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Share failure, not success

Share failure, not success

I received an email, in which some colleagues of the School of Business and Economics wanted to share successes with me: Best European university in the age category 35-40; best Master with more than 85 percent female students in the Keuzegids; best Dutch university in the Euregion, Quadruple Corona Accreditation by the United Organization for Peop...

PhD bonus scrapped

MAASTRICHT/THE NETHERLANDS> Universities will no longer receive a fixed amount for every PhD. thesis. An end will be put to the so-called PhD bonus, education minister Jet Bussemaker and state secretary Sander Dekker announced today. At the moment, universities receive a substantial amount of up to 90 thousand euro for each successfully co...

“He dared to stray from the beaten path”

“He dared to stray from the beaten path”

Englishman Alan Turing is the originator of everything that Jos Uiterwijk, senior lecturer at the Department of Knowledge Engineering, works with every day. He was one of the founders of modern information science and artificial intelligence. In addition he is known for cracking the Enigma code in the Second World War, and the machine and test that...
“I had already collapsed under the peer pressure”

“I had already collapsed under the peer pressure”

MAASTRICHT. “Are you hungry?” Admittedly, it’s a bit cynical to ask this question of students who have just started the challenge to live under the poverty line of €2.90 a day for five days. “Not at all”, says Berivan Dilan, student at University College Maastricht and board member of the committee organising the ...

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Exhibition curated by UM student: Umbrellas and Hong Kong

Exhibition curated by UM student: Umbrellas and Hong Kong

MAASTRICHT. Yellow paper snowmen with umbrellas, pictures of students studying in the open air, mobile libraries, graffiti, art, the Lennon Wall full of post-its, policemen using force. Ruby Yeung, a master’s student of Arts and Heritage, has organised an exhibition about the student demonstration calling for genuine universal suffrage in her...

A smell of spices and coconut

My feet follow a daily routine: they take me from the inner city library pass the medieval streets and over the bridge to the other side of the Maas. Again, I had lost track of time and ended up spending my day reading. After three coffees, a doughy oatmeal cookie and a lot of knowledge, that I tried to strategically stuff into my brain, I found th...

Louis van Gaal’s exemplary English

Louis van Gaal’s exemplary English

Louis van Gaal is a genius. Inspired. Visionary. And I don’t mean just as a football manager, although he seems to be quite good at that too. I mean in his use of English. You might think I’m being sarcastic. I’m not. Linguists consistently find that, in interactions between native and non-native speakers, it is often the native ...

The advantage of unvarnished criticism

The advantage of unvarnished criticism

After completing a study in Groningen, Lemmink left for a job with the PTT in The Hague. As a “junior water carrier” he watched in awe when he ended up in an advisory group for the organisation’s top management. An interesting job, but after four years he moved further south when the UM set up an Economics faculty. “I was m...

“The teaching of economics is in crisis”

“The teaching of economics is in crisis”

MAASTRICHT. “Not only the world economy is in crisis, the teaching of economics is in crisis too, and this crisis has consequences far beyond university walls.” This is the first sentence of the open letter of the international economics student initiative calling for ‘pluralism in economics’, or PINE. Students at University...
Students choose an honorary doctor for the first time

Students choose an honorary doctor for the first time

MAASTRICHT. Four honorary doctorates will be awarded at the coming celebration of the university’s founding day. Remarkably, half of them are for social rather than academic merits: Frans Timmermans and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Another novelty is the fact that students nominated the latter.
Three quarters are considering a study in the Netherlands

Three quarters are considering a study in the Netherlands

MAASTRICHT. Foreign students regard the Netherlands as an open, internationally orientated society with high-quality education. This is one of the outcomes of the Student Pulse research that was recently carried out on behalf of Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education.

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My data? Not worth a penny

My data? Not worth a penny

Fifteen months ago, the first revelations about how intrusively the NSA and other intelligence agencies are spying on their and other countries' citizens hit the world. The media were buzzing. One after the other news message told us more about the disclosures by Edward Snowden and Co. Media, politicians and the people were talking about the in...

“I couldn’t refuse his LinkedIn invitation”

“I couldn’t refuse his LinkedIn invitation”

Right up to the last minute, Flemish Koen Schruers (48), senior lecturer at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences, had doubts about which study to choose. “On the day of registration at the university in Diepenbeek (now University of Hasselt, ed.), there was the choice between a pink or a blue form. Pink was for medicine, blue for...

