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Debate: Speed up diversity policy, please

Debate: Speed up diversity policy, please

MAASTRICHT. Take the board of governors of Duke University, a top American university. It now includes women, but they are a minority. The point is that the conference table is too small, so a second row has been created, against the wall. That is where the women usually sit.

New SBE dean: women are not jumping at the chance

MAASTRICHT. Of the approximately fifty regular professors at the School of Business and Economics (SBE), only five are female. At this moment, the faculty (or rather, an external headhunting agency commissioned by the Executive Board) is searching for a new dean, both within and outside the UM. Will it be a woman? It is going to be exciting.

University Council sends public away during debate on hazing

MAASTRICHT. Last week, the University Council decided to ask the Executive Board questions about sanctions against two student associations - Tragos and Circumflex - but would do so without an audience. Only then would the Executive Board give true answers, was their idea.
Sanctions for Tragos and Circumflex because of hazing

Sanctions for Tragos and Circumflex because of hazing

MAASTRICHT. Student association Tragos is being punished for breaking Maastricht University's Code of Conduct during their latest hazing. One third of their subsidy will be revoked. Tragos denies the allegations. Circumflex supposedly also violated the Code of Conduct. The latter association received a warning, which could also result in revoki...

End of free parking

MAASTRICHT. Free parking at university buildings for employees has had its day. The Executive Board is planning to introduce paid parking in Randwijck and will include the city centre when doing so.
“It is not the school that makes the student, it’s the student that makes the school”

“It is not the school that makes the student, it’s the student that makes the school”

MAASTRICHT. If one thing is important in this world, then it is education. This statement was proven by the young (27) Libyan-Canadian doctor and freedom fighter Alaa Murabit, keynote speaker at the opening of the academic year, adding lively anecdotes from her own life.
Opening of the academic year: lots of praise for UM, by UM

Opening of the academic year: lots of praise for UM, by UM

Could it have been intended as a service to the female professors and rector? A small gesture to help them navigate the cobblestones in their stilettos? Last Monday afternoon, the Minderbroedersberg was draped for the first time in a long green carpet. Well-intentioned, perhaps, but not particularly effective: now there was no way at all to steer a...

Burgers and an allergy on the side

Burgers and an allergy on the side

MAASTRICHT. The girl at the first hamburger handout is suffering. Today it is about thirty degrees, which makes it not nice to have to hang your head over a hot grill. And she can’t step backwards because the hamburgers need turning around every other minute or so. But does that spoil the fun, today at the picnic in the Stadspark? Not at all....

No letter about HP from the University Council to the Executive Board after all

MAASTRICHT. Are the students in the University Council going to send a letter about HP to the Executive Board, requesting further investigation into the company, or not? It is becoming more and more unlikely.
Biking Dinner

Biking Dinner

MAASTRICHT. She takes the lead, rector Rianne Letschert, on route to the first course of a dinner held by the four student associations. Later on in the evening, she strategically drops to the back. The three members of the Executive Board, in addition to the rector there are also Vice-President Nick Bos and President Martin Paul, mounted their bic...

University Council students: “HP's role in Israel needs to be investigated”

MAASTRICHT. Students from the University Council expect the Executive Board to carry out an investigation into the role of IT manufacturer HP in Israel and the occupied territory. The Board will receive a letter on this the matter in the next few days, says Thomas Vaessen from Novum.
Tihange protest finds little response as yet at the UM

Tihange protest finds little response as yet at the UM

MAASTRICHT. On 25 June, various German, Belgian and Dutch action groups will organise a human chain around nuclear power plant Tihange 2, in an attempt to have it closed. This plant is approximately 50 kilometres from Maastricht and has shown defects for years, including cracks in the reactor vessels. The plant was shut down for a long time, but ac...

Green light for academic staff policy after ‘elephant pregnancy’

MAASTRICHT. Applause for the tenure track policy and broad consent for the professor scheme. Last week, the University Council showed that it was satisfied with the adaptations implemented by the rector after criticism from the council.
More intensive UM supervision during hazing

More intensive UM supervision during hazing

MAASTRICHT. “I haven't received any signals that things happen during hazing here in Maastricht that shouldn't be allowed,” says rector Rianne Letschert. But she admits that things aren't all that clear. Also, the SSC director will carry out unannounced visits.

