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Entries for April 2015

"Splitting up Ukraine is misplaced"

"Splitting up Ukraine is misplaced"

MAASTRICHT. It wouldn’t surprise him if the conflict in Ukraine rekindled. In the latest Minsk Treaty, the aggressors (the separatists) came out best, which implies: aggression pays off. This is the opinion of Arkady Moshes, an expert on the relations between the EU and Russia. Next week, he will give the Schuman lecture, organised by Studium...
The taste is good, the mouthfeel is less

The taste is good, the mouthfeel is less

MAASTRICHT. The life of a university caterer is no bed of roses. You change the lay-out, you bring in new coffee machines: always comments. You introduce new ‘catering concepts’ throughout the buildings with trendy names like FFWD>> en M.RK.T. and look: questions are asked at a faculty council meeting, this time it’s about t...
“The godfather of medical ethics”

“The godfather of medical ethics”

Harry Kuitert (1924) was a well-known person in the world of theology in the Netherlands during the nineteen-sixties and -seventies. He was, to put it mildly, a controversial man. He inspired Maastricht ethicist Wybo Dondorp as a student.

Student Idea Competition has two winners

MAASTRICHT. Getting students up off their chairs now and again during their studies and informing youths about human trafficking. These two ideas won the Student Idea Competition last Wednesday. The five finalists had come to the Karl Dittrich hall at the Student Services Centre to present their plans to the jury, who included Astrid Boeijen (direc...
Maastricht is to have an independent, female mayor

Maastricht is to have an independent, female mayor

MAASTRICHT. Annemarie Penn-Te Strake (61) will become the new mayor of Maastricht on 1 July. She will take over from VVD mayor Onno Hoes, who resigned after a commotion about a stealthily recorded private meeting. Penn-Te Strake was born in Helmond and studied Dutch law in Nijmegen. She has worked as a judge for the Maastricht court, where she bec...

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Monday 27 April: Birthday King Willem-Alexander

Monday 27 April: Birthday King Willem-Alexander

King’s day! On Monday 27 April Maastricht celebrates the birthday of King Willem-Alexander with music on the Maastricht Markt and Stadspark (start 14.00 hours), and a free market for children and families in the Stadspark. And of course a lot of orange colored outfits and gadgets. On Sunday there is a King’s night in the Stadspark (star...

Tot Ziens Maastricht

Tot Ziens Maastricht

The time has finally come. It’s the beginning of the last period of my Bachelor degree, and without plans to stay in Maastricht and study for my Masters, I find myself with only two months left in the city I have called home for the last three years. With ample time on my hands, all that seems left to do is to do all the things I didn’...

Denying Armenian genocide no longer possible

Denying Armenian genocide no longer possible

MAASTRICHT. In many countries, the Armenian genocide of 1915 will be commemorated on 24 April. However, the facts and especially the use of the term, are still extremely controversial. Professor of Turkish Studies Erik-Jan Zürcher, from Leiden, argues that more attention should be given to the matter.
Learning about Problem-Based Learning in the style of Problem-Based Learning

Learning about Problem-Based Learning in the style of Problem-Based Learning

MAASTRICHT. It is a worldwide first; MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) by Maastricht University, to be launched after the summer, is the first online course to be given in the style of problem-based learning. UM employees can try MOOC out from 11 May.
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Study places: more and more, never enough

Study places: more and more, never enough

MAASTRICHT. The number of study places is increasing constantly, but it seems like there are never enough. Especially the library in the city centre seems to suffer from overcrowding. A building on the Tapijn grounds will soon open and most likely stay open around the clock; next year it will also be possible to study at the new sports hall.
Black spots between the shoulder blades

Black spots between the shoulder blades

Ten years ago, nobody would have believed that adults could have something like brown fat. That was something found only in animals and new-borns, who are in need of extra heat. Because brown fat is a tissue that burns calories, thus providing heat. At the time, in 2004, postdoc Joris Hoeks (36) went to Stockholm. He did research into metabolism...

ISN sponsors first day of Bruis festival

ISN sponsors first day of Bruis festival

MAASTRICHT. ISN, the International Student Network, is sponsoring Bruis this year. The pop festival will take place at the Koompe, the sport’s area of the former Tapijn barracks on 4, 5, and 6 September 2015. Entrance is free.
Inkom at Tapijn and in the Sphinxkwartier

Inkom at Tapijn and in the Sphinxkwartier

MAASTRICHT. The Inkom Working Group has chosen new activities and new (historical) locations this year. Most of the activities on the first day of the introduction week for first-year students - Monday 17 to Friday 21 August - will take place at the Tapijn barracks.  On Monday afternoon, after registration at the School of Business and Econom...

Divide refugees equally over European countries

Divide refugees equally over European countries

MAASTRICHT. What do to with the thousands of people seeking asylum in the European Union? This is a hot topic not only for Europe’s leaders, but also for the students who took part in the Student Forum Maastricht (SFM) at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels from 15 to 19 April.