“It was painful to cut out half my data”

“It was painful to cut out half my data”

Robbert van Driessche (24), student of the Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Studies, spent six months researching resistance to change in urban (re)design.

SBE to radically innovate education

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics has elaborate plans for a thorough reorganisation of its education system and is setting aside one million euro a year for this purpose. Problem-based learning has become stale, almost a cliché, says dean Vergauwen, and requires renewing. The faculty has set up five strategic teams that will put forw...

International Student Club: a definite answer before Christmas

MAASTRICHT. There will be a definite answer before Christmas about the building in which the international student club will be housed. There are three options. This is what the director of Student Services (SSC), Astrid Boeijen, declared on Wednesday 12 November in a meeting of the university committee. The three potential locations are the Timmer...

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“You not only get experience abroad – you also experience yourself abroad”

“You not only get experience abroad – you also experience yourself abroad”

MAASTRICHT. “Life starts at the edge of your comfort zone.” This is what Kate Surala, a third-year student of European Law, took from her time in Hong Kong for the Netherlands–Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). With four students from Maastricht and 95 students from other Dutch universities, she visited different cities in Asia l...

Drinking coffee surrounded by ‘wannahaves’

The concept store ‘Le Marais Deux & Koffie’ is one of those places that makes studying appear to be a casual leisure activity, taking place between artsy interior and coffee en masse. In the midst of clothing, art pieces, vintage bikes and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, a surprisingly calm atmosphere arises in the back of the s...

The workload did not pause

The workload did not pause

On my last evening in Rome, an email dropped into my inbox from my editor, informing me about this week’s theme: workload. I put my bag down on the bench by the door and kicked off my shoes to feel the cool tiles of the apartment against the hot soles of my feet. This was good timing. The evening was opening up before me, after spending a day...

The Selbsthass of the Germans

The Selbsthass of the Germans

MAASTRICHT. Who is to blame? That is the question that professor Christopher Clark raises in his latest book The sleepwalkers: how Europe went to war in 1914. According to the Australian historian, an unequivocal answer cannot be given. His Maastricht colleague Georgi Verbeeck does not quite agree. Clark is scheduled to give the Tans lecture, ...
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Keuzegids in shredder, Law from first to fourth place

Keuzegids in shredder, Law from first to fourth place

MAASTRICHT. The entire edition of the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2015 has to be reprinted because important data about ‘study success in first year’ were incorrect. This has consequences for most of the seventeen assessed Maastricht bachelor’s programmes. Law drops a few tenths (from 6.6 to 6.2) and is no longer in first but in four...

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“My drive to do fewer incisions, comes from Bonjer”

“My drive to do fewer incisions, comes from Bonjer”

She would like to name more than one source of inspiration. Maastricht surgeon Nicole Bouvy would also prefer to choose people from outside the world of science. Actually, ‘source of inspiration’ is not the right term. Seeing patients who are so sick and miserable after an operation – literally because of all the incisions –...
Universities quarrel with publishing company Elsevier

Universities quarrel with publishing company Elsevier

NETHERLANDS. Negotiations between the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and publishing company Elsevier about subscription fees have failed. If the conflict remains unresolved, students and researchers can no longer view new articles as of next year.
Ebola debate: “Why do ‘we’ care so little for ‘them’?”

Ebola debate: “Why do ‘we’ care so little for ‘them’?”

MAASTRICHT. “How real is the threat for us?” This was one of the questions asked at the Faculty of Law during Tuesday’s debate on Ebola, part of the European Access to Medicine week. A sigh of relief rippled through the audience when Remco van de Pas, researcher at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, answered “ni...
Searching for a Dutch buddy

Searching for a Dutch buddy

MAASTRICHT. Breaking the ‘international bubble’ and building bridges between Dutch and foreign students. This is the aim of the buddy system, - already existing in Maastricht – which was discussed last Thursday during the First International Buddy Day. The event was organised by Maastricht University, the office for internationali...

“Do you love your girlfriend?”

“Why do you believe in God?” The question came straight. It was one of those summer nights among friends, with no particular worries in mind, fuelled by beer and the enjoyment of each other’s company. It was quite common to end up talking about “philosophical questions”. I could see from my friend’s gaze that the...