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Research in an aquarium

Research in an aquarium

More often than not, a lab consists of isolated ‘corners’ where research groups work with their own equipment. This kind of fragmentation is a thing of the past in the new lab run by the department of surgery and the M4I institute, respectively by Prof. Steven Olde Damink and Prof. Ron Heeren. Here, on the fifth floor of UNS 50, wh...

“He engages young people in the development of treatment programmes”

“He engages young people in the development of treatment programmes”

In the world of mental healthcare, everyone knows what the name Pat McGorry stands for: innovation. The Australian psychiatrist transformed the mental healthcare system for young people in his own country, and was one of the first proponents of the phase system – breaking the illness down into different stages. For this reason, he is an inspi...
The Student Hotel: concerns among politicians and Maastricht hotels

The Student Hotel: concerns among politicians and Maastricht hotels

MAASTRICHT. Of the 378 rooms in The Student Hotel, planned in the Eiffel building at the Boschstraat, on average a maximum of 98 rooms may be let as hotel rooms each year. The majority should serve as accommodation for students. This is what the Maastricht city authorities wrote to two political parties (CDA and Maastrichtse Volkspartij), who were ...
Nineteen bicycles stolen in Randwijck

Nineteen bicycles stolen in Randwijck

MAASTRICHT. Randwijck is suffering a wave of bicycle thefts. Nineteen bicycles have disappeared from the locked bicycle storage under the university library since July. “A very disturbing case, we don’t know what to do,” says location manager Allert Andela.

Faculty Arts and Social Sciences sees number of first-years drop

MAASTRICHT. Less enthusiasm for the bachelor’s and master’s programmes of Arts and Social Sciences, but considerably more for the bachelor’s of Psychology and Knowledge Engineering. This is what the latest Maastricht University registration figures show.
Entertaining visitors

Entertaining visitors

When I am in a new place, I love being visited by friends and family, show them around my new city, take them to my favorite spots - which they would never find if it was not for me - and see how they get super exited about my experience here. When my parents came visit me in Istanbul, I of course took them to the famous old town for sight seein...

Fashion

Fashion

Autumn 2015. A new academic year has already begun. Full-fledged Autumn colours. New freshmen everywhere, looking even younger – not necessarily fresher - than last year. No, I’m not older than last year. THEY are younger. Definitely. We left another Summer behind. Perhaps it’s a little sad to now be looking to a grimmer part of ...

Students help refugees

Students help refugees

MAASTRICHT. Students from the Refugee Project helped to receive new refugees in the Netherlands last week. On 13 October, the Maastricht city council decided to accept hundreds of additional asylum seekers in the Limmel refugee centre. “I received a phone call asking if there were volunteers from the Refugee Project who’d be willing to ...

The Run of the Germans

The Run of the Germans

I get to the library around 8:15 and there’s already a huge queue waiting at the centre of the glass windows. As its namesake would suggest, the Running of the Germans is a Maastricht phenomenon in which German students line up before the opening of the library to vie for the best study spot. If you’re an exchange student, like me, or j...

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Recorded crime drops for seventh successive year

Recorded crime drops for seventh successive year

THE NETHERLANDS. Recorded crime dropped 23% in 2014, the seventh successive year to show a decrease, according to figures from the central statistics agency CBS on Monday.
All you can eat at Les Grands Buffets

All you can eat at Les Grands Buffets

For students who are busy studying for their exams, especially those who have some cash lying around, an AYCE (all-you-can-eat) restaurant is a good option for a serious meal. A brief walk down the Brusselsestraat to the Vrijthof will take you to Les Grands Buffets, which has been open for almost three months in the old post office building. The a...

Surrender

Surrender

Jorinde (22): “I’m afraid of flying. That has never been a problem, but now that I am in a relationship, it tends to be awkward. My girlfriend would love nothing more than to travel to faraway places with me. I am afraid that we will crash. What can I do to get myself to board an aeroplane?” Ingrid: Like any cognitive behaviour...

