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“The punishment for smuggling didn’t really work as a deterrent”

“The punishment for smuggling didn’t really work as a deterrent”

The First World War: the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences used it as a theme for a cross-border project; the RWTH Aachen was a partner. Approximately thirty students with Flemish, Walloon, Dutch, German and even British and Austrian nationalities participated. It was all done within the framework of Marble, Maastricht University’s project ...
Far ahead of his time

Far ahead of his time

Just like Jan Tinbergen was the founder of Econometrics, it was Joop Hartog who was at the basis of Labour Economics in the Netherlands. Professor Gerard Pfann (54) can still imagine him as he was then. "Sandals, long beard, and a tiny pencil in his hand to note everything down. Hartog did not act as an authority in the traditional sense. He w...

Part of the new sports centre open in July

Part of the new sports centre open in July

MAASTRICHT. The first part of the new university sports centre in Randwyck will open next summer. The official kick-off for the construction took place yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 29 October, in the presence of alderman Gerdo van Grootheest and Martin Paul, President of the Maastricht University Executive Board (UM is owner of the sports centre)...

Praise and criticism for the UM in Keuzegids 2015

MAASTRICHT. Ten points out of ten for University College Maastricht, making it not just the best university college in the Netherlands, but also the very best programme in the Keuzegids 2015, published this week. The bachelor’s studies of Knowledge Engineering and Economics & Business Economics also did well. Medicine, Health Sciences and...
iArts exhibition: Are you afraid of dying?

iArts exhibition: Are you afraid of dying?

MAASTRICHT. What would be your ideal place to grow old and die? This was the starting question for the second-year iArts students when they began work on their exhibition Senescence, from 6 to 8 November in the Kunstkwartier. “Quite a broad topic, but we managed to make it even broader, to ageing and dying in general”, laughs Suzanne De...

“I was panicking: would I still have the chance to make friends?”

“I was panicking: would I still have the chance to make friends?”

MAASTRICHT. Julia Schneider, a first-year student of European Studies (ES), fell sick last September with a throat infection. “I had to go and see a doctor, but I didn’t know: should I make an appointment, would he or she would speak English, would I have to pay? Luckily I was able to call Hannah, and she gave me the name of her own doc...
International classroom: More mixing of nationalities is needed

International classroom: More mixing of nationalities is needed

MAASTRICHT. Why should we choose an international classroom? How can we achieve such a classroom? And how do we know if Maastricht University has been successful in doing so? These three questions were raised at the start of the student and staff panel discussion at the end of last week’s International Classroom Conference.
Highest score for UCM in KeuzeGids

Highest score for UCM in KeuzeGids

MAASTRICHT. University College Maastricht has again been chosen as the best broad bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, writes the KeuzeGids 2015, published on Tuesday, 28 October. The grade given to UCM by students and experts is a staggering 10 out of 10. This is the highest mark ever for UCM, but also the best of all programmes assessed...

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There is not much to be seen when you look through the windows. The shop is very much inconspicuous, there is no name sign and the location does not help either; lots of other flashy stores are much more welcoming at first sight. The place blends in with the housing facade and before you know it, you have easily passed by one of the best bakery&acu...

LABRADOR!

LABRADOR!

Almost 300,000 square kilometres of rocky tundra and taiga land in the East of Canada. When exploring the shores and inlands of this immense acreage, there is a considerable chance of meeting the Inuit, riding their dog sleighs, fishing in ice-holes or binge-drinking with friends. (By the way, it is strongly advised to abstain from calling them Es...

Aversion to pensions

Aversion to pensions

Last Monday, third-year International Business student Monika Hulewicz (21) and her team won the Branding Communication contest of the School of Business and Economics. Together they developed a project to increase awareness of a rather unpopular topic: pensions.
“He came down from his ivory tower”

“He came down from his ivory tower”

A revolutionary who wanted to reform criminal law. That was Louk Hulsman (Kerkrade, 1923). But even though he was recalcitrant and radical, according to professor of criminology Hans Nelen he should not be made out to be an absurd ‘abolitionist’.
Maastricht medical student on TEDxMaastricht main stage

Maastricht medical student on TEDxMaastricht main stage

MAASTRICHT. Three years ago, Anna Verhulst watched a TED talk online session for the first time. Last Monday this Maastricht medical student was on the main stage of TEDxMaastricht.
EU unemployment: Dutch and German graduates do well

EU unemployment: Dutch and German graduates do well

THE NETHERLANDS. The Netherlands is still one of the EU countries with the lowest rate of unemployment among recently graduated students. In Greece more than half have no job and youths in Italy and Croatia are struggling too. This is indicated by the latest figures from the European statistics body.

UM business sold, money goes to SBE chair

MAASTRICHT. The sale of Gresb, a business that was developed by UM researchers and placed under UM Holding, yielded so much money that Maastricht University is able fund a chair for the next 20 to 25 years (0.6 FTE, three days a week). Gresb stands for Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark. Piet Eichholz, professor of real estate and finance,...

