging for more refugees to be absorbed as students or visiting researchers in higher education. “Everyone wants to help. Our idea is: do something you’re good at. As unive...

More Dutch universities start selecting students

NETHERLANDS. Over 25% of hbo college degree courses and one in five university degrees have some form of selection, according to the latest edition of the higher education handbook Keuzegids.
Sleeping in a hostel due to lack of suitable rooms

Sleeping in a hostel due to lack of suitable rooms

MAASTRICHT. There are dozens of, mainly foreign, students who cannot find a suitable room in Maastricht. True, there is not a lot on offer, certainly not in the city centre. Belgium? Rather not, too much administrative red tape, they say. Stayokay, the hostel on the Maasboulevard, is doing well due to this student accommodation shortage: students h...
UM student did fieldwork in Iraq, 30 km from IS

UM student did fieldwork in Iraq, 30 km from IS

“Since the seventies the Iraqi Kurds have been constantly exposed to violence and threats”, says Hanife Masoomifar, a Canadian master’s student from the School of Governance who did his fieldwork in the capital of Erbil in July. “There was the war between Iraq and Iran, the aggression of Saddam Hussein, including chemical we...
A bit with Bluetooth to combat tooth grinding

A bit with Bluetooth to combat tooth grinding

MAASTRICHT. It hardly ever happens: bachelor’s students obtaining a NWO grant. Nevertheless, this is exactly what three students from the Maastricht Science Program managed to do. Before the summer, they received 27 thousand euro, for a subject that doesn’t immediately make you think ‘science’: bruxism. Otherwise known as to...
Not your typical “boom boom party”

Not your typical “boom boom party”

MAASTRICHT. “I want to play roulette though!” It’s Monday evening at the Muziekgieterij, where the International Student Network (ISN) is hosting Social Monday for the second time since the start of this academic year. Striped, spotted and floral-ed sofas are spread around the venue in a charmingly alluring fashion that draws grou...

“Jannah, Michele, Louis, I’m your buddy, don’t feel shy to come on stage”

“Jannah, Michele, Louis, I’m your buddy, don’t feel shy to come on stage”

MAASTRICHT. Beer, spring rolls, bitterballen and a lot of laughter. In total seventy buddies (all of them international students) and more than 300 first-year bachelor’s students from all over the world came together last Thursday evening in the old Bonbonnière theatre in Maastricht.
A butterfly house in the garden at the Faculty of Law

A butterfly house in the garden at the Faculty of Law

Have you ever heard of the Maastricht Quartier Latin? It is located in the area of the Bouillonstraat, Tongersestraat, Minderbroedersberg, Zwingelput and all the way up to the Tapijn barracks. On Saturday, 12 September, this area will be the beating heart of lectures about scientific research, for theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. It is ...

Slight increase of first-years

MAASTRICHT. It appears that there is a slight increase in the number of first-year students. This is shown by the provisional enrolment figures. Maastricht University received 24,028 first-year pre-enrolments this year. Of them, 6,183 have already received the ‘approved’ stamp. This means that their registration has been fully completed...

Start of science master’s programmes

Start of science master’s programmes

MAASTRICHT. The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) gave the go-ahead for two new science master’s programmes during the summer: Biobased Materials and Systems Biology. The minister had already given approval in January. The masters fit in well with the UM strategy to boost science education. The study program...

Do the Dabke

Do the Dabke

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht’s Stadspark was transformed into a hub of oriental dance, music, and energy by Not Just A Number, a new NGO in Maastricht, dedicated to the “re-humanisation of refugees”. On Wednesday, the 26th of August, the event entitled Culture Lovers, was held, in aims to help integrate the growing number of refugees in...

University must remain liveable and workable

University must remain liveable and workable

MAASTRICHT. Community building, building a community. And not just the academic community of students and staff, but also focusing on stronger relations with the surroundings: the city of Maastricht, the region. This will be included in the UM’s new strategic programme.
Student Award for Refugee Project

Student Award for Refugee Project

MAASTRICHT. Aurelia Streit, of the Student and Society Initiative (SSI), has won the Student Award 2015 for her work coordinating the Refugee Project Maastricht. The aim of the project is to bring students and refugees from the Maastricht asylum centre together to interact and socialise, and give the refugees a break from their day-to-day wait for ...

“Students of Maastricht, we need you”

“Students of Maastricht, we need you”

MAASTRICHT. “Let’s fasten our seatbelts.” With these words, moderator Simone van Trier introduced the twelve speakers of the morning program during the Opening of the Academic Year. The Minderbroedersberg Aula was almost packed to the brim, the audience including the full board of Maastricht University, the mayor and the city alde...
My First Two Weeks in Maastricht

My First Two Weeks in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. It’s raining in Maastricht. Clouds cover every last bit of benevolent sky that attempted to smile down upon us today, thus painting the town a sepia-like tone that can only be compared to the softened hue of a late 2012 Taylor Swift music video. Basically, it’s the perfect time to stare out of one’s window and reflect ...

Drinking water won’t cure a hangover say Dutch researchers

Drinking water won’t cure a hangover say Dutch researchers

MAASTRICHT. Dutch scientists studying the consequences of drinking too much have concluded that eating food and drinking water make no difference to a hangover, despite the popular belief that they do.
The higher the education, the more drugs used

The higher the education, the more drugs used

MAASTRICHT. The higher the education, the more drugs used Have you ever smoked a joint? Yes, say one in three with higher education. They have experimented much more often with drugs than others, Statistics Netherlands reports. Graduates from schools of higher education and universities also have more experience with cocaine, ecstasy or amphe...

Spot the difference

Spot the difference

MAASTRICHT. The lecture hall of the School of Business and Economics has gone through some significant changes over the summer. Gone are the long benches; they have been replaced by individual chairs with their own folding table and power point. Also, a hundred extra seats were added to the hall.

Fasos welcomes freshmen

Fasos welcomes freshmen

MAASTRICHT. A queue already beginning on the Grote Gracht. This Wednesday morning the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences welcomes the freshmen. "Are you from Belgium", one of the first- year students asks. Yes, is the answer from a fellow student. "From the Dutch or French part?" "Dutch." And off they g...

Special fellow taxi driver

Special fellow taxi driver

MAASTRICHT. Three students of Maastricht University were driven by a very special fellow taxi driver from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Maastricht, last Monday. Martin Paul, president of Maastricht University, was at Amsterdam Airport for the Holland Scholarship event with the Dutch minister of education. Could he serve as a pick-up s...

One in five graduates in arrears with student debt

One in five graduates in arrears with student debt

Around one in five graduates with a student debt is behind with repayments, broadcaster Nos said at the weekend. Of these, two-thirds get a visit from a bailiff, the Nos said. The figures are based on information from the education ministry.
Dive like a dolphin

Dive like a dolphin

MAASTRICHT. Badminton, fencing, rugby, rowing, cycling, climbing, music and sun. Every UM sports association was at the Griend to show how much fun it is to participate, this Thursday afternoon. A lot of students came and tried to climb a wall, to dive with a dolphin and to play badminton. Or just sat together.

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

MAASTRICHT. There were loads of opportunities to dance at Cultural Valley in the Stadspark on Wednesday evening during the Inkom. The pop songs of the bands, the bass tunes of the DJ’s and the beats of the drum band – they all got people swinging. Those who preferred to watch could see Project Sally’s break-dancers and hip hoppers...

Yes, we dive

Yes, we dive

MAASTRICHT. Always loved to swim and dance? At this moment a lot of fresmen have put on their swimming suits to enjoy a couple of hours in and around the Maastricht swimmingpool Geusseltbad. Tonight, Wednesday 19 August, there will be a cultural festival and food market in the Stadspark.

Start festival Sphinxkwartier

Start festival Sphinxkwartier

MAASTRICHT. An hour ago the Inkom festival at the Sphinxkwartier started with two stages, a lot of music, places to dance, eat, drink and relax. It's quite crowded.

Cold Day@theUni

Cold Day@theUni

It was rather cold at the Day@theUni in the garden of de building of the School of Business and Economics Tuesday afternoon. Most freshmen stayed inside the inner city mensa for their lunch and missed a first acquaintance with study associations like Orakel (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Santé (Faculty of Health and Medicine) and  Gaiu...

2300 freshmen join Inkom

2300 freshmen join Inkom

Yesterday, about 2300 freshmen started with their new life in Maastricht. On the first day of the Inkom 2015 they had lunch in the former military barracks of the Tapijnkazerne and were around 20:00 officially welcomed by DJ Enzo Zanetti, De Heeren van Aemstel Band, Fabrizio and Belle Perez at the Markt in the centre of Maastricht. Today there is t...

“Bad English still problem”

“Bad English still problem”

“SBE is a cool place to study”, several students said reassuringly during the first of a series of debates with the Faculty Board. But that’s not to say things are perfect. The students criticised the level of English, the lack of reflection, and the absence of a sense of community.
Gallery filled with megaphones, vuvuzelas and drums

Gallery filled with megaphones, vuvuzelas and drums

MAASTRICHT. Even before you cycle into the car park at the Geusselt as a visitor on Saturday 13 June, you are met by a wave of sound. One bad German hit song after the other blares from the loudspeakers, participants of the Royals Cup joining in at the top of their voices when they need not play themselves. Their colleagues compete in a rather swea...

Advising and challenging

Advising and challenging

MAASTRICHT. The discipline of student adviser is more than just “providing first aid” these days. It is also about 21st-century skills, employability and reflection on the study programme, career and oneself. Last week, the Maastricht student advisers organised a seminar on modern student advising. 
Artists Inkom announced

Artists Inkom announced

MAASTRICHT. Inkom wouldn’t be the same without Fabrizio. The Maastricht singer will make his appearance again during the Inkom opening event on the market this year. Spanish-Belgian singer Belle Pérez will follow him. No Dutch main act this time. “We wanted an artist who sings in another language, so that we appeal to everyone,&r...

Sustainability prize for 3D printing idea

Sustainability prize for 3D printing idea

MAASTRICHT. What can 3D printing mean to the MTB, the sheltered workshops in Maastricht. In asking themselves this question, a group of students from the School of Business and Economics won the Maastricht Student Sustainability Competition last Friday. The participants of the annual sustainability competition, organised by the Maastricht city coun...

Is it really that bad on the Grote Gracht?

Is it really that bad on the Grote Gracht?

MAASTRICHT. What is going on with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, a.k.a FASoS? Within a year, seven 'yellow cards' were issued by the national inspectorate NVAO ("a beating, we were terribly shocked," says an employee) and then the stories come out. Some are told in all openness and some literally pushed under the door of...

€300,000 for Student and City

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht city council aims to invest €300,000 in the Student and City programme, focused on improving the integration of students in the city. The plan is outlined in the Kaderbrief, a memo setting out the key points of the council’s financial plans. The Student and City programme is a partnership between Maastricht University, Ho...

All information through single Student Portal

All information through single Student Portal

MAASTRICHT. There is going to be a new student portal. The present MyUM for students will be replaced. Whereas students now have to find information about their subjects, grades and timetables through different channels, they will soon be able to do so through a single portal.
Who would you rather believe: a brain scan or a psychiatrist

Who would you rather believe: a brain scan or a psychiatrist

MAASTRICHT. What should a judge do with a suspect’s abnormal brain scan? Does he know what he is looking at? And what about psychopaths (snakes in suits) who sometimes successfully hold high-powered jobs in businesses? And: do people always make rational decisions? Problems that require interdisciplinary answers. In the new minor of Human and...
Dope biggest winner in university elections

Dope biggest winner in university elections

MAASTRICHT. For one year, Novum was able to call itself the most powerful political student party in Maastricht. Last Friday, when the election results were made public in the Kruithuis, it turned out that Dope had regained the top position: with no fewer than 29 seats – having gained seven – divided among the University Council and fac...
“Language is in control of us”

“Language is in control of us”

“Writing starts with a sense of a tension, which gets into my head. A friend and writer once said to me: ‘I have that scream in my head and I need to get rid of it, in a manner that is as beautiful and elegant as possible.’” This is how Man Booker Prize winner John Banville explained how a new story of his is born.  ...

Group sizes: great, faculty housing: could be better

Group sizes: great, faculty housing: could be better

MAAASTRICHT. Maastricht students are satisfied with their bachelor’s and master’s programmes, is the conclusion from the results of the National Student Survey published last week. The most enthusiastic students can be found at University College Maastricht, Knowledge Engineering and Tax Law. Students throughout the UM are the least satisfied – but...
No more Saudi Arabian medical students to come to Maastricht

No more Saudi Arabian medical students to come to Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. There will be no more Saudi Arabian medical students coming to Maastricht. The decision was taken by the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. The Saudi government set too many requirements to which the faculty did not wish to adhere.A committee will be formed to investigate how this happened. “We want to learn from the m...
First part of the new sports hall is ready

First part of the new sports hall is ready

MAASTRICHT. Thirty spinning bikes are waiting in a brand new studio. A class of primary school pupils is using the large sports hall where three basketball games can take place simultaneously. In the new gym on the first floor, university students are doing their thing this Tuesday evening. The first part of the new University Sports Centre in Rand...

Enormous influx for Psychology bachelor’s

MAASTRICHT. The number of applications for the bachelor’s of Psychology has doubled this year. Last year, some 800 prospective students showed an interest in the study programme, this year the figure was about 1,600. Of those, 1,022 have gone through the decentralised selection process. The reason for the increase is the new track in English....
WE-festival: A week full of magic

WE-festival: A week full of magic

MAASTRICHT. “Progress, ah! Progress, ah!” Performance artist Rachel Solomon is performing her interactive poem about politics on the little stage next to the campfire at the St Michel farm, just outside Maastricht. Her performance is part of the annual WE festival, a collaborative, non-profit and sustainable festival organised by Maastr...

"Splitting up Ukraine is misplaced"

"Splitting up Ukraine is misplaced"

MAASTRICHT. It wouldn’t surprise him if the conflict in Ukraine rekindled. In the latest Minsk Treaty, the aggressors (the separatists) came out best, which implies: aggression pays off. This is the opinion of Arkady Moshes, an expert on the relations between the EU and Russia. Next week, he will give the Schuman lecture, organised by Studium...
The taste is good, the mouthfeel is less

The taste is good, the mouthfeel is less

MAASTRICHT. The life of a university caterer is no bed of roses. You change the lay-out, you bring in new coffee machines: always comments. You introduce new ‘catering concepts’ throughout the buildings with trendy names like FFWD>> en M.RK.T. and look: questions are asked at a faculty council meeting, this time it’s about t...

