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Anti-Semitism Today

Anti-Semitism Today

MAASTRICHT. Michel Wieviorka, sociologist and Parisian, is one of the most famous French anti-Semitism researchers. A descendant of a Jewish family, with grandparents who were killed in Auschwitz, he is well known for his balanced and nuanced tone. Even after the brutal attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket. He will...
Babies in the plane

Babies in the plane

I’d lucked out on being given a seat in the bulk-head.  If I stretched my legs out into the aisle my toes could almost make their way into Premium Economy class, where the air is fractionally sweeter and your meals are served on china plates instead of plastic trays.  In my row of three mine was the only seat occupied, and I had gre...

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...

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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...

One-million euro magnet

One-million euro magnet

MAASTRICHT. Tuesday morning, just before 9 o’clock, the truck from Amsterdam arrives at the grounds of UNS 50. It has a 9.4 Tesla magnet on board, the showpiece in professor Ron Heeren’s lab. The magnet, which cost a million euro, was transported ‘cold’, says Heeren, an expert in molecular imaging. “It is in a kind of...

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...

How power relations in the world work

How power relations in the world work

Anthropology was an extra course for Kai Heidemann, a social scientist at the University College Maastricht, when he was studying journalism and communication as an undergraduate. But after reading Eric Wolf’s Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century (1969), he decided to make the switch and commit to anthropology.

Thank you Maastricht

This was my first Christmas in Maastricht, the first after moving to the Netherlands four years ago. I had a very nice time. I had the chance to enjoy my family and our house for longer than just a weekend, the possibility to discover a bit more of the beautiful surrounding countryside and I avoided coming back to work with an extra 5kgs from over ...

“He taught me that risks are essential, and sometimes even fun”

“He taught me that risks are essential, and sometimes even fun”

‘Thinking outside the box’, it is a popular cliché, but some people really do it. According to Jaap Bos, professor of Banking and Finance, the American Yvon Chouinard, owner of the outdoor brand Patagonia, is one of those people.
“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...

Dissertation prize for Ann-Kristin Zobel

MAASTRICHT. Her work as a postdoc at Berkeley did not make it easy for her to ‘just pop over’ to Maastricht in order to accept the dissertation prize during the Dies celebration, last Friday. But a recently born baby made planning even more difficult. Ann-Kristin Zobel (27), originally from Germany, received full praise for her dis...
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Not just for Sunday

My memories of the first days in Maastricht are a little blurry. I arrived only 9 days before the university started. My plan was to find a room. Despite the worries everyone else seemed to have about this rather naïve project, I was sure this would work out. It had to work! As you can imagine, the days went by very quickly. I was still searching f...

Commentary: Courageous

Commentary: Courageous

No, of course we’re not all Charlie. At least not in the literal sense in which some people interpret it: just as courageous, just as unapproachable as the artists who create Charlie Hebdo. Who persevered in spite of all threats – and fortunately still persevere today – doing what they were good at, with sarcastic (and often very ...

Charlie

Charlie

The past decades have produced a wealth of video footage on horrific violence against human beings. To name a few: amputations in Rwanda, stoning in Afghanistan, and during the past year heads were rolling like it was France 1794. Last week’s pictures of the slaughter in Paris fit neatly in this rich tradition of brutality. When exposed to s...

Crazy about time series

Crazy about time series

He will have been an inspiration for many economists, both in the Netherlands and abroad. If only for the fact that Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) was one of the founding fathers of Econometrics. He moved in the same circles as Einstein and Keynes, and was the first to receive the Nobel Prize for Economics, in 1969.

Two economists in top 40

MAASTRICHT. The latest Dutch ‘Economentop 40’ (Top 40 Economists), which was recently published by the journal Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB), only includes two researchers from Maastricht University. Senior lecturer Nils Kok, who obtained an NWO vidi grant last year, is in 32nd place, and Jean-Jacques Herings, profes...
Vitally important: latex gloves

Vitally important: latex gloves

MAASTRICHT. The Executive Board supports a midwifery school (as well as a maternity ward) in Sierra Leone that is suffering because of the Ebola crisis. There are flyers with information on how to donate at the Foundation Day event. Mundo, the UM development office, worked together with the midwifery school some years ago.

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 ...

Almost 100 programmes require quality improvements

Almost 100 programmes require quality improvements

NETHERLANDS. About one hundred study programmes in the Netherlands and Flanders have been forced to improve their quality since 2011. They received a so-called yellow card from education inspector NVAO. Theses appeared to be below standard, examination committees did not function properly, or the curriculum was poorly organised. All programmes had ...

“The voice of reason must drown out the screamers.”

“The voice of reason must drown out the screamers.”

MAASTRICHT. What incites Muslim youths to radicalise? The debate about the consequences of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, held last Monday in a full and heavily protected university cafeteria, quickly centres around extremism and how to deal with it. “Youths often think: if a Muslim does something wrong, it is blow...
Room for Thought

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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...

Twelve lectures, twelve professors, twelve cities

Twelve lectures, twelve professors, twelve cities

MAASTRICHT. Almost a week after Maastricht University’s Dies celebration on Friday, 16 January, a new tradition will be introduced: the UM Star Lectures. For the first time, twelve professors will start their lectures simultaneously in twelve cities, for the Netherlands in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Breda, Den Bosch, Venlo, Den Haag and Maastrich...

#NewYearsPlans #Berlin #ReturningToMaastrichtSoon!

The holidays started off with a lot of thoughts, worries and plans circling around the city of Maastricht and my future plans i.e. find an internship; get a job (but first get my university degree). Those faded away quickly once I had arrived in my hometown, Berlin. It felt good to let go (for a little while) of my rather hectic and unclear future ...

“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...
“I named a teddy bear after him”

“I named a teddy bear after him”

The syllabus 'Philosophy of Mathematical Thought and Information Technology' is on his desk. “That was the teaching material that was used for one of the subjects that I took with Louk Fleischhacker. I found it when I was clearing out my parents’ house”, Arie van der Lugt (1968) explains.
Post-wedding book merging

Post-wedding book merging

This Christmas, my husband and I finally got around to a much-anticipated post-wedding activity: the Great Book Collection Merger. Nothing spells permanency like his books and my books, all together under one Amsterdam roof. The travel section is now above the TV. Antiquity to the left, philosophy to the right. The Latin dictionaries were relegate...

Employee award for philosopher and research technician

Employee award for philosopher and research technician

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht University employee award this year goes to senior research technician Roel Spätjens and philosopher René Gabriëls. During the New Year’s drink, last Monday 5 January in Randwijck, the latter took the time, somewhat suspiciously about his selection from a list of 22 candidates, to vent his criticism of Maastricht Un...
YOU with Jamie Oliver

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A virtual campus tour

A virtual campus tour

MAASTRICHT. During the New Year’s reception in Randwijck, on Monday 5 January, Executive President Martin Paul gave the starting shot for an online campus tour, a web-based guide to Maastricht University. The interactive map contains all the UM buildings – even the campus in Venlo. A single click on a building launches a short video cli...

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.