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New Tefaf professor: Parisian cancer expert Laurence Zitvogel

New Tefaf professor: Parisian cancer expert Laurence Zitvogel

MAASTRICHT. The French cancer researcher Laurence Zitvogel is going to occupy the Tefaf endowed chair in 2019. In professional circles, she is well-known for her discovery that microorganisms in the intestines partly determine the effectiveness of cancer treatment. Occupancy of this chair changes every year and comes under research institute GROW. ...
Complaining with only one objective: to harm

Complaining with only one objective: to harm

What can you do when someone is accused, through evil intention, of violating scientific integrity? How often does this happen? How can you recognise it? These questions arose last Monday during a symposium in Amsterdam. It also became apparent how much consternation and agitation the basra reed warbler has brought about.  
Complaining with only one objective: to harm

Complaining with only one objective: to harm

What can you do when someone is accused, through evil intention, of violating scientific integrity? How often does this happen? How can you recognise it? These questions arose last Monday during a symposium in the KNAW Trippenhuis. It also became apparent how much consternation and agitation the Iraqi sedge warbler has brought about.
Two new UM study programmes touch a sore spot for UoTs

Two new UM study programmes touch a sore spot for UoTs

MAASTRICHT. The Eindhoven, Delft,Twente and Wageningen Universities of Technology (UoT) have protested against the new Maastricht bachelor's programme of Circular Engineering and the master's programme of Molecular Imaging and Engineering. The minister has nevertheless approved the study programmes. They will start in 20...
Madrid, Paris, Afghanistan, Uganda, and now Mexico

Madrid, Paris, Afghanistan, Uganda, and now Mexico

Living a grand and exciting life, writing, and exploring the world. Those were the dreams alumna Judith Maas had for her future back when she was a student. They both did and didn’t come true. Her career as a diplomat – she’s currently deputy ambassador in Mexico – took her to many continents, but she didn’t end up fol...
Voting for a lying politician is like “buying a gun”

Voting for a lying politician is like “buying a gun”

Why do people vote for a leader who does not even try to look credible? It is the main question that philosopher and historian Bettina Stangneth raised in the Tans lecture ‘Celebration of Lying’, organised by Studium Generale.
“I take myself more serious in high heels”

“I take myself more serious in high heels”

Mathilde Kennis (26), PhD candidate at Cognitive Neurosciences, describes her style as “not subject to trends, sustainable and distinctly female”.
No press release about migrant research because of Wilders and Baudet?

No press release about migrant research because of Wilders and Baudet?

Does the department of Marketing and Communication take political considerations into account when they choose whether or not to issue a press release? A study about migrants was not widely publicised at the beginning of this year, because populists might catch on and abuse it. No, that was not the reason, says the spokesmen.
Yes, 100 per cent open access is possible

Yes, 100 per cent open access is possible

Open access publishing has skyrocketed over the past few years. Large publishers have come around and the accessible journals are on the rise. But how is the UM doing? How many Maastricht publications are available to everyone? Do young researchers do it too or just those who have already made it? It's Open Access Week again, organised by the U...
“In US Congress, there is only one PhD on 535 members”

“In US Congress, there is only one PhD on 535 members”

Together with his colleagues Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne, Barry Barish (83) won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 for the discovery of gravitational waves. He became world famous overnight. Was his life turned upside down? And: what would be his best tip for ambitious students? Barish gave the key lecture at the Opening Academic Year.
On steel, yoghurt and the gross domestic product

On steel, yoghurt and the gross domestic product

She’s been working at the School of Business and Economics for barely a year and she’s already been awarded the Edmond Hustinx Prize worth fifteen thousand euros. The winner is… big data expert Ines Wilms.
Shilly-shallying, sleeping in and shouting

Shilly-shallying, sleeping in and shouting

There are no solid national figures, but there is no longer any doubt: many students are at the end of their tether. Also in Maastricht. “Everything has to be done quickly, quickly, quickly. That’s the struggle of our generation.”
Teaching English in India

Teaching English in India

What’s her name? Hanni? Hanny? She grabs the notebook out of my hands and writes: Hanne Schaefer. She is German, applied for European Studies and is 21 years old. A bit older than the average newbie. That’s because she was tired of learning after high school, she says self-assured. So she went travelling, to New Zealand and India, where...