Regulations adapted, rector may now be an outsider

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University’s internal regulations will be adapted in such a way that the rector no longer needs to be one of the UM’s professors. This intention is expressed in a proposal submitted to the University Council by the Executive Board this week. In the case of the appointment of deans, however, the rules remain unchan...
Europe, it’s all about peace

Europe, it’s all about peace

Are things getting better again with Europe? After his victory, Emmanuel Macron is accompanied by the tones of what we in Europe have come to refer to as the European hymn – Beethoven’s Ode an die Freude; Alle Menschen werden Brüder – when he walks towards his supporters. Better? That remains to be seen, because recent European hi...
A bicycle that goes nowhere

A bicycle that goes nowhere

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer.
‘Anti-Zionist event’ in UM building cancelled

‘Anti-Zionist event’ in UM building cancelled

MAASTRICHT. A meeting planned by Students for Justice in Palestine on 4 May in the Faculty of Law building, has been cancelled. The dean of the faculty, professor Hildegard Schneider, called it off on Tuesday. “One shouldn't organise political meetings in any of our buildings on 4 May.” Rector Rianne Letschert stated that she suppor...

New policy for academic staff careers: transparent and nonsexist

MAASTRICHT. There will be a tenure track policy throughout the UM that should give researchers a reasonable chance to get promotion and receive a permanent appointment, as long as certain well-defined conditions have been met. Women will receive extra encouragement.

Students: introduce video recording of lectures across UM

MAASTRICHT. It is high time that all compulsory bachelor's lectures are recorded, say students in the University Council.
“So what was the deal with the erotic cinema?”

“So what was the deal with the erotic cinema?”

Professor Erik Driessen arrives bearing a bottle of wine and a gift: a Raymond van Barneveld dartboard. He is in awe of the reception committee. “That I, a mere citizen, can sit at the table with the board!” Because indeed, the full board of HG Sunergos has turned out for the occasion. Sunergos mean “working together” (think...

Halal and vegan on the way

Complaints work, concludes student member of the University Council, Thomas Vaessen. Last December, he held a minisurvey among students and employees on the selection of products offered in the university restaurants and the other catering ‘concepts’ by caterer Albron. Respondents’ wishes included more variation, more halal, more ...

Unemployment among UM graduates drops, but not for all

MAASTRICHT. Things are looking up for graduates of this university: unemployment among them is dropping steadily, although Psychology and especially Law graduates are lagging behind considerably. The latter faculty is surprised at the results.  

Executive Board does not convince SJP students

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht department of the Students for Justice in Palestine organisation says that they are “extremely disappointed” with the viewpoint and the argumentation given by the Executive Board regarding SJP’s proposed boycott of IT company Hewlett-Packard.

No boycott on HP computers

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University will not participate in a boycott on Hewlett-Packard (or HP) products, including computers. The Executive Board denies that HP is guilty of violating human rights. This is what president Martin Paul wrote in an elaborate answer to the question raised by Michael Dijkstra, former student member of the University Coun...

HP issue lies with Executive Board again

MAASTRICHT. Can the UM do business with a company that is involved in the violation of human rights? This is one of the questions asked by former student member of the University Council Michael Dijkstra in a letter to the Executive Board.

UM board does not want to boycott HP

MAASTRICHT. Is Maastricht University doing more business with Hewlett-Packard than the Executive Board stated to the University Council recently? The matter is a topical one since the Maastricht department of Students for Justice in Palestine called for a UM boycott of HP products because of activities in Israel and the occupied territories. The SJ...

Professors: Study drugs are not a major issue at the UM

MAASTRICHT. Are study drugs used on a large scale at Maastricht University? Surveys held among students over the past few years pointed in that direction: one in four - at the School of Business and Economics nearly one in three – likes to take the odd pill, especially during exam periods. Ritalin, for example, ADHD medication with proven eff...
Beatrix: “Careful” Gauck: “Ja, ja”

Beatrix: “Careful” Gauck: “Ja, ja”

After the ceremony, during the reception in the lobby of the Vrijthof theatre, Professor Nanne de Vries is still panting. Why was he in such a hurry to present the Dissertation Award, the final item on the agenda of the Dies celebration? “I had to do it fast!” he bursts out. “We were already running late and the government people ...