Student Idea Competition has two winners

MAASTRICHT. Getting students up off their chairs now and again during their studies and informing youths about human trafficking. These two ideas won the Student Idea Competition last Wednesday. The five finalists had come to the Karl Dittrich hall at the Student Services Centre to present their plans to the jury, who included Astrid Boeijen (direc...
Monday 27 April: Birthday King Willem-Alexander

Monday 27 April: Birthday King Willem-Alexander

King’s day! On Monday 27 April Maastricht celebrates the birthday of King Willem-Alexander with music on the Maastricht Markt and Stadspark (start 14.00 hours), and a free market for children and families in the Stadspark. And of course a lot of orange colored outfits and gadgets. On Sunday there is a King’s night in the Stadspark (star...

Learning about Problem-Based Learning in the style of Problem-Based Learning

Learning about Problem-Based Learning in the style of Problem-Based Learning

MAASTRICHT. It is a worldwide first; MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) by Maastricht University, to be launched after the summer, is the first online course to be given in the style of problem-based learning. UM employees can try MOOC out from 11 May.
Study places: more and more, never enough

Study places: more and more, never enough

MAASTRICHT. The number of study places is increasing constantly, but it seems like there are never enough. Especially the library in the city centre seems to suffer from overcrowding. A building on the Tapijn grounds will soon open and most likely stay open around the clock; next year it will also be possible to study at the new sports hall.
ISN sponsors first day of Bruis festival

ISN sponsors first day of Bruis festival

MAASTRICHT. ISN, the International Student Network, is sponsoring Bruis this year. The pop festival will take place at the Koompe, the sport’s area of the former Tapijn barracks on 4, 5, and 6 September 2015. Entrance is free.
Inkom at Tapijn and in the Sphinxkwartier

Inkom at Tapijn and in the Sphinxkwartier

MAASTRICHT. The Inkom Working Group has chosen new activities and new (historical) locations this year. Most of the activities on the first day of the introduction week for first-year students - Monday 17 to Friday 21 August - will take place at the Tapijn barracks.  On Monday afternoon, after registration at the School of Business and Econom...

Divide refugees equally over European countries

Divide refugees equally over European countries

MAASTRICHT. What do to with the thousands of people seeking asylum in the European Union? This is a hot topic not only for Europe’s leaders, but also for the students who took part in the Student Forum Maastricht (SFM) at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels from 15 to 19 April.

Not Maastricht but Leuven wins European Law Moot Court

MAASTRICHT. Leuven University won the European Law Moot Court Competition at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, this weekend. The Maastricht University team, composed of Anca Bliort, Eugenie Coche and Andrea Rigamonti, came in second. The ELMC is one of the world’s most important pleading competitions, in which participants simulate ...

Bad English: ah well, as long as we understand each other

Bad English: ah well, as long as we understand each other

MAASTRICHT. Keeping the discussion about Maastricht as a student city going: okay. As a political party, being interested in the ideas in society: understandable. As far as that was concerned, the Labour Party (PvdA) meeting and the Student & Society Initiative, on Monday evening in the Muziekgieterij, can only be applauded. But are we hearing ...
Making a choice from sixteen student lists

Making a choice from sixteen student lists

MAASTRICHT. The lists of candidates for the University Council and faculty councils were finalised at the beginning of this week. There is clearly more choice than two years ago, both among students and employees. Only at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, the support staff seat remains unoccupied. The Faculty of Law is finally getting academi...
Outbreak of scabies among UM students

Outbreak of scabies among UM students

MAASTRICHT. Student Services has warned students against scabies. Various student organisations reported to local health authority GGD South Limburg that members suffered from this skin disease. “Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that burrows under the skin and leaves behind certain substances. This starts to itch,” says Casper den Heije...

ESN to become ISN

ESN to become ISN

MAASTRICHT. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) will change its name to International Student Network (ISN). “We want to make it clear that we are here for all international students, not just for exchange students. It is something that the university also wanted, ” says promo co-ordinator Nadim Gijsen. In February, it was announced that ...

SBE revises thesis policy

SBE revises thesis policy

MAASTRICHT. After the yellow cards issued by NVAO for the FASoS theses, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has decided to seriously upgrade its final project in the bachelor’s programme from four to eight credits. Another reason is that its own students and staff increasingly regarded the so-called capstone as a 'necessary hurdle&...
From Maastricht with Love

From Maastricht with Love

MAASTRICHT. Long-distance relationships. Some say they’re perfect. They keep things interesting; you’re always excited about seeing each other, and the time you do spend together is special. The flip side of the coin is that you spend most of your time missing each other and communicating mainly via social media. Long-distance relations...

Pick up point for sustainable study materials at Green Office

Pick up point for sustainable study materials at Green Office

MAASTRICHT. Those who order writing materials at aGreenStory, a webshop started by University College Maastricht student Yağmur Masmas, are now able to pick the order up for free at the Green Office. Masmas started a shop with sustainable study materials in high school. Last year she expended to a webshop, which was nominated for the ASN Bank World...

UM in first place in Keuzegids Masters

UM in first place in Keuzegids Masters

MAASTRICHT. “Few real peaks, but broad quality,” concluded the Keuzegids Masters 2015, which was published this week, about Maastricht University. It is paying off: the UM is “the best broad masters’ university in the Netherlands”. At the same time, not a single Maastricht masters’ study reached the top twenty of...
NUM wants to work together with the Executive Board and the University Council

NUM wants to work together with the Executive Board and the University Council

MAASTRICHT. Investigations into the exact workload of staff members, elections for all top positions, don’t let the tuition fees rise. The New University Maastricht (NUM) set out eight “demands” in an open letter to the Executive Board this week, but also says that they want to work together with the Executive Board and the Univer...
Students socialise with refugees in new project

Students socialise with refugees in new project

MAASTRICHT. “Here, take some ice cream.” It’s Thursday evening at Innbetween, the new location and name of the Ecumenical Student Chaplaincy Tafelstraat 13, and the room is buzzing with chatter and laughter. About thirty students and twenty refugees are here for the first activity of the Refugee Project. They’ve just eaten t...

"We have no time for the really good students"

"We have no time for the really good students"

MAASTRICHT. “Is there a problem? If so, what exactly is the problem? Is there a crisis? Do we need demands of the New University Maastricht?” The debate about the modern university, last Tuesday evening in a crowded lecture hall on the Tongersestraat, attended by not only students, but also by many deans, the entire Executive Board and ...
No ‘monoculture’ at SBE

No ‘monoculture’ at SBE

MAASTRICHT. Criticism about Economics education at Dutch universities is accumulating. Just like (Maastricht) students have done before, a group of sixteen professors are now calling for more diversity in academic education.
SBE team wins Maastricht University Debating Championship

SBE team wins Maastricht University Debating Championship

MAASTRICHT. Is it a good idea to increase the funding for so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and dramatically decrease the funding for non-STEM fields, such as Arts and Social Sciences, Economics and Politics? That was the question at the Maastricht University Debating Championship, last Monday evening in the ...

“Current physics is a mess”

“Current physics is a mess”

A mess, or less slightingly, a cookery book: physics is a collection of recipes from a variety of cuisines. This is the view of physicist Ronald Westra, who organised the two-day masterclass New physics, beyond the standard model, together with the Science Programme, and brought a number of big shots to the UM. Is there or is there not go...

UM satisfied with the number of master’s students

MAASTRICHT. The open day for master’s programmes, last Saturday, attracted more visitors this year than last year. Then 1389 potential students came to take a look, this year that number was approximately 1500 (the definite figure will be announced at the end of this week). Competition among universities has become more intense over the past ...

OPINION: Maagdenhuis occupation: A national assault on education requires a national defence

MAASTRICHT. The true source of the dispute between students and the university board in Amsterdam, lies in national education policy and efficiency measures, says Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences-student David Darler, on behalf of the New University Maastricht, in this opinion article.
“It is not about miscommunication, it’s about power”

“It is not about miscommunication, it’s about power”

MAASTRICHT. “Let them in, let them in,” students chant as the door to the crowded lecture hall (ninety seats) at University College closes. People interested in the debate organised by The New University Maastricht wait outside on Tuesday evening. This new community, just like the occupiers of the Maagdenhuis in Amsterdam are pleading f...

Student information portal in English

Student information portal in English

MAASTRICHT. Where can I find the closest GP? What do I do with my rubbish? How do I find a room to rent? For answers to questions like these and more, students can now go to mymaastricht.nl, an English-language portal with information on transportation, housing, healthcare and other practical matters. The portal was launched last Tuesday. An initi...

No ‘PhD students’ at the UM

No ‘PhD students’ at the UM

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University will not participate in Education minister Bussemaker’s national experiment to appoint ‘PhD students’. The Executive Board does not support the idea, and the University Council feels the same.
Albron lowers fruit prices after students’ criticism

Albron lowers fruit prices after students’ criticism

MAASTRICHT. Chris Snellen, responsible for catering on behalf of the Facility Services, had to attend another University Council meeting to explain about in-house caterer Albron.
Smooth landing for students from afar

Smooth landing for students from afar

MAASTRICHT. Foreign students who do not meet the entry requirements for a university bachelor’s programme, will get made-to-measure education in Maastricht for a year. The so-called Foundation Programme will prepare them for European Public Health, International Business or Economics and Business Economics. There are plans for an expansion of...
Universities may appoint 2,000 PhD students

Universities may appoint 2,000 PhD students

NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. The government announced last week that universities will be given a period of eight years to experiment with PhD programmes in which candidates receive a grant instead of a salary. The Netherlands PhD Network (Promovendi Netwerk Nederland) rejects the plans. Maastricht rector Luc Soete is cautious.
Fewer first-year students for universities

Fewer first-year students for universities

NETHERLANDS. Forty-four thousand first-year students embarked upon a university bachelor’s study in September. That is 2.4 per cent less than last year. The number of first-year students at Maastricht University has increased by 3.8 per cent. The total (bachelor’s and master’s) is 6,611 newcomers, 240 more than last year.
International Students Club in the Timmerfabriek

International Students Club in the Timmerfabriek

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club is to be housed in the Timmerfabriek on the Boschstraat. This will not be until 2017, but the decision has been made after years of discussions about a suitable meeting place for international students. Maastricht University and the city council signed a declaration of intent today.
Helpdesk will help students set up initiatives

Helpdesk will help students set up initiatives

MAASTRICHT. Students who want to set up an initiative or organisation often find themselves facing all sorts of issues: where to get funding, how to book an office space and so on. To answer these questions, the Student Project Team (SPT) will launch an online helpdesk as of next week. Students have long been calling for a platform with informatio...

“We would prefer to hear that we are excellent”

“We would prefer to hear that we are excellent”

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has lately become a collector of ‘yellow cards’. To their own surprise. “No, of course we hadn’t expected this,” education director Jo Wachelder reacted. “There was a lot of praise from the quality auditors when they visited us; we were told on a number of occas...

European Law Moot Court Competition

MAASTRICHT. Four Maastricht law students will soon head to the semifinals of the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC) at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg. The ELMC is one of the world’s most important pleading competitions, in which participants simulate legal proceedings focusing on European Law. Between 80 and 100 teams fro...

Ample praise for Global Health

Ample praise for Global Health

MAASTRICHT. In addition to the master’s of European Studies, another four UM programmes were assessed in this round. The master’s of Health Food Innovation Management in Venlo received a pass, as did the bachelor’s and the master’s of European Public Health. The last two also received the mark of ‘internationalisation&...

Fourteen student clubs have a place of their own

Fourteen student clubs have a place of their own

MAASTRICHT. About fifty workspaces, two rooms for meetings, and a meeting place for fourteen – mostly international – student organisations. This new accommodation on the Gebroeders Hermansstraat 2 for Radio Frappe (a new student initiative), Chess club, Maastricht Students for Liberty, Rethorica, Alles is drama, Aegee, and the Maastric...
Exotic diseases are also prevalent in small provincial towns

Exotic diseases are also prevalent in small provincial towns

MAASTRICHT. Ebola doesn’t stop at national borders; diseases and patients travel around the world more than ever before. That in itself, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences thinks, is an important reason for making education at the faculty more international. For this process, there will be a special International Education Co-o...
Another yellow card for FASoS programme

Another yellow card for FASoS programme

MAASTRICHT. Again, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has received a yellow card for one of its programmes. This time it is for the research master’s of European Studies, as was announced by the auditors of Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) last Tuesday. In 2013, six other FASoS programmes were also deemed...

Tafelstraat 13 becomes The InnBetween

Tafelstraat 13 becomes The InnBetween

MAASTRICHT. Tafelstraat 13, the University Chaplaincy, is leaving the building that bears its name. The new location will be Capucijnenstraat 122. “A huge step for us, as we have been at Tafelstraat 13 since we started in the nineteen-seventies,” says student pastor Arie de Fijter. “But it is a step that we have been considering f...

Creating a safe atmosphere for gay students

Creating a safe atmosphere for gay students

MAASTRICHT. "Is there anything for gay students to do in Maastricht?” When this question was asked two months ago, the answer was close to no. Every now and then the COC organised a party and there is of course the Sway Café, but that was about it. Now, the answer is completely different. All of a sudden there are plenty of activities fo...

Maastricht wins University Business competition

Maastricht wins University Business competition

MAASTRICHT. A Maastricht student team won the University Business competition in Amsterdam last week. Five SBE students beat the other twelve competing university teams in a case competition about a business in the music industry. Utrecht came second, Leiden third. Create a school for young, talented DJs and have them play as supporting act to big...

“People are friendly towards us”

“People are friendly towards us”

MAASTRICHT. A few feeble jokes and “people sometimes stare a little more,” but other than that, Islamic students in Maastricht have experienced no extra trouble in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris. At least that is what a small sample of foreign prospective medical students say, who have been in Maastricht for nearly five months to...