Brain research into order in the chaos

Brain research into order in the chaos

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Neuroscientist Sanne ten Oever wants to carry out measurements to map out the activity of every brain cell (a total of 80 billion).
UM faculties expect an avalanche of applications

UM faculties expect an avalanche of applications

Migration, language education in border regions, internationalisation on the shop floor. These are a few of the themes that will be dealt in the thirteen UM PhD programmes within the inter-faculty project Limes. The project, set up with an EU subsidy, is also state-of-the-art when it comes to the selection and training of young researchers. ...
Theatre on scientific stumbling blocks

Theatre on scientific stumbling blocks

Science satire. Discussion theatre. That is how the play The ConScience App is characterised, which broaches the moral dilemmas in science. The theatre company will descend on Maastricht next Thursday.
“The cook is the pharmacologist of the future”

“The cook is the pharmacologist of the future”

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Aalt Bast wants to show that the dividing line between medicines, nutrition and poison are no longer current.
Entering the intestines with a cart

Entering the intestines with a cart

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? PhD candidate Johanna Kreutz (28) dreams of a Mars rover that, instead of filming and taking samples on the red planet, would do so in the intestines.
Combining small-scale and virtual learning

Combining small-scale and virtual learning

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Associate professor Mark Govers would set up an experiment with a fully digital university.
Europe needs a new story

Europe needs a new story

Learning from the past. It is a cliché that is often neither here nor there, the writer and historian Ian Buruma will argue in his Schuman lecture The Wrong lessons from history, next week. And what about the endless comparisons with the Second World War then? Is it right to call Baudet a fascist? “It is not completely unfounded.&rd...
“Something like wheat with very little gluten can be created within six weeks”

“Something like wheat with very little gluten can be created within six weeks”

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? University Professor Peter Peters dreams of producing healthy vegetables and fruit using the latest DNA technology.
On tech giants, fake news and dinosaurs

On tech giants, fake news and dinosaurs

MAASTRICHT. A social democrat appealing to vote green? This is what happened last Monday in the Vrijthof Theatre during the first, large party leader debate for the European elections on 23 May. Who will take over from President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker? Five Spitzenkandidaten entered into debate before 750 stud...
“The EU needs a strong leader who counters the apathy among youngsters”

“The EU needs a strong leader who counters the apathy among youngsters”

MAASTRICHT. Who will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission? In Maastricht, on April 29, five Spitzenkandidaten will go into a debate in front of 750 students. The media, including BBC World News and the Dutch NOS, will be omnipresent. At the Vrijthof, people can follow the debate on screens.
Reality has become too complex

Reality has become too complex

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? ICIS director Ron Cörvers would like to set up an urban lab at the UM to try and solve regional sustainable issues.
Wanted: 13 PhD's

Wanted: 13 PhD's

MAASTRICHT. Thirteen PhD students from three Maastricht faculties will need to be recruited this year for research project Limes - Latin for border. The project was recently honoured with a 1.4 million euro European subsidy (Marie Curie Cofund). The participants are the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, the ...

On bombings, torture, smugglers… and research

On bombings, torture, smugglers… and research

Three refugees recently received a special NWO grant to carry out research at the UM. Two of them - a Syrian neuroscientist and a Palestinian pharmacologist - tell their stories. The third laureate, from Turkey, preferred not to be interviewed.
Health promotion research with an iPhone

Health promotion research with an iPhone

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Rik Crutzen would like to know more about the mindset of people who follow an exercise programme. One that is based on data collected on mobile phones.
Students criticise the UM Economics education

Students criticise the UM Economics education

MAASTRICHT. UM students have published an open letter in which they criticise the education at the School of Business and Economics (SBE), especially regarding some theories on banking. The letter went “viral” on Twitter and was supported by a few leading economists. The students hope that SBE will adjust the curriculum.
On the renaissance of psychology

On the renaissance of psychology

MAASTRICHT. The famous American psychologist Steve Lindsay, who’s spending a few months in the Netherlands, recently contacted the legal psychologists at UM with a question. Was there any chance he could come for a visit? Of course, this wasn’t entirely random – Lindsay has co-authored several articles with UM researchers in the p...

The new engineer is about to arrive

The new engineer is about to arrive

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) wants to train a new kind of engineer. One who doesn't necessarily design the best product at the drawing table, but does take the footprint of things into account. This is the idea behind Circular Engineering, just one of the new study programmes that the faculty is planning.
“My patient wouldn’t do that”, most therapists think

“My patient wouldn’t do that”, most therapists think

Pretending that you suffer from an illness or disorder, for example in order to pocket compensation for damages. It happens more often than you would think. How do you separate the con artists from the patients? But also, how widespread is it? A Maastricht experiment showed that 94 per cent of the students would be inclined to do it.
Getting people into the right mood

Getting people into the right mood

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Bernadette Jansma would like to know what happens in the brain when people understand each other. Are they literally on the same (brain) wavelength?
Flying tax for researchers

Flying tax for researchers

MAASTRICHT. As of January, researchers from the UNU-Merit institute pay a flying tax when they book a domestic flight or a flight abroad. The tax is deducted from the project budget. “I was slightly apprehensive for the reactions,” says director Bart Verspagen, “but the plan went down well.”
Honorary doctorate for two idealists

Honorary doctorate for two idealists

The one is devoted to freedom and democracy, the other seeks a genuine climate policy. This characterises the two laureates who will receive honorary doctorates during the university’s foundation day ceremony. Michael Ignatieff has been active in particular as rector of the Central European University (CEU) in the last few years, while writer...
Smoking ban at Health Campus from 2021

Smoking ban at Health Campus from 2021

MAASTRICHT. As of 1 January 2021