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Social hotshot

Social hotshot

In terms of professional networking, I’m a loser. More precise: I lost 6 procent in profile view ranking in the past seven days. LinkedIn informed me about this loss. This online social business network advised me to add a photo and summary to my profile in order to be discovered for my next career step. They’d calculated that this woul...

No ‘PhD students’ at the UM

No ‘PhD students’ at the UM

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University will not participate in Education minister Bussemaker’s national experiment to appoint ‘PhD students’. The Executive Board does not support the idea, and the University Council feels the same.
Albron lowers fruit prices after students’ criticism

Albron lowers fruit prices after students’ criticism

MAASTRICHT. Chris Snellen, responsible for catering on behalf of the Facility Services, had to attend another University Council meeting to explain about in-house caterer Albron.
“He gave me the freedom to find out what I wanted”

“He gave me the freedom to find out what I wanted”

His openness, kindness and sharp mind; this is what Gerhard Weiss, chair of the Department of Knowledge Engineering, remembers most about his former PhD supervisor Wilfried Brauer (1937–2014). “His style made people feel committed.”
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Smooth landing for students from afar

Smooth landing for students from afar

MAASTRICHT. Foreign students who do not meet the entry requirements for a university bachelor’s programme, will get made-to-measure education in Maastricht for a year. The so-called Foundation Programme will prepare them for European Public Health, International Business or Economics and Business Economics. There are plans for an expansion of...
Avoiding the r word

Avoiding the r word

The process of applying for research grants was specially crafted to remind PhD graduates that waitressing is still a serious option. Different granting bodies have their own unique style when it comes to delivering bad news. Brussels is direct: No. Just – no. British funders will do everything they can to avoid using the r word: ‘We a...

Universities may appoint 2,000 PhD students

Universities may appoint 2,000 PhD students

NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. The government announced last week that universities will be given a period of eight years to experiment with PhD programmes in which candidates receive a grant instead of a salary. The Netherlands PhD Network (Promovendi Netwerk Nederland) rejects the plans. Maastricht rector Luc Soete is cautious.
“Well done Wynand Wijnen”

“Well done Wynand Wijnen”

He has three idols, each for different reasons, says Cees van der Vleuten, professor of Educational Development. “But because Observant is forcing me to choose one, it will have to be Wynand Wijnen.” This educational innovator, advocate of PBL and one of the founding fathers of Maastricht University “showed me the value ...
Fewer first-year students for universities

Fewer first-year students for universities

NETHERLANDS. Forty-four thousand first-year students embarked upon a university bachelor’s study in September. That is 2.4 per cent less than last year. The number of first-year students at Maastricht University has increased by 3.8 per cent. The total (bachelor’s and master’s) is 6,611 newcomers, 240 more than last year.
International Students Club in the Timmerfabriek

International Students Club in the Timmerfabriek

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club is to be housed in the Timmerfabriek on the Boschstraat. This will not be until 2017, but the decision has been made after years of discussions about a suitable meeting place for international students. Maastricht University and the city council signed a declaration of intent today.
Helpdesk will help students set up initiatives

Helpdesk will help students set up initiatives

MAASTRICHT. Students who want to set up an initiative or organisation often find themselves facing all sorts of issues: where to get funding, how to book an office space and so on. To answer these questions, the Student Project Team (SPT) will launch an online helpdesk as of next week. Students have long been calling for a platform with informatio...

“We would prefer to hear that we are excellent”

“We would prefer to hear that we are excellent”

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has lately become a collector of ‘yellow cards’. To their own surprise. “No, of course we hadn’t expected this,” education director Jo Wachelder reacted. “There was a lot of praise from the quality auditors when they visited us; we were told on a number of occas...
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European Law Moot Court Competition

MAASTRICHT. Four Maastricht law students will soon head to the semifinals of the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC) at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg. The ELMC is one of the world’s most important pleading competitions, in which participants simulate legal proceedings focusing on European Law. Between 80 and 100 teams fro...

Never too young to climb the ladder

Never too young to climb the ladder

“I work in a man’s world,” says Blanche Schroen (34), lecturer at the Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences. “The world of academe is a competitive environment.” She admires women who succeed in those surroundings. Personally, she easily loses her balance and is sensitive to conflicts, she says. Her great exam...

Ample praise for Global Health

Ample praise for Global Health

MAASTRICHT. In addition to the master’s of European Studies, another four UM programmes were assessed in this round. The master’s of Health Food Innovation Management in Venlo received a pass, as did the bachelor’s and the master’s of European Public Health. The last two also received the mark of ‘internationalisation&...

Fourteen student clubs have a place of their own

Fourteen student clubs have a place of their own

MAASTRICHT. About fifty workspaces, two rooms for meetings, and a meeting place for fourteen – mostly international – student organisations. This new accommodation on the Gebroeders Hermansstraat 2 for Radio Frappe (a new student initiative), Chess club, Maastricht Students for Liberty, Rethorica, Alles is drama, Aegee, and the Maastric...
Exotic diseases are also prevalent in small provincial towns

Exotic diseases are also prevalent in small provincial towns

MAASTRICHT. Ebola doesn’t stop at national borders; diseases and patients travel around the world more than ever before. That in itself, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences thinks, is an important reason for making education at the faculty more international. For this process, there will be a special International Education Co-o...
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Another yellow card for FASoS programme

Another yellow card for FASoS programme

MAASTRICHT. Again, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has received a yellow card for one of its programmes. This time it is for the research master’s of European Studies, as was announced by the auditors of Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) last Tuesday. In 2013, six other FASoS programmes were also deemed...

Cut off

Cut off

And then the small sign in the menu bar turns off. A little error? That happens. It's surely no problem. One just has to turn it on again. A few seconds of waiting and then it should be fine. But no. It does not work. I try again. But I do not have success. I become nervous. What is wrong? Why doesn't it work? I try again and again, turn it...

Better results but still dropped

Better results but still dropped

MAASTRICHT. Dropped slightly but not dramatically: the UM went from 15th to 17th place in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Most International Universities in the World. In this ranking - published for the first time last year - the “international outlook” indicator from the THE World University Rankings is used. Taken into account are...