Watches banned during exams

Watches banned during exams

MAASTRICHT. Since 1 September, Maastricht students are no longer allowed to wear watches during exams. The new regulation was introduced to prevent fraud with smart watches, which are capable of connecting with the Internet. The ban is on all watches, says Caroline Kortbeek, exams co-ordinator at the School of Business and Economics (SBE). “S...

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Number of first-years up

MAASTRICHT. The number of first-year students at Maastricht University has increased by 3.8 per cent. The total (bachelor’s and master’s) comes to 6,611 newcomers, 240 more than last year.
Negotiations with Saudi's

Negotiations with Saudi's

MAASTRICHT. It is still unclear whether Saudi Arabia will send medical students to Maastricht again. There are no new students this year, because the Maastricht programme does not suit the Saudi government. Yesterday, Wednesday 8 October, negotiations took place with the Saudi cultural attaché from The Hague. The UM is hoping for a recommencement, ...
Life’s great adventures

Life’s great adventures

It is 1970s England. At least, I think it is – the timeline is a bit unclear. My parents, in their early twenties, get on a plane – or is it a boat? – and set out for the other side of the world. They are trading in the grim coal mines of northern England for a new life on the beaches of Australia. They arrive in Perth, on the we...

Original ideas and risky research

Original ideas and risky research

Carolien Martijn (50), senior lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, came close to throwing in the towel when she was a student. “Choosing psychology was not a positive choice. I chose it because all other studies seemed more boring.” It was her lecturer Piet Vroon, the psychologist who has meanwhile passed away, who m...
Why so many Germans 'infiltrate' SBE

Why so many Germans 'infiltrate' SBE

Doing research? How does that work? All newcomers at University College Maastricht are given compulsory lessons on this subject at the moment. At the end of their first year, they combine their knowledge in a research project. They are free in their choice of subject, provided it can be done within four weeks. Observant interviewed five g...
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Check out the vintage cigarette automate at the Brandweer Bar

Sometimes I go for a run in the morning. The streets are calm, I should be too, but I am all about tracking my time. Not because I am aiming for the ‘quantified selfie’, the ‘Hello there Instagram, check out today´s calorie burn’-photo, but because I look forward to reaching my doorsteps again and the feeling of endorp...

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato about her stay in Hong Kong

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato about her stay in Hong Kong

HONG KONG. “When I chose Hong Kong as my sabbatical destination for 5 months, the last thing I expected was to land in such a historical moment”, writes Valentina Mazzucato, Professor Globalisation and Development at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Although the outcome of the student protests is still uncertain, they will ...
Mouth Shut

Mouth Shut

“Why the heck do you want to move THERE?” The look in their faces contains a mixture of astonishment, distaste, pity and amusement. Their tone of voice tells me they do not approve of my decision. Their word choice makes it unmistakably clear: their judgement is right and I was wrong to make that decision. When I told people about my f...

“He taught me the trade”

“He taught me the trade”

His field – Science, Technology and Society studies (STS) – is so new and interdisciplinary that professor Wiebe Bijker does not have a single master. “In the traditional sense, someone who led you by the hand.” But there is someone with whom he walked hand in hand and took a dive into the deep end: Trevor Pinch, a Briton.
Student & Stad meeting: actions and measures

Student & Stad meeting: actions and measures

MAASTRICHT. One of the tips is to exchange mobile phone numbers. The neighbour concerned is then able to phone the student when there is a problem with noise. Nine times out of ten, the music will be turned down. A year ago, there was a meeting at city hall regarding Student & Stad, a project by Maastricht University, the city council and ...
Protest on World Animal Day against tests on Labradors

Protest on World Animal Day against tests on Labradors

MAASTRICHT. Some 127,000 online signatures to prevent experiments on Labradors, threatening e-mails to Maastricht University staff members, demonstrations in Randwijck and a ‘silent march’ through the city next Saturday, 4 October, on World Animal Day.
UCM in the lead, Biomedical Sciences in deep trouble

UCM in the lead, Biomedical Sciences in deep trouble

MAASTRICHT. The annual Elsevier survey shows that students voted University College Maastricht as the best college in the country. Biomedical Sciences on the other hand is in deep trouble, say both students and professors. The programme will be turned inside out.
“Once you’re convicted, you’re done”

“Once you’re convicted, you’re done”

Based on the results of her thesis research, Jaya Godhwani (24), student of Forensics, Criminology and Law (FoL) aims to set up an ‘innocence project’ in her homeland India to exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted through DNA testing.
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Dirndl and Lederhosen in Maastricht

Dirndl and Lederhosen in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. The image of people, strolling around the city, all wearing so-called “Dirndl” and “Lederhosen”, the German “Tracht”, is usually connected to one wide-known special event: the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. This fair has its roots in 1810, when Ludwig von Bayern married Princess Therese, but this fac...