Standing ovation for President Gauck

Standing ovation for President Gauck

MAASTRICHT. A passionate defence to help the ‘European project’ onwards, to not allow Europe to disintegrate, without turning a blind eye to what has gone wrong in the past twenty-five years. German president Joachim Gauck received a standing ovation for his speech last Tuesday during Maastricht University’s foundation day celebra...
Dissertation Award: Even maps are political

Dissertation Award: Even maps are political

MAASTRICHT. How Israelis and Palestinians make maps – it’s not the most obvious of research topics. Surprising, too, is the proposition that your physical place in the world, with all its historical and political baggage, largely determines what you see and thus also how you are likely to draw a map. Yet this is the core of the PhD rese...
“Germans of my generation saw how hatred was turned into state policy”

“Germans of my generation saw how hatred was turned into state policy”

There are worse nicknames than the ‘German Nelson Mandela’ or ‘Grandpa Obama’. The man set to receive an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University on Tuesday 7 February, German president Joachim Gauck, is so popular than many will be sad to see his term come to an end. But not everyone.

FHML wants a binding contract with Kuwait about students

MAASTRICHT. From now on, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences wants binding, and in particular signed, contracts with foreign governments concerning organised groups of incoming students. They want no more surprises like the one in September, when a batch of Kuwaitis simply left.

Recorded lectures; students do it themselves

MAASTRICHT. Policies concerning whether filming of lectures is or should be allowed or not, are unclear. In the meantime, students themselves have been recording lectures. Sometimes even distributing them.

More variety and halal in university restaurants

MAASTRICHT. The university restaurants should offer halal food as well as a greater selection of healthy options. These were two of the outcomes of a small survey carried out by student and University Council member for Novum, Thomas Vaessen (third-year medical student, third-year Dutch Law, master's student of Neuroscience). The survey was hel...

On secret plans and the love of dachshunds

On secret plans and the love of dachshunds

MAASTRICHT. That Maastricht has a university at all, let alone one with a fairly solid reputation, is often said to be a miracle. For much of its history the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg (RL) (later Maastricht University, UM) was fighting an uphill battle, as the anniversary book given to all employees this week testifies once again.
“Is the button shop still here?”

“Is the button shop still here?”

Psychiatry professor Jim van Os enters the room carrying a basket wrapped in cellophane. It contains several bottles of wine, truffle dressing, mustard, spaghetti and more. Quite a fancy gift, especially compared to what other professors typically bring to these dinners. “I have to admit I was given it myself this morning. There was a nationa...

“The EU is like Noah’s ark. You can jump out, but you’ll drown”

“The EU is like Noah’s ark. You can jump out, but you’ll drown”

Twenty five years later, a number of the key players are back. On 9 and 10 December 1991, the Maastricht MECC hosted the European summit that led to the signing of Maastricht Treaty and, ten years after that, the introduction of the euro. The commemorative celebrations took place last Friday, with mixed feelings – but mostly the urge to fight...

Debate on teaching load dies away in numerical mess

MAASTRICHT. Where is the extra staff meant to relieve the pressure of work but especially ‘teaching load’ for academic staff? Members of the University Council are racking their brains over the continually changing figures and are bickering with the Executive Board about ‘standard hours’ and ‘task loads’. A workg...
“How did you go about it, tomato-wise?”

“How did you go about it, tomato-wise?”

Before the professor arrives, a discussion arises about the name of the sorority, Missdaad. Does it mean anything? Apparently not. At some point in the past there was a vote between several names and this was the winner, according to Celine Notermans, who once asked a former member during an anniversary celebration. “But a name like that does...

Tragos penalised for violating code of conduct

MAASTRICHT. The Executive Board has put the student association Tragos on probation for contravening the code of conduct for the initiation period signed by all associations. If it violates the code of conduct again, one third of the grant Tragos receives from the university will be withdrawn.
UM councils in the dark

UM councils in the dark

MAASTRICHT. Sixty people from the various representative bodies recently came together for a day to discuss participation at the university. Their biggest complaint? That the information provision and communication within UM leaves a lot to be desired.
Maastricht code of conduct for hazing seems to work

Maastricht code of conduct for hazing seems to work

MAASTRICHT. The practice of hazing new students is again under fire following incidents in Groningen and Amsterdam. But so far all is quiet on the home front: the Maastricht student associations claim to be following the Introduction Period Code of Conduct to the letter. Rector Rianne Letschert is monitoring the situation: “If something goes ...
I thought to myself: This country will be my home. Now I won’t have to move anymore

