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Entries for April 2009

Putting a human face on world affairs

Putting a human face on world affairs

Zimbabwe, Darfur, human trafficking, the enlargement of NATO. These and other topics are being discussed during the EuroMUN, a four-day model United Nations conference that started today. It is attended by 332 students from over 30 countries. UN simulations are not rarities: for example, last February more than 3000 students participated in a simi...

“Selecting recipients via school grades is rather unfair”

 Students who score well (an average grade of 7.5 or higher) during high school receive a scholarship from Tilburg University. It’s a matter of PR: this way the university hopes to improve its reputation. With the money 65 students can pay their tuition fees for a maximum of two years – if they don’t receive negative binding study advice after...
Creative flea market

Creative flea market

Traditionally, on 30 April you can sell your old furniture and toys in practically every town throughout the Netherlands. The national Queen’s Day means that the streets are ‘common property’ for one day. This year, the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht has decided to do something different with the traditional flea market. In the light of the c...

UM economists publish more

Maastricht economists publish increasingly more in international journals compared to their colleagues in the rest of the country. This is clear if we look at the top thirty published by the journal Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB) last week. The top thirty of economists with most international publications to their name, includes seven fro...

Fed up with paternalism from Brussels

Only because the poll cards will soon drop on the doormat, otherwise hordes of people would hardly know that there are European parliament elections on 4 June. Europe’s popularity has reached an all-time low, says Oxford Professor Rick van der Ploeg. On 7 May, the former Dutch state secretary for culture and media (1998 to 2002) will present the S...

Brain fills gaps in sound

The development of a new generation of hearing aids that more or less imitate the way natural hearing works, has come a step closer. The problem with most hearing aids is that they amplify all sound, says German psychologist Lars Riecke, who also has a BA in Electrical Engineering. So not just the voice of your travel companion, which is what it is...

Eat, drink and be merry

It's only remotely related to food, yet I'm too pleased not to write about it. I travelled to London during the Easter break and, my, what a splendid city it is! There's an amazing variety of high-quality food, be it restaurants, takeaways or farmers’ markets. It almost seems like the classic fish’n’chips joints are only holding up thanks to a stea...

Weser's Whereabouts

Weser's Whereabouts

Ten minutes before we are supposed to meet, my mobile phone rings: “I’m going to be late, my bike got stolen again”, my friend explains in a frustrated voice. This was already his second bike. It seems that bike-stealing season has started; stories about missing bikes are popping up all around. But what to do when a bike goes missing? One friend of...

Online economics lectures

From May onwards, all lecturers at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration will be able to record their lectures and make them available on the Internet. That is, if they teach in the main lecture hall. Equipment has been installed there, which – in combination with a headset – can not only record the lectures but also immediately pass...

Read for less and help others

Several books from Nicci French, a cookbook by Jamie Oliver, textbooks about history, and a dictionary. These are just a few examples of what you can find in the Books4Life store in the basement of the School of Governance in Kapoenstraat. Last week the store opened its doors (in fact, the basement door had been installed just three days earlier); ...

Cultural Rag Festival

Next week, the annual Ragweek will be organised by the Ragweek Foundation. This foundation is run by students and organises all kinds of activities to raise money for charity. On the agenda is a sports day, among other events, and a cultural festival on Wednesday evening in cooperation with Studium Generale. In both the Kumulus theatre and the Huis...

The pride of the south

There will be no merger of Roda JC and Fortuna, the professional football clubs of Kerkrade and Sittard. Lack of money – the local government won’t support them – is the main reason. The fans of the competing clubs must have had a party after this ‘good’ news. Isn’t it somewhat silly and naive to think that two old rivals could make a brand new sta...

Weser's Whereabouts

“Today the Aldi in Mariaberg reopens”, said my roommate excitedly two weeks ago. “Over are the days of biking to Centre Ceramique”, where she had to fulfil her shopping needs while the Mariaberg location was being renovated. Because this reopening seemed to be the event of the day, we biked to the Volksplein where the store is located, only to fin...

Bologna's 10th anniversary: too early for champagne

It was undoubtedly Italian wine that was poured for the European ministers of education in Bologna in 1999. And there will without a doubt be wine again - but then most likely French wine - in Leuven at the tenth commemoration of the Bologna declaration. It may even be champagne. Karl Dittrich, chairman of the Dutch-Flemish higher education accredi...

A Masters degree for everyone

Most Maastricht students feel that one doesn't get very far with just a Bachelors degree. That is why most of them, just like their colleagues at other Dutch universities, choose to do a Masters study after their Bachelors. They usually stay at their own university. These are some of the outcomes of a survey carried out by the higher education maga...

Bachelor graduates prefer to stay

Dutch students with a Bachelors degree tend to stay where they are. Most of them do not choose to do a Masters study at another university or abroad, but stay where they are. Only a handful of students (about 6 per cent) who started a Masters study in 2006 and 2007, did so at another Dutch university. This does not mean that there are hardly any ne...

"Nowhere so cheap, so good, and so short"

Maastricht University attracts relatively many Masters students from elsewhere: 37 per cent in 2007 (compared to 33 per cent nationwide at that time) and 42 per cent in 2008 (no national figures available yet).

Who: Darko Petrovic

Master: Public Policy and Human Development, School of Governance, UM Bachelor: European Studies, UM

Who: Elina Griniece

Master: European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (ESST), Maastricht Bachelor: International Relations, International University, Tallinn, Estonia

"More students from abroad help to expand UM's reputation"

Only 5% of UM students (and 2% of students in the Netherlands) consider doing a master's degree abroad, according to an Observant survey (this page). More mobilisation of students in Europe was one of the reasons to introduce the bachelor-master system in most European countries in the first place, but with this outcome it seems that the system has...

"A high profile university on your CV gets you pretty much everywhere"

Choosing a master's programme can be difficult. The range of programmes is diverse and the admission requirements vary between universities. Concordantia, the European Studies student association, invited competing universities to present themselves at the European Master Day.

Eat, drink and be merry

Like all things cultural, it's impressive and inspiring to witness outstanding cooking. However, as much as I love sophisticated preparations, creative combinations and refined recipes, they just can't deliver the deep and honest satisfaction of plain, down-to-earth experiences. Just as I know of no painting in the world which could give rise to th...

Exhibition Keurkinderen

The first Reichschulen (Third Reich schools) that opened in Germany in January 1933 to educate Germany's future elite served as a present for Hitler's first birthday as Chancellor. During the war, similar schools were founded in the Netherlands. Centre Ceramique will display the exhibition Keurkinderen ('approved' children) about two Dutch Reichsch...

Weser's whereabouts

Thick black carpets lead the way past golden walls towards an entrance decorated with an iron tree bearing golden apples. We are at the Gold Delicious, a new restaurant located in the Kesselkade. It's one of the four restaurants featured on the RTL4 Dutch reality series Mijn tent is top, in which four couples compete with each other to run the most...