Next year, no exams will be planned just before Christmas, rector Gerard Mols promised the University Council last week. During question time, Polish European Law School student Aleksandra Kwiek made a strong appeal to the UM management not make the same mistake as last year, when there were exams on 23 December. This was a day when many foreign students would have liked to have been on their way home, because in many parts of Europe and in other parts of the world, the 24th is the most important day of the Christmas season. “Last year, students had to choose between doing the exam or being with their parents. An international university should not force its students to make such a choice,” Kwiek felt. Rector Mols agreed and said that it would not happen again.