I thought to myself: This country will be my home. Now I won’t have to move anymore

This Observant series gives a voice to refugees (and the children of refugees) who work and study at Maastricht University. They talk about leaving their home countries, their lives before and after their flight, the Netherlands, the refugee crisis and the public debate about refugees. This week we meet Deeba Shahidi from Afghanistan: &ld...
UM scores better but drops in THE ranking

UM scores better but drops in THE ranking

MAASTRICHT. A minor drop this time for Maastricht University in the new annual world wide ranking of universities by Times Higher Education. Place 88 was exchanged for place 94, even though the UM score for various criteria was higher than last year’s. The shift is mainly due to the increase in the number of universities assessed. From 800...

Both top students and average students to receive more attention

MAASTRICHT. More co-operation across faculty, department and discipline borders, and students being introduced to research from day one. These are the two most striking resolutions from Maastricht University’s 2017-2021 Strategic Programme, presented this week.
Opening of the academic year: drum rolls and fanfare

Opening of the academic year: drum rolls and fanfare

How do you organise an opening of the academic year where the audience doesn’t fall asleep? When students proposed organising this year’s programme themselves, Maastricht University president Martin Paul, never a big fan of these sorts of festivities, jumped at the chance. That would liven things up, he figured. He was right....

“Excessive” secrecy imposed on researchers

“Excessive” secrecy imposed on researchers

MAASTRICHT. A potential research project by SBE together with NWO and two large businesses has fallen through because of demands that would drastically restrict academic freedom. Secrecy was demanded with severe liability if breached. The Executive Board has complained to NWO about these practices.
Overcrowding in university library is main complaint. And mice

Overcrowding in university library is main complaint. And mice

MAASTRICHT. Too few study spaces, sockets with no power, broken chairs and mice in the inner city building: students continue to complain about the library facilities at Maastricht University.
“You are going to experience exciting things with me”

“You are going to experience exciting things with me”

She didn’t believe it, when Ursula Nelles, a member of the supervisory board and chairperson of the advisory selection committee, called her on 18 March. “Ha ha, I asked if she was sure she had the right number.” Yes, Nelles had the right number. Rianne Letschert (39) “was completely taken by surprise, had never thought abou...
Fresh input expected from new rector

Fresh input expected from new rector

According to the chairman of the supervisory board, Truze Lodder, there is “delight all around” and “congratulations were pouring in” after the announcement of the appointment of a new rector, professor of Victimology and International Law Rianne Letschert from Tilburg.
"The rector should actively listen to students"

"The rector should actively listen to students"

This is the last episode of the series on the new rector magnificus. The process is rapidly reaching its climax. A recommendation has been submitted to the University Council. What do students expect from this manager?
“I thought: I have to get away, things are not going to get better here”

“I thought: I have to get away, things are not going to get better here”

The UM also has employees who are refugees or children of refugees. In this Observant series, a number of them will tell their story. About their escape, their lives before and after, about the Netherlands and Europe, about the refugee crisis and the debate on this topic. This week: Salwan al-Nasiry from Iraq.
Plea for more languages

Plea for more languages

MAASTRICHT. It looks like more languages than just English and Dutch will soon be promoted at this university. A few weeks ago, the Executive Board, through its chairman Martin Paul, already stated that the UM may be bilingual, “but it is useful to teach people three languages. Students as well as staff. Which languages exactly, to what degre...

No general master’s selection

MAASTRICHT. There will be no general selection for master’s students at this university, says a written statement from the Executive Board to the University Council. The Council agrees with the position taken by the Board.

Soete: “Have papers corrected in India”

MAASTRICHT. Have student exams, specifically papers, corrected in India from now on. That would release the pressure on our already overburdened lecturers. Rector Luc Soete made this suggestion last week. It is already being done in the US, and he feels that the results are promising.
“Down with the lecturer as process supervisor”

“Down with the lecturer as process supervisor”

MAASTRICHT. The university is not always working on urgent social issues, there is not enough mutual co-operation, and passion among students and staff is less than in the past. These were the first ideas from the ‘education think tank’ to reach the outside world on Monday.
“The New University wasn’t overly relevant down here”

“The New University wasn’t overly relevant down here”

MAASTRICHT. During his last meeting as chair of the University Council, in late February, he was given a framed print of Maastricht’s St Servatius Bridge. “Herman builds bridges”, explained the university president Martin Paul, who presented the gift. This is indeed how Professor Herman Kingma (65) has approached the role over the...

