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Entries for January 2012

“I never wrote papers for Saif Gaddafi”

“I never wrote papers for Saif Gaddafi”

Philipp Dorstewitz, lecturer at Maastricht University since 2007, spent two years as a personal mentor to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son and envisaged successor of the former Libyan leader. Saif Gaddafi started his master’s in philosophy at the London School of Economics in 2002. Dorstewitz was a PhD student at the time. The Daily Telegraph published a...
"I like to have something personal with me"

"I like to have something personal with me"

Magdalena Cichoń, 21, from Kraków, Poland, third-year student of European Studies

Maastricht bells, Freakatronic and Movie Night

Maastricht bells Don’t panic when you hear a lot of bells ringing on Friday 27 January at 11.30. There’s no fire – it’s the Maastricht bells, the kick-off of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Maastricht Conservatory. All church bells and carillons across town will join in a bells concert, together with primary school children with h...

End to basic grants for master’s students

State secretary Zijlstra intends to deprive master’s students from their entitlement to a basic grant, with effect from September. This also affects students who started a two-year or three-year master’s study last September. The same applies to foreign master’s students who work in the Netherlands for 32 hours per month and hence have a right to a...

Sports hall not finished before mid-2014

A decision will be made next spring about a new sports hall. The Vice-President of the Executive Board, André Postema, announced this recently in a committee meeting of the University Council. At the earliest, a fully functional hall will be there after the summer of 2014.
Study group in a virtual classroom

Study group in a virtual classroom

More user-friendly, greater functionality and faster, because of less unnecessary content, those were the requirements of the new Eleum version. The School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Psychology have been using it since 6 February, the rest of the university will follow next academic year.
Thinking about introducing the notorious fat tax

Thinking about introducing the notorious fat tax

How to improve health, prevention and care

Feeling guilty

All PhD students are masters of procrastination. Going to the movies is always a reliable form of procrastination, and I’ll watch anything (unless it has zombies, aliens or hobbits). On Wednesday, in the middle of the day, I went to see The Artist. Guiltily, because even I can’t deny that when it comes to procrastination, seeing a black and white F...

Rector Gerard Mols decorated with a royal honour

Rector Gerard Mols decorated with a royal honour

It was his very last foundation day speech as rector, during the celebrations in the St. Jans church last week. He will be stepping down in June. Professor Gerard Mols availed of the opportunity to reveal the outlines of Maastricht University’s new strategic programme, and also to express his strong support for the position of human sciences positi...

Cultural Square stripped down

The website Cultural Square, where students could find the cultural agenda for Maastricht and get discounts on cultural activities, will be shut down. This is due to the recent budget cuts at Maastricht University. Cultural Square will continue to exist in a more stripped down version on Facebook, where you can ‘like’ the page. It will give updates...

Winterreise, Nu of nooit and Prins Oetrope

Winterreise The Kameropera Festival Maastricht presents a special version of Schubert’s Winterreise. Here, the focus is more on the woman who broke the heart of Schubert’s main character (played by soprano Bibi van den Dijck). She now regrets this and – highly pregnant in the winter – decides to follow him on his journey. The concert will be held ...

Revolution is everywhere

Where is the revolution? This is the theme of the UCM Conference to be held on 25 and 26 January. “We want people to think about that, although we already kind of give the answer – namely, everywhere”, says Undine Rubeze, one of the twenty students who are organising the event. The conference looks at revolutions in a very broad perspective, from p...

"Food from home just tastes better"

"Food from home just tastes better"

Theresa Bullock, 19, from Redditch, Great Britain, first-year student of Arts and Culture
How do you measure poverty?

How do you measure poverty?

More students than ever won the Student Prize this year. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences awarded the prize to two students, and the winning thesis of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was a group effort. The subjects of the theses were very broad, ranging from social media to malaria. Observant spoke with two of the winners....

Game jam

Think of a subject for a serious game in UM education! This appeal – under the heading of ‘Leading and Learning’ – was sent out by e-mail to students and staff last week. The deadline was 24 January. The idea came from a somewhat unexpected corner: the University Council. It explains why professor Wim Gijselaers, who is co-ordinating the Leading in...

