“There is no negotiating on the quality of the diploma”

“There is no negotiating on the quality of the diploma”

MAASTRICHT. You can't replace a multiple-choice exam for 800 students by a take-home exam. Marking would be unfeasible. So, what then? Postpone the exam and hope that it can take place in the Mecc before September after all? Or look for alternatives? The UM Examination Boards are focussing on dilemmas like these and are searching for solutions almost every day. The exam period for block 4 is scheduled to start on Monday, 30 March.

Praise for medical anthropologist Krumeich

Praise for medical anthropologist Krumeich

MAASTRICHT. It is already seven years ago since the winner of the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize came from Randwyck. At that time, it was Gerard Majoor and Ton de Goeij who were put in the limelight. Monday afternoon, during the celebrations of the 40th anniversary, senior lecturer Anja Krumeich received full praise from rector Luc Soete for her contribution towards the Master of Global Health. He awarded her with a certificate, a sculpture and five thousand euro.

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 made his first visit to Maastricht in 1981 and saw the red Maastricht flags, thought that the communists gathered for a meeting. Observant asked employees for anecdotes from Maastricht University’s forty-year-old history. Every bit of this is true. So the storytellers say.  

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. 

“Suddenly I realised: I belong to a group. I’m a refugee too”

“Suddenly I realised: I belong to a group. I’m a refugee too”

Among the ranks of UM staff are a number of refugees or children of refugees. In this new Observant series, they talk about their lives before and after their flight from their home country, their views on the Netherlands, and their take on the debate about the refugee crisis. This week we kick off with medical doctor Chahinda Ghossein-Doha from Lebanon.

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