President Martin Paul: “We collaborate with institutions, not governments”

MAASTRICHT. How should Maastricht University deal with ‘bad’ countries where the regimes in power do not exactly share Western humanitarian values? What should UM’s stance be when it comes to cooperating with institutions in Russia, say, or Saudi Arabia – countries that have increasingly been coming under fire in recent mont...
Support UM for threatened academics in Turkey

Support UM for threatened academics in Turkey

MAASTRICHT. Threatened academics in Turkey now also have the support of Maastricht University. Rector Luc Soete has written to European colleagues after Turkish academics turned against their government in the form of a petition and were subsequently threatened with legal action by the same government.
Wanted: intellectual with managerial experience

Wanted: intellectual with managerial experience

MAASTRICHT. The next rector should be “an intellectual” and “a team player who likes to work with others”. This is stated in the profile description for the rector magnificus that was made public by the supervisory board at Observant’s request.

University Council students against selection for masters

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students have also signed the recent ‘pressing letter’ from the Interstedelijk Studentenoverleg ISO (national student union) to the education minister and university association VSNU. That is, some of the students - those representing Dope, the party that is linked to ISO.
“I know what Wilders’ rhetoric can lead to”

“I know what Wilders’ rhetoric can lead to”

There are also refugees, or children of refugees, working at the UM. In this Observant series, a number of them tell their stories. About their flight, about their lives before and after, about the Netherlands, about the refugee crisis, and about the debate on this issue. This week we talk to Bakir Bulić from Bosnia-Herzegovina: “I thought lo...
Dies: in celebration of adventure

Dies: in celebration of adventure

MAASTRICHT. With the columns and the vaulted ceiling lit up in show-stopping bright purple, you couldn’t help but sense that this Dies Natalis – the celebration of Maastricht University’s 40th anniversary at the St Janskerk on Monday afternoon – was going to be different. Not least because of the liberal use of websites like...
“Suddenly I realised: I belong to a group. I’m a refugee too”

“Suddenly I realised: I belong to a group. I’m a refugee too”

Among the ranks of UM staff are a number of refugees or children of refugees. In this new Observant series, they talk about their lives before and after their flight from their home country, their views on the Netherlands, and their take on the debate about the refugee crisis. This week we kick off with medical doctor Chahinda Ghossein-Doha from Le...
Jasper van Dijk (SP): “Too much English in higher education”

Jasper van Dijk (SP): “Too much English in higher education”

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Again the advance of English in higher education is a topic of discussion in Dutch parliament. Political parties SP (Socialist Party) and CDA (Christian Democrats) are worried and their education spokespersons have therefore organised a hearing on 10 December. One of those invited is Maastricht President of the Executive...

Who does education, who does research; the board wants to know

MAASTRICHT. “Let the faculty councils put pressure on their boards to come up with the figures. We are waiting on the figures too.” It was not a radical student party that launched this appeal last week during the University Council meeting, nor a dissatisfied employees’ collective; remarkably, it was the Executive Board.

Bonuses maybe made public

MAASTRICHT. The highest bonus was awarded to an employee at the ‘Berg’ last year. And most of the bonuses went to the Finance department. The topic of bonuses – who, what, to be made public or not – is on the agenda again.

UM opens its doors at 40th anniversary next year

MAASTRICHT. A jubilee that focuses on the city of Maastricht and the surrounding region. That is the idea behind the festivities next year, in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of this university. “After that,” said President Martin Paul during a press conference on the jubilee this week, “we hope that we have put an end to ...

Arbo Unie contract under pressure

MAASTRICHT. The contract with Arbo Unie, which provides company medical care for the UM, will only be extended for one year. Arbo Unie started in 2012 and the contract was until 1 January 2016, with an option of an extension of two years before a public call for tenders would be issued again. The UM directors, however, felt that this period was too...