Employers concerned as anti-immigration PVV rises in the polls

Employers concerned as anti-immigration PVV rises in the polls

THE NETHERLANDS. The rise of the anti-immigration PVV in the opinion polls could damage the Netherlands’ reputation abroad, employers’ chief Hans de Boer told a television current affairs show on Sunday.

A few pats on the back, but mostly grumbling

MAASTRICHT. UM staff are very positive on a handful of matters – the digital payslip, Studium Generale, and the reception and switchboard services – but the list of things they are unhappy about is many times longer. The university website, the cafeteria and EleUM all came in for criticism once more in the latest UM Services Monitor.
“What’s this about?”

“What’s this about?”

There is something that Harro van Lente finds lacking in many curricula: the odd one out, a subject that knocks you off balance and makes you think: ‘What do I do with this?’ That is exactly the feeling that the Maastricht professor of Science and Technology Studies had during the lessons with Péter Várdy, his former philosophy lecturer...

PBL in Qatar

MAASTRICHT/QATAR.The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences is going to contribute to the medical curriculum of Qatar University, which has started this year. Maastricht University and Qatar University have signed an agreement that focuses in particular on capacity building. Local staff will receive instruction on the best way to create a pr...

The FABulous Cinderella Cheesecake

The FABulous Cinderella Cheesecake

California cuisine is all about the presentation of the dish. FAB taps into this: the willingness of an audience to try out the crazy ideas generated by energetic and enthusiastic staff. But what makes this newly established restaurant so special? FAB combines (mostly homemade) American recipes with a European touch, and offers the delicious result...

The simple things

The simple things

What is it that binds people all around the world? Is it some shared value? A global sense of humanity? Or even Chomsky’s universal grammar? Clearly not. The answer is tea. We all have our different ways of drinking it. Different flavours, different things we put in it, different things we drink it out of. But at the end of the cup, it&...

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First-year students’ feelings matter

First-year students’ feelings matter

MAASTRICHT. Brains are important, but we shouldn’t ignore the influence of emotions such as hopelessness or enjoyment on students’ learning process, says Alexandra Niculescu, a Romanian psychologist who will defend her PhD thesis tomorrow, Friday 16 October, at Maastricht University. “We need to invest in how students feel, but no...
Education goes on, even in wartime

Education goes on, even in wartime

MAASTRICHT/YEMEN. What do you do when you’re working with lecturers from a country where war breaks out? When half of your students flee the city and go into hiding with friends and family, and the dean, in Malaysia for work, can’t get back in the country? You carry on, as best you can.

2,000 euro for UM thesis

MAASTRICHT. Ingrid Kremer, a recent graduate from the research master’s of Health Sciences, has won the Catharina Pijls Aanmoedigingsprijs (Catharina Pijls encouragement prize) for her thesis on MS medication. This annual prize, specifically for Maastricht Health Sciences graduates, consists of two thousand euro, to be spent at the winner&rsq...

Councils to get more powers to ban troublemakers

THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch local authorities are to be given more powers to ban people with a criminal background from moving to specific areas, according to draft legislation sent for review by housing minister Stef Blok on Monday.
Political Upheavals

Political Upheavals

On October 10, a peace protest in Ankara was shattered by the explosion of two bombs which killed at least 95 people. This also created much fear and upset among the population of Istanbul and of course also among us, who are only guests in this country. In the evening many people gathered in the city center, where I got off the metro at my usual s...

Extinguishing

Extinguishing

Stephanie (22): “I have eating bouts. When I’m in my room alone in the evening, I can’t control myself. Afterwards, I feel really miserable. What can I do?” Ingrid: After working all day, I usually come home hungry. Because I first have to cook, I eat snacks. Crisps, nuts, a slice of cheese or sausage. Delicious. I even l...