“There are no good or bad students”

“There are no good or bad students”

MAASTRICHT. The jury was impressed by the efforts that she had made to promote educational innovation at the UM, in addition to her job as a PhD candidate. Catalina Goanta won the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, a sculpture and 5,000 euro.
“Failure – Jimmy Wales is good at it”

“Failure – Jimmy Wales is good at it”

MAASTRICHT. Wikipedia wasn’t his best idea, Jimmy Wales (48) told the approximately 1500 students at his lecture in the MECC last Friday. That was an online food ordering service. Nowadays every country has one, “but in 1996, restaurant owners were looking at me like I was from Mars.” He delivered his lecture ‘Failure as a r...

Film: Thesis Prize winners on their topics

MAASTRICHT. Sven Klijn (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, on the left) and Matthias Vos (Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience) are two of the seventeen bachelor Thesis Prize winners. In this film they explain what their research is about and how they felt when they heard they had won the Thesis Prize. Tomorrow at the Dies Natalis of ...

More free Wi-Fi in Maastricht

More free Wi-Fi in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. Since a few days ago, the city of Maastricht has been offering free Wi-Fi on the Markt, the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, Amorsplein, Stationsplein and the area around the Health Campus and the Maastricht University Medical Centre in Randwijck. The Wi-Fi network is a trial project until December 2015. The free offer of wireless Internet in Ma...

“Kobani has unified the Kurds”

“Kobani has unified the Kurds”

MAASTRICHT. This week, after months of fighting, Kurdish fighters claim to have regained 80 per cent of Kobani from the Islamic State (IS) that invaded the city in the Syrian part of Kurdistan, near the Turkish border in September 2014.  As a result of the conflict, Kurdish citizens from the region as well as elsewhere have been mobilised. Two...

Compulsory language courses for foreign students

THE NETHERLANDS. An MP from the liberal political party VVD wants all foreign students to take a Dutch language course. Minister of Education Bussemaker is doubtful, but will look into the possibilities. 
Additional study spaces at Tapijn

Additional study spaces at Tapijn

MAASTRICHT. In Spring 2015, the University Library intends to launch an experimental learning environment for students in shed V at the Tapijn barracks. In due course, the shed is scheduled to be demolished, but for the coming three years the library wants to use it to create approximately 200 additional study spaces. 

Student club’s location still unknown

MAASTRICHT. There will be no definite answer before Christmas about the building that will house the international student club. This is contrary to what the director of Student Services, Astrid Boeijen, declared on Wednesday 12 November in a meeting of the University Council. UM’s preference is the Timmerfabriek; the alternative locations ar...

Slapstick, light effects and 1960s clothing

Slapstick, light effects and 1960s clothing

MAASTRICHT. Brindsley Miller, a young artist, and his fiancée Carol Melkett want to impress a rich art collector who has come to look at Brindsley’s work. That is why they steal their neighbour’s expensive antique furniture. Things do not go according to plan. Carol’s father also decides to pay a visit; Brindsley and Carol get int...

Carbon monoxide poisoning in Guesthouse

MAASTRICHT. Two students – from Korea and Italy - became unwell in a Maastricht University Guesthouse on the Raccordement/Heugemerweg because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Still conscious, they were taken to the hospital. The two inhabitants have rooms on the ground floor of the apartment complex on the Raccordement in Heugem. This building ...

Do you accept a beer when the glass in your hand is half full?

Do you accept a beer when the glass in your hand is half full?

MAASTRICHT. If you drink more than twenty glasses of alcoholic beverages a week, are you a problem drinker? The students in the Karl Dittrich hall at Student Services, where there was a discussion evening on drugs and alcohol last Tuesday, are of different minds. “That is about three glasses a day, that is not so much. Then you’re not a...

‘Dear Mr Badawi’

‘Dear Mr Badawi’

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi’s name must have been written down many times yesterday. Like that of Elkin Musaev, a former Uzbekistani Ministry of Defence official, or United States army soldier Chelsea Manning. They are serving 10, 20 and 35 years in prison respectively. Amnesty International calls them prisoners of conscience, imprisone...

PhD bonus scrapped

MAASTRICHT/THE NETHERLANDS> Universities will no longer receive a fixed amount for every PhD. thesis. An end will be put to the so-called PhD bonus, education minister Jet Bussemaker and state secretary Sander Dekker announced today. At the moment, universities receive a substantial amount of up to 90 thousand euro for each successfully co...

“I had already collapsed under the peer pressure”

“I had already collapsed under the peer pressure”

MAASTRICHT. “Are you hungry?” Admittedly, it’s a bit cynical to ask this question of students who have just started the challenge to live under the poverty line of €2.90 a day for five days. “Not at all”, says Berivan Dilan, student at University College Maastricht and board member of the committee organising the ...

Exhibition curated by UM student: Umbrellas and Hong Kong

Exhibition curated by UM student: Umbrellas and Hong Kong

MAASTRICHT. Yellow paper snowmen with umbrellas, pictures of students studying in the open air, mobile libraries, graffiti, art, the Lennon Wall full of post-its, policemen using force. Ruby Yeung, a master’s student of Arts and Heritage, has organised an exhibition about the student demonstration calling for genuine universal suffrage in her...

“The teaching of economics is in crisis”

“The teaching of economics is in crisis”

MAASTRICHT. “Not only the world economy is in crisis, the teaching of economics is in crisis too, and this crisis has consequences far beyond university walls.” This is the first sentence of the open letter of the international economics student initiative calling for ‘pluralism in economics’, or PINE. Students at University...
Students choose an honorary doctor for the first time

Students choose an honorary doctor for the first time

MAASTRICHT. Four honorary doctorates will be awarded at the coming celebration of the university’s founding day. Remarkably, half of them are for social rather than academic merits: Frans Timmermans and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Another novelty is the fact that students nominated the latter.
Three quarters are considering a study in the Netherlands

Three quarters are considering a study in the Netherlands

MAASTRICHT. Foreign students regard the Netherlands as an open, internationally orientated society with high-quality education. This is one of the outcomes of the Student Pulse research that was recently carried out on behalf of Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education.

SBE to radically innovate education

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics has elaborate plans for a thorough reorganisation of its education system and is setting aside one million euro a year for this purpose. Problem-based learning has become stale, almost a cliché, says dean Vergauwen, and requires renewing. The faculty has set up five strategic teams that will put forw...

International Student Club: a definite answer before Christmas

MAASTRICHT. There will be a definite answer before Christmas about the building in which the international student club will be housed. There are three options. This is what the director of Student Services (SSC), Astrid Boeijen, declared on Wednesday 12 November in a meeting of the university committee. The three potential locations are the Timmer...

“You not only get experience abroad – you also experience yourself abroad”

“You not only get experience abroad – you also experience yourself abroad”

MAASTRICHT. “Life starts at the edge of your comfort zone.” This is what Kate Surala, a third-year student of European Law, took from her time in Hong Kong for the Netherlands–Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). With four students from Maastricht and 95 students from other Dutch universities, she visited different cities in Asia l...
Keuzegids in shredder, Law from first to fourth place

Keuzegids in shredder, Law from first to fourth place

MAASTRICHT. The entire edition of the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2015 has to be reprinted because important data about ‘study success in first year’ were incorrect. This has consequences for most of the seventeen assessed Maastricht bachelor’s programmes. Law drops a few tenths (from 6.6 to 6.2) and is no longer in first but in four...

Ebola debate: “Why do ‘we’ care so little for ‘them’?”

Ebola debate: “Why do ‘we’ care so little for ‘them’?”

MAASTRICHT. “How real is the threat for us?” This was one of the questions asked at the Faculty of Law during Tuesday’s debate on Ebola, part of the European Access to Medicine week. A sigh of relief rippled through the audience when Remco van de Pas, researcher at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, answered “ni...
Searching for a Dutch buddy

Searching for a Dutch buddy

MAASTRICHT. Breaking the ‘international bubble’ and building bridges between Dutch and foreign students. This is the aim of the buddy system, - already existing in Maastricht – which was discussed last Thursday during the First International Buddy Day. The event was organised by Maastricht University, the office for internationali...
Part of the new sports centre open in July

Part of the new sports centre open in July

MAASTRICHT. The first part of the new university sports centre in Randwyck will open next summer. The official kick-off for the construction took place yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 29 October, in the presence of alderman Gerdo van Grootheest and Martin Paul, President of the Maastricht University Executive Board (UM is owner of the sports centre)...

Praise and criticism for the UM in Keuzegids 2015

MAASTRICHT. Ten points out of ten for University College Maastricht, making it not just the best university college in the Netherlands, but also the very best programme in the Keuzegids 2015, published this week. The bachelor’s studies of Knowledge Engineering and Economics & Business Economics also did well. Medicine, Health Sciences and...
iArts exhibition: Are you afraid of dying?

iArts exhibition: Are you afraid of dying?

MAASTRICHT. What would be your ideal place to grow old and die? This was the starting question for the second-year iArts students when they began work on their exhibition Senescence, from 6 to 8 November in the Kunstkwartier. “Quite a broad topic, but we managed to make it even broader, to ageing and dying in general”, laughs Suzanne De...

“I was panicking: would I still have the chance to make friends?”

“I was panicking: would I still have the chance to make friends?”

MAASTRICHT. Julia Schneider, a first-year student of European Studies (ES), fell sick last September with a throat infection. “I had to go and see a doctor, but I didn’t know: should I make an appointment, would he or she would speak English, would I have to pay? Luckily I was able to call Hannah, and she gave me the name of her own doc...
International classroom: More mixing of nationalities is needed

International classroom: More mixing of nationalities is needed

MAASTRICHT. Why should we choose an international classroom? How can we achieve such a classroom? And how do we know if Maastricht University has been successful in doing so? These three questions were raised at the start of the student and staff panel discussion at the end of last week’s International Classroom Conference.
Highest score for UCM in KeuzeGids

Highest score for UCM in KeuzeGids

MAASTRICHT. University College Maastricht has again been chosen as the best broad bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, writes the KeuzeGids 2015, published on Tuesday, 28 October. The grade given to UCM by students and experts is a staggering 10 out of 10. This is the highest mark ever for UCM, but also the best of all programmes assessed...

Maastricht medical student on TEDxMaastricht main stage

Maastricht medical student on TEDxMaastricht main stage

MAASTRICHT. Three years ago, Anna Verhulst watched a TED talk online session for the first time. Last Monday this Maastricht medical student was on the main stage of TEDxMaastricht.
EU unemployment: Dutch and German graduates do well

EU unemployment: Dutch and German graduates do well

THE NETHERLANDS. The Netherlands is still one of the EU countries with the lowest rate of unemployment among recently graduated students. In Greece more than half have no job and youths in Italy and Croatia are struggling too. This is indicated by the latest figures from the European statistics body.
Watches banned during exams

Watches banned during exams

MAASTRICHT. Since 1 September, Maastricht students are no longer allowed to wear watches during exams. The new regulation was introduced to prevent fraud with smart watches, which are capable of connecting with the Internet. The ban is on all watches, says Caroline Kortbeek, exams co-ordinator at the School of Business and Economics (SBE). “S...

Number of first-years up

MAASTRICHT. The number of first-year students at Maastricht University has increased by 3.8 per cent. The total (bachelor’s and master’s) comes to 6,611 newcomers, 240 more than last year.
Negotiations with Saudi's

Negotiations with Saudi's

MAASTRICHT. It is still unclear whether Saudi Arabia will send medical students to Maastricht again. There are no new students this year, because the Maastricht programme does not suit the Saudi government. Yesterday, Wednesday 8 October, negotiations took place with the Saudi cultural attaché from The Hague. The UM is hoping for a recommencement, ...
Why so many Germans 'infiltrate' SBE

Why so many Germans 'infiltrate' SBE

Doing research? How does that work? All newcomers at University College Maastricht are given compulsory lessons on this subject at the moment. At the end of their first year, they combine their knowledge in a research project. They are free in their choice of subject, provided it can be done within four weeks. Observant interviewed five g...
Prof. Valentina Mazzucato about her stay in Hong Kong

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato about her stay in Hong Kong

HONG KONG. “When I chose Hong Kong as my sabbatical destination for 5 months, the last thing I expected was to land in such a historical moment”, writes Valentina Mazzucato, Professor Globalisation and Development at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Although the outcome of the student protests is still uncertain, they will ...
Student & Stad meeting: actions and measures

Student & Stad meeting: actions and measures

MAASTRICHT. One of the tips is to exchange mobile phone numbers. The neighbour concerned is then able to phone the student when there is a problem with noise. Nine times out of ten, the music will be turned down. A year ago, there was a meeting at city hall regarding Student & Stad, a project by Maastricht University, the city council and ...
UCM in the lead, Biomedical Sciences in deep trouble

UCM in the lead, Biomedical Sciences in deep trouble

MAASTRICHT. The annual Elsevier survey shows that students voted University College Maastricht as the best college in the country. Biomedical Sciences on the other hand is in deep trouble, say both students and professors. The programme will be turned inside out.
Dirndl and Lederhosen in Maastricht

Dirndl and Lederhosen in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. The image of people, strolling around the city, all wearing so-called “Dirndl” and “Lederhosen”, the German “Tracht”, is usually connected to one wide-known special event: the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. This fair has its roots in 1810, when Ludwig von Bayern married Princess Therese, but this fac...

“Fear will feel like an illusion once you face it”

“Fear will feel like an illusion once you face it”

MAASTRICHT. "Success is a matter of luck; ask any failure." joked Robin Sieger, an awarded speaker on motivation and success at the Ambassador lecture series at the completely packed SBE Lecture Hall on Wednesday 25th September 2014. Sieger commenced by eloquently laying down the principles of success. Define your goal, create a flexible...

Free Dutch courses very popular

Free Dutch courses very popular

MAASTRICHT. In the past year, 93 per cent of all foreign first-year bachelors – 1,200 were expected – participated in one of the two free Basic Dutch courses. Two thirds of them passed the exam. It was the first time that Maastricht University had granted the long-desired wish of various student groups: free Dutch courses for foreign s...

Tragos grows the most

MAASTRICHT. Student rowing association Saurus has again attracted the largest number of foreign student members: 26 (last year: 24). They are followed by Koko (9), Tragos (6) and Circumflex (3). In total, the associations registered almost the same number of first-year students as last year. Circumflex attracted 114 (2013: 112), Koko 139 (2013: 138...

