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Entries for January 2011

Demonstration against animal experiments outside, festival of prizes inside

Demonstration against animal experiments outside, festival of prizes inside

They kept well away from the guests who had come to the university’s thirty-fifth anniversary; across the street, opposite the entrance of the Vrijthof Theatre, a group of animal activists led by a cantor relentlessly and loudly chanted: “Stop animal tests”, answered by the group as a choir: “All dogs free.” All in an uninterrupted rhythm. None of ...

“A few months before I was on my deathbed”

“A few months before I was on my deathbed”

One of the winners studied collaborative art, another one placenta cells. Seven graduates recently received the 2010 Student Award for best thesis. Observant finds out what their thesis was about, what the low point in their research process was, where they’ll be in five years and what they actually wanted to be when they were kids.

Facebooking in the classroom

Usually, Maastricht University benchmarks itself against Harvard and Oxford, but nowadays the strongest competitor of universities is Google, argues Professor Wim Gijselaers. He was one of the speakers during the Dies morning symposium ‘PBL for the next generation’.  
How can students get the most out of themselves?

How can students get the most out of themselves?

Dr. Dirk T. Tempelaar, senior lecturer, department of Quantitative Economics. This is how the winner of the 2010 Education Award is described on the homepage of the School of Business and Economics. And one does not get this award just like that; one has to have “delivered a major contribution to education”. What is so special or important about Te...

Typical NL: Registration

January, for me, has always meant sunshine, beach and barbecues. (This is because I’m one of those upside-down Australians.) And thankfully, that’s precisely the case this year: as I write, I’ve got one foot dangling in a creek and I’m watching a spider crawl idly over the other. Lovely. It’s a far cry from one year ago, when I was – somewhat hars...

Typical NL: Can’t stand (in) queues

Whenever I’m exploring another country, I also like to take an extensive look at the local supermarkets. Not that I like supermarkets as such, but I find that they allow a little peek into the character of a nation. Of course, there are tasty treats like vla, drop and stroopwafels, but there’s much more to discover. The most stunning observation I...

Klezmer, Poco Loco Disco and Cinema Brut

On Friday 21 January the AINSI (Lage Kanaaldijk 112–113) will be all about Klezmer music: Eastern European Jewish sounds, inspired by the culture of the Balkans. Saxophone player Job Chajes and his Amsterdam Klezmer Band will put on an exuberant live show with a large number of songs from their own repertoire. Afterwards DJs Hapu and Sòj, specialis...

“Good communication can change the flow of things”

“Good communication can change the flow of things”

How should you communicate during a crisis? This was the question of the day at the first UCM Conference last Tuesday. The conference was organised by a group of UM students and alumni, who hope it will become an annual event. It is not to be confused with the UCM Conferences that are organised by UCM students every year as part of their study prog...

Reunification Germany, not only a success story

Former student Jakob Miethe received the incentive prize from de Volkskrant and the Duitsland Instituut of the University of Amsterdam last week. He was awarded 500 euros for his bachelor’s thesis on the economic developments in East Germany after 1991. An article on his thesis will also be published in the newspaper.  
Role models for young researchers

Role models for young researchers

Not six, but five internationally renowned researchers will receive an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University today, during the foundation day celebrations at the Vrijthof Theatre. They are professors Henry Levin, Kamil Ugurbil, Philip Alston, Parsu Parasuraman and Beate Kohler. Prospective honorary doctor Alfred Goldberg cannot attend the p...

Demonstrating in The Hague

Professors and students are worried about the cutbacks in tertiary education. Tomorrow (Friday), there will be a demonstration in The Hague. Anyone else coming along from Maastricht? On Wednesday morning, 285 students had registered – enough to fill six coaches – as well as 21 professors. The professors' coach will depart at 06:15hrs on Friday mor...

Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning

Students would like to have a mobile version of their study schedules and EleUM messages on their mobile phones would also be appreciated. These are just two of the outcomes from a survey by Maarten van Wesel, digital education and research support consultant at the University Library, carried out among 600 Maastricht students.
"Rain is depressing"

"Rain is depressing"

Karen Weitzel (23), a German second-year student of International Business

Maastricht debating club

Rhetorica is the name of a new Maastricht student debating club.

Crisis hits European universities

While some European universities and schools of professional education have to cut costs, others receive extra money from the government. A quick scan of the situation in the European member states shows that the damage in the Netherlands is not too bad.

Typical NL: ‘Directness’

We're having lunch at a café, a Dutch friend and I. The waiter brings out the food. Thank you, I say as she sets it down in front of us. Thank you very much. So what’s wrong with this picture? Far too many thank yous, according to my Dutch friend. What am I supposed to say to a waiter? Not a damn thing, says my friend: a genuine Cloggie (granted, ...

Good cop Bad cop, the Nature of Time and the Battle of the Bands

Do you ever think about how your life is, and how your life could be? On the evening of Friday 14 January Het Huis van Bourgondië will present Good Cop Bad Cop: a sharp-minded and humorous reflection on everyone’s need to be normal and desire for attention. Tickets cost €5 for students. For more information about this show, which is essentially 50%...

Not 6.2 but 7.2

Not 6.2 but 7.2

University College Maastricht did not receive a score of 6.2 - as the KeuzeGids 2011 mistakenly reported just before Christmas - but 7.2, just like the year before. The Executive Board want the editors of the KeuzeGids to publish the correct figures in advertisements in newspapers during the Open Days.

Typical NL: Cautious about treating foreigners in hospitals

 What you absolutely don't want to happen to you while you’re abroad is to get sick. The health system in your own country is probably intimidating and complicated enough, so adding a foreign language, culture and customs to that is no fun at all! Funnily enough, people – at least in Western countries – seem to believe that their healthcare s...

No free riders in tutorials

No free riders in tutorials

Amiran Yaghout (21) originally from Teheran, Iraq, is a second-year student of International Business
Turning point for UM

Turning point for UM

Leading in learning. In the eighties and nineties, Maastricht University was at the forefront in the Netherlands, but since then it has become the victim of the dialectics of progress. The Back to Basics project was introduced to breathe new life into the education system. Every faculty is experimenting with something new at the moment. If things ...

Four UM Economists in Top 40

The latest Economists Top 40, published at the end of last year, lists four researchers from Maastricht University. The highest on the list - at number 15 - is professor Co de Ruyter (marketing); two places below, we find the American professor Daniel Hamermesh (labour economics), followed by John Hagedoorn (strategy and international business) at ...

Lose those negative thoughts

A good posture and taking regular breaks remain important, but the patient’s character seems a decisive factor in RSI complaints. A perfectionist or anxious nature is by far the greatest hazard. This is one of the outcomes described in rehabilitation specialist Marjon van Eijsden's thesis, for which she received her doctorate last month. 
Awards for Kidzcollege and Corine de Ruiter

Awards for Kidzcollege and Corine de Ruiter

Yesterday, during the university New Year’s reception, the UM Employee Prize 2010 was awarded to Corine de Ruiter, professor of forensic psychology, and to the Kidzcollege Maastricht team. De Ruiter's efforts for the two-year master's programme of forensic psychology and her many appearances in the media were decisive, says administrative spokesper...

Dance, film and a tribute to Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is said to have been one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the past decades. She is known for songs such as Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now. The Dutch singer Charlie Dée will be playing a tribute to Joni Mitchell, who quit performing in 2007, on Friday 7 January in the Theater aan het Vrijthof. She will sing Mitchell’s ...