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Election results: NovUM-Dope: 22-22

Election results: NovUM-Dope: 22-22

MAASTRICHT. Last year Dope forfeited six seats, but was still the most powerful student political party at Maastricht University. Now, it will have to share power with NovUM: both parties won a total of 22 seats in the various councils in the latest election. The results were announced in the Kruithuis this afternoon amid boisterous cheering. Dop...

Fish out of Water

Fish out of Water

Have you ever watched someone’s demise?  I’m not talking about a death, of course, but the downward spiral of someone’s personal story. Well, I have, and it wasn’t pretty.    It all began when, as an undergrad, I took a job at a small business to pay for Uni.  The president of the agency (I’ll call...

“It gives you a lot of freedom”

“It gives you a lot of freedom”

MAASTRICHT. The winner of the Local Hero Award gets ten thousand euro. Students who have an idea for their own business, may enter into this competition, which is organised by the Universiteitsfonds Limburg,  until 5 September. It is the third time that the Award will be presented. How are the previous winners doing? What did the prize give th...
Opinion: Are multiple choice questions a good assessment method?

Opinion: Are multiple choice questions a good assessment method?

Multiple choice questioning at exams is to be avoided, says Jan Hoffmann student at the European Law School and Member of the University Council, Maastricht University. There is little to say in favour of it.
People from abroad should feel welcome

People from abroad should feel welcome

MAASTRICHT. “A complete turn-around,” UM executive president Martin Paul recently called it. “Three years ago, the debate was about there being too many foreign students in the Netherlands and that they were too expensive. Then there were reports about how it benefitted the economy, and now we are asking the question how we can ma...
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, 4 June 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.c...

From the screen to the real world: Impressions from Ukraine

From the screen to the real world: Impressions from Ukraine

UKRAINE. While the media report day in and day out on the situation in eastern Ukraine, recent UCM graduate Alisa Fluhrer spent the last few weeks visiting cities – amongst others - in the west. She was on the job for the Eastbook.eu portal, part of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) at the Common Europe Foundation, based in Warsaw. The Ukr...

Giving free tours around town

Giving free tours around town

I'm planning to make a Maastricht Free Tour, because we don't have any yet and I found local guides are too expensive and not suitable for the backpackers etc. Now I would like to know if there are others out there whom are here during the summer and would like to join me in setting everything up, are not afraid of giving tours, know more t...

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

MAASTRICHT. “We will now close the public part of the meeting.” Those who attend a faculty council or University Council meeting can be sure to hear the chairperson utter this mantra. What happens in those confidential meetings? We  employees and students, and above all voters - are not allowed to know. It is a secret. What is wors...

All those vaginas

All those vaginas

‘Rhetoric for real women’, the event was called and – as both a woman and something of a talker – I’d been excited for weeks. The guest of honour was one Dr Susan Jones, a speechwriter for no fewer than three British prime ministers. On a Wednesday evening, early May, in an ornate room tucked away in a Cambridge colleg...

"EU seems like an elite project"

"EU seems like an elite project"

MAASTRICHT. This year’s European elections, which will take place on 22 May in the Netherlands, are marked by some changes. What are they, and what do they mean? Why does Europe matter? And how can our vote make a difference? To answer these questions and more, Observant speaks to students, experts and politicians.
Searching for an alternative for handling fees

Searching for an alternative for handling fees

MAASTRICHT. Before Easter, the Executive Board decided that students who register too late for a block or exam would no longer be fined. The University Council’s Strategy Committee now fears that every faculty will come up with its own rules. They want alternative regulations – preferably based on best practices – to be introduced...

UM-wide fraud detection test

UM-wide fraud detection test

MAASTRICHT. After the summer, Maastricht University intends to carry out a large-scale experiment using electronic fraud detection during exams. All faculties have agreed to participate in this trial. The faculty directors and chair persons of the examination committees have already given their approval. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) i...

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, 21 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.c...

A child’s astonishment

A child’s astonishment

Who: Trudy van der Weijden, professor of Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines Statue: Cloud Gate, Anish Kapoor Target group: all students

Looking for a backpack

Hi guys, I’m looking for a nice backpack to use this summer (7 week stay at Tanzania). As I’m a woman, I don’t want it to be too big, but big enough to hold clothes and other items for 2 weeks. Anyone who wants to get rid of his/her old one, or has any recommendations?   “No, I still don’t have a backpack!&rdqu...

Love-Hate

Love-Hate

I know why I left home. And I know why I will never go back. Excuse me my lovely family, it has nothing to do with you. I love you and I will always come back for visits. However, the problem is this provincial region that is full of conservative, narrow-minded, old and embittered people. These people do not know anything else, they do not want to ...

Preserving the mystery

Preserving the mystery

Who: Sandrien Wansink, secretary at the department of Toxicogenomics Painting: The Wooden Skirt, Michaël Borremans Target group: all students
Inspiring students to give entrepreneurship a try

Inspiring students to give entrepreneurship a try

MAASTRICHT. Over 200 students and entrepreneurs come together at the Maastricht Week of Entrepreneurship (MeWeek) from 14 until 16 May, the theme of which is Superheroes. “The evening program features inspiring talks by entrepreneurs from all over the world and during the day, we are organizing workshops covering key entrepreneurial skills&rd...

The unstoppable advance of food myths

The unstoppable advance of food myths

MAASTRICHT. Chinese human hair in bread, the nonsense concerning E-numbers, horsemeat being sold as beef, the hype around the goji berry. Nutrition is hot. Observant spoke to two professionals from Maastricht, a philosopher and a nutrition scientist. The discussion is often about food safety, while it should be about much more than that, says philo...
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, 13 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.c...

Maastricht takes 6th place again in Young Universities Top 100

MAASTRICHT. For the second time in a row, Maastricht University has taken sixth place in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking. Earlier this year, the UM already captured a place in the top hundred (98) of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2013-2014. THE looks at aspects such as research (scale, reputation), citations (...

The sticky matter of marijuana in Maastricht

The sticky matter of marijuana in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. “These places used to be packed”, exclaims Marcus, a Maastricht University student who refuses to give his last name, gesturing around a near-empty coffeeshop. Most of Maastricht’s authorised cannabis retailers are similarly deserted. Given its proximity to Belgium and Germany and high numbers of foreign students, the ...

Have your thesis checked

I have been editing papers and theses for students in Maastricht for almost a year now. If any of you think you might need some assistance, go ahead and add yourself to my group. There you can read references from others I have helped as well as information regarding how I charge. In addition, I offer flexible, personalized and above all friendly s...

EuroMUN 2014: Heated discussions in simulated EU-committees

EuroMUN 2014: Heated discussions in simulated EU-committees

MAASTRICHT. On the first “real” day of the EuroMUN, Thursday first of May, one day after the Opening day the MECC is filled with dressed up students, creating a quite authentic and serious atmosphere for the Committee Sessions which are about to begin. EuroMUN is a Model United Nations Conference where meetings of various international ...