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"The rector should actively listen to students"

"The rector should actively listen to students"

This is the last episode of the series on the new rector magnificus. The process is rapidly reaching its climax. A recommendation has been submitted to the University Council. What do students expect from this manager?

“The EU has to work on getting young people to feel connected again”

MAASTRICHT. A standardized post-traumatic stress syndrome test for refugees and a birthday card from the EU for 18-year-olds. These are two of the proposals that came out of Student Forum Maastricht, a student conference about European policies in Brussels that was held from 13 until 17 April. All proposals will be presented to European Commission ...
“Germany supposed to be strong and weak at the same time”

“Germany supposed to be strong and weak at the same time”

Germany – but where is it located? These words by the poet Friedrich Schiller were used by Irish historian Brendan Simms as a point of departure for his Schuman lecture, organised by Studium Generale.
A bread from God

A bread from God

‘Are you sure you still want to learn Spanish?’ my Argentinean friend asks me jokingly. After having gotten used to her outspokenly Argentinean accent, in which every j-sound transforms into the hissing of a snake, I felt I had come to the point where I could understand practically everything in Spanish as long as I paid attention. Howe...

To celebrate your heritage or not – that is the question

To celebrate your heritage or not – that is the question

King’s Day is coming up. On the 27th of April, the Dutch celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday by selling their old belongings on flea markets, going to festivals set up in all big cities, drinking beer and of course dressing in orange. Do international students in Maastricht celebrate their heritage? And do they take pride in what...
Royals Cup 2016: “Actually, the matches are secondary”

Royals Cup 2016: “Actually, the matches are secondary”

MAASTRICHT. A trophy hung with black and white ribbons stands amongst sliced sandwich buns and a drone in the ‘Board Only’ room at the Sporthal Geusselt on the East side of the Maas on Friday 15 April. It is here that business students from all over Europe shed the confines of button-up shirts for jerseys and/or pompoms in Maastricht fo...

UM sounds the alarm for house parties

UM sounds the alarm for house parties

MAASTRICHT. “What if a fire were to break out in a house where two hundred people have gathered,” says Pascal Breuls, director of Student Services. The police regularly receive reports about illegal house parties, in particular at the end of block periods. Maastricht University makes students aware of the risks.
Sipping a first-class coffee with a bike by your side

Sipping a first-class coffee with a bike by your side

Maastricht has been changing inevitably over the years due to different lifestyles, cultures and habits of international students coming here to study. To keep up motivation and excel at university, most students need to unwind in a relaxed environment with a cup of delicious coffee, homemade cake and uninterrupted Wi-Fi connection. Since both my p...

WE Festival expands

MAASTRICHT. A film festival, a kick-off in the Stadspark and of course lots and lots of workshops: the seventh annual WE Festival, from 24 April to 1 May, will be the most extensive one yet. The festival is organised by volunteers – many of them students – who have encouraged as many organisations and people as possible to collaborate a...

Moving house

Moving house

Recently we had some minor renovations at our home, for which we had to pack some items into boxes. It has been some months later and a couple of my boxes are still sitting unpacked, and my ability to remember their content is increasingly vanishing. This should probably not surprise me as the same thing has happened every time I moved house. I hav...

“An hour after the Ph.D. ceremony in Maastricht, he is already on his flight back”

“An hour after the Ph.D. ceremony in Maastricht, he is already on his flight back”

Accepting money from the industry? Absolutely not, research must remain pure! Applying for patents? No, that would distract from the scientific work. In professor Giuseppe Remuzzi’s Italian Instituto Mario Negri, everything is about the patient and the search for medicines and therapies. He has no time for niceties.
“I thought: I have to get away, things are not going to get better here”

“I thought: I have to get away, things are not going to get better here”

The UM also has employees who are refugees or children of refugees. In this Observant series, a number of them will tell their story. About their escape, their lives before and after, about the Netherlands and Europe, about the refugee crisis and the debate on this topic. This week: Salwan al-Nasiry from Iraq.

Fewer students from poor homes since Dutch scrapped grants

THE NETHERLANDS. Fewer students from poorer homes have started university and college degrees since grants were abolished last year, according to education ministry figures.