Not Maastricht but Leuven wins European Law Moot Court

MAASTRICHT. Leuven University won the European Law Moot Court Competition at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, this weekend. The Maastricht University team, composed of Anca Bliort, Eugenie Coche and Andrea Rigamonti, came in second. The ELMC is one of the world’s most important pleading competitions, in which participants simulate ...

The battle against laziness

I recently watched Whiplash, a nice movie about a boy who dreams to become a great drummer. His hard-shell instructor at a certain moment says a line that caught my attention, “There are no words in the English language more harmful than 'good job'”. His reasoning being that the (ab)use of these words makes people content with w...

Bad English: ah well, as long as we understand each other

Bad English: ah well, as long as we understand each other

MAASTRICHT. Keeping the discussion about Maastricht as a student city going: okay. As a political party, being interested in the ideas in society: understandable. As far as that was concerned, the Labour Party (PvdA) meeting and the Student & Society Initiative, on Monday evening in the Muziekgieterij, can only be applauded. But are we hearing ...
Making a choice from sixteen student lists

Making a choice from sixteen student lists

MAASTRICHT. The lists of candidates for the University Council and faculty councils were finalised at the beginning of this week. There is clearly more choice than two years ago, both among students and employees. Only at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, the support staff seat remains unoccupied. The Faculty of Law is finally getting academi...

Opinion: “Elected boards? Will that benefit science?”

MAASTRICHT. Should students and staff elect their boards, as René Gabriëls on behalf of the NUM wrote in the last Observant? Gerard van Breukelen, professor of Methodology & Statistics, is not at all convinced. Gabriëls’ proposal  “sounds  a bit too much like ‘all power to the Sovjets’”, he argues.
“You must not fight, for anything really”

“You must not fight, for anything really”

The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has nothing to do with Anke Oenema’s academic field. But when it comes to dealing with an academic career, he is a great source of inspiration for this associate professor of Health Communication.
Outbreak of scabies among UM students

Outbreak of scabies among UM students

MAASTRICHT. Student Services has warned students against scabies. Various student organisations reported to local health authority GGD South Limburg that members suffered from this skin disease. “Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that burrows under the skin and leaves behind certain substances. This starts to itch,” says Casper den Heije...

Wanted: student journalists

Do you like writing? Do you think that journalism might be something for you? Then we are looking for you. Observant is going to work with a group of student journalists in the coming academic year. Participants are supervised by professional journalists, they are given the opportunity to participate in workshops, and to write for Observant on pape...

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Non vitae sed scholae

Non vitae sed scholae

When you read this I’ll be gone…to another university. Imbued with this momentum, I feel it’s the right time to express a concern based on the past years at UM/SBE. This is my concern: Education, the raison d’être of academia, has become a nuisance to many. The degradation of education is the result of two factors. First,...

Opinion: “Full of false accusations and naïve”

MAASTRICHT. David Bernstein’s opinion on the New University Maastricht (Observant 27), is full of false accusations and from an academic and political point of view naïve, says René Gabriëls. Falsely he accuses the NUM of not being in for a dialogue, not knowing what democracy is and who is represented. His suggestion that what he says is not...
“No, he never came along to the ‘Oktoberfest’”

“No, he never came along to the ‘Oktoberfest’”

It started during the interview for a postdoc place in Munich. Aside from his imposing appearance ("he is about two metres tall") and tasteful attire, professor Hans-Jürgen Wester pointed out a missed opportunity during her earlier PhD research. Wouldn’t she have been better off including certain control studies in her publicat...

Sophie Vanhoonacker: kind, modest, but she marks her boundaries

Sophie Vanhoonacker: kind, modest, but she marks her boundaries

MAASTRICHT. She will be the first female dean at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS): professor Sophie Vanhoonacker accepted when the Executive Board asked her for the position.
ESN to become ISN

ESN to become ISN

MAASTRICHT. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) will change its name to International Student Network (ISN). “We want to make it clear that we are here for all international students, not just for exchange students. It is something that the university also wanted, ” says promo co-ordinator Nadim Gijsen. In February, it was announced that ...

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SBE revises thesis policy

SBE revises thesis policy

MAASTRICHT. After the yellow cards issued by NVAO for the FASoS theses, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has decided to seriously upgrade its final project in the bachelor’s programme from four to eight credits. Another reason is that its own students and staff increasingly regarded the so-called capstone as a 'necessary hurdle&...
From Maastricht with Love

From Maastricht with Love

MAASTRICHT. Long-distance relationships. Some say they’re perfect. They keep things interesting; you’re always excited about seeing each other, and the time you do spend together is special. The flip side of the coin is that you spend most of your time missing each other and communicating mainly via social media. Long-distance relations...