Dutch university in worldwide top 50 QS ranking

Dutch university in worldwide top 50 QS ranking

THE NETHERLANDS. Never before has a Dutch university been among the fifty best universities in the world in an international ranking. The University of Amsterdam managed it in the latest QS ranking. Maastricht is in 118th place. Just like in other worldwide rankings, Dutch universities do well in the new comparison by the research bureau QS. Six a...

Day of Climate Action

Day of Climate Action

MAASTRICHT. “Climate change already has an impact on our health and safety. In the future, there will be a fight for raw materials; there may not be enough food. We have to take measures as quickly as possible to create a better environment.” For Maartje Zaal from the Green Office, it is clear why she is participating in the worldwide D...

Budget for higher education: waiting for the money

Budget for higher education: waiting for the money

THE NETHERLANDS. Universities and schools of higher education are to receive hardly any extra money for their education programmes next year. This became clear from the National budget for 2015, which was presented on Tuesday on the day of the King’s speech. The cabinet will only delve into its purse for research and innovation.
Who still knows all traffic rules?

Who still knows all traffic rules?

MAASTRICHT. What do give-way road-markings look like? When should you yield? Officials from Veilig Verkeer Nederland (Road Safety in the Netherlands) answered these and other questions during a Traffic Safety workshop, which was held last Thursday during the Get Involved information market in the Student Services Centre. Various organisations withi...

Celebrating liberation with free(dom) burgers and techno music

Celebrating liberation with free(dom) burgers and techno music

MAASTRICHT. An interactive Second World War tour, music performances by young Limburg talent, an art workshop, free(dom) burgers and in the evening a techno party in student association Tragos’ Nox. That is how, on Saturday 13 September, youngsters and students will celebrate the fact that Maastricht was liberated seventy years ago, six month...

31 buddies for non-EU newcomers

31 buddies for non-EU newcomers

MAASTRICHT. Exactly 31 senior-year students officially started working as buddies at the end of August. They each take one or more of the 120 non-EU newcomers under their wings. The first cups of coffee have already been downed.
“Leading in earning”

“Leading in earning”

MAASTRICHT. Researchers do not read each other’s articles, they only keep tally. And anyway, who wants to do research anymore, knowing that it takes years before you are even given a permanent contract? A group of students and staff members critically voiced their opinions on higher education in 2014 in Landbouwbelang on Monday evening, 1 Sep...
Maastricht student goes to Y20

Maastricht student goes to Y20

MAASTRICHT. Sarah Wagner, master’s student of International Laws, was nervous when she arrived in Australia last July. As head of the German delegation, she and the representatives of 19 other countries were there to discuss growth and job creation, global citizenship and sustainable development during the Y20, the official youth engagement g...

Long live the Kingdom

Long live the Kingdom

MAASTRICHT. Have you always wanted to meet Willem-Alexander and Maxima, the king and queen of the Netherlands, in person? The couple will be in Maastricht, this Saturday 30 August, for the celebrations of the 200 anniversary of the kingdom of the Netherlands. Maastricht was chosen as the venue for the festivities, because the city is regarded as &l...

“Feeling insecure is not exclusive to women”

“Feeling insecure is not exclusive to women”

MAASTRICHT. Successful women are not superhuman. They fight to get where they are, fall along the way and battle insecurity like the rest of us. This is a message that Dr Jennifer Barnes would like women to hear. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy at the University of Cambridge will deliver the keynote speech at the Theater aan...
"Some students call out ´hey Pauly´"

"Some students call out ´hey Pauly´"

MAASTRICHT. Paul Vermin is his name, to be pronounced in the Dutch way as VERmin and not VURmin, which in English sound like the term used for ‘pests’ or ‘lowlifes’. The student liaison officer welcomes Observant into the police station’s canteen, on the corner of the Prins Bisschopsingel. Hearty and open, an attitude ...
Pick-up service for 125 students

Pick-up service for 125 students

MAASTRICHT. Waiting for new freshmen at the meeting point at the Dutch national airport, Schiphol. The past two weekends, approximately 125 foreign students from countries such as Brazil, China, Mexico, the United States, Denmark and Spain, were collected by Maastricht University’s Pick-Up Service. Next week, the first of September, they will...

Inkom: wristband cheating €45

MAASTRICHT. Eight first-year students were ‘caught’ last Tuesday evening during a large-scale check before the beginning of an INKOM party in MECC. The Inkom Working Group organised a second ID check, because there were rumours about seventeen-year-olds wearing the wrong wristband, which enabled them to order alcoholic drinks. Furthermo...

Alternative opening of the academic year

MAASTRICHT. For the first time in history, Monday 1 September will see an alternative opening of the academic year in Maastricht. While the official ceremony in the Theater aan het Vrijthof will address the topic of women in academia, the alternative opening that evening will focus on an entirely different subject. It will throw the spotlight on pr...

Dancing, but not ín the swimming pool

Dancing, but not ín the swimming pool

MAASTRICHT. It's rather cold, but some fresmen and mentors don't hesitate at all to take a plunge in the Geusseltbad, today. Others stick to dancing and leave the aqua for what it is.

Fresmen: from Brazil

Fresmen: from Brazil

MAASTRICHT. Could you make a picture of us? With a big smile Breno Luna Meira (24) and Leandro Dias Romariz hand over a smartphone in the Stadspark this Wednesday evening. Inkom’s Cultural Valley is about to start. The two are from Brazil and have registered in Maastricht for the master Criminology (Breno) and Psychology of Work and Organisat...

Film Cultural Valley

A short impression of Cultural Valley, last Wednesday night at the Stadspark.  

Film Opening Inkom 2014

A short impression of the official opening of the Inkom 2014 at the Markt in Maastricht.  

Freshman: From Paris, France

Freshman: From Paris, France

MAASTRICHT. Charles de Roncourt (19) is from Paris, France. He has signed in at European Studies. He wears a T-shirt that was designed by a friend of his, with a drawing of a man walking away, seen from behind, a bag over his shoulders. Quite intriguing, this picture. Found any new friends already in the Inkom group? “There are a couple of n...

Freshman: From Germany

Freshman: From Germany

MAASTRICHT. She is called Anna-Maria (“with a hyphen”) Ostermann, she’s 20 years old, from Germany and she is visiting the info market on Tuesday, behind the Mensa at the Tongersestraat 53. That is the building where she will be found the next couple of years, studying International Business. Twenty years old already? “Yeah,...

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

MAASTRICHT. Yesterday, Sunday 17 August, early arrived  students from different faculties met at a get-together in the Student Services Centre. There was a free lunch, social activities and a welcome speech by the rector of Maastricht University, Luc Soete. 

Freshman: From Cologne

Freshman: From Cologne

MAASTRICHT. Carla Schmitt (Economics and Business) and Nina Bekele (International Business) used to live in Cologne, but are now inhabitants of Maastricht. The two just met. Schmitt and Bekele chose for Maastricht because of "the international orientation". Schmitt: "I appreciate the idea of studying with people from differ...

Sunny start Inkom 2014

Sunny start Inkom 2014

MAASTRICHT. At 11:00 o' clock this Monday (18 August) the registration for the Inkom 2014 has started.

Possible end to administration fees

MAASTRICHT. The bill has been submitted, but has not been passed yet. If the plan by the ministers Opstelten (Safety and Justice) and Blok (Housing and Public Service) goes through, tenants will no longer have to pay administration fees for rooms or apartments when an agency acts for both tenant and landlord. Until now, students who made use of a ...

1 in 4 UM students uses smart drugs

1 in 4 UM students uses smart drugs

MAASTRICHT. A quarter of all Maastricht University students have used ‘smart drugs’ – drugs that help you concentrate for a long period of time, like Ritalin – at least once. Of these, 28 percent used smart drugs last week and 55 percent last month. These results were unveiled last week by five students from the Honours Prog...
“We’ve put the framework in place”

“We’ve put the framework in place”

MAASTRICHT. Their main goal last year was to make the university more student centred. But the new Student Project Team also had to promote themselves among students and employees and figure out what exactly they wanted to do and how to do it. “We have to build a strong foundation for the coming years and the teams that will come after us.&rd...
Science Programme awards its first diplomas

Science Programme awards its first diplomas

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht Science Programme will award its first bachelor’s diplomas in three weeks’ time. Where will the students end up? To which master’s will they be admitted? “Some of them already know,” says dean Thomas Cleij. “But in September, we will know exactly where everyone has ended up. That will b...

What to do when you live to become a 100?

What to do when you live to become a 100?

MAASTRICHT. Students of today will live to be a 100 years, on average. What does one do with all that time? Rudi Westendorp, professor in geriatrics medicine at Leiden University and director of the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, advises them to start thinking about it now. “Don’t assume that you will retire and buy a boat when ...

A buddy for every non-EU newcomer

A buddy for every non-EU newcomer

MAASTRICHT. Non-EU first-year students who arrive in August will be given a ‘buddy’ for one year: a bachelor’s or master’s student who can help them to integrate in Maastricht and solve practical problems they may face.
Row over Saudis

Row over Saudis

MAASTRICHT. The Saudi Arabian government has decided not send any new medical students to Maastricht this year. Whether this also applies to the coming years is not clear. The main problem: the Saudis are against internships outside the Netherlands. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, however, feels that this is necessary. Negotiatio...
Opinion:The shady side of open questions exams

Opinion:The shady side of open questions exams

Open questions are a better assessment method than multiple choice, yes. But there are some serious drawbacks, discovered Mark Vluggen, senior lecturer at the School of Business and Economics.
Basic grant to be abolished

Basic grant to be abolished

MAASTRICHT.As of 1 September 2015, the basic study grant will be abolished. Dutch students and foreign students who work at least fourteen hours a week in the Netherlands, run the risk of losing out on at least five thousand euro (those living at home) and up to thirteen thousand euro (those living away from home) over a period of four years. Ever...

Election results: NovUM-Dope: 22-22

Election results: NovUM-Dope: 22-22

MAASTRICHT. Last year Dope forfeited six seats, but was still the most powerful student political party at Maastricht University. Now, it will have to share power with NovUM: both parties won a total of 22 seats in the various councils in the latest election. The results were announced in the Kruithuis this afternoon amid boisterous cheering. Dop...

“It gives you a lot of freedom”

“It gives you a lot of freedom”

MAASTRICHT. The winner of the Local Hero Award gets ten thousand euro. Students who have an idea for their own business, may enter into this competition, which is organised by the Universiteitsfonds Limburg,  until 5 September. It is the third time that the Award will be presented. How are the previous winners doing? What did the prize give th...
Opinion: Are multiple choice questions a good assessment method?

Opinion: Are multiple choice questions a good assessment method?

Multiple choice questioning at exams is to be avoided, says Jan Hoffmann student at the European Law School and Member of the University Council, Maastricht University. There is little to say in favour of it.
People from abroad should feel welcome

People from abroad should feel welcome

MAASTRICHT. “A complete turn-around,” UM executive president Martin Paul recently called it. “Three years ago, the debate was about there being too many foreign students in the Netherlands and that they were too expensive. Then there were reports about how it benefitted the economy, and now we are asking the question how we can ma...
From the screen to the real world: Impressions from Ukraine

From the screen to the real world: Impressions from Ukraine

UKRAINE. While the media report day in and day out on the situation in eastern Ukraine, recent UCM graduate Alisa Fluhrer spent the last few weeks visiting cities – amongst others - in the west. She was on the job for the Eastbook.eu portal, part of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) at the Common Europe Foundation, based in Warsaw. The Ukr...

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

MAASTRICHT. “We will now close the public part of the meeting.” Those who attend a faculty council or University Council meeting can be sure to hear the chairperson utter this mantra. What happens in those confidential meetings? We  employees and students, and above all voters - are not allowed to know. It is a secret. What is wors...

"EU seems like an elite project"

"EU seems like an elite project"

MAASTRICHT. This year’s European elections, which will take place on 22 May in the Netherlands, are marked by some changes. What are they, and what do they mean? Why does Europe matter? And how can our vote make a difference? To answer these questions and more, Observant speaks to students, experts and politicians.
Searching for an alternative for handling fees

Searching for an alternative for handling fees

MAASTRICHT. Before Easter, the Executive Board decided that students who register too late for a block or exam would no longer be fined. The University Council’s Strategy Committee now fears that every faculty will come up with its own rules. They want alternative regulations – preferably based on best practices – to be introduced...

UM-wide fraud detection test

UM-wide fraud detection test

MAASTRICHT. After the summer, Maastricht University intends to carry out a large-scale experiment using electronic fraud detection during exams. All faculties have agreed to participate in this trial. The faculty directors and chair persons of the examination committees have already given their approval. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) i...

Inspiring students to give entrepreneurship a try

Inspiring students to give entrepreneurship a try

MAASTRICHT. Over 200 students and entrepreneurs come together at the Maastricht Week of Entrepreneurship (MeWeek) from 14 until 16 May, the theme of which is Superheroes. “The evening program features inspiring talks by entrepreneurs from all over the world and during the day, we are organizing workshops covering key entrepreneurial skills&rd...

EuroMUN 2014: Heated discussions in simulated EU-committees

EuroMUN 2014: Heated discussions in simulated EU-committees

MAASTRICHT. On the first “real” day of the EuroMUN, Thursday first of May, one day after the Opening day the MECC is filled with dressed up students, creating a quite authentic and serious atmosphere for the Committee Sessions which are about to begin. EuroMUN is a Model United Nations Conference where meetings of various international ...

Speed-D(eb)ating with the European presidential candidates

Speed-D(eb)ating with the European presidential candidates

MAASTRICHT. An atmosphere of excitement was swinging in and around the theatre at the Vrijthof Monday night, where the First European Presidential Debate was hold from 7 to 8.30pm. Many of the 700 international students attending the discussion of the four candidates for the presidency of the European Commission had dressed up and were eagerly awai...

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

MAASTRICHT. “Smartphone transmits disease,” was the heading in Medisch Contact, a weekly magazine for physicians, at the end of last year. Mobile phones appear to be a major source of hospital infections. The solution? Wash your hands. But what may be even better: disinfect your mobile phone. As part of their International Business mast...

