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Entries for April 2014

Speed-D(eb)ating with the European presidential candidates

Speed-D(eb)ating with the European presidential candidates

MAASTRICHT. An atmosphere of excitement was swinging in and around the theatre at the Vrijthof Monday night, where the First European Presidential Debate was hold from 7 to 8.30pm. Many of the 700 international students attending the discussion of the four candidates for the presidency of the European Commission had dressed up and were eagerly awai...

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

MAASTRICHT. “Smartphone transmits disease,” was the heading in Medisch Contact, a weekly magazine for physicians, at the end of last year. Mobile phones appear to be a major source of hospital infections. The solution? Wash your hands. But what may be even better: disinfect your mobile phone. As part of their International Business mast...

For artists and others

MAASTRICHT. Things are not easy for the cultural sector; subsidies are being withdrawn, vacancies are few and far between. Artists, cultural heritage experts, policy officials, fashion designers, et cetera, all need a helping hand. And that is why three alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Janna Klöpper, Nika Dings and Jessica Capra...

Teach a subject in German for a change!

Teach a subject in German for a change!

MAASTRICHT. ‘Code switching’ - briefly changing over into the native language -  benefits education in English. It allows students to process knowledge more successfully. This is one of the subjects that will be discussed next week during the Maastricht symposium on the growing use of English in higher education, which will also ma...
Keep laughing

Keep laughing

On top of being clueless, exhausted and back at your mom and dad’s, the post-Bachelor time can be quite intimidating. Especially when you graduate in the middle of global crisis. News about increasing poverty, recession and President Putin’s latest whims make you want to empty a bottle and roll a thick blanket over your head. But it ca...

Yellow card for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Yellow card for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

MAASTRICHT. Unjustifiably issued diplomas for too many weak theses and at times a poor academic quality of the study programme: that was the core of the criticism aimed at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (CMW/FASoS) within the framework of a national assessment of the quality of university humanities programmes. To make matters worse, recov...
First European Presidential Debate

First European Presidential Debate

MAASTRICHT. Four candidates for the presidency of the European Commission will come together for the first European Presidential Debate on Monday 28 April in the Theater aan het Vrijthof. Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ...

Committee simulation at Euromun

MAASTRICHT. Over 600 students from all over the world will gather at the European Model United Nations (Euromun) 2014, from April 30 to 4 May at the MECC in Maastricht. Each will take on the role of a diplomat and represent a country or party on one of the thirteen committees simulated during the conference. These include the United Nations Securit...

Abolition of registration fees

Abolition of registration fees

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students will no longer be charged a fee for registering late for exams, resits and courses. This decision by the Executive Board reflects that of the Minister of Education, who has made it clear that there are no legal grounds for such a fee. As of next academic year, late registration will simply no longer be permitted; stu...
Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 7 May 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebook.co...

May the best duck win

Sunday 11 May 2014, duck race in Stadspark Maastricht. (Description of the event on Facebook).   On 11 May, the Jeker, a river that flows into the Meuse in Maastricht, will turn yellow. “For five euros you can adopt a rubber duck that will compete against ten thousand other ducks”, says the race organiser Jerome van Zeijl. &ldqu...

War brings out the worst in people

War brings out the worst in people

Who: Natasja van der Meer, lecturer of Foundations and methods of Law TV series: Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter (ZDF, 2013)

Cross-border research

MAASTRICHT. UM is to be a ‘Euraxess service point’. Excuse me? It will hardly ring a bell with many, although there are already more than 250 of these service points in forty countries. It is a ‘desk’ – for the Netherlands only in Tilburg, for the time being – that provides information about working abroad. Eurax...

Writing a proposal for European policy

MAASTRICHT. Finding the balance between ideals and reality – this is the goal of the participants of the Student Forum Maastricht. During this annual conference, from 9 until 13 April, fifty students (ten from Maastricht, the rest from all over Europe) will discuss five Europe-related topics. Unlike other years, this tenth conference will ta...

Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 16 April 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebook...

New Lux ad Mosam association building opened

New Lux ad Mosam association building opened

MAASTRICHT. “Well, this looks fancy.” Neighbours, parents and members admiringly inspect Christian student association Lux ad Mosam’s new accommodation. The students now have a living room, a hall with a bar and various spare rooms at their disposal above the COC Café on Bogaardenstaart 43. Apart from the association, there are al...

Bottom of the pile

Bottom of the pile

I was one of the lucky ones, arranging my fifth semester internship was a breeze.  Whilst my friends sent seemingly infinite covering letters to obscure organizations, or buried their heads in the sand and told themselves they’d deal with it when they ‘had a moment’, I could comfortably assure myself I knew exactly what I wou...

Report your stolen bike

Report your stolen bike

Hi everyone! Yesterday my bike got stolen from the inner city library. Contact me if you see it! On the Facebook group Stolen Bikes Maastricht, messages like this one are posted almost daily. Yutaro Fujiyama, who was on exchange in Maastricht a year ago to study European Studies, decided the city needed a group to fight this problem. “I reme...

Less than 5000 euros: Art at Timmerfabriek

Less than 5000 euros: Art at Timmerfabriek

MAASTRICHT. Collectors, artists, families and a lot of pink– the setting at the Affordable Art Fair is very different from the one at TEFAF just a month ago. From Thursday to Sunday, 6 of April, the Timmerfabriek in Maastricht hosts 45 galleries exhibiting diverse contemporary art for less than 5000 euros. Picasso, Warhol and Monet were impr...

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs

Not so long ago there were bakers, butchers and carpenters. Only recently I’ve discovered that these are old-fashioned terms; ‘entrepreneur’ is the job description these people use nowadays. “So you’re a baker?” “Naah… I see myself more as an entrepreneur in the bakery industry.” The entrepren...

Wanted: bag snatcher

MAASTRICHT. A student from Maastricht University was stabbed in her arm on the Brouwersweg on Monday evening. At about nine o’clock in the evening, the thief wanted to hold up the nineteen-year-old Polish girl. When the attempt failed, he stabbed her in her arm and finally ran off with her bag. The student was treated in hospital, where she r...

UM students file complaint against Wilders

MAASTRICHT. “No to Geert Wilders,” shout a group of students who are on their way to the Maastricht police station Friday afternoon. They want to file a complaint of discrimination against the PVV leader. During a speech on the evening of the local elections, Wilders asked his audience whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans. The au...

What is the value of standards?

What is the value of standards?

Who: André Klip, professor of Criminal Law and Criminology Book: Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada (1947) Target group: all (Law) students
“Students were not to form an exclusive group”

“Students were not to form an exclusive group”

MAASTRICHT. How has the relationship between students and city changed over the past forty years? Which subjects dominated the debate? Dirk van de Leemput, alumnus from Arts and Social Sciences, delved into a stack of more than thirty years of issues of Observant and Maffius (Observant’s predecessor) in order to find out.

Great interest in UCM

MAASTRICHT. No less than 870 enrolments for two hundred places. University College Maastricht is becoming more and more renowned throughout the world and that seems to be paying off. Dean Harm Hospers thinks that their first place in the KeuzeGids 2014 has also helped.

Living room concerts

Already a big success in Groningen, now they want to bring it to the south! It’s all about bringing people together who love to make music and who like to listen and see people playing beautiful songs! The only thing that is needed is a big living room or other place! Read the document for more information and I really hope somebody can help ...

Where is this?

Where is this?

Any idea where this picture was taken? It is somewhere within the UM, but we want the exact location. E-mail your answer before Wednesday, 9 April 2014, to cleo.freriks@maastrichtuniversity.nl, referring to ‘Back page competition’ and enter the draw for a 20 euro cinema voucher. The picture will appear on our Facebook page www.facebook....