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Entries for October 2010

“Squatting is positive for Dutch cities”

Since 1 October, the occupation of abandoned buildings – squatting – has become illegal in the Netherlands. Still, the students, anarchists, punks, travellers and even families who live in a building called Kraak (Old Hickoryplein) aren’t worried.

First in Singapore

Last week, students from the School of Business and Economics won an ‘international case competition’, this time held in Singapore. This represents their third victory – after Bangkok and Copenhagen – in 14 months. In a case competition, student teams have to solve a real-life business problem and prepare a presentation on the solution while being ...

New mayor Onno Hoes

Next Monday the city of Maastricht will have a new mayor: Onno Hoes (49). He’s member of the liberal party VVD and former regional minister in the province of North-Brabant. With his choice ends a long tradition of Christian Democrat mayors in the university’s city. Hoes replaces Gerd Leers – now integration Minister in the new Dutch cabinet. ...

Typical NL: Extremely well organised

Coming from a German university, I was initially surprised to see how organised and efficient everything at UM is. You might not believe me, but compared to other European universities, Maastricht is bliss. Students here tend to complain if they have to wait a few weeks to get their exam results. I graduated recently from a Belgian university and w...

Free bike repairs

Maastricht. Being the well-integrated international student that you are, naturally you bought yourself a bike as soon as you stepped on Dutch soil. So it could well be that by now the light has stopped working. If so, it’s your lucky day. On 2 November from 11 am until 5 pm, volunteers from the Dutch cycling federation and traffic safety organisat...

Poetry, Shoes and Jazz

Did you know Maastricht is the poetry capital of Europe? At least, that’s the case in October 2010. From 28 until 30 October, the La Bonbonniѐre theatre is organising The Maastricht International Poetry Nights, where well-established poets from all over the world will share their work with the audience. All verses will be recited in the original la...

UCM student wins UN contest

UCM student wins UN contest

“Amazing!” This was the first reaction of newly elected Dutch UN youth representative Dirk Janssen (20) when he saw the surprise welcome-back party his fellow UCM students had arranged for him. Janssen is just back from The Hague, where he won the final round in the competition to become the UN youth representative on Sunday. Before the final, Jans...

Seeking heroes

Seeking heroes

Our world needs heroes, people who show us how we can live, who show courage, who take risks without putting their lives at risk, who think carefully how they can achieve their goals and know what compromises are required to succeed in their missions. This is what American-German philosopher Susan Neiman will argue next week, when she gives Maastr...

The SBE brand

Forward thinking, inspiring and value exchange. These are the three core values that the School of Business and Economics (SBE) should use to characterise itself, said students, staff and alumni in a series of discussion sessions.
“People keep dancing even when the lights come on”

“People keep dancing even when the lights come on”

It has its benefits, locating your bar in a fortress wall. As you approach d’n Hiemel, the bar that turns into the Make Bar three times a week, not a sound is heard. Only when the door is opened does the buzz of music and people talking spill over onto the street. Inside, it’s ‘make it jamming’ night. On stage a few musicians take the lead. Whoeve...

Jekerjazz, Open Mic and Week of History

Jekerjazz is back on track. After years of successful corporation with Jazz Maastricht, both organisations have decided to return to their roots. This year, the popular jazz festival, located mainly in the inner city neighbourhood Jekerkwartier, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 14 until 17 October, about 120 blues, funk and other jazz-rela...

After Sex detergent, anyone?

After Sex detergent, anyone?

Tuesday, 13.15. A small, hidden part of the School of Business and Economics has morphed into a fair where more than 100 students are selling all kinds of crazy laundry, pet and baby products.

Classes in New York

Samanta Wexselblatt, (24, Buenos Aires, Argentina), fourth-year bachelor’s student of Business Management and Administration, all the way from the University of Buenos Aires.
“You can never start early enough”

“You can never start early enough”

Catch that Coach: working on your career while being droven on the motor way towards Brussels. Sounds nice, is it not? Last Friday some 100 students joined this event of UM Career Services. Before they jump on the bus, they check their name, cause they have been assigned to one of the three coaches.    

No run on parking permits yet

So far, a little more than forty foreign students – Germans and Belgians – have submitted an application for a parking permit in an area surrounding the centre. Not what one would call a run.

No top position for UM in Elsevier classification

Three first places for Maastricht bachelor's studies according to students, but only one bachelor's programme at the top when the professors passed their judgement. That is Maastricht University’s score in the latest Elsevier classification.

New Basic Dutch courses being made

New courses for non-Dutch speaking students will become available, with a mixture of online and live classroom teaching. These courses will be for basic Dutch, providing students with everyday survival phrases.

Lecture fees for non-European students should not be too low

Not only the cost price of a study programme, but also the international market are the cause of the huge differences in lecture fee rates for non-European students. This is one of the outcomes of an inventory by Transfer among schools of higher education and universities. Non-European students pay a small fortune to do a bachelor's or master's st...

I chose, you chose, we chose a master’s

I chose, you chose, we chose a master’s

How to choose the most promising or appropriate master’s programme? Don’t make a checklist of do’s and don’ts, says a Dutch selection adviser, but trust your intuition. International master’s students studying on Dutch scholarships talk about their choice for a Maastricht degree, and how difficult or easy it was to get a scholarship. “You have to b...

Hans Klok, House of Wonders and Design Biennal

Want to see fascinating tricks that no one understands? It’s possible. World-famous Dutch illusionist Hans Klok is touring the country with his new show, called Hurricane. He will try to deceive the audience’s senses with his dazzling conjuring tricks. Knowing Klok, he will bowl over many of his spectators. Hurricane can be seen at the Vrijthof The...

Typical NL: Squatting an abandoned house

Last Friday marked a significant change for the Netherlands. No, I’m not talking about the scary fact that far-right populist Geert Wilders gained decisive influence in the national government, but something else: since 1 October, kraken (which in Dutch refers to squatting an abandoned house, not a monster from the depth of the seas) is illegal in ...

Only for the very best

Only for the very best

They come from Singapore, Ukraine, Romania, Singapore, Russia and many other countries. Around 120 international students at Maastricht University are studying with a scholarship. Last week they received their official certificates from rector Gerard Mols during a festive afternoon. Directly after the ceremony they went on to party at UM’s fourth M...
Money, money, money

Money, money, money

Ali Gharaviri (27, Tehran, Iran), PhD candidate, Department of Physiology
Scrap those lists of pros and cons!

Scrap those lists of pros and cons!

A tough research master's, or rather one of those one-year master's programmes that the labour market is crying out for? Choosing the right follow-up study - the Netherlands alone has some eleven hundred master's studies - can be a stressful experience. Renske Roet, study choice expert, recommends following your intuition.