For artists and others

MAASTRICHT. Things are not easy for the cultural sector; subsidies are being withdrawn, vacancies are few and far between. Artists, cultural heritage experts, policy officials, fashion designers, et cetera, all need a helping hand. And that is why three alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Janna Klöpper, Nika Dings and Jessica Capra...

Teach a subject in German for a change!

Teach a subject in German for a change!

MAASTRICHT. ‘Code switching’ - briefly changing over into the native language -  benefits education in English. It allows students to process knowledge more successfully. This is one of the subjects that will be discussed next week during the Maastricht symposium on the growing use of English in higher education, which will also ma...
Yellow card for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Yellow card for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

MAASTRICHT. Unjustifiably issued diplomas for too many weak theses and at times a poor academic quality of the study programme: that was the core of the criticism aimed at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (CMW/FASoS) within the framework of a national assessment of the quality of university humanities programmes. To make matters worse, recov...

Committee simulation at Euromun

MAASTRICHT. Over 600 students from all over the world will gather at the European Model United Nations (Euromun) 2014, from April 30 to 4 May at the MECC in Maastricht. Each will take on the role of a diplomat and represent a country or party on one of the thirteen committees simulated during the conference. These include the United Nations Securit...

Abolition of registration fees

Abolition of registration fees

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students will no longer be charged a fee for registering late for exams, resits and courses. This decision by the Executive Board reflects that of the Minister of Education, who has made it clear that there are no legal grounds for such a fee. As of next academic year, late registration will simply no longer be permitted; stu...

Cross-border research

MAASTRICHT. UM is to be a ‘Euraxess service point’. Excuse me? It will hardly ring a bell with many, although there are already more than 250 of these service points in forty countries. It is a ‘desk’ – for the Netherlands only in Tilburg, for the time being – that provides information about working abroad. Eurax...

Writing a proposal for European policy

MAASTRICHT. Finding the balance between ideals and reality – this is the goal of the participants of the Student Forum Maastricht. During this annual conference, from 9 until 13 April, fifty students (ten from Maastricht, the rest from all over Europe) will discuss five Europe-related topics. Unlike other years, this tenth conference will ta...

New Lux ad Mosam association building opened

New Lux ad Mosam association building opened

MAASTRICHT. “Well, this looks fancy.” Neighbours, parents and members admiringly inspect Christian student association Lux ad Mosam’s new accommodation. The students now have a living room, a hall with a bar and various spare rooms at their disposal above the COC Café on Bogaardenstaart 43. Apart from the association, there are al...

Less than 5000 euros: Art at Timmerfabriek

Less than 5000 euros: Art at Timmerfabriek

MAASTRICHT. Collectors, artists, families and a lot of pink– the setting at the Affordable Art Fair is very different from the one at TEFAF just a month ago. From Thursday to Sunday, 6 of April, the Timmerfabriek in Maastricht hosts 45 galleries exhibiting diverse contemporary art for less than 5000 euros. Picasso, Warhol and Monet were impr...

Wanted: bag snatcher

MAASTRICHT. A student from Maastricht University was stabbed in her arm on the Brouwersweg on Monday evening. At about nine o’clock in the evening, the thief wanted to hold up the nineteen-year-old Polish girl. When the attempt failed, he stabbed her in her arm and finally ran off with her bag. The student was treated in hospital, where she r...

UM students file complaint against Wilders

MAASTRICHT. “No to Geert Wilders,” shout a group of students who are on their way to the Maastricht police station Friday afternoon. They want to file a complaint of discrimination against the PVV leader. During a speech on the evening of the local elections, Wilders asked his audience whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans. The au...

“Students were not to form an exclusive group”

“Students were not to form an exclusive group”

MAASTRICHT. How has the relationship between students and city changed over the past forty years? Which subjects dominated the debate? Dirk van de Leemput, alumnus from Arts and Social Sciences, delved into a stack of more than thirty years of issues of Observant and Maffius (Observant’s predecessor) in order to find out.

Great interest in UCM

MAASTRICHT. No less than 870 enrolments for two hundred places. University College Maastricht is becoming more and more renowned throughout the world and that seems to be paying off. Dean Harm Hospers thinks that their first place in the KeuzeGids 2014 has also helped.
Meet the President

Meet the President

BRUSSELS. Twenty students from Maastricht University got to attend the speech of President Obama last Wednesday in Brussels. European Studies student Maximilian Foppe was one of the lucky few. He kept a diary for Observant.
The finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition are in sight

The finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition are in sight

MAASTRICHT. “Two men fall in love and get married. They would live happily ever after if it was not for one cloud on the horizon: the unwillingness of the country they want to move to to recognize their marriage.” Four law students will compete in the finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition in Luxemburg on Friday 28 March. The...
Students attend Obama’s speech

Students attend Obama’s speech

“Be quick: unique opportunity to attend the speech of President ‪#‎Obama this Wednesday in Brussels. Send a mail to campusbrussels@maastrichtuniversity with your phone number for more information. First come, first served. Registration closes today 5.30pm.” This message was sent via social media on Monday morning. Within five minut...

Breaking the international bubble

Breaking the international bubble

MAASTRICHT. How to get Dutch students interested in buddy programs?  How to promote the interaction between Dutch and foreign students? What’s the optimal duration of a buddy programme? During the Buddy Co-ordinator Day in Eindhoven last Monday, universities and schools of higher education asked many questions. But few answers were given...
Child mortality theme evening

Child mortality theme evening

MAASTRICHT. ‘In 2015 the percentage of children who die before their fifth birthday must be reduced by two thirds compared to 1990.’ This is one of the Millennium Development Goals, which will be the key focus during the theme evening on child mortality organised by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (I...

The ageing process of our brain

The ageing process of our brain

MAASTRICHT. How do our brains age? What is the underlying mechanism? Which factors determine the speed of the process? These types of questions constituted the basis of Roy Lardenoije’s research; he did the research master of Fundamental Neuroscience last year. In his master’s thesis – for which he won one of the 2013 Student Priz...

Maastricht Symposium this year in English

MAASTRICHT. Surviving the global race is the theme of this year’s Maastricht Symposium, an annual event with lectures and workshops. Various speakers (including Sophie In ’t Veld, member of the European Parliament for D66, and Eric Koenen, author of management books) will talk about the subject in the Sint Janskerk on 2 May. Executive P...

Tips from experienced tutors

Tips from experienced tutors

MAASTRICHT. What do you do with a student who, for the umpteenth time, comes to a tutorial group meeting unprepared? How do you deal with a group that depends too much on the tutor? And what is the best approach to that quiet member in the group? The DVD Tips from experienced tutors - which is a Leading-in-Learning project that is being launched in...

A night debating Maastricht's future

MAASTRICHT. A three-course dinner and a discussion on the future of Maastricht as an international student city. This was the event organised last Thursday by the Student and Society Initiative (SSI), which aims to bring students and residents in Maastricht together. The dinner was hosted by Antoine van Lune, a city councillor from the Labour Part...

Student party shut down prematurely

Student party shut down prematurely

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht police closed down a student party on the Ruttensingel prematurely last Saturday after complaints about noise. The one hundred to one hundred and fifty partygoers, mainly German students, were sent home. Sometimes the police only give a warning and the party can continue after the music has been turned down. This time, h...

Free wireless Internet access on Vrijthof

Free wireless Internet access on Vrijthof

MAASTRICHT. Since this week, everyone can have free Internet access, with WhatsApp, e-mail or Facebook on the Vrijthof. The Maastricht city council, Vodafone and MUMC+ launched this one-year experiment last Tuesday. The project costs 100 thousand euro (50 thousand for the city, the remainder being shared between the other two partners). Maastricht ...

University has more fans on Facebook than students

MAASTRICHT. The number of fans of the Maastricht University Facebook page has grown considerable over a period of almost two years. Whereas the number was only 8,135 in May 2012, it is now almost 21 Thousand.

SBE wins Debating Championship

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics students Evert Minh and Christoph Giesen have won the second Maastricht University Debating Championship (and a trophy). After several workshops and the semi-finals, four teams (from UCM, SBE, FASoS and Law) made it to the grand final last Thursday in the Student Service Centre (SSC). The theme of th...

Being responsible and having fun

Being responsible and having fun

MAASTRICHT. Enjoy your drinks, but be responsible. This was the message spread by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) last Tuesday 18 February at their ‘Responsible Party’ at Café Cliniq. However, little of that message was to be seen when entering the bar around nine that evening. Instead, everybody was enjoying an international dinner,...

SBE satisfied about pilot exam fraud

SBE satisfied about pilot exam fraud

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) looks back with satisfaction on its trial project using metal detectors to combat exam fraud. The test took place on 24 January during the Quantitative Methods 3 exam in the Mecc. Economics will continue to use the equipment in the future to detect mobile phones in the toilet facilities, said d...

Mensa transformation

MAASTRICHT. The mensa, the university restaurant, on Universiteitssingel 40 is to undergo a metamorphosis this summer. Caterer Albron intends to introduce a new concept, called ‘Kitchen’. The traditional restaurant with all kinds of products, varying from a salmon roll and a plate of noodles to a Snickers bar or a can of Fristi, is...

Lack of critical thinking

Lack of critical thinking

MAASTRICHT. Students at the School of Business and Economics have expressed disappointment at the lack of critical thinking during their curricula. Therefore, the student members of the Faculty Council have proposed the introduction of a course on the history of economics. “If we do not know the history of economics, we are doomed to reproduc...

Inkom theme announced

MAASTRICHT. ‘Enjoy the ride’ is the theme for Inkom 2014. The Inkom Working Group revealed the theme last Friday, during their annual Ragweek drink, showing a clip containing all kinds of ‘rides’, from roller coasters to downhill skiing. “First-year students embark upon a new chapter in their lives,” says chairpe...

Analysis of a complicated article

Analysis of a complicated article

MAASTRICHT. Safeguarding existing catalogues of human rights and fundamental freedoms, that is what article 53 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is about. In short: member states may always provide their inhabitants with more protection in their own constitution than in the EU Charter, but never less. But does the fact that...

European employers appreciate experience abroad, but don’t overdo it

MAASTRICHT. A survey shows that employers prefer candidates who have studied abroad for a while. But those who have completed their entire study abroad, are a little less popular.
Pathé Maastricht closed

Pathé Maastricht closed

MAASTRICHT. The Pathé cinema on the Wilhelminasingel is going to close at the beginning of March. The lease contract is about to expire and the cinema chain and the owner could not agree on a flexible contract to bridge the time until the cinema has moved to a new location. According to Pathé, the present building is outdated. For that reason the c...

Six months jail for threatening students

MAASTRICHT. A man was sentenced to six months imprisonment in Maastricht for threatening two female members of the student association KoKo. He must also pay them compensation. According to the court, the man found a photograph album of the student association, which also contained telephone numbers and addresses. He sent explicit text messages in...

How many protrusions does this cell have?

How many protrusions does this cell have?

MAASTRICHT. Few people will have heard about the Kleefstra syndrome. It is a combination of a mental disability and autism. The illness was discovered in Nijmegen, at the Radboud University a few of years ago. The Maastricht molecular life sciences alumna Marise van de Molengraft was allowed to take part in the research project during her final tra...

Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. Every year and always around February, the student rooms in Maastricht fill up with artists during Stukafest. Cabaret performers, musicians, theatre artists and a genuine chef will be performing during the STUdentenKAmerFESTival (student room festival) on Thursday, 6 February this year. Most of the programme is accessible for non-Dutch ...

“Checking Uggs is standard procedure”

“Checking Uggs is standard procedure”

MAASTRICHT. A fortress under siege, is an apt comparison for the west hall of the Mecc. One sturdy guard after the other. At the bottom of the stairs, at the top of the stairs, in the corridors, uniforms everywhere: not a single miscreant could ever get through. It is Friday afternoon, 24 January, and some 800 second-year students of Economics and ...

Getting involved in student life

Getting involved in student life

MAASTRICHT. An information market where various student organisations present themselves; many students will recognise this from the Inkom. There was nothing like that for those who come to Maastricht in February, until now, that is. The Center for European Studies (CES) seized the opportunity to fill the gap and organised Get Involved, an informat...

“I see bright researchers leaving the university”

“I see bright researchers leaving the university”

MAASTRICHT. The mensa at the Tongersestraat was overflowing last Tuesday evening for the debate on Science in Transition (SiT). Those expecting fireworks came away disappointed. There were no emotional exchanges, no confrontational altercations; the evening was civilised and at times even a bit dull. The discussion steered clear of typical SiT...

‘Paying’ to participate in an exam is not allowed

MAASTRICHT. Universities are not allowed to fine students who are late registering for a module or exam, says the Dutch Education Inspectorate. Nevertheless, this is common practice in many places, including Maastricht University. Here late registrations cost 35 euro. The only thing is that it is not referred to as a fine in Maastricht, but as an a...

Numbers go from left to right

Numbers go from left to right

MAASTRICHT. Small numbers belong on the left, large numbers on the right. Most Western people, who are used to writing from left to right, will instinctively agree with this. This is referred to as the natural number line, the way in which you arrange numbers in your head. Does one’s attention automatically go to the left when one thinks of a...

Bold theft at the UM

Bold theft at the UM

MAASTRICHT. There were a few bold thefts at the UM at the end of last year. An employee was threatened with an angle grinder during a motor scooter theft; a laptop - during Skype-connection! - was stolen from the university library, and a homeless person was overpowered on the Tongersestraat, having put five iPad minis and a laptop in his bag. &ldq...
Prizes, medallions and a love story at the 38th foundation day

Prizes, medallions and a love story at the 38th foundation day

MAASTRICHT. How to restore trust between science, the media and the public? Not, at any rate, by priding oneself on being a researcher or by loudly announcing the umpteenth breakthrough. These words were spoken by rector Luc Soete during the celebration of the university’s 38th birthday, the foundation day, last Friday afternoon in the Mecc....

“Studies with entry restrictions also open for foreign students”

MAASTRICHT. Dutch students do not automatically have priority over foreign students when it comes to access to studies with an entry restriction, says state secretary Dekker. Member of Parliament Jasper van Dijk (Socialist Party) asked state secretary Sander Dekker for Education what he would do if foreign students were to take the places of Dutch...

