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Entries for March 2015

Opinion: The New University Roadshow Comes to Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. The problem with the New University is that ideologues of all stripes are the same. They are only interested in one voice: their own. That is what David Bernstein, professor of Forensic Psychotherapy, argues.  
Pick up point for sustainable study materials at Green Office

Pick up point for sustainable study materials at Green Office

MAASTRICHT. Those who order writing materials at aGreenStory, a webshop started by University College Maastricht student Yağmur Masmas, are now able to pick the order up for free at the Green Office. Masmas started a shop with sustainable study materials in high school. Last year she expended to a webshop, which was nominated for the ASN Bank World...

Life and strife in Lech

Life and strife in Lech

‘Like Maxima’, people tend to say, one eyebrow arched, when you announce that you go skiing in Lech every year with your in-laws. The main purpose of our annual Alpine excursion is to give my husband the chance to laugh at how Dutch my once acceptable German has become. The two languages have just collapsed into the one box in my head,...

UM in first place in Keuzegids Masters

UM in first place in Keuzegids Masters

MAASTRICHT. “Few real peaks, but broad quality,” concluded the Keuzegids Masters 2015, which was published this week, about Maastricht University. It is paying off: the UM is “the best broad masters’ university in the Netherlands”. At the same time, not a single Maastricht masters’ study reached the top twenty of...
Literary people who love gardening

Literary people who love gardening

It was her Dutch language teacher, Herman Hissink (1915-2011), who opened up a whole new world for Lies Wesseling. “Wheels started to turn.” After six years of grammar school, Wesseling decided to study English and Literary Theory. She is now a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
NUM wants to work together with the Executive Board and the University Council

NUM wants to work together with the Executive Board and the University Council

MAASTRICHT. Investigations into the exact workload of staff members, elections for all top positions, don’t let the tuition fees rise. The New University Maastricht (NUM) set out eight “demands” in an open letter to the Executive Board this week, but also says that they want to work together with the Executive Board and the Univer...
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Students socialise with refugees in new project

Students socialise with refugees in new project

MAASTRICHT. “Here, take some ice cream.” It’s Thursday evening at Innbetween, the new location and name of the Ecumenical Student Chaplaincy Tafelstraat 13, and the room is buzzing with chatter and laughter. About thirty students and twenty refugees are here for the first activity of the Refugee Project. They’ve just eaten t...

The mystery of German students

The mystery of German students

Maastricht University is known for three things. First, it is supposed to be a very good university. Second, its programmes are challenging and entail a heavy work-load. And third, its international student body is “slightly” dominated by Germans (to put it mildly). How these statements are connected? Well, almost every German has aske...

About statistics and the zap and scan culture

About statistics and the zap and scan culture

Many scientists, from Health Sciences to Economics, have no real idea about what they are doing when make statistical calculations. They know how the software (SPSS) works but they usually don’t know the model behind it. Helpless researchers from Health Sciences, Medicine and Psychology regularly knock on professor Gerard van Breukelen’...

"We have no time for the really good students"

"We have no time for the really good students"

MAASTRICHT. “Is there a problem? If so, what exactly is the problem? Is there a crisis? Do we need demands of the New University Maastricht?” The debate about the modern university, last Tuesday evening in a crowded lecture hall on the Tongersestraat, attended by not only students, but also by many deans, the entire Executive Board and ...
No ‘monoculture’ at SBE

No ‘monoculture’ at SBE

MAASTRICHT. Criticism about Economics education at Dutch universities is accumulating. Just like (Maastricht) students have done before, a group of sixteen professors are now calling for more diversity in academic education.
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SBE team wins Maastricht University Debating Championship

SBE team wins Maastricht University Debating Championship

MAASTRICHT. Is it a good idea to increase the funding for so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and dramatically decrease the funding for non-STEM fields, such as Arts and Social Sciences, Economics and Politics? That was the question at the Maastricht University Debating Championship, last Monday evening in the ...

Disappearing household items

Disappearing household items

There are some things in the world that maybe we were never meant to understand: crop circles, the Bermuda triangle, the secret recipe of Nutella, the true nature of beauty. Yet, they are all things that people pursue doggedly. I came across another such mystery recently. Having left our apartment in the hands of subtenants for six whole months, m...

“Current physics is a mess”

“Current physics is a mess”

A mess, or less slightingly, a cookery book: physics is a collection of recipes from a variety of cuisines. This is the view of physicist Ronald Westra, who organised the two-day masterclass New physics, beyond the standard model, together with the Science Programme, and brought a number of big shots to the UM. Is there or is there not go...
How a Playboy Bunny turned into a well-respected immunologist

How a Playboy Bunny turned into a well-respected immunologist

Polly Matzinger (1947) didn’t quite know what to do with her life when she was young. She even worked as a Playboy Bunny playing billiards. “It was a great job”, she once told the Independent. “It paid 40 cents an hour and I got to listen to a lot of great conversations.” Many years later, in 1994, she proposed a ...

UM satisfied with the number of master’s students

MAASTRICHT. The open day for master’s programmes, last Saturday, attracted more visitors this year than last year. Then 1389 potential students came to take a look, this year that number was approximately 1500 (the definite figure will be announced at the end of this week). Competition among universities has become more intense over the past ...

Zombies, Run!

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The power of books

Recently I was on a road trip with my family and while driving through the beautiful landscapes of Germany and Switzerland, I had those words of Jack Kerouac bouncing in my mind: “Road is everything, road is life.” I love road trips, I always have. I don’t remember when it started, or if it’s just something you are born with...

The many faces of vice rector Harm Hospers

The many faces of vice rector Harm Hospers

MAASTRICHT. Who is the man who is described by some as having “great resilience” and by others as “he cannot handle criticism”? That he creates a “warm environment” while the next person calls it “an atmosphere of suspicion”? Someone with whom you “can have a great laugh”, another claiming...
“Jeffery will be the cause of a scientific earthquake”

“Jeffery will be the cause of a scientific earthquake”

Jeffery D. Molkentin is an American molecular biologist who works six and a half days a week, who can be incredibly funny, and wants to have nothing to do with quick and dirty scientific research. He was one of the first to go in search of the heart’s DNA, twenty years ago. “A pioneer who dropped a bombshell among cardiologists througho...
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OPINION: Maagdenhuis occupation: A national assault on education requires a national defence

MAASTRICHT. The true source of the dispute between students and the university board in Amsterdam, lies in national education policy and efficiency measures, says Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences-student David Darler, on behalf of the New University Maastricht, in this opinion article.
“It is not about miscommunication, it’s about power”

“It is not about miscommunication, it’s about power”

MAASTRICHT. “Let them in, let them in,” students chant as the door to the crowded lecture hall (ninety seats) at University College closes. People interested in the debate organised by The New University Maastricht wait outside on Tuesday evening. This new community, just like the occupiers of the Maagdenhuis in Amsterdam are pleading f...

Student information portal in English

Student information portal in English

MAASTRICHT. Where can I find the closest GP? What do I do with my rubbish? How do I find a room to rent? For answers to questions like these and more, students can now go to mymaastricht.nl, an English-language portal with information on transportation, housing, healthcare and other practical matters. The portal was launched last Tuesday. An initi...