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Made in Holland

Made in Holland

A while back I spent the weekend in Seville: according to many, the most beautiful city of Spain. According to many others, also the place that host the least friendly people in all of Spain. People from Seville never leave their city (because it’s the most beautiful one), speak with a very strong accent. Like torturing bulls, so I’ve h...

No CV with 500 publications

No CV with 500 publications

“Be careful,” says researcher Anne Roefs (Liempde, 40). “There are two psychology professors who are called Colin Macleod. One is from Australia and the other is from Canada. They even call it the Two-Colin-Problem. They have met each other once and wrote an article together, because as it happens, they both carry out researc...
“Burger lovers – listen up, Greek burger rose above its crisis”

“Burger lovers – listen up, Greek burger rose above its crisis”

Looking back at a year of visiting restaurants and sipping cocktails, drinking wines or eating salads, and listening to the magic ‘click’ – or not – on the crème brûlée, Kate’s weekly Maastricht culinary experiences for her column ‘Work like a slave, eat like a king’ were memorable. To be honest, some exper...
Maastricht hares and Rotterdam snails

Maastricht hares and Rotterdam snails

MAASTRICHT. Master’s students at the UM graduate much quicker than students at other universities. New figures show that the differences are enormous. “Maybe our master’s programmes select students more strictly,” says rector Luc Soete.
Inkom: Time Travel Tuesday

Inkom: Time Travel Tuesday

MAASTRICHT. Where last year the Spanish-Belgian singer Belle Pérez performed on the Markt during the Inkom opening, this year the choice falls on a duo working the turntables: Manuel Broekman and Géza Weisz. Who is making a repeat performance? Maastricht star Fabrizio. Just mentioning his name caused a lot of cheering when the artists were announce...

Reality Check: First-Year Reflections

Reality Check: First-Year Reflections

Living off of pasta, experiencing frat parties, and joining oddly specific fan clubs are just a few of the college clichés that Hollywood and the book industry have fed generations of students. Yet every first-year UM student arrives on campus – if you will – with his or her own expectations about university life. Which results in a rea...
Psychology students also want recorded lecturers

Psychology students also want recorded lecturers

MAASTRICHT. Students in the Psychology faculty council want lectures to be recorded in the future. They have written a proposal on the matter that will be dealt with on Thursday afternoon in the faculty council meeting. “There is a need,” says Hanne van Kasteren, one of the authors of the proposal, which will be discussed in the faculty...

Time to take (a) Time Out

Time to take (a) Time Out

What you probably didn’t know about me: I worked as an aerobics instructor for UM Sports in the past. So I was extremely curious to see the new sports facilities and try out the ‘Butt Belly Thighs’ group training, as well as recharging some energy in the newly opened Time Out Sports bar, where you can eat and drink at student-frie...

Toilet Finder

Toilet Finder

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Real experiences

Real experiences

Sometimes people ask me where do I get hints or ideas for a column from. It’s actually a good question. I think I get inspired by all people I run into and everything happening around me. I have always liked to listen and talk to people, and to observe the way people live their lives. There is so much we can learn from each other, just by pay...

EasyJet pilots strike in Amsterdam, but most flights unaffected

THE NETHERLANDS. EasyJet pilots who are based at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport went on strike on Tuesday in support of their demands for better working conditions.
Eros and Philia

Eros and Philia

Anonymous (25): “I have feelings for a colleague. However, he is married and I am also in a relationship, which by the way is good. What should I do with my butterflies?” Ingrid: Practically everyone wants to share his or her life. In our culture it is customary to choose one person to do so. That is what we consider normal. When we ...

Amsterdam university’s supervisory board resigns amid disagreements

THE NETHERLANDS. All the members of Amsterdam university’s supervisory board resigned on Friday, blaming the difficult working relationship between the representative advisory bodies and the supervisory board.
“I adopted an almost Spartan life”

“I adopted an almost Spartan life”

Recently professor Marc Davidson gave his inaugural speech at Maastricht University. The title? Duurzaam willen ontwikkelen (willingness to engage in sustainable development). A speech on environmental philosophy. But what has that got to do with physics, the subject he has been dreaming about since he was six and in which he eventually comple...

Birthday party with trapeze in hall MBB

Birthday party with trapeze in hall MBB

MAASTRICHT. PAS+ is slated to be the highlight of the university’s anniversary celebrations: a three-day Parcours of Art and Science in which UM, now 40, shows off all it has to offer. When: during the week of festivities on 8, 9 and 10 September. Where: between the Zwingelput, Kapoenstraat and Minderbroedersberg. For whom? Everyone. In Dutch...
“A Belgian team without Kompany is like a Dutch person without a bike”

“A Belgian team without Kompany is like a Dutch person without a bike”

Oranje definitely won’t bring home the trophy from the European Championship football, but at least there are other teams we can cheer for. Observant asked a Belgian, a British, a French and a German football fan why their team should be the one.*
Overrated

Overrated

Aaaaww, the Provence. The Provence as so beautifully described in the stories and poems of my childhood’s heroes Alphonse Daudet, Marcel Pagnol and Frédéric Mistral. The Provence of smells, apricots, peaches, figs, rice, of dramatic love stories and ancestral disputes between families. The sunny and dry Provence of my grand-parents. Look at ...

