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Entries for April 2012

Toilet time

Back in the good old days, scientists never wasted their time on tiresome ethics committee bureaucracy. In 1976, the US researchers Middlemist, Knowles and Matter tackled the burning research question: how do invasions of personal space affect men’s urination in a public toilet? Their unwitting urinators could choose from one of three urinals. A re...

UB adapts 19,000 documents

The university library is going to make new study documents (PDFs) available in such a way that the texts are searchable and suitable for highlighting and adding annotations. In the coming weeks, some 19,000 old documents will be adapted as well. The University Library is taking the measures mainly in reaction to a proposal by political student par...

Queen's Day, Clean Pete and Martin Visser

Queen’s Day The Dutch celebrate their Queen’s birthday on Monday 30 April with music, dance and the traditional Vrijmarkt, a large-scale unregulated street market. In Maastricht the party already starts on Sunday 29 April, with Queensnight. Bands and DJs will perform at pubs in the city centre and Wyck. On Monday, there is a children's market on t...

“Be stricter about speaking English in class”

“To me, the university seems pretty international,” says Ivan Dragonov, a first-year student of Econometrics and Operations Management from Bulgaria. “Although that may have to do with my programme: we’re a small group, so it’s easy to get to know everybody.” He chose Maastricht University after visiting a friend in Brussels. “I mentioned that I’d...

Policy proposal on internationalisation

By mid-June, the participants of the International Classroom project want to put forward a policy proposal on the internationalisation of Maastricht University. At the International Classroom symposium on Tuesday 17 April, the four working groups – focussing on the themes of identity building, Inkom and faculty orientation, mix-and-mingle events an...

“We teach too much”

Master’s students as tutors in the bachelor programme, a shorter academic year, less intensive courses, more students per PBL group. These are some of the possible solutions for reducing the teaching workload of junior staff (docent 3) at the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Working visit to Guest House

Working visit to Guest House

An empty single room, one to which the student will have to add a touch of homeliness, and a double room in which two American exchange students have managed to collect a considerable number of empty beer crates in just a few months time: this is what members of the university council were shown during their working visit to the Guest House at the ...

Open our doors to foreign students

The Netherlands should stop being afraid, according to chairman Bernard Wientjes of employers’ organisation VNO-NCW. “We should throw our doors wide open to foreign students.”
“I might have a slight clothing addiction"

“I might have a slight clothing addiction"

Kirby Lattwein, 26, from South Carolina, exchange student at UCM, soon to start her master’s in Global Health here at the UM

Observant is looking for a student columnist (m/f) for the English section

The editorial board of Observant is looking for a student columnist for its English section for the 2012-2013 academic year. The work consists of writing a total of 37 columns, which may be about any of a variety of topics (current affairs, student life, science, family, et cetera). The student will be coached by one of the editors and will be paid...

Students UCM want survey on study pressure

Student council members from the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences are calling for a thorough investigation into study pressure and stress among students at University College. Dean Harm Hospers refers to the measures that the board has already taken.

British presence a gross exaggeration

The Times Higher Education magazine has reported that claims of British students ‘flocking’ to the Netherlands are gross exaggerations. In reality, the article points out, he number of Dutch students in the UK is more than double that of British students in the Netherlands. Sure – but the fact that British students are now the fourth largest n...

Dissertations (2)

Professor Sterken, Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen, proposes to shorten the PhD track to from four to three years (Observant 27) to make an end to the longer-than-planned duration of these tracks. My point of view differs from Professor Sterken's on the consequences. Is the PhD track best represented by the walk, or by its destina...

Toneelstad, Mission Statements en Kyteman

Maastricht Toneelstad What does Maastricht has to offer when it comes to theatre? See for yourself during the Maastricht Toneelstad Festival from Friday 20 April until Wednesday 25 April. The performances given by actors from the theatre academy, are suitable for an English-speaking audience and will be shown in various theatres all over town. Tic...

Extra police in the park

The Maastricht police have warned that they will take stringent measures against people who cause a nuisance in the park. “We’ve received complaints about youngsters driving their scooters through the park and students barbecuing – which damages the grass and causes a lot of smoke”, says police officer Will Schobbe. When the weather improves, extra...

Answers about Europe

What will the future of the European Union look like? Is the EU a credible role model? Why is right-wing radicalism on the rise in the EU? These and other questions about the EU will be addressed on the website www.laelaps.eu, which will be launched on Friday 20 April. The website is an initiative of a group of Maastricht students who feel that the...

Seven students, eight songs

Seven students, eight songs

“That sounded great, guys”, says an enthusiastic producer. “Let’s try that last part again though.” During three sunny days at Periple en la demeurre, in the Ardennes, The Serious Beans Project – a band of seven Maastricht students – record their first album. Eight of their songs will be released this spring.

Jack of all trades, master of none

Studying a single discipline without an interdisciplinary perspective is blind. However: an interdisciplinary programme that lacks thorough training in any particular field is empty, according to Machiel Keestra. This assistant professor at the Amsterdam Institute for Disciplinary Studies was one of the members of the Fasos panel debate on ‘Th...

A sparse mix with foreigners

“When I finished high school I wanted to study abroad to broaden my horizons and to get a better education”, says Feras Alhazmi (23), a third-year medicine student from Saudi Arabia. “At home you only acquire scientific knowledge; abroad you also learn about other cultures, see different perspectives, and meet other people. That’s better for your p...

Tags around my wrist

Tags around my wrist

Sebastian Radermacher (19), German-American, from Zurich, Switzerland, first-year student of the Science Programme.