One in five Dutch hospitals in financial trouble

THE NETHERLANDS. One in five Dutch hospitals is in serious financial trouble, according to the annual survey of hospital finances carried out by accountants group BDO.
Surprises and shocks

Surprises and shocks

Without a doubt, spending a semester abroad is an adventurous experience for all students. For me, Turkey, has been full of surprises and parties, but also shocks. The day before university started, two friends and I flew to 18 million inhabitants-city Istanbul. After a quite expensive taxi ride, because the driver fooled us concerning the price...

FASoS deals with student complaints

MAASTRICHT. Late announcement of teaching timetables, too few books in the library, waiting too long on exam results, insufficient feedback on exams, ugly bare classrooms and insufficient information about graduation. Both the UM Student Monitor, Student Satisfaction 2014-2015 and the national student survey by CHOI 2015 (a survey also used by the ...
Tracing your father’s steps

Tracing your father’s steps

He led by example and showed his eight children - who all went to university - how to make something of life. Yes, it was his father who inspired Canadian researcher Lloyd Akrong the most.

Wind of change blowing through communication departments

MAASTRICHT. The marketing and communication arm of Maastricht University is in for a change. “Student recruitment is something we are good at,” says director Fons Elbersen, “but we are vulnerable in reputation and crisis management. And not just there.”
New UM website online in December

New UM website online in December

MAASTRICHT. It will finally go live in December: Maastricht University’s new website. After a year-and-a-half of discussions, writing, designing, and constructing, the worst irritations have hopefully been dealt with. No more rambling, a search machine that works properly, and a lot of images and videos.
Force Decides

Force Decides

This weekend marks a series of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP as it is affectionately known.  The EU has committed itself to negotiating TTIP as “openly as possible”, whilst simultaneously restricting access to documents to a handful of multinationals. So far it has su...

Four Maastricht scientists in VIVA400

Four Maastricht scientists in VIVA400

MAASTRICHT. Four Maastricht scientists have been nominated for the Dutch VIVA400 award. Last year, the honour fell upon UM postdoc Anne Leferink, in the ‘Knappe Koppen’ (Whizz Kid) category.
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“Jordanians are proud that their country is stable”

“Jordanians are proud that their country is stable”

MAASTRICHT. One person is making a tour of Oman and writes a blog about it, the other teaches English to children for ‘SOS Kinderdorpen’. AIESEC, a student organisation that arranges work placements abroad, sends thirty students to the Middle East every year. This is done within the framework of the extra-curricular Nour Project, for wh...
Gnoky or nyokkey: which one is correct?

Gnoky or nyokkey: which one is correct?

If you don’t speak Italian, even pronouncing the word gnocchi might put you off ordering it. Is it gnoky? I won’t pretend the idea didn’t scare me. But as it’s the typical Italian dish at the local restaurant Da Nonna, I simply went with nyokkey and hoped for the best. The energetic young Italian cook, who also doubles as th...

Scrapping student grants means more stay at home

Scrapping student grants means more stay at home

THE NETHERLANDS. More students are likely to study in their home towns and continue living with their parents now the government has scrapped student grants, according to research by student housing monitor group Kences.
Feeling compelled

Feeling compelled

Frederique (24): “I feel I always have to have something useful to do. I hardly ever relax and enjoy myself. It makes me so tired. What can I change? Ingrid: Having a to-do list that never ends, is exhausting. What happens if you stop working your way through the list? Most likely, your internal critic will have something to say. Thoughts ...

Dutch police seize 24,000 guns in 2.5 years

THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch police have confiscated 24,000 guns and pistols over the past 2.5 years, broadcaster Nos said at the weekend.
TEDxMaastricht 2015 in Vrijthof Theatre

TEDxMaastricht 2015 in Vrijthof Theatre

MAASTRICHT. Brief, to the point, lively, with a lot of expertise, some humour thrown in, and understandable for a large audience. This is the recipe for a good TEDtalk. On Monday 12 October during TEDxMaastricht, many people - including Maastricht professor Nicole Bouvy and Maastricht paediatrician Anita Vreugdenhil - will take to the stage of...