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“Fear will feel like an illusion once you face it”

“Fear will feel like an illusion once you face it”

MAASTRICHT. "Success is a matter of luck; ask any failure." joked Robin Sieger, an awarded speaker on motivation and success at the Ambassador lecture series at the completely packed SBE Lecture Hall on Wednesday 25th September 2014. Sieger commenced by eloquently laying down the principles of success. Define your goal, create a flexible...

War journalism: who would dare to take that on?

War journalism: who would dare to take that on?

MAASTRICHT. Decapitation, kidnapping, torture. Who would want to make a career in war journalism these days? Lisa Dupuy (23), alumna from University College Maastricht, has almost finished her master’s in War Studies in London. She also has her doubts, but emphasises the importance of it at the same time, especially now in these turbulent tim...
For free

For free

This summer I began my fifth semester as an intern. As an undergraduate, in the UK it is legal for companies to offer me an unpaid internship. It’s a practice that feels old fashioned, but that doesn’t stop it from happening.   Last week, I met an old friend I hadn’t seen for two years. After a brief “hi” and a c...

Listening to Françoise Dastur’s beautiful voice

Listening to Françoise Dastur’s beautiful voice

As a child, Jenny Slatman (1969) could watch with bated breath while her grandmother peeled potatoes. “The movement of her hands. Beautiful.” The tensed muscles of runners also induced admiration. The human body is the leitmotiv through Slatman’s career; she is an associate professor of philosophy in the department of Health, Ethi...

Fasos: how to reduce the workload

Fasos: how to reduce the workload

MAASTRICHT. How serious is the option of more students in PBL groups? What about the combination of additional sabbaticals and workload reduction? And how do we correctly mark theses? These were questions that arose during a meeting on the reduction of the workload at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences last Tuesday.
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Free Dutch courses very popular

Free Dutch courses very popular

MAASTRICHT. In the past year, 93 per cent of all foreign first-year bachelors – 1,200 were expected – participated in one of the two free Basic Dutch courses. Two thirds of them passed the exam. It was the first time that Maastricht University had granted the long-desired wish of various student groups: free Dutch courses for foreign s...

Tragos grows the most

MAASTRICHT. Student rowing association Saurus has again attracted the largest number of foreign student members: 26 (last year: 24). They are followed by Koko (9), Tragos (6) and Circumflex (3). In total, the associations registered almost the same number of first-year students as last year. Circumflex attracted 114 (2013: 112), Koko 139 (2013: 138...

La (not so) Petite Piquenique Électronique

A package of my favourite doughy oatmeal cookies to the left and a full-fat double-shot latte to the right of my laptop will hopefully help me to inspect the colourful exclamation marks in my to-do list. At the top of my daily life duties: “think about capstone topic” (the UMC´s equivalent of the bachelor thesis) - think, think, t...

Eating chips for research

Eating chips for research

For his master’s thesis, Timo Anderer (26, Germany), an International Business student specialising in Marketing Finance, set up an experiment on customer satisfaction. He concluded that social interaction in the decision-making process leads to happier customers.

The pursuit of happiness

The starting of a new academic year is always an exciting period, especially for first year students. Often there are doubts. Will I be able to keep up with it? Have I made the right choice? These are common concerns. I personally have much still to figure out in my life, but so far I have noticed it is not about right choices. It’s only abou...

Dutch university in worldwide top 50 QS ranking

Dutch university in worldwide top 50 QS ranking

THE NETHERLANDS. Never before has a Dutch university been among the fifty best universities in the world in an international ranking. The University of Amsterdam managed it in the latest QS ranking. Maastricht is in 118th place. Just like in other worldwide rankings, Dutch universities do well in the new comparison by the research bureau QS. Six a...

Day of Climate Action

Day of Climate Action

MAASTRICHT. “Climate change already has an impact on our health and safety. In the future, there will be a fight for raw materials; there may not be enough food. We have to take measures as quickly as possible to create a better environment.” For Maartje Zaal from the Green Office, it is clear why she is participating in the worldwide D...

“He went to the office every day until he was 84”

“He went to the office every day until he was 84”

It was January 2005 when the Maastricht professors Franz Palm and Jean-Jacques Herings together delivered the laudatory address when Belgian economist Jacques Drèze was awarded his honorary doctorate. “That day was a high point and a low point for me. I was 35 at the time and felt so privileged to be the honorary supervisor for Drèze, the mos...

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Budget for higher education: waiting for the money

Budget for higher education: waiting for the money

THE NETHERLANDS. Universities and schools of higher education are to receive hardly any extra money for their education programmes next year. This became clear from the National budget for 2015, which was presented on Tuesday on the day of the King’s speech. The cabinet will only delve into its purse for research and innovation.
Who still knows all traffic rules?