Second Life discontinued

The School of Business and Economics has stopped the Second Life project as of September. The project – very popular among students – was part of the marketing course. The department concerned found it too expensive. The block does indeed cost a few thousand euros extra, says Gwen Noteborn, expert in the field of ICT innovations. "But I feel that ...

Where to sit?

Giving a presentation is not the scariest part of an academic conference. Far more frightening is deciding where to sit at the conference banquet. Either you want to climb the professional ladder by manoeuvring yourself next to the keynote speakers, or – if you can’t navigate a plate of wonton noodles with chopsticks (because ‘conference dinner’ is...

Military operations

Military operations

Military operations. It's one of the seven topics that will be presented by young researchers of Maastricht University tomorrow during the 36th foundation day of Maastricht University.
Overestimating yourself

Overestimating yourself

Overestimating your own learning capabilities. This is just one of the seven topics, presented by young UM researchers, tomorrow, during the morning symposium of the 36th Dies Natalis of Maastricht University.    
Arteriosclerosis and obesity

Arteriosclerosis and obesity

Arteriosclerosis and obesity. It's one of the seven topics that will be presented by young researchers of Maastricht University tomorrow during the 36th foundation day of Maastricht University.
"I miss my brother the most"

"I miss my brother the most"

Nathalie Stroobants, 19, from Isla Margarita, Venezuela, first-year student of European Law

Lunch concerts, Maastricht aan tafel and Circle Percussion

Lunch concerts Looking for a nice way to spend your lunch break? Check out the organ lunch concerts in the university auditorium at the Tongersestraat 53, where well-known organists will play the recently restored organ. The concerts start at 12.30 and take approximately 30 minutes; the auditorium opens at 12.15. The first concert will be on Wedne...

Zijlstra's words fall on deaf ears in Germany

Germany has no intention to compensate the Netherlands for German students who come here to study. They only want to make Europe-wide agreements.

Breaking down the walls

"Breaking down the walls" was the motto (a kind of guiding principle for the organisation) used by the President of the Executive Board, Martin Paul, for 2012. In doing so he referred not to a “new destructive real estate design”, he said last week during a well-attended New Year’s reception in the university restaurant on the Tongersestraat. His n...

A million dollar reward for the definitive answer!

A million dollar reward for the definitive answer!

Where is the line between the predictable and the unpredictable?
“You have to be on time in the Netherlands”

“You have to be on time in the Netherlands”

The International Classroom has much more to do with integration and group dynamics than education. So it is not a synonym for a tutorial group that includes a number of nationalities. It is about much, much more, write Fred Stevens and Jacqueline Goulbourne, authors of the UM memo ‘The international classroom project’.

Study marathon

It seems like only yesterday, yet two weeks of blissful holidays have passed since the last exams. Since not all students were disciplined enough to study at home, and right before Christmas the library was packed with students preparing for exams and writing essays, Jules & You came up with a solution, offering space and unlimited free caffein...

Miracolous Wednesday, Soirée Artistique and Admiral Freebee

Miraculous Wednesday The longing to control time and the wish to rewrite history – this is the theme of the new show by dance group Club Guy and Roni, called Miraculous Wednesday. What happens when you get a chance to do something over? The performance starts at 20.30 on Friday 6 January in the AINSI. For those who understand Dutch, there will be ...

The average chimpanzee and us

The average chimpanzee and us

What influence do ancient civilisations have on European culture today?

“Krom Engels” ain’t so bad

“It’s time to face the truth and stop this strange English”, wrote Rik Smits, a Dutch linguist and publicist, in last week’s Volkskrant. English in the Netherlands is “onverstaanbaar Dutchglish”, he says, and Dutch universities would better serve foreign students with good Dutch rather than cruddy English. What Smits doesn’t mention is the worldwid...

Enough jobs for academics

Employment opportunities for young academics in the Netherlands will remain good for the coming years. Economic prospects may not be great, but there will be enough jobs because older employees are about to retire.