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"Nowhere so cheap, so good, and so short"

Maastricht University attracts relatively many Masters students from elsewhere: 37 per cent in 2007 (compared to 33 per cent nationwide at that time) and 42 per cent in 2008 (no national figures available yet).

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has the greatest appeal for students from outside Maastricht University. No less than 62 per cent of the 229 newcomers who started on one of the Masters studies last September, obtained their Bachelors degrees elsewhere (a large part of this 62 per cent is from non-EU countries and therefore pay the high lecture fees of 10,500 euros). Law is in second place (almost half), followed by Economics and Business Administration (40 per cent), Health Medicine and Life Sciences (35 per cent) and Psychology (25 per cent).

"To say that we have an explanation for our success, would be too much, but we do have an idea," says dean Rein de Wilde of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. "We pay a lot of attention to recruitment and we know the markets well. Our study directors play a huge role in this. Of course there is the official recruitment, but for us a lot is done by word of mouth. A student hears something about one of our Masters programmes and sends an e-mail to the study director, who responds quickly. They think it's great that a study director replies personally, and this pays off." This does not mean, however, that CMW is easy on the admission requirements, De Wilde warns. "We have very selective Masters programmes, such as European Public Affairs and Media Culture; we refuse a lot of applications." Another possible cause for the success is the large Masters study of European Studies. De Wilde: "It is not possible to do a similar Masters study anywhere in Europe for so little money (1,500 euros), with such high quality, in such a short time (one year)."



Riki Janssen



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