External advisor to bring peace back to Facility Services

MAASTRICHT. An intended plan to organise the reception services differently at this university has led to upheaval within the General and Technical Services. The Executive Board has now hired an external advisor to map out the situation within the department “objectively and with the proper degree of subtlety”.
New FHS dean: “Deans aren’t all that important”

New FHS dean: “Deans aren’t all that important”

From incumbent dean of one faculty to dean of another: this type of transfer is virtually unheard of. Not at UM, though. What inspired Professor Bernadette Jansma to trade in the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences (FPN) for the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) as of mid-2016?

Jansma appointed dean of FHS

MAASTRICHT. Professor Bernadette Jansma (50) will be the new dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS). Currently dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences (FPN), she will take up the new role in mid-2016. Professor Franz Palm will remain in place as interim dean until then.

PBL in Qatar

MAASTRICHT/QATAR.The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences is going to contribute to the medical curriculum of Qatar University, which has started this year. Maastricht University and Qatar University have signed an agreement that focuses in particular on capacity building. Local staff will receive instruction on the best way to create a pr...

Wind of change blowing through communication departments

MAASTRICHT. The marketing and communication arm of Maastricht University is in for a change. “Student recruitment is something we are good at,” says director Fons Elbersen, “but we are vulnerable in reputation and crisis management. And not just there.”

500 euro to work on yourself

MAASTRICHT. Fewer temporary staff, better career policies, fewer differences between the faculties. These are a few of the outlines of Maastricht University’s new human resources policy. And everyone is to receive 500 euro for ‘personal development’.
UM will meet (almost) all performance agreements

UM will meet (almost) all performance agreements

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University will soon fulfil practically all performance agreements made with the education minister. This was confirmed by Vice-President of the Executive Board, Nick Bos, in a University Council committee meeting last Wednesday.
Tom Dumoulin: Near Vuelta winner and would-be UM icon

Tom Dumoulin: Near Vuelta winner and would-be UM icon

MAASTRICHT. He was breathtakingly close to winning the Tour of Spain. And if the 24-year-old Maastricht native had managed it, it wouldn’t have mattered whether Maastricht University was able to flaunt its own student-cum-champion cyclist.
University must remain liveable and workable

University must remain liveable and workable

MAASTRICHT. Community building, building a community. And not just the academic community of students and staff, but also focusing on stronger relations with the surroundings: the city of Maastricht, the region. This will be included in the UM’s new strategic programme.
AZM top claims more exuberant expenses than UM managers

AZM top claims more exuberant expenses than UM managers

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht university managers are a lot more frugal when claiming expenses than the managers of the nearby university hospital MUMC/AZM. UM managers regularly have no wine with their lunch in a restaurant.
No more Saudi Arabian medical students to come to Maastricht

No more Saudi Arabian medical students to come to Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. There will be no more Saudi Arabian medical students coming to Maastricht. The decision was taken by the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. The Saudi government set too many requirements to which the faculty did not wish to adhere.A committee will be formed to investigate how this happened. “We want to learn from the m...
Sophie Vanhoonacker: kind, modest, but she marks her boundaries

Sophie Vanhoonacker: kind, modest, but she marks her boundaries

MAASTRICHT. She will be the first female dean at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS): professor Sophie Vanhoonacker accepted when the Executive Board asked her for the position.
The many faces of vice rector Harm Hospers

The many faces of vice rector Harm Hospers

MAASTRICHT. Who is the man who is described by some as having “great resilience” and by others as “he cannot handle criticism”? That he creates a “warm environment” while the next person calls it “an atmosphere of suspicion”? Someone with whom you “can have a great laugh”, another claiming...
Albron lowers fruit prices after students’ criticism

Albron lowers fruit prices after students’ criticism

MAASTRICHT. Chris Snellen, responsible for catering on behalf of the Facility Services, had to attend another University Council meeting to explain about in-house caterer Albron.
Exotic diseases are also prevalent in small provincial towns

Exotic diseases are also prevalent in small provincial towns

MAASTRICHT. Ebola doesn’t stop at national borders; diseases and patients travel around the world more than ever before. That in itself, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences thinks, is an important reason for making education at the faculty more international. For this process, there will be a special International Education Co-o...
Better results but still dropped

Better results but still dropped

MAASTRICHT. Dropped slightly but not dramatically: the UM went from 15th to 17th place in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Most International Universities in the World. In this ranking - published for the first time last year - the “international outlook” indicator from the THE World University Rankings is used. Taken into account are...