Who still knows all traffic rules?

MAASTRICHT. What do give-way road-markings look like? When should you yield? Officials from Veilig Verkeer Nederland (Road Safety in the Netherlands) answered these and other questions during a Traffic Safety workshop, which was held last Thursday during the Get Involved information market in the Student Services Centre. Various organisations withi...

Teikyo for sale

Teikyo for sale

MAASTRICHT. The Japanese Teikyo University is leaving Maastricht; its property on the former Sint Annadal hospital grounds is for sale. More than thirty tenants – including Maastricht University’s Guesthouse, SSH which rents short-stay rooms and a number of medical enterprises – were informed last week by Teikyo about the final da...

New Year’s resolution

New Year’s resolution

It is often heard these days that successful academic living resembles to a type of top-level sport. Scientists must perform an increasing amount of tasks and only the best will succeed. At the start of a brand new academic year I was wondering: Are scientists the new athletes? At first sight, this comparison seems ridiculous. I mean, sports are ...

"Frijda provoked students"

"Frijda provoked students"

“Unconventional and provocative.” That is how Marko Jelicic (55), senior lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, describes his source of inspiration, Nico Frijda (87). Frijda, emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam, gained international fame with his magnum opus The Emotions (1986). In this book, he proposes ...

Because returning to Maastricht is not always easy. Thank you Bruis

Whilst having my second, let´s be honest, already my third coffee break in the Stadspark, I could hear them: techno beats blasting through the streets, bouncing back and forth between the inner city area and the police station. It´s not yet the weekend, is it? Well, I would know that. It´s only Thursday, Bruis starts on Friday. Th...

Celebrating liberation with free(dom) burgers and techno music

Celebrating liberation with free(dom) burgers and techno music

MAASTRICHT. An interactive Second World War tour, music performances by young Limburg talent, an art workshop, free(dom) burgers and in the evening a techno party in student association Tragos’ Nox. That is how, on Saturday 13 September, youngsters and students will celebrate the fact that Maastricht was liberated seventy years ago, six month...

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Africa’s next top model as an escape

Africa’s next top model as an escape

Three months in Ghana, 45 interviews. For her master’s thesis in Globalisation and Development Studies at FASoS, Chiara Janssen (24) researched the meaning of ‘home’ to Liberian women in the refugee camp Burubudam.
New anti-plagiarism software

New anti-plagiarism software

MAASTRICHT. The UM is going to use new anti-plagiarism software to combat fraud. The new programme is more user-friendly. Safe Assign (part of Blackboard), which has been applied at the UM for the past ten years, will continue to be used. What is the advantage of two anti-plagiarism programmes? “You offer lecturers a choice,” says Ingr...

31 buddies for non-EU newcomers

31 buddies for non-EU newcomers

MAASTRICHT. Exactly 31 senior-year students officially started working as buddies at the end of August. They each take one or more of the 120 non-EU newcomers under their wings. The first cups of coffee have already been downed.
“Leading in earning”

“Leading in earning”

MAASTRICHT. Researchers do not read each other’s articles, they only keep tally. And anyway, who wants to do research anymore, knowing that it takes years before you are even given a permanent contract? A group of students and staff members critically voiced their opinions on higher education in 2014 in Landbouwbelang on Monday evening, 1 Sep...
My wedding dress

My wedding dress

So my PhD is done and I’ve emerged from my dungeon, blinking, into the light. Reintegration into society is underway. Step 1: join the local squash club. It’s far, far away – a good twenty minutes on bike – so by the time I arrive I’ve done more exercise than in the last four years combined. After the first training s...

A sign a day

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Opening academic year about disfavouring women

Opening academic year about disfavouring women

MAASTRICHT. The procession is different this time. The opening of the academic year is always marked by a procession of professors from the Minderbroedersberg to the Vrijthof Theatre. A procession of important men and an occasional woman, because that’s the way it is in the world of academia.
“Miller no longer put parents on a pedestal”

“Miller no longer put parents on a pedestal”

After reading Alice Miller’s Das Drama des Begabten Kindes (1979) at the beginning of the nineteen-eighties, Maastricht jurist Jan Willems thought “now I have my hands on something”. Adults who have been neglected, emotionally or sexually abused, or who have been put under pressure by their parents when they were young, can suffer...

Maastricht student goes to Y20

Maastricht student goes to Y20

MAASTRICHT. Sarah Wagner, master’s student of International Laws, was nervous when she arrived in Australia last July. As head of the German delegation, she and the representatives of 19 other countries were there to discuss growth and job creation, global citizenship and sustainable development during the Y20, the official youth engagement g...