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Facts you wouldn’t want to know

Facts you wouldn’t want to know

During my student years, when the weather was thirsty and the girls were pretty, we used to argue: the more you study, the more you know; the more you know, the more you forget; the more you forget, the less you know…so let’s take a beer instead of our study books. Sound reasoning indeed; visionary I’d even say in retrospect. ...

All information through single Student Portal

All information through single Student Portal

MAASTRICHT. There is going to be a new student portal. The present MyUM for students will be replaced. Whereas students now have to find information about their subjects, grades and timetables through different channels, they will soon be able to do so through a single portal.
Who would you rather believe: a brain scan or a psychiatrist

Who would you rather believe: a brain scan or a psychiatrist

MAASTRICHT. What should a judge do with a suspect’s abnormal brain scan? Does he know what he is looking at? And what about psychopaths (snakes in suits) who sometimes successfully hold high-powered jobs in businesses? And: do people always make rational decisions? Problems that require interdisciplinary answers. In the new minor of Human and...
Dope biggest winner in university elections

Dope biggest winner in university elections

MAASTRICHT. For one year, Novum was able to call itself the most powerful political student party in Maastricht. Last Friday, when the election results were made public in the Kruithuis, it turned out that Dope had regained the top position: with no fewer than 29 seats – having gained seven – divided among the University Council and fac...
“He is genuinely interested in young academics”

“He is genuinely interested in young academics”

She didn’t initially aspire to an academic career, but when Denise Prévost, Associate Professor of International Economic Law, worked with André van der Walt, currently distinguished Professor of Law at Stellenbosch University, she changed her mind.
“Language is in control of us”

“Language is in control of us”

“Writing starts with a sense of a tension, which gets into my head. A friend and writer once said to me: ‘I have that scream in my head and I need to get rid of it, in a manner that is as beautiful and elegant as possible.’” This is how Man Booker Prize winner John Banville explained how a new story of his is born.  ...

Group sizes: great, faculty housing: could be better

Group sizes: great, faculty housing: could be better

MAAASTRICHT. Maastricht students are satisfied with their bachelor’s and master’s programmes, is the conclusion from the results of the National Student Survey published last week. The most enthusiastic students can be found at University College Maastricht, Knowledge Engineering and Tax Law. Students throughout the UM are the least satisfied – but...
No more Saudi Arabian medical students to come to Maastricht

No more Saudi Arabian medical students to come to Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. There will be no more Saudi Arabian medical students coming to Maastricht. The decision was taken by the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. The Saudi government set too many requirements to which the faculty did not wish to adhere.A committee will be formed to investigate how this happened. “We want to learn from the m...
Professors possessed by aliens

Professors possessed by aliens

When you move someplace new in your twenties, you make friends by getting drunk. In your thirties, you join a book club. The first book in my new Amsterdam group is called The Humans. It’s about a Cambridge maths professor whose body is possessed by an alien. Now, usually I won’t read anything involving aliens, wizards, hobbits or an...

First part of the new sports hall is ready

First part of the new sports hall is ready

MAASTRICHT. Thirty spinning bikes are waiting in a brand new studio. A class of primary school pupils is using the large sports hall where three basketball games can take place simultaneously. In the new gym on the first floor, university students are doing their thing this Tuesday evening. The first part of the new University Sports Centre in Rand...

An academic father figure

An academic father figure

He is full of (British) humour and is intellectually extraordinarily inspiring. Andrew Webster, professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of York, and at the beginning of this century the supervisor of Ragna Zeiss, now lecturer at the Maastricht department of Science, Technology and Society Studies.
Forks over Knives

Forks over Knives

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Enormous influx for Psychology bachelor’s

MAASTRICHT. The number of applications for the bachelor’s of Psychology has doubled this year. Last year, some 800 prospective students showed an interest in the study programme, this year the figure was about 1,600. Of those, 1,022 have gone through the decentralised selection process. The reason for the increase is the new track in English....
WE-festival: A week full of magic

WE-festival: A week full of magic

MAASTRICHT. “Progress, ah! Progress, ah!” Performance artist Rachel Solomon is performing her interactive poem about politics on the little stage next to the campfire at the St Michel farm, just outside Maastricht. Her performance is part of the annual WE festival, a collaborative, non-profit and sustainable festival organised by Maastr...

Hide and seek

Hide and seek

Once upon a time a world existed where teenagers hid their photo albums with all the “embarrassing” pictures of their childhood. Pictures showing them naked in the bath tub, a face full of ice cream, crying with their favourite, excessively used and thus disgusting teddy bear,… Oooh, how dare the parents take out the album in fro...