Bridging cultural differences just across the border

Bridging cultural differences just across the border

MAASTRICHT. When Maastricht was still in the running for European Capital of Culture 2018, there was a great deal of talk about Euregional co-operation. But how much cultural interaction is there in fact between Liège and Maastricht? European Studies alumna Célia Hanssen did research on this topic for her thesis.

City council says yes to Student&Stad action plan

MAASTRICHT. “The time when the term ‘student’ was associated with disturbance, is behind us,” said mayor Onno Hoes during the Maastricht city council meeting on Tuesday, 17 December. The Student&Stad (Student&City) action programme, set up in co-operation with the university and various student organisations, was car...
No more problems with Dutch diplomas in Belgium

No more problems with Dutch diplomas in Belgium

MAASTRICHT. Dutch master’s diplomas give not always access to jobs in Flanders. But now it seems as if an end to the arguing about the recognition of diplomas between the Netherlands and Flanders is in sight. In spring of 2014, a treaty will come into force that will regulate academic equality, a spokesperson for the minister of educatio...

Also SBE wants to participate in UM-wide minors

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics will do the best they can to participate in the UM-wide minors programme, states dean Philip Vergauwen. The matter was discussed again last week by the ‘management team’ of deans and the Executive Board. Prior to this, Vergauwen was not too optimistic: “I don’t want SBE to be ...

Detection equipment? A waste of money!

Detection equipment? A waste of money!

MAASTRICHT. Not all students welcome the new detection equipment, which the School of Business and Economics (SBE) wants to use to combat exam fraud. SBE students have started a petition on Facebook: Stop exaggerated exam regulations at Dutch universities! Others, who were interviewed by TV news reporters – the media attention was h...
UM tests detector in toilets

UM tests detector in toilets

MAASTRICHT. Receiving the right answers to exam questions on a smartphone from the toilets will soon be a thing of the past. Maastricht University wants to start using special detectors. The first test will take place in January.
Partying for Serious Request

Partying for Serious Request

MAASTRICHT. ‘Let’s clean this shit up’ and ‘Let’s get rid of their shit’. Flyers showing messages like these can be found throughout the building of student association Circumflex. Their annual Serious Request party was held there on Wednesday 4 December. Serious Request (SR) has become a tradition: during the w...

Cum laude is not the same everywhere

Cum laude is not the same everywhere

MAASTRICHT. One cum laude is not the other, a master’s graduate of ‘Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education’ wrote to Observant. She recently graduated with an average of 7.9 and did not receive the cum laude annotation on her diploma. Had she studied at University College Leiden, then a 7.7 average in years two and th...
“I gain knowledge here that I will use for the rest of my life”

“I gain knowledge here that I will use for the rest of my life”

MAASTRICHT. “The best students who want to come to Maastricht should not face any financial barriers,” said rector Luc Soete. So Maastricht University awards a number of scholarships every year. Some compensate tuition fees, others (the high-potential scholarships) also pay for a visa, insurance and residence permit. The forty-six schol...

“Turning 100 wasn’t very special to them”

MAASTRICHT. The Netherlands has almost 2,000 centenarians. And while nobody is particularly keen on growing old themselves, people seem to be fascinated by centenarians. For their Marble project, five Arts and Culture students interviewed nine centenarians and examined the representation of old age in culture.
“In the international arena, Israel bashing is a sport”

“In the international arena, Israel bashing is a sport”

MAASTRICHT. “He was very self-confident”, concludes a student leaving the lecture hall at University College Maastricht. “I think he has to be”, another replies. Last Monday morning, the Israeli ambassador Haim Divon visited Maastricht University for a debate with UCM students. His main point: the focus on the Israel–P...

Symposium on sustainability

MAASTRICHT. Sustainability. It has become an indispensable subject in the 21st century, as the enhanced greenhouse effect is one of the widely discussed topics nowadays. Not letting the tap run while brushing your teeth, and turning off the lights whenever you leave a room, are little things that everyone can do in daily life to contribute to the s...

Make it in the Netherlands

Make it in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS. Dutch education minister Jet Bussemaker wants more foreign students to choose a career in the Netherlands after their graduation. Dutch language courses, contact with potential employers and more information about working in the Netherlands should win them over, writes the minister in her plan of action Make it in the Netherlands.
How effective is the examination of witnesses?

How effective is the examination of witnesses?

MAASTRICHT. How effective and efficient are examinations of witnesses in court? This was the question to which law students Hannah Jans, Rianne Mertens, Frank Hoogers and Vera Poels tried to find an answer. They attended more than a hundred examinations. 

Better students pay higher tuition fees

MAASTRICHT. From next academic year, Dutch universities and schools of higher vocational education may experiment with a higher tuition fees for ‘excellence programmes’. The maximum amount will be €3,812 (twice the official rate). The cabinet wants to find out if students are indeed willing to pay more for a better programme. The e...
Law climbs from eighth to first place, UCM unrivalled leader

Law climbs from eighth to first place, UCM unrivalled leader

MAASTRICHT. University College Maastricht may call itself the best Liberal Arts studies in the Netherlands, based on the latest edition of the KeuzeGids Universiteiten 2014 (2014 University Guide), which was published today. The Maastricht experts in knowledge engineering, law, fiscal economics, international business administration and econometric...

National entry restrictions for Law dropped again

MAASTRICHT. The national entry restrictions, which was introduced for all bachelor’s programmes of law in the Netherlands this academic year, will be abolished again next year. The VSNU, the Association of Dutch Universities, took the decision this month. Faculties that want to continue applying a student quota may do so. The M...

Video fragments help Law students to get better grades

MAASTRICHT. Last year the Faculty of Law introduced short video fragments as an additional educational tool. Now, it has been demonstrated that this helps to improve students’ insight into basic law matter. First-year students who watched all fragments also have significantly better grades than other students. 
A red, yellow and green Vrijthof

A red, yellow and green Vrijthof

MAASTRICHT. If you are walking through the city of Maastricht on this Monday morning, it’s not comparable to all the other Monday mornings you have experienced. It’s the 11th of November, the start of the Carnival season. All you see is people dressed like animals or people wearing neon-colored wigs. The smell of cigarettes and beer is ...

University College Venlo to start in 2014

University College Venlo to start in 2014

MAASTRICHT. The first students should start their studies at University College Venlo (UCV) in September 2014, provided the minister grants permission. It is a new programme at Maastricht University with an anticipated student influx of 150 to 200 per year. The official language will be English.
Finding a job in an economic crisis

Finding a job in an economic crisis

MAASTRICHT. Today’s job market is tough for university graduates. Around 10 percent of recent UM graduates are currently jobless, the UM’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) thinks. “I was searching online, reading adverts, writing motivation letters and CVs on an everyday basis.”

Number of enrolments for Summer School has almost tripled

MAASTRICHT. In 2012, only 89 participants enrolled, this year 251 people – divided over 52 nationalities – took part in the Maastricht Summer School.  It was the second time that the UM organised a Summer School. The participants appeared to be very satisfied with both the courses (giving average score of 8.1) and the lecturers (8...

How to measure openness?

How to measure openness?

MAASTRICHT. How transparent are national and local governments really? That is what the students participating in the Marble project ‘Transparency’ wondered last year. Each of them focused on a subject from their own perspective. 
Bringing Piet out of the shadow

Bringing Piet out of the shadow

The Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas, observed on 5 December every year, is the Netherlands’ most eagerly awaited festival. Like Santa Claus in the US or Father Christmas in the UK, the tradition revolves around the joy of sharing and caring. While its popularity is easy enough to glean from the enormous fanfare surrounding it every year, its a...

Head stuck in railings

MAASTRICHT. A twenty-year-old foreign student from Maastricht had his head stuck in a railing for hours during the night from Wednesday to Thursday last week. It happened on the site of the Sappi paper mill on the Biesenweg in Maastricht. A security guard saw on the security camera how a guy was wrestling with the gate at approximately 5:30 hrs. Th...

Tutorial group diversification made easy

Tutorial group diversification made easy

MAASTRICHT. How to ensure that a tutorial group is as diverse as possible? Florentijn Hogerwerf, now a master’s student at Econometrics and Operations Research, developed an algorithm and wrote a bachelor’s thesis on the subject.
Life in the woods

Life in the woods

MAASTRICHT. Do you enjoy walking? And do you want to get to know the landscape around Maastricht? As part of the Life in the Woods project, Marres Projects and TAAK invited three artists to design a walk centred around the landscape in all its manifestations. This Sunday for example Ruchama Noorda will guide you through the Eyserbos and Holset whil...

25 years of supervising at SBE by ex-marine

25 years of supervising at SBE by ex-marine

MAASTRICHT. It used to be much less strict during exams. “Back then, dictionaries were never checked for cheat sheets,” says ex-marine Ther Gijsen (80), who has been supervising exams at the School of Business and Economics for the past 25 years.
“I’m not the panicking type”

“I’m not the panicking type”

MAASTRICHT. Sudan is located on the Nile and has lots of water resources – but that is not to say everyone there has clean drinking water. Far from it. This is what Isabel Mank, a German master’s student of Global Health, discovered in and around the capital of Khartoum. Although the research didn't go quite as planned, Mank’s...
Much interest for free Dutch lessons

Much interest for free Dutch lessons

MAASTRICHT. The first 368 bachelor’s students completed the first module of their free Dutch course last week. It is not known yet whether they have all passed. Just before the summer, the Executive Board decided to give in to the long-cherished wish of various student groups: free Dutch language courses for foreign students. Knowledge of Du...

“No outsourcing for Guesthouse”

MAASTRICHT. It would not be wise to outsource the Guesthouse. This, in a nutshell, is the message given by a group of SBE students who carried out a critical survey on behalf of the University Council regarding the Executive Board’s intention. The survey was part of SBE’s Marble project.
More burglaries in student homes

More burglaries in student homes

MAASTRICHT. The number of student buildings that are targeted by burglars is on the rise. “We are worried about this,” says student liaison officer Paul Vermin. “The months of June through to August are fairly quiet, but when the days get shorter, like now, we see an increase, just like with regular houses.” Vermin doesn&rsq...

2000 euros for a thesis

MAASTRICHT. Isabel Mank, a German master student Global Health, has won the Catharina Pijls Aanmoedigingsprijs – 2000 euros – for her thesis on local water management in Sudan.  “One can imagine that this is not the easiest environment to gather data”, says her mentor Rik Crutzen, “but she managed to do this adequ...

Sustainable bike project

MAASTRICHT. Old or broken bicycles that have been abandoned around the city or in the backyard of a student house – weesfietsen, in Dutch – are getting a new life thanks to Jules & You, a student services company in Maastricht. They initiated the project in cooperation with TransferWerkt, which helps jobseekers who are short on qual...

“Did you hear about the 3000 people who died this afternoon?”

“Did you hear about the 3000 people who died this afternoon?”

MAASTRICHT. “First question: are you happy?” Silence. “This is a very interactive audience”, Feike Sijbesma laughs. He looks up to the balcony of the Aula at the Minderbroedersberg: “Are you happy upstairs?”

Elsevier: UCM is the best by far in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. According to students, University College Maastricht is the best liberal arts programme in the Netherlands.  Moreover, figures and tables published last week in the Elsevier weekly magazine show that it is the best-scoring programme in Maastricht. Every autumn, Elsevier lists the best studies in the Netherlands, based on students&...

What is the impact of one vote?

What is the impact of one vote?

MAASTRICHT. Imagine that you have been voting for the Liberals for years. This time, however, you fear that – if they become the largest party in the elections – they will form a coalition with a party you don’t like. To prevent this you vote for the Democrats, even though you agree more with the Liberals’ programme. Voting ...

Misunderstanding about compulsory attendance at FaSoS

Misunderstanding about compulsory attendance at FaSoS

MAASTRICHT. A misapprehension, that’s all. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has not introduced 100% compulsory attendance. Students are allowed to be absent twice in an eight-week block and once in a four-week block. Anyone who does not comply will be denied access to the block’s exam. Students may appeal to the hardship clause i...

City rubbish bags cheaper

MAASTRICHT. The price of the red-and-white coloured rubbish bags, in which one deposits one’s household waste and which are left on the pavement to be collected in the city of Maastricht, will drop as of 1 January. A 50-litre bag will no longer cost 1.24 euro, but 0.71 euro cent. These rubbish bags are meant for waste that cannot be disposed ...

What can you get from a photograph?

What can you get from a photograph?

MAASTRICHT. How to describe someone you only know from a photograph? Friendly? Authoritarian? Reliable? Competent? That was the key question in the Marble research by Roderick Bronzwaer, who completed his bachelor’s in Psychology in July. For the tests, he went to Hong Kong, where he showed test subjects photographs of politicians from the Ne...

Three toilet visits during exams

MAASTRICHT. The plan to limit visits to the toilet during exams to no more than one, to prevent mobile telephone fraud as much as possible, has been scrapped. The new Code of Order for Exams, effective as of last week, states that Maastricht students are allowed to make three visits to the toilet during a three-hour exam. The students are pleasantl...

UCM to have its own student accommodation

UCM to have its own student accommodation

MAASTRICHT. The Guesthouse has expanded: a complex for 38 students, close to University College, situated on the corner of De Bosquetplein and the Zwingelput. UCM will rent all the rooms for its own students from 2017.
How to survive three years at Maastricht University

How to survive three years at Maastricht University

“I want to prevent you from making those mistakes that I did - and even some that I did not.” Claus Michaelis did his bachelor studies at the School of Business and Economics. Today, 9 September 2013, he starts with a master program in Paris. In this opinion article he wants to give the freshmen of 2013 some good advice. 
Mix and Mingle: Welcome Firsties

Mix and Mingle: Welcome Firsties

MAASTRICHT. On Tuesday evening, 3 September, Maastricht University welcomed all new international bachelor and master students at this year’s first Mix and Mingle party. Before entering the Aula of Minderbroedersberg, the students are asked to write their names and countries of origin on their name tags. Stalls in the entrance hall, represent...

Connecting students to the region

Connecting students to the region

MAASTRICHT. Bringing students and residents of Maastricht together on the basis of shared interests. This is the line of approach that the new Student and Society Initiative (Student en Samenleving Initiatief - SSI) is using to organise various activities in the coming months, such as theme dinners - for example about a passion for law/justice - an...

