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Entries for June 2014

The time is now

The time is now

Yesterday, for the first time in weeks, I checked my agenda and there it was, my last column. This is it, I thought. My last obligation and possibly my last connection to Maastricht – the place I called home for three years. I have been so busy (and overwhelmed) with my UCM-afterlife that sometimes I wonder whether I ever was in the city. Di...

Faculty Board of Arts and Social Sciences wants to reduce the workload in the short term

Faculty Board of Arts and Social Sciences wants to reduce the workload in the short term

MAASTRICHT. A lesson-free block period for all staff members with a research appointment, more room for sabbaticals, 10 per cent extra research time for lecturers with few research hours, and more time for the supervision and assessment of theses. The Faculty Board of Arts and Social Sciences wants to reduce the workload in the short term with a ra...
Science made easy

Science made easy

Who: Cleo Freriks, Observant editor TV series: The Big Bang Theory Target group: all scientists
A UM logo made from Nutella

A UM logo made from Nutella

MAASTRICHT. Pancakes, pasta, and performances with chocolate and sugar. ‘Printing’ food is not exactly common. Nevertheless, the UM is thinking of setting up an expertise centre. SBE students have already carried out a study on the matter.

Possible end to administration fees

MAASTRICHT. The bill has been submitted, but has not been passed yet. If the plan by the ministers Opstelten (Safety and Justice) and Blok (Housing and Public Service) goes through, tenants will no longer have to pay administration fees for rooms or apartments when an agency acts for both tenant and landlord. Until now, students who made use of a ...

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, 25 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....

Never forgetting to take something with you

PackPoint will recommend what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip.
1 in 4 UM students uses smart drugs

1 in 4 UM students uses smart drugs

MAASTRICHT. A quarter of all Maastricht University students have used ‘smart drugs’ – drugs that help you concentrate for a long period of time, like Ritalin – at least once. Of these, 28 percent used smart drugs last week and 55 percent last month. These results were unveiled last week by five students from the Honours Prog...
“We’ve put the framework in place”

“We’ve put the framework in place”

MAASTRICHT. Their main goal last year was to make the university more student centred. But the new Student Project Team also had to promote themselves among students and employees and figure out what exactly they wanted to do and how to do it. “We have to build a strong foundation for the coming years and the teams that will come after us.&rd...
Familiar

Familiar

At the end of the academic year, many of us without jobs that require us to stay in Maastricht find ourselves moving back home.  Personally, the allure of a fully-stocked fridge and a seemingly endless supply of loo roll had been tugging my heart back towards my family home for a few weeks.  Having now been here for two days, the veneer o...

Politics influences everyone’s lives

Politics influences everyone’s lives

Who: Sophie Vanhoonacker, professor of Administrative Governance Film: La Meglio Gioventù (2003) Target group: European Studies’ students
Science Programme awards its first diplomas

Science Programme awards its first diplomas

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht Science Programme will award its first bachelor’s diplomas in three weeks’ time. Where will the students end up? To which master’s will they be admitted? “Some of them already know,” says dean Thomas Cleij. “But in September, we will know exactly where everyone has ended up. That will b...

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, 18 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....

What to do when you live to become a 100?

What to do when you live to become a 100?

MAASTRICHT. Students of today will live to be a 100 years, on average. What does one do with all that time? Rudi Westendorp, professor in geriatrics medicine at Leiden University and director of the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, advises them to start thinking about it now. “Don’t assume that you will retire and buy a boat when ...

Maastricht 70 years of liberation

Maastricht 70 years of liberation

Did you know that the Wilhelminasingel was renamed Wyckersingel during the German occupation? The Nazis wanted no vivid reminders of the royal family. In September, it will be 70 years since Maastricht was liberated from the Nazis. This was the reason why Stefan Vrancken from Maastricht – junior notary in real life – decided to set up...

A buddy for every non-EU newcomer

A buddy for every non-EU newcomer

MAASTRICHT. Non-EU first-year students who arrive in August will be given a ‘buddy’ for one year: a bachelor’s or master’s student who can help them to integrate in Maastricht and solve practical problems they may face.
Row over Saudis

Row over Saudis

MAASTRICHT. The Saudi Arabian government has decided not send any new medical students to Maastricht this year. Whether this also applies to the coming years is not clear. The main problem: the Saudis are against internships outside the Netherlands. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, however, feels that this is necessary. Negotiatio...
Opinion:The shady side of open questions exams

Opinion:The shady side of open questions exams

Open questions are a better assessment method than multiple choice, yes. But there are some serious drawbacks, discovered Mark Vluggen, senior lecturer at the School of Business and Economics.
Basic grant to be abolished

Basic grant to be abolished

MAASTRICHT.As of 1 September 2015, the basic study grant will be abolished. Dutch students and foreign students who work at least fourteen hours a week in the Netherlands, run the risk of losing out on at least five thousand euro (those living at home) and up to thirteen thousand euro (those living away from home) over a period of four years. Ever...

In difficulties because of tutorial on July 3rd

In difficulties because of tutorial on July 3rd

Hey! Is anyone else in difficulties because of the Research Methods tutorial on July 3rd because they already made summer plans? “Huh? UCM Freshmen is a private Facebook group, isn’t it? I deliberately didn’t put my question on the regular UCM page so that lecturers would not be able to see it. Can you also just access it?”...

Strategic groups in the arena

Strategic groups in the arena

Who: Wynand Bodewes, chief entrepreneurship officer, senior lecturer Film: Gladiator (2000) Target group: School of Business and Economics’ students
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, 11 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....

Our future

Our future

My cat’s list of hunting trophies is short. During the four years he’s been with us, he’s caught 1 mouse, 3 Maybugs and a handful of moths. He ate the helpless insects himself, but his main catch –the mouse- was robbed by an alert Magpie right under his clumsy nose. Whenever the bits of the hunter in him make an attempt to ...