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Entries for February 2010

City council elections

Adequate and inexpensive parking for German students, more bicycle racks and a nice discotheque. These are some of the wishes of the students on the lists of candidates for the various political parties in Maastricht. On Wednesday 3 March, they are hoping to gain a seat on the Maastricht city council. EU students who are registered as inhabitants ...

Euregional opera and musical theatre festival

After surviving (or avoiding) Carnival and its characteristic music, costumes and beer-drinking, you might be wanting to indulge in one of the ‘higher’ art forms, like opera or musical theatre. The Euregional opera and music theatre festival is currently being organised by the Theatre aan het Vrijthof and Opera Zuid, featuring entire operas as well...

US ambassador visits Maastricht University

US ambassador visits Maastricht University

Don’t forget to bring a bag to the supermarket – you’ll have to pack your own groceries; don’t be afraid to cross the street on foot – the cars will stop for you; and always double check the opening hours of the shops. This and other advice about living in the Netherlands was what American students gave to the US ambassador, Fay Hartog-Levin, upon ...

35 thousand euros for a business plan

Studying and starting a business at the same time. Sounds nice, but if you haven't got a fat bank account, you'll have to find the necessary investment capital somewhere else. The Limburg Development and Investment Company LIOF is celebrating its 35th anniversary this Spring and offers the ten best student entrepreneurs a starter's pack worth 35 th...

"If you don’t vote, you can’t complain later"

 Next week it’s voting time. The Dutch are heading for the polling stations to vote in local government elections. Registered non-Dutch can also take part, but will they do that?  
I love it here, it couldn't be better

I love it here, it couldn't be better

“In Germany it’s pretty hard to get into a medical programme. You have to be in the top 5 or 3 percent. I wasn’t good enough, so I applied in Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands”, says Leonard Föhr, a 22-year-old first-year student of medicine. “I was lucky in the medicine lottery. All the international students who want to do medicine have 50 per...

No Wi-Fi

Maastricht University has decided to withdraw its support of the wireless Internet trial project in the centre of Maastricht. The UM states that it is giving priority to other projects, such as the MUSL student registration system. The city council is disappointed and has now also pulled out.

“The students cause the biggest problems”

Last week a student house in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, burned down. One student was killed and several others were wounded. The mayor of the town has asked for an investigation. How safe are the houses in Maastricht?
Dutch girls: so tall, so thin

Dutch girls: so tall, so thin

“Dutch girls are taller and thinner than German girls. That was the striking thing my friend and I saw when we visited Maastricht for the first time.” Matheus Dyczynski (26), a second-year student of Moleculaire Levenswetenschappen (MLW) and president of study association Helix, has a big smile on his face. “But there are no serious differences.” ...

Extreme hatred for human life

Ask a Dutch person and a non-Dutch person to name a famous Dutch writer, and there’s big chance the latter will come up with Nooteboom, while the former mightn’t think of him at all. Perhaps this is because Nooteboom’s work has been translated into many languages all over the world. But happily, in November Cees Nooteboom (76) won what he deserves ...

Turkish dinner party at Refter

Turkish dinner party at Refter

“My student days were the best days of my life. I hope they will be for you too.” These were the warm words from the Turkish consul, Esen Altuğ, at the opening of the Turkish dinner party on Tuesday night at the Refter (Minderbroedersberg). Turkish students and staff members were invited to get to know each other and enjoy some food from their home...

Is non-integration a problem?

Is non-integration a problem?

Is Maastricht a student city? That was the leading question of the debate that the Green Party organised last Monday evening in the Bonbonnière. The answer: not really.

1.5 million

Maastricht University has obtained two Vici grants. One is for research on arteriosclerosis by Prof. Christian Weber (Carim), the other for historical ‘listening’ research by Prof. Karin Bijsterveld (CMW). This is the first time that the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has managed to get a Vici subsidy. It is the most important grant - with a ...

IPCC under fire

Here we go again: The Guardian revealed yesterday that their research had shown that a British climate expert had purposely used incorrect weather data, which was later included in a UN publication. Last week, there was the ‘slip-up’ in the latest IPCC (the UN climate panel) report, when information about the ice in such places as the Andes turned ...

Maastricht aan Tafel

What: Maastricht aan Tafel When: Monday 1–Sunday 7 February Where: restaurants across the city centre Admission: €25.20 for a three-course meal Despite the fact that Maastricht has the highest restaurant density of all Dutch cities, you may not have been able to explore its culinary diversity yet, being part of the generally poor student popu...

Fallen in love with the Netherlands

Fallen in love with the Netherlands

“I can imagine staying here after graduation. I’ve fallen in love with the Netherlands a little bit. The people are more open, they enjoy life more. Even in winter they sit on the terraces. I think Germans take life more seriously.” Sarah Wilke, a third-year Health Sciences student who was born and raised in the north of Germany, laughs a bit shyly...

Surviving in Maastricht

Surviving in Maastricht

Some thirty exchange students made their way to the upstairs room of the Twee Heeren pub last Friday. They were there for a ‘Surviving in Maastricht’ course, which is part of the Mentors' Programme that was set up this year. The mentors’ programme is an initiative of study association Concordantia and the student representatives from the Faculty o...

An antidote to Western prejudices

It starts with a giant explosion, confusion and terror. Dr Amin Jaafari, a Bedouin surgeon who has become a well-integrated Israeli citizen, is right in the middle of his lunch break when a bomb explodes in a restaurant near the hospital. Amin and his colleagues do their best to save as many people as they can. Finally at home, however, he is calle...