‘Speaking’ without making a sound

‘Speaking’ without making a sound

MAASTRICHT. Imagine: you are completely conscious, you understand everything that is going on around you, but you cannot move or communicate. This is what patients suffering from locked-in syndrome experience. Would it not be great if a small device that measures brain activity enabled you to ‘speak’ to the people around you? It is sti...

Student committed fraud during two studies

MAASTRICHT. The foreign student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who was suspected of plagiarism, committed fraud at two Maastricht master’s studies. For one study she never received her diploma because results were declared invalid beforehand, in November 2012. For the other master’s study a diploma was issued but has by no...

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive city

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive city

MAASTRICHT. The rent of an average student room in Maastricht? 365 euros. The average price of a glass of beer in the capital of Limburg? €2,60. Only in Leiden (€2,90) students pay more for a beer. Maastricht isn’t the cheapest student town in the Netherlands, a recent survey from MasterCard and Nibud tells us. The cheapest town is ...

AquaDANCE popular

AquaDANCE popular

MAASTRICHT. The packed bike racks at the Geusseltbad are the first sign that AquaDANCE is a popular activity among freshmen. It’s also hard to find an empty place on the sunny lawn, this Thursday afternoon.  And the (brand new) swimming pools in the open air are full of students.  Inside the Geusseltbad people are gliding of the hug...

Drums, wars and water pipes

Drums, wars and water pipes

MAASTRICHT. Opera, dance, theatre, yoga, comedy, a fire-eater: the innocent passer-by at the Stadspark was in for a surprise Wednesday night at Culture Valley. At the entrance of the park, a large group of students is listening to a drum band playing. A girl with a Brazilian flag wrapped around her shoulders dances along. Behind the drummers a grou...

“Let’s crush them!”

“Let’s crush them!”

MAASTRICHT. The sports event, Wednesday afternoon. Somewhere in the middle of the field at the Griend is a small stand where a few boys make dangerously looking gestures. Kicking a large cushion held by another boy and then turning around the axis, one would expect Jackie Chan to join in any moment. This is the student karate club Kinran. The scene...

Inkom day 1: Singing along with Maastricht songs

Inkom day 1: Singing along with Maastricht songs

MAASTRICHT. Monday afternoon, 13.00hrs at registrations: a few international students cycle – a bit shaky – for the first time through Maastricht. They stop from time to time to take pictures of each other. At the School of Business and Economics nervous freshmen stand in line for the Inkom registration. The Inkom mama’s and papa&...

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

MAASTRICHT 19 AUGUSTUS. It’s not everyone’s favorite smell… But eight freshmen don’t mind and unite around a table with pieces of cheese. ‘Dutch cheese’ says the printed paper next to the plate. On another table we find typical Dutch food like drop (liquorice), gingerbread and stroopwafels (round waffles with a ...

New student initiative

“To bridge the still significantly existing gap between students living in Maastricht and the region and society surrounding it.” That’s the goal of the newly founded Student Society Interaction (SSI). The project is an initiative of four students – Isabel Voets, Hannan Bittich, Jesper Saman and Dirk Janssen – who work...

Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

MAASTRICHT. Where students and locals meet. This would be the perfect slogan for the Brusselslook Festival, held on Thursday next week at the Orleansplein for the fourth year. There will be music, drinks and a ‘clip your crib’ contest. The idea is to promote the integration between Maastrichtenaren and the attending students (most of wh...

Less pay for student jobs

MAASTRICHT. “I was a member of the ‘UM promoteam’ and back then I was already earning 9 euro per hour. These days that kind of job is arranged through Interum and you only earn about 5 euro. For that kind of money I would not go and visit secondary schools to praise the UM today,” says Nadine van Veenendaal, Dope student mem...

Free Dutch lessons for students

Free Dutch lessons for students

MAASTRICHT. Give new foreign bachelor’s students a free Dutch language course to help their integration into the university and city. With this proposal, the Executive Board is giving in to a long-cherished wish of various student factions. The Board also suggested that students should be given vouchers that they can exchange for language cou...

Cosy and peaceful

Cosy and peaceful

MAASTRICHT. When the two Media Culture master’s students arrived in Maastricht last August, one thing struck both of them: “Walking through the streets, we saw many students and a lot of elderly people. The group in between is notably absent.” Curious about the people and the city, Christine Spiteri (who did a bachelor’s in ...
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

MAASTRICHT. The Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will be the closing act of the Inkom’s final party in the Mecc on Friday 23 August. The Inkom Working Group presented the names of the artists during the pre-Inkom drink last Monday. For the opening event on the Markt, on Monday evening, they did not choose a well-known Dutch arti...

UM withdraws diploma of foreign student

MAASTRICHT. A foreign master’s student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences appears to have cheated so seriously that the Examination Committee intends to revoke the diploma. This has never happened before at the UM.
Toilet visit policy criticised

Toilet visit policy criticised

MAASTRICHT. It looks as if the student members in the university council will be successful in their resistance against the ‘one toilet visit policy’ during exams. The Executive Board actually agrees with them. The Examination Committees recently decided collectively that action was needed to combat the fraudulent actions taking place ...

Premises for international students

MAASTRICHT. There will be an International Student Club for foreign students in Maastricht. The city authorities and the university are searching for a suitable location. One option is the basement of the Lambertus church, says the co-ordinator of the project for the city of Maastricht, Frans van de Weerdt. The idea of providing foreign students w...

Graduating from an American top university while based in the Netherlands

Graduating from an American top university while based in the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS. The Georgia Institute of Technology is going to offer an inexpensive online master’s programme for students worldwide. Dutch, Italian, German, Spanish, and any other students can now get a master’s degree from a prestigious American university without having to move. The American university is planning on accepting ten...

SBE students want a Complaint Task Force

SBE students want a Complaint Task Force

MAASTRICHT. Lecturers are often so overloaded with complaints after an exam that the way in which these complaints are dealt with leaves a lot to be desired. This should improve, according to SBE students in the faculty council, who argued in favour of a Complaint Task Force in the latest council meeting. The board sees nothing in this suggestion. ...

UM-wide minors programme scrapped

MAASTRICHT. There will definitely not be a UM-wide minors programme. “It was flogging a dead horse,” said rector Luc Soete recently to a University Council committee. The matter has been on-going since 2007, when it was decided to offer students more possibilities to take subjects at other faculties. In reality, this caused all kinds of...

Public transport to Belgium and Germany substandard

Public transport to Belgium and Germany substandard

MAASTRICHT. Obsolete, crowded trains, inebriated passengers, poor connections and extremely long travelling times. The complaints about public transport from Maastricht to Aachen and Liège are clear and plentiful, a survey by Young Democrats Limburg shows. They have recently asked 350 mainly foreign UM students for their views. The outcome was a m...

"I haven't read the programs yet"

MAASTRICHT. The elections for the University Council and the faculty councils are in full swing. Voting can be done until Friday 24 May. Last year total turnout was around 33 per cent. How many students have already voted this year? Observant made a quick round.
Enactus supports ‘Doe Gewoon’

Enactus supports ‘Doe Gewoon’

MAASTRICHT. “A good place to study. Quiet, fine prices and delicious apple pie. At the same time you are supporting people with a physical or mental disability who work here.” This is how the School of Business and Economics student Carina Klebe describes the Doe Gewoon cafeteria on the Boschstraat, which she and her fellow Enactus memb...

Little enthusiasm for election debate

Little enthusiasm for election debate

MAASTRICHT. It won’t be a real debate, warns the chair of the University Council, Herman Kingma, right before the doors of the Aula opened on Wednesday 15 May. There are no propositions to debate; instead, two student parties, DOPE and NovUM, will briefly introduce themselves, and “then I will pose some nasty questions”, he smiles...

Student house holds 7.9 billion bacteria

Student house holds 7.9 billion bacteria

Student life is chaotic and spontaneous – regular duties like cleaning are not high on the to-do list. What does it mean to live with a lot of people in a limited space among a bulk of bacteria and a pile of garbage? Is it harmful to our health? Find out in this fifth instalment of ‘Science of Student Life’.

EuroMUN 2013: “Building relationships that can last a lifetime”

MAASTRICHT. After five days of conference at the MECC and an elaborate social programme, 620 happy students are heading back home to over 70 different countries.  The European Model United Nations (EuroMUN) 2013 was an unprecedented success. The Model United Nations is a formal simulation of high-level international politics. Since the first ...

Doing business differently

Doing business differently

MAASTRICHT. “The more you share with others, the more they’ll share with you”, said Uwe Luebbermann, the founder of Premium Cola, as he presented his alternative business philosophy to a group of around thirty students. Last week’s Innovative Business Lecture at the School of Business and Economics was part of the Social and...
Exchanging T-shirts at the town hall

Exchanging T-shirts at the town hall

MAASTRICHT. Last Monday, a hundred or so students from all over the world visited the town hall and exchanged T-shirts. Most were participants in the International Case Competition Maastricht (ICC@M), held this week by the School of Business and Economics. In total, sixteen business schools sent teams to Maastricht. In case competitions – org...

Orakel’s Un…masked exhibition

MAASTRICHT. An analogue photo by the Austrian Kristina Satori of hundreds of skulls lying in a cave. Or some sweet sculptures made of sugar, glue, paper, wood, rope and more, created by the Belgian Suleika Van der Jeugdt. That’s what you can expect at the fifth Art Festival by Orakel, the Arts and Culture student association. Several young ar...

“I quite often go to my tutorials high”

“I quite often go to my tutorials high”

“Twice, I included a full paragraph of a pancake recipe in my seminar work, because I was suspicious that no one read them, both times I got a 9.” 345 people liked this confession on the Maastricht University Confessions Facebook page. “Legend,” one remarks. “Maybe it was a really good recipe?” another one jokes....

Make it in the Netherlands

Make it in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS.  Businesses, government and educational institutes should try harder - like they do in Germany - to keep foreign talent in the Netherlands. The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) has put this in a draft recommendation to the cabinet. Businesses and other organisations should offer work placements and traineeship...

Looking for a bargain

Looking for a bargain

The Turnzaal at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is filled with clothes, jewellery and shoes on Wednesday 20 March. This is the fifth edition of Shop&Go Maastricht, a flea market organised by Arts and Culture student Isabelle Cruse. “The first one was in my living room. We started with twenty people and now two thousand were invite...

Working as a solicitor in the UK

Students who aspire to work as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales but don’t want to leave Maastricht can apply for a new programme in August: the Oxford Brookes–Maastricht Graduate Diploma in Law. The contract between the two institutions will soon be officially signed. The plan is to enable students with a bachelor’s de...

Playing football in the sun, making cocktails in the snow

Playing football in the sun, making cocktails in the snow

A loud “Yay!” sounds in the Law faculty garden on Thursday afternoon, 7 March. Two girls run a round of victory. “3-5!” They have just played a game of football against a couple of guys as part of the Rag Week activities. During Rag Week - Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 13 March - students collect money in Maastricht for a g...

Inkom extended to five days

Inkom extended to five days

Inkom 2013 will last five days instead of four. “We have grown very quickly, eleven per cent last year. We cannot handle so many people together at some activities,” says Rick van der Westen, secretary of the Inkom Working Group. The extra day (Monday) will make the schedule more relaxed. “The Tuesday was really a rushed day. Fir...

Alcohol is the most harmful, by far

Alcohol is the most harmful, by far

What happens in your brain when you use drugs? Which drugs are helpful during exam week? These questions were raised Tuesday night at the drugs debate in bookstore Selexyz, which was packed with students. The debate, partly educational, was organised by two master’s students (Bob Vogel and Nena Pohl) and Studium Generale.
New UM sports complex

New UM sports complex

Almost all indoor sports concentrated in a single large sports complex: this should all be reality by September 2015. That is when the new sports centre that the UM is about to build, should be ready for use. Up until now, sports activities have been scattered across the city, or even the region. Climbers, for example, need to travel to Heerlen to ...

Blues, guitar and drum music, all in a student room

Blues, guitar and drum music, all in a student room

It’s Thursday evening, 28 February. Students cycling among shoppers on their way to one of the eleven acts to be performed during Stukafest – the student room festival. The first round starts at 20:30hrs, but just a few minutes before that, the room where the musician Mixendorp is to perform is not full. “Maybe people couldn&rsquo...

Bicycle thefts in Maastricht

Political party D66 Maastricht is worried about the number of bicycle thefts in the city. “It’s a gut feeling,” says fraction chairman Bert Jongen, “but among my friends three people have had their bicycles stolen in broad daylight in the past three weeks. It was the same MO each time: two guys pull up on a moped, one destro...

“Losing weight through sports is difficult”

“Losing weight through sports is difficult”

Visits to the gym, cycling from home to university, anything from football to squash, slack lining or yoga sessions – sports are part of most students’ lives. What is the effect of regular exercise? Why exactly are sports beneficial? This is the fourth instalment in the series ‘Science of student life’.
Batavierenrace: run really fast and then party

Batavierenrace: run really fast and then party

It is the largest student event in the Netherlands: the Batavierenrace. A relay race from Nijmegen to Enschede; 175 kilometres divided into 25 stages. More than 8,500 students will participate in the race on 27 April, held for the 41st time this year. Many sports, study and student associations put together a team to join, but every university also...

Students can appeal against health care fine in English

Foreign students who are unjustly fined for not having a health care insurance in the Netherlands can now appeal against the fine in English.

German students welcome again

THE NETHERLANDS. Education minister Bussemaker is strengthening the ties with German higher education. This means she has made a U-turn, because not so long ago, she wanted to send a bill to Berlin for all the German students studying here - many of them at Maastricht University. Bussemaker wants to guarantee “education in which we reinforce...

Knowledge of Dutch is essential on NL labour market

Knowledge of Dutch is essential on NL labour market

MAASTRICHT. Anyone who wants to work in the Netherlands - even if it is with an international company or institute - would do well to also learn the Dutch language. This is one of the outcomes of a study carried by Unipartners on behalf of the UM’s Language Centre.
Stukafest

Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. Like last year, almost all acts in the ‘student room festival’ (Stukafest) will be understandable for English-speaking students. “Only the cabaret is in Dutch”, says chair Anna Heimbrock. During Stukafest, ten acts perform three times on one night in student rooms all over Maastricht. “There are lots of mus...

