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Entries for June 2015

A rainbow colored zebra

A rainbow colored zebra

From the very beginning it was such a weird feeling. Over time this feeling became stronger. Like a rope winding itself around me and getting tighter and tighter. I fought against it. I tried to get out of its grip, loosen it. But it only worked for a while and soon the rope retightened and showed me I was trapped in a place I did not want to be in...

“Bad English still problem”

“Bad English still problem”

“SBE is a cool place to study”, several students said reassuringly during the first of a series of debates with the Faculty Board. But that’s not to say things are perfect. The students criticised the level of English, the lack of reflection, and the absence of a sense of community.
Fascinated by Robot Dreams

Fascinated by Robot Dreams

“I think that it was the late Piet Vroon who inspired me to go into science,” Pascal van Gerven (44), assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, e-mails from the North of Italia where he is staying at the moment. A little later – when he glances through the list of those who went before him in this series ...

Gallery filled with megaphones, vuvuzelas and drums

Gallery filled with megaphones, vuvuzelas and drums

MAASTRICHT. Even before you cycle into the car park at the Geusselt as a visitor on Saturday 13 June, you are met by a wave of sound. One bad German hit song after the other blares from the loudspeakers, participants of the Royals Cup joining in at the top of their voices when they need not play themselves. Their colleagues compete in a rather swea...

"We don’t import researchers, we export research questions"

"We don’t import researchers, we export research questions"

MAASTRICHT. There was a time when there were great plans: Maastricht University was going to conquer India. Those plans have been readjusted in the meantime and it appears that only the Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences has made a success of its co-operation with India. It is a matter of great patience, investing a lot of time, and focus...
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A bedroom door with holes

A bedroom door with holes

In two weeks from now I will have moved out of my apartment away from Maastricht, back home. I’m excited to be back and doing something different, but if there’s one thing I’m really going to miss about being here, and living with my friends, it’s privacy. When we moved into this apartment, my parents came to visit. One o...

“He permanently changed my view on politics”

“He permanently changed my view on politics”

He wanted his book History of the Peloponnesian War ‘to be a lasting possession’. As far as historian Pieter Caljé is concerned, the Greek historian Thucydides certainly succeeded in this. “It is 2,400 years old, but it is still very much alive.”
Advising and challenging

Advising and challenging

MAASTRICHT. The discipline of student adviser is more than just “providing first aid” these days. It is also about 21st-century skills, employability and reflection on the study programme, career and oneself. Last week, the Maastricht student advisers organised a seminar on modern student advising. 
Hazy HR policy at SBE

Hazy HR policy at SBE

MAASTRICHT. The male-female ratio among PhD candidates is balanced, but of all the lecturers, only one in five is female. This dropout is typical for SBE in Maastricht. The Service Science Factory tried to identify causes and solutions and presented its findings on Tuesday.
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The time is right: 31 men are retiring

The time is right: 31 men are retiring

MAASTRICHT. “A mind-shift is needed, and in certain cases it may be necessary to appoint an external female candidate, even when suitable internal male candidates are available.” That is what the memo about Women in Academia by the Executive Board states. During the opening of the academic year, it was announced that the Board would dra...

Artists Inkom announced

Artists Inkom announced

MAASTRICHT. Inkom wouldn’t be the same without Fabrizio. The Maastricht singer will make his appearance again during the Inkom opening event on the market this year. Spanish-Belgian singer Belle Pérez will follow him. No Dutch main act this time. “We wanted an artist who sings in another language, so that we appeal to everyone,&r...

Sustainability prize for 3D printing idea

Sustainability prize for 3D printing idea

MAASTRICHT. What can 3D printing mean to the MTB, the sheltered workshops in Maastricht. In asking themselves this question, a group of students from the School of Business and Economics won the Maastricht Student Sustainability Competition last Friday. The participants of the annual sustainability competition, organised by the Maastricht city coun...

In an orange suit and wearing an Afghan chain

In an orange suit and wearing an Afghan chain

Whether it was a coincidence or not, last week Jaap Cohen, son of the former UM rector Job Cohen, obtained his doctorate with distinction in Amsterdam for his dissertation on the history of a Portuguese-Jewish family. It is the family of professor Hans-Ulrich Jessurun d’Oliveira LL M, the almost 82-year-old legal expert who taught the young R...

Is it really that bad on the Grote Gracht?

Is it really that bad on the Grote Gracht?

MAASTRICHT. What is going on with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, a.k.a FASoS? Within a year, seven 'yellow cards' were issued by the national inspectorate NVAO ("a beating, we were terribly shocked," says an employee) and then the stories come out. Some are told in all openness and some literally pushed under the door of...

The meaning of art

Last week, while hanging around Maastricht, I ran into several contemporary art events and expositions. I stopped at some of them, just the time for a quick peek. As usual when it comes to contemporary art, I felt first amused, then confused, and finally irritated by my inability to understand it. As maybe many other people, I have always struggled...

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€300,000 for Student and City

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht city council aims to invest €300,000 in the Student and City programme, focused on improving the integration of students in the city. The plan is outlined in the Kaderbrief, a memo setting out the key points of the council’s financial plans. The Student and City programme is a partnership between Maastricht University, Ho...