They had hoped for a hundred participants, they got 89. Nevertheless, the organisers of the Maastricht Summer School - from 9 July until 17 August - are pleased. “We could only start recruiting at a late stage, but the students who came, were full of praise.”
The participants of the first Summer School at Maastricht University (intended for bachelor's and master's students from the Netherlands and abroad who want to broaden their academic knowledge but also want to have some fun) came from all corners of the world. They took two-week courses on topics such as ‘Women and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries’, ‘Introduction to Epidemiological Research Methods’, ‘English for the International Classroom’ and ‘Financial Derivatives and Real Options’. The last one in particular was very popular. Many courses went ahead even though there were only a few enrolments.
The evaluation showed that the 89 participants returned home satisfied, says project manager Ellen Krijnen. “They spoke well of the course setup, the fee (600 euros per course), the accommodation (185 euros for a furnished room in the guest house, for two weeks), and the staff.” She expects enrolments to rise to 200 next year. She bases this on the fact that some students were sent out as “scouts”: “Four MBA students from India said just before they left to go home: reckon on approximately 25 participants on our behalf next year.”
The eleven existing courses will be given again in 2013, but these will be supplemented with courses focussing more on Europe, one or more pre-master's training sessions and an introduction to journalism. Eventually (from 2016 onwards) the Summer School should attract 600 students annually.
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