A mother tongue too sweet for a dark story

A mother tongue too sweet for a dark story

MAASTRICHT. The life of Ana Menendez is all about writing: she was a journalist for twenty years, has now published two novels, two short story collections and numerous essays and – last but not least – is the founder (“It wasn’t me alone; I did it with many colleagues, like Lies Wesseling, Rein de Wilde, Jan de Roder and Wi...
SBE complaints about Study Store

SBE complaints about Study Store

MAASTRICHT. Lecturers from the School of Business and Economics are complaining about the Study Store, the academic bookshop on the Tongersestraat. They claim that orders are incorrect far too often. At the moment, more than a hundred students from the Management Accounting block have no books. The Study Store admits that they are to blame.

Fuss about health care insurance for foreign students

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Many foreign students are unjustly fined for not having a health care insurance in the Netherlands. Appealing against the fine is difficult, mainly because all communication on this matter is in Dutch. Examples can be found in Maastricht too, but Student Dean Anita Jacobs claims it is not a ‘hot item’ among s...
 Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday,  a group of 18 students from Saudi-Arabia presented roses and a small printed text to the public, in the city as well as in MUMC+.  The text was in English and Dutch and consisted of sayings of Mohammed, whose birthday was celebrated last week. The Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message” o...

First SSC study places open

First SSC study places open

MAASTRICHT. The first ninety study places at the Student Services Centre (SSC) will be opened next Monday. A total of 170 study places will be created in the building on the Bonnefantenstraat, to be completed before the summer.

Exploring the passion for research

MAASTRICHT. A dark red curtain, a wooden table, an illuminated globe and famous books of critical minds – the organisers of Just being Curious have inventively decorated the stage in UCM’s common room for an evening dedicated to ‘the bright side of research’. It’s Wednesday 23 January. Students and staff have settled o...

Highlander open for now

Highlander open for now

MAASTRICHT. Student pub The Highlander is open again, temporarily at least. At the beginning of December, the pub was closed down for six months by order of mayor Hoes, because soft and hard drugs had been found on the premises, both in the pub itself and in the apartment above it. The owner lodged an appeal and asked the court for a temporary arra...

71 percent of recent FASOS graduates work abroad

MAASTRICHT. On average, 8 percent of Maastricht University alumni who graduated in 2009/10 are unemployed. Topping the list are graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: 24 percent were not in work at the time of the interview (autumn 2011) for the recent Maastricht University graduate surveys.

Tutor may stay

MAASTRICHT. Dr Louis van den Hengel, the tutor for whom a group of students from University College Maastricht (UCM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started an online petition last Month, may stay at Maastricht University. He has been offered a tenure track position, as became clear last week. “I can’t tell you how h...

Students want tutor to stay

MAASTRICHT. “Let Louis van den Hengel stay at UM,” is the heading of a petition on the UCM Facebook page. Some fifteen students from University College and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started a petition last month when they heard that the temporary contract of the very popular tutor Louis van den Hengel will not be r...

One in four students is a problem drinker

One in four students is a problem drinker

A beer to socialise, wine with the dinner, large amounts of alcohol at the numerous parties – students obviously drink a lot. But what are the implications of our drinking behaviour for our health? This is the third instalment in the series ‘Science of Student Life’.

“No ad hoc student policy, but an integral plan”

That the Maastricht city council should communicate more in English with foreign students, is supported by almost all fractions of the Maastricht city council. But they have a problem with the timing of the Christian Democrats' (CDA) proposal. That’s why it was removed from the agenda of the city council meeting last Tuesday.

FaSoS students want exchange and interaction

Monthly meetings where students, staff and alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can discuss subjects that they have chosen, take workshops and/or listen to lectures. This is a proposal put forward by the student representatives. With this initiative they hope to strengthen the bond between the students from the various FaSoS programm...

More contact between students and neighbourhood

More contact between students and neighbourhood

Two students will represent the inhabitants of the new guesthouse on the Professor Pieter Willemsstraat. “We will have a meeting with them in the new year, just to get to know each other,” says Edwin Bruijnzeels, contact person for the group of Wijckerpoort Central residents. The idea of representatives emerged after local residents had...

Council members want a plan for house parties

Where will students go and have their parties now, since The Highlander has been closed? This question was put before mayor Onno Hoes by political parties D66, PvdA and Groen Links (Democrats 66, Labour Party and Green Left). The Highlander pub was shut down last week for a period of six months, after drugs had been found on the premises. And right...

Do we need cycling lessons for foreign students?

After an hour of theory, some practical manoeuvres on a square, it is time for a trip around Groningen. Foreign students in Groningen have been receiving free cycling lessons as of the beginning of this academic year. Whether it's hilarious or necessary, is point for discussion. Maastricht University hasn’t copied the initiative yet. Han...

No pub on Annadal premises

The Maastricht D66 party fraction thinks that a pub on the former Annadal hospital grounds could limit the disturbance caused by students. “It would put an end to the night-time returns from the city to the Guesthouse,” says council member Richard Schoffeleers. It is not a new plan and it is not feasible, according to Maurice Evers, hea...
Mayor closes Highlander

Mayor closes Highlander

Mayor Hoes closed The Highlander pub on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00hrs. The pub on the Hertogsingel is especially popular among foreign students. What in the Netherlands are called ´soft drugs´ were found on the premises. The apartment in the same building was also closed, after the police had found both hard and soft drugs. The Highland...

University Council blocks Guesthouse privatisation

Providing housing for foreign students should be considered a basic service by this university. The plan to hand over the Guesthouse to a commercial market party should therefore be carefully reconsidered. This is what chairman of the University Council, Herman Kingma, said to the Executive Board on behalf of the council last Wednesday. The Execu...

A pattern of black and white

A pattern of black and white

Last Thursday, another Mix and Mingle event – the regularly organised get-togethers for international students – took place at the Stay Okay Hostel. This time people were invited to a 'Black and White Party' referring to the dress code of the night. Students from all over the world fused into a pattern of black and white, while ...

Free Dutch language courses at other universities

In an attempt to bind international students to the Netherlands, the University of Groningen is offering free Dutch language courses from January 2013. Maastricht University asks 150 euro for a similar two-part beginners' course in Dutch. In Tilburg, free language courses have existed for years.

Outsourcing Guesthouse is near

The deal is almost done: the Guesthouse is to be privatised. Maastricht University will no longer offer furnished rooms to foreign students. If, at the beginning of next year, the response to the European call for tenders is a positive one, the UM will transfer the task. The head of the General and Technical Services, Eric Klekamp, reported this to...

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

Hope, change, progress – many words with a positive connotation marked the Dean's Debate last Friday organised by the University College Student Representatives Netherlands (UCSRN) at the bookstore Selexys in Maastricht. Deans and students of the five Dutch University Colleges (UCs) were invited to this annual event to talk about “t...

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

In this series we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University. This time: UCM student Hania Thurlow who already survived a mouse-infestation.

Student death causes despondency and raises questions

The unexpected death of a board member of student association Circumflex in their club house, last Saturday, appears to have raised questions and speculations as to the cause. The Circumflex board has decided not to give any comments. The body of Thijs Eberson (22), treasurer of student association Circumflex and third-year student of Internationa...

“I was scared as hell”

“I was scared as hell”

“It was the longest night of my life. I was scared as hell: the dark, the horrible noise – and I was all alone.” These are the words of Laura Lenz, a Maastricht student who is living in Manhattan while doing a four-month internship as a junior researcher at New York University. She survived Hurricane Sandy, which hit more than ten...

Cause of death of Circumflex board member: unfortunate combination of factors

The death of the Circumflex treasurer, Thijs Eberson, was caused by an unfortunate combination of factors related to his medical background, according to a statement released by Maastricht University this afternoon. Thijs Eberson was found dead on Saturday by a fellow board member in Sociëteit de Kaap. The cause of death has not been formally esta...

Circumflex board member found dead

Last Saturday the treasurer of the student association Circumflex, third-year International Business student Thijs Eberson, was found dead in the Sociëteit de Kaap on the Capucijnenstraat. The 22-year-old student from Oisterwijk slept over in the building after a party on Friday night. He was found there on Saturday by a fellow student. There was ...

Basic government grant and travel pass abolished

In a matter of 47 days, the liberals (VVD) and the social democrats (PvdA) – winners of the national elections in September – have put together a coalition agreement. Students will be hit hard: the basic study grant is abolished; the travel pass is abolished, the additional grant is reduced.

Appeal for Council Committee Chairman for Students

How many students can Maastricht handle? This was the subject of the first Sphinx flash debate, a spin-off of the longer Sphinx debates on current topics. The conclusion was that the city needs a council committee chairman for students.

More learning space in SSC building

One hundred and eighty-one new learning spaces will be set up in the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenklooster) before the end of the year. Six months later, an additional 72 places will be created in the Randwijck university library. According to Ingrid Wijk, director of the university library, this will take the university back to its (self-im...

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

Rodrigo Mesquita (18), a European Law School student from Brazil   Do you already have a group of friends? “Sure, since I study law, most of my friends are law students. I don’t speak Dutch, so they’re mostly international. As far as expectations go, my friends definitely exceed them. When I first visited the faculty, I was...

"I expected to go to class every day"

"I expected to go to class every day"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? “I’m still in contact with a lot of people from my Inkom group. We meet quite often to do something fun, like going to a Pub Quiz or going out for dinner. I met so many new people in the last few weeks...

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

Andreas Tometten (19), a student at the University College of Maastricht from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? Did they turned out to be like you expected them? “Yes and no. I do have international friends as I expected, but I also find myself in groups of Germans more often than I thought. Let’s say I’m ju...

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

In this new series students from all around the world cook their favourite recepies for Observant. First on the menu: Chlebíček - party sandwiches that are very popular in the Czech Republic.
"My living situation has been improving"

"My living situation has been improving"

Torsten Bode (26), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? "Yes, I do. I expected it to be a little different though. From my previous university, I am used to having friends from the same studies. But in Maastricht, the different tracks mix. I like that m...

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

Sanne Thijssen (18), a European Public Health student from Kenya/the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? "Everyone is open in my study. I keep meeting new people and getting to know them better. There are no cliques and it is pretty international, as I expected."   Are you still in contact with some of yo...

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

Kevin Paulussen (21), first-year Biomedical Sciences student from the Netherlands “I have always been fond of travelling, but I could never combine boxing with being away for a whole year,” says Kevin Paulussen. He is a first-year Biomedical Sciences student with a Top Sport status, boxing at a high level alongside his studies.  &...

Zumba with your doctor

Zumba with your doctor

Over a hundred women and a few brave men hear the loudspeakers say “Hey, sexy lady!”, while they dance at the ‘Zumba Party Hearty’ in Randwyck Sports Centre on Thursday evening. The theme of this special Zumba lesson (Zumba is a fitness programme based on Latin American dance) is cardiovascular diseases. Red balloons hang ne...

Student tutors evaluated better than staff

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) uses a lot of student tutors in the first two years of its study programmes. The former student members of the SBE Faculty Council were not sure whether this is a good idea. Are student tutors really as good as staff tutors? Yes, so it appeared in the council meeting last Tuesday. Associate dean Harold Ha...

Cycling to knowledge

Cycling to knowledge

Cycling for about 11,000 kilometres with 40 other students, visiting 8 universities, travelling through  7 countries – from Istanbul to Beijing along the Silk Road – in 5.5 months. This is The Study Road, a project invented by UM graduate Joya van Hout which should kick off in March 2013. The initial idea for The Study Road popped...

“This garden is like a statement”

“This garden is like a statement”

“The idea was to turn every kind of wasteland-area into an edible garden.” When Iris Kühnlein (a UCM student) saw the secluded garden in the FASoS courtyard, she wrote a proposal wanting to turn it into a community herbal garden. In March, the FASoS board told her to go right ahead. Now, the Town House Garden is a well-loved spot. &ldq...

Sustainability – made in Maastricht

Sustainability – made in Maastricht

Footprint films, eco-map, teaching, consultation, discussions, a recycling system for bikes of exchange students, joint order of biological food, 'green' parties... the list goes on and on. The student organisations at the Sustainability BBQ at the Landbouwbelang Friday night presented many different ideas. What they all had in common: they...

Greetings

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: How do you greet and say goodbye in Dutch? Watch, listen and practice!
My night in Amby’s polling station

My night in Amby’s polling station

Two and a half hours, that is how long most students expected to be spending on counting votes for the Dutch elections yesterday night.  Reality looked different: It took some of the volunteers five hours to evaluate the result of the elections in Maastricht. Amby, voting district 44, is an example. Here, a group of eight enthusiastic citizen...

Students swindled by rooms-for-rent sites

The Maastricht police are warning against rooms-for-rent sites offering rooms that they do not actually have. The swindlers ask potential tenants to transfer a deposit and are subsequently never heard from again. Most of the victims are foreign students. The police reported seven cases in the first week of September.
New guest house at Pieter Willemsstraat has special history

New guest house at Pieter Willemsstraat has special history

A plaque at the gate commemorates the deportation of hundreds of Limburg Jews from the old school during the Second World War. The school has now been rebuilt as a guest house for students.

Take inspiration from Le petit prince

“Tips for books, trips and videos to find new answers in new times”, reads the subheading of the Inspiration Booklet, compiled by University College student Dirk Janssen, Youth Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations. He has collected tips from people who are a part of Worldconnectors, a platform of opinion leaders in th...

Maastricht Summer School: not busy, but good

Maastricht Summer School: not busy, but good

They had hoped for a hundred participants, they got 89. Nevertheless, the organisers of the Maastricht Summer School  - from 9 July until 17 August  - are pleased. “We could only start recruiting at a late stage, but the students who came, were full of praise.” The participants of the first Summer School at Maastricht Univers...

"I would vote for a centre-left party"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. What does Mungo McKoen, a student at UCM from Great Britain have to say about it?
"I'm curious how Geert Wilders will fare in these elections"

"I'm curious how Geert Wilders will fare in these elections"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. What does Nethal Hashin, a Strategic Marketing student from Oman have to say about it?
"In the beginning, it was difficult not to confuse the different parties"