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A food court or allow students to cook for students?

UM looking for new caterer in 2020

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University needs a new caterer or caterers in 2020. The project team behind the tender is using roadshows to gather input from the entire university community. Observant is following the project closely. In this second edition, the project team is operating on both sides of the Maas – in Randwyck and at the School of Business and Economics.

The setup of the roadshows is the same as it was last time at the law faculty: participants discuss their ideas in small groups, which are then put on large sheets of paper, after which each group gives a brief presentation and the ideas are listed according to their importance.

A few remarkable ideas came from the Randwyck show, such as selling a basic vegan meal to which people can add meat or cheese at a surcharge. One idea reached the top of the list: allow students to cook for other students in the university kitchens a few days a week. This is already done in Canada. It saves money and creates a sense of community. Second and third place went to promoting healthy eating and reducing waste.

A proposal that didn't reach the top 3, but was mentioned frequently, was ‘more variation’. They also liked the sound of that at SBE: a food court with varying assortment took third place there. There are different ways of organising this. The UM could, for example, opt for several small caterers or one large caterer for the basics, supported by the local catering industry for smaller, more specific components. The tender is completely open and anything is possible.

What they also want to see at SBE, is a good price/quality ratio – a roll should be cheaper at uni than at a local sandwich bar in town. In addition, they would also like the Kruithuis to be used more often by students – let them, for example, man the bar again when the weather is nice. The present caterer Albron, for that matter, had already planned this. From next week, students will run the Kruithuis every Thursday evening (from 17:00 until 22:00hrs). 

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