PhD bonus scrapped

MAASTRICHT/THE NETHERLANDS> Universities will no longer receive a fixed amount for every PhD. thesis. An end will be put to the so-called PhD bonus, education minister Jet Bussemaker and state secretary Sander Dekker announced today. At the moment, universities receive a substantial amount of up to 90 thousand euro for each successfully co...

International Student Club: a definite answer before Christmas

MAASTRICHT. There will be a definite answer before Christmas about the building in which the international student club will be housed. There are three options. This is what the director of Student Services (SSC), Astrid Boeijen, declared on Wednesday 12 November in a meeting of the university committee. The three potential locations are the Timmer...

Negotiations with Saudi's

Negotiations with Saudi's

MAASTRICHT. It is still unclear whether Saudi Arabia will send medical students to Maastricht again. There are no new students this year, because the Maastricht programme does not suit the Saudi government. Yesterday, Wednesday 8 October, negotiations took place with the Saudi cultural attaché from The Hague. The UM is hoping for a recommencement, ...
Protest on World Animal Day against tests on Labradors

Protest on World Animal Day against tests on Labradors

MAASTRICHT. Some 127,000 online signatures to prevent experiments on Labradors, threatening e-mails to Maastricht University staff members, demonstrations in Randwijck and a ‘silent march’ through the city next Saturday, 4 October, on World Animal Day.
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.
Freshman: From Paris, France

Freshman: From Paris, France

MAASTRICHT. Charles de Roncourt (19) is from Paris, France. He has signed in at European Studies. He wears a T-shirt that was designed by a friend of his, with a drawing of a man walking away, seen from behind, a bag over his shoulders. Quite intriguing, this picture. Found any new friends already in the Inkom group? “There are a couple of n...

Freshman: From Germany

Freshman: From Germany

MAASTRICHT. She is called Anna-Maria (“with a hyphen”) Ostermann, she’s 20 years old, from Germany and she is visiting the info market on Tuesday, behind the Mensa at the Tongersestraat 53. That is the building where she will be found the next couple of years, studying International Business. Twenty years old already? “Yeah,...

Row over Saudis

Row over Saudis

MAASTRICHT. The Saudi Arabian government has decided not send any new medical students to Maastricht this year. Whether this also applies to the coming years is not clear. The main problem: the Saudis are against internships outside the Netherlands. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, however, feels that this is necessary. Negotiatio...
People from abroad should feel welcome

People from abroad should feel welcome

MAASTRICHT. “A complete turn-around,” UM executive president Martin Paul recently called it. “Three years ago, the debate was about there being too many foreign students in the Netherlands and that they were too expensive. Then there were reports about how it benefitted the economy, and now we are asking the question how we can ma...
Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

MAASTRICHT. “We will now close the public part of the meeting.” Those who attend a faculty council or University Council meeting can be sure to hear the chairperson utter this mantra. What happens in those confidential meetings? We  employees and students, and above all voters - are not allowed to know. It is a secret. What is wors...

Also SBE wants to participate in UM-wide minors

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics will do the best they can to participate in the UM-wide minors programme, states dean Philip Vergauwen. The matter was discussed again last week by the ‘management team’ of deans and the Executive Board. Prior to this, Vergauwen was not too optimistic: “I don’t want SBE to be ...

“Let’s crush them!”

“Let’s crush them!”

MAASTRICHT. The sports event, Wednesday afternoon. Somewhere in the middle of the field at the Griend is a small stand where a few boys make dangerously looking gestures. Kicking a large cushion held by another boy and then turning around the axis, one would expect Jackie Chan to join in any moment. This is the student karate club Kinran. The scene...

UM in THE young top ten

UM in THE young top ten

MAASTRICHT. From nineteenth to sixth place, is the jump made by Maastricht University in the Times Higher Education top hundred of young universities (under 50 years). In doing so the UM has reached the ‘elite group’, says THE. Their criteria for THE under 50 are in principle the same as for the regular THE ranking, with a few adaptatio...

Less pay for student jobs

MAASTRICHT. “I was a member of the ‘UM promoteam’ and back then I was already earning 9 euro per hour. These days that kind of job is arranged through Interum and you only earn about 5 euro. For that kind of money I would not go and visit secondary schools to praise the UM today,” says Nadine van Veenendaal, Dope student mem...