Netherlands need not give foreign students public transport pass

Netherlands need not give foreign students public transport pass

THE NETHERLANDS. The Netherlands is not guilty of unfair treatment. It has the right to only provide its own students with a public transport pass and need not give students from other European member states a similar pass.
UEFA Euro 2016 Official App

UEFA Euro 2016 Official App

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Culinary talents performing wonders in Talentino

Culinary talents performing wonders in Talentino

Talentino is just one of many restaurants in Maastricht serving delicious lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. However, there is a difference – what sets this restaurant apart is its mission to provide real-world job experience and long-term employment options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The staff are extremely we...

Dutch students speed up their studies and are less likely to drop out

THE NETHERLANDS. Almost seven in 10 Dutch students now pass a bachelor’s degree within four years, compared with just 56% four years ago, according to new figures from the university association VSNU.
Slow down

Slow down

Romy (22): “I am thinking about doing a second mater’s to increase my chances on the labour market. For the same reason, I am on the board of an association. I finance my study by working. I am exhausted and I wonder how long I can keep this up. Do I have a choice?” Ingrid: “Slow down,” Douwe Bob sings. The singer-s...

Support for anti-Islam PVV continues to fall, poll of poll shows

THE NETHERLANDS. The anti-immigration PVV remains the biggest party in the latest Peilingwijzer poll of polls but its support is down 3.3%, or five seats, on its January record high.
“Maybe there’s just nothing wrong here”

“Maybe there’s just nothing wrong here”

Last week, Maastricht University held the 2016/17 elections for its Faculty and University Councils. But standing for election (or simply voting, for that matter) are not the only ways to get involved in student politics. Maastricht boasts a whole range of political activities, if you know where to look. But do students know where to look? And, mor...
“Excessive” secrecy imposed on researchers

“Excessive” secrecy imposed on researchers

MAASTRICHT. A potential research project by SBE together with NWO and two large businesses has fallen through because of demands that would drastically restrict academic freedom. Secrecy was demanded with severe liability if breached. The Executive Board has complained to NWO about these practices.
“He gives you the keys to the car, but watches from a distance”

“He gives you the keys to the car, but watches from a distance”

A real “maestro” – this is how Lorenzo Moroni, professor of biofabrication for regenerative medicine at MERLN, describes the retired biomaterial scientist Joost de Wijn, formerly of Isotis B.V. “In the traditional sense of the word: someone who is leading and actually shows you the way.”
New Student Portal is live

New Student Portal is live

MAASTRICHT. The new Student Portal has been live since Monday. Students from Humanities and Sciences and the School of Business and Economics are the first to be able use it. This new source of information, which lists timetables, deadlines, grades, course material, and helpful links, was developed over a period of two years in close collaboration ...
Every pancake has the right to a fair trial

Every pancake has the right to a fair trial

If you’re up for a challenge and want to compete with your friends over who can eat more fluffy pancakes, you might want to consider visiting Brasserie Pannenkoeken & Meer. Right in the heart of the Markt, this restaurant guarantees you the widest choice of pancakes with both sweet and salty toppings. Head over to the Brasserie on Monday,...

Evening tutorials at Psychology

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Psychology is going to introduce evening tutorial groups on a voluntary basis. From the next academic year, students who register for a block may indicate a preference for morning, afternoon or evening sessions. If there are enough students to fill a group (12-14), the faculty will find a tutor. Other faculties, such as L...

World Places

World Places

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Another strong win for Dope in university elections

Another strong win for Dope in university elections

  MAASTRICHT. With 29 seats, Dope has come out as the largest student party at Maastricht University, just like last year. Competitor NovUM, who were the most powerful in 2014 but dropped back last year, has lost even more ground and now only has twelve seats. The new Wise party obtained three seats. The election results were made k...

The Netherlands, in 40 questions

The Netherlands, in 40 questions

Two years after I graduated from Cambridge, I find myself filling in an application form for a job at Albert Heijn. Education level?, asks the form. “PhD”, I write. What section would you like to work in? This is a tough one. Baked goods is the obvious choice, but then what about the cheese counter? I decide to come back to this. ...

Wageningen again most sustainable university

Wageningen again most sustainable university

MAASTRICHT. For the fourth year in a row, Wageningen University has been declared most sustainable institute of higher education. The university is practically unassailable in the annual SustainaBul ranking. The UM dangles at the bottom.