Dutch MPs want to scrap law banning insults to a ‘friendly head of state’

THE NETHERLANDS. MPs from the two Dutch liberal parties VVD and D66 have called on the government to scrap a law making it a criminal offence to insult a ‘friendly’ head of state, broadcaster Nos reported at the weekend.
Pretending

Pretending

Wessel (21): “I am the chairman of an association. Everything is going well, but it doesn’t feel like I am really the chairman. I play a role. Should I continue or would I be better off quitting?” Ingrid: A yoga weekend in Zeeland. I am twisting my sweaty body into the dog, cat and cobra position. Time and again. “Don&rsq...

Lots of enthusiasm for Employees’ Council FS

MAASTRICHT. For the first time in years, there are candidates for a seat in MUO’s (Maastricht University Office) Employees’ Council.  Also for the other employees’ councils of the various service centres and the student fractions of the faculty councils, lists have been submitted for the university elections that will be held...

“Set requirements for landlords, agencies and managers”

“Set requirements for landlords, agencies and managers”

MAASTRICHT. A liveability test, better enforcement by the city council, the introduction of a quality mark, the arrival of the International Student Club, and especially ‘open communication’: measures to curb the proliferation of students rooms and the disturbance, as experienced by some inhabitants of Maastricht. The Maastricht La...

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Not afraid to be contrary

Not afraid to be contrary

He was a pioneer in the field of chronic pain. His name is Wilbert Fordyce and he was a clinical psychologist, whose ideas still stand. Johan Vlaeyen, professor of Psychology, owes a great deal to him.
“We even had to resort to YouTube at times while teaching ourselves”

“We even had to resort to YouTube at times while teaching ourselves”

They are the reigning champions of Euromasters, the largest university sports tournament in Europe. And just two weeks ago they secured a place in the finals at the Dutch Nationals in June. Cheerleading might not be a well-known sport in the Netherlands, but the UM Cheerleading team is quickly gaining a reputation for being a talented group with bi...
“I would find it interesting to see a physicist appointed"

“I would find it interesting to see a physicist appointed"

Rector magnificus Luc Soete is leaving. On 1 September, his successor will take over. Who should that be? And what should he/she do especially? Observant will ask students and staff this question in the coming weeks.
University Sports Centre officially opened

University Sports Centre officially opened

MAASTRICHT. A new logo, gifts for the Executive Board and a dazzling performance by two Latin dancers and the UM cheerleaders. The new University Sports Centre (USC) was festively opened amid great interest last Tuesday.
Freedom of choice

Freedom of choice

Since my last meeting with my coach (yep, I have a life coach J. Trendy, ain’t it? And useful as well, let me tell you!) - I’ve been thinking about freedom of choice and pondering. Ron, so is the name of this great guy who’s been in my life for the last 10 years or so, tells me we humans always have freedom of choice. Sometimes &...

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MECC rewards best idea with €1,000

MECC rewards best idea with €1,000

MAASTRICHT. How to make MECC more attractive to young people? With a MECCSpace, a community around start-ups, according to Alit Sudarsana and Stefani Christianti, an alumnus and a student of Maastricht University. And with that concept, they won €1,000 during the first Jules Challenge on Monday evening. Along with more than a hundred other st...

What does a daisy look like?

What does a daisy look like?

“Noooo! That was a super plant, so cool.” “Whoops”, says the other student, removing his foot from the “cool” plant. The pair continue their search through the fields. Last Tuesday morning, the students of the Maastricht Science Programme joined their lecturer and researcher Roy Erkens at the Lage Fronten as part...
‘T Wycker Cabinet: ideal for day and night

‘T Wycker Cabinet: ideal for day and night

My day in ‘T Wycker Cabinet was one of utter perfection. And believe it or not, it had nothing to do with my mood or the sunny weather; instead it was the nice atmosphere, pleasant staff and delicious food served all day long. On the recommendation of some friends I decided to pay a visit to this classic bistro/bar in the heart of Wyck, sandw...