Free Dutch lessons for students

Free Dutch lessons for students

MAASTRICHT. Give new foreign bachelor’s students a free Dutch language course to help their integration into the university and city. With this proposal, the Executive Board is giving in to a long-cherished wish of various student factions. The Board also suggested that students should be given vouchers that they can exchange for language cou...

Toilet visit policy criticised

Toilet visit policy criticised

MAASTRICHT. It looks as if the student members in the university council will be successful in their resistance against the ‘one toilet visit policy’ during exams. The Executive Board actually agrees with them. The Examination Committees recently decided collectively that action was needed to combat the fraudulent actions taking place ...

Plans for Tapijn barracks

Plans for Tapijn barracks

Maastricht University and the provincial authorities of Limburg having bought the Tapijn barracks, there will be intense consultations in the next few months about their intended use in the future. The Tapijn barracks date back to the beginning of the last century; some buildings are listed monuments. The grounds are situated centrally, on the edge...

Dope loses seats to Novum

Dope loses seats to Novum

MAASTRICHT. In what seems to become an eternal tidal movement, student party Novum has won and Dope has lost this year. Last year it was exactly the other way around. This goes for most faculties and for the university council. This does not mean, however, that Novum has overtaken Dope; Dope was and is the largest presence in the world of Maastrich...

Premises for international students

MAASTRICHT. There will be an International Student Club for foreign students in Maastricht. The city authorities and the university are searching for a suitable location. One option is the basement of the Lambertus church, says the co-ordinator of the project for the city of Maastricht, Frans van de Weerdt. The idea of providing foreign students w...

UM-wide minors programme scrapped

MAASTRICHT. There will definitely not be a UM-wide minors programme. “It was flogging a dead horse,” said rector Luc Soete recently to a University Council committee. The matter has been on-going since 2007, when it was decided to offer students more possibilities to take subjects at other faculties. In reality, this caused all kinds of...

Professor of Human Rights Menno Kamminga: “This is propaganda for the regime”

Should Maastricht University serve as a vehicle for the promotion of the Central-Asian Republic of Azerbaijan, a country with a questionable human rights reputation? This question was asked by German third-year exchange student at University College, Philipp Buchallik, after he had read last month’s online UM news bulletin, containing the ann...

New UM sports complex

New UM sports complex

Almost all indoor sports concentrated in a single large sports complex: this should all be reality by September 2015. That is when the new sports centre that the UM is about to build, should be ready for use. Up until now, sports activities have been scattered across the city, or even the region. Climbers, for example, need to travel to Heerlen to ...

More English on official city website

More English on official city website

MAASTRICHT. It appears that a larger part of the Maastricht city council’s website will be made available in English. Mayor Onno Hoes has declared that he supports ‘the purport’ of a motion by the CDA fraction on this matter. The motion concerned “adapting and keeping up to date of the part of the website that is in English...

 Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday,  a group of 18 students from Saudi-Arabia presented roses and a small printed text to the public, in the city as well as in MUMC+.  The text was in English and Dutch and consisted of sayings of Mohammed, whose birthday was celebrated last week. The Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message” o...

University Council blocks Guesthouse privatisation

Providing housing for foreign students should be considered a basic service by this university. The plan to hand over the Guesthouse to a commercial market party should therefore be carefully reconsidered. This is what chairman of the University Council, Herman Kingma, said to the Executive Board on behalf of the council last Wednesday. The Execu...

Outsourcing Guesthouse is near

The deal is almost done: the Guesthouse is to be privatised. Maastricht University will no longer offer furnished rooms to foreign students. If, at the beginning of next year, the response to the European call for tenders is a positive one, the UM will transfer the task. The head of the General and Technical Services, Eric Klekamp, reported this to...

More learning space in SSC building

One hundred and eighty-one new learning spaces will be set up in the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenklooster) before the end of the year. Six months later, an additional 72 places will be created in the Randwijck university library. According to Ingrid Wijk, director of the university library, this will take the university back to its (self-im...

Spectacular rise in Times Higher Education rankings

Spectacular rise in Times Higher Education rankings

Maastricht University has climbed 82 places - from 197 in 2011 to 115 this year - in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which were published today. This is the highest rise in the university’s history. So how did this come about? For one thing, the citation scores have increased “significantly”, s...