Travel firms to brief holidaymakers on their trip’s environmental footprint

Travel firms to brief holidaymakers on their trip’s environmental footprint

THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch travel firms are to start informing holidaymakers how much environmental damage their trip is doing by listing ‘holiday footprints’ in brochures and on websites, travel sector organisation ANVR says in Tuesday’s Volkskrant.

ABN Amro helps clients hide assets in tax havens, Dutch media claim

THE NETHERLANDS. ABN Amro is helping clients keep their assets hidden in tax havens via nominee shareholdership schemes, the Financieele Dagblad and Trouw say on Monday.
The same cup

The same cup

Fabiënne (22): “My new boyfriend and I are enough for each other. That is why I have put contact with friends and family on the back burner. They do not agree with this and are pulling at me. What should I do?” Ingrid: In the novel Jij zegt het (Those are your words) Dutch writer Connie Palmen describes the relationship between the f...

Plea for more languages

Plea for more languages

MAASTRICHT. It looks like more languages than just English and Dutch will soon be promoted at this university. A few weeks ago, the Executive Board, through its chairman Martin Paul, already stated that the UM may be bilingual, “but it is useful to teach people three languages. Students as well as staff. Which languages exactly, to what degre...

“What made him so special was the attention he paid to the patient’s story”

“What made him so special was the attention he paid to the patient’s story”

Professor Eddy Houwaart qualified to be a general practitioner, but trained himself to become a medical historian. He is a typical interdisciplinary scientist and he could name at least one inspirer for every discipline. But his greatest hero is British historian Roy Porter. “The way in which he told his story before a large audience, whether...
UM in fourth place in the rankings of young universities worldwide

UM in fourth place in the rankings of young universities worldwide

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University has climbed two places in the top ten of the Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 ranking. Having been in sixth place in the young universities rankings three years in a row, the UM is now at number four. THE published its figures today.
Swing Station on the Tapijn grounds

Swing Station on the Tapijn grounds

MAASTRICHT. A Swing Station was opened on the Tapijn grounds on Sunday 3 April. Five swings have been suspended from a steel tube under a canopy, at the location of the former army filling station. Underfoot, a soft green carpet of artificial grass. The idea and the implementation came from five creatives from Het Werkgebouw.

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Heads up!

Heads up!

I was lining my pencils up in preparation for sharpening when the phone rang. It was Pauw, from the talk show. That morning the NRC newspaper had run a small piece on my research on ‘Dutch English’. Would I be willing to come on the show and discuss it? ‘I could, I suppose’, I said. I’ve always been underwhelmed ...

No general master’s selection

MAASTRICHT. There will be no general selection for master’s students at this university, says a written statement from the Executive Board to the University Council. The Council agrees with the position taken by the Board.
“She should be aware of the tremendous dissatisfaction among academic staff”

“She should be aware of the tremendous dissatisfaction among academic staff”

Rector magnificus Luc Soete is leaving. On 1 September, his successor will take over. Who should that be? And what should he/she do especially? Observant will ask students and staff this question in the coming weeks.
Things no one told me before writing my thesis

Things no one told me before writing my thesis

Writing a thesis: don’t let it be your Waterloo! Take a few breaths and read these tips from people who have already walked that path and carried on.
A spring let-down at La Colombe

A spring let-down at La Colombe

“Was your meal okay?” asks the waitress as she sends a text message on her phone. “To be honest, the meat was just too fatty”, I reply politely. “As you can see.” Nodding, the waitress admits: “Yes, I know.” It’s sad when even your wait staff can only agree with the customers. So what&r...

Ukraine referendum not about Europe, just over half of voters say

THE NETHERLANDS. Almost half of Dutch voters are convinced the EU’s treaty of association with Ukraine paves the way for membership of the European Union, according to an Ipsos poll on Tuesday.
Travelling

Travelling

Jeffrey (23): “I have a growing aversion to the shackles forced on me by my study and society. That is why I am considering giving it all up and going backpacking. Is that a good plan?” Ingrid: In the Dutch television programme Ik vertrek (I’m leaving), we see people going abroad to find fortune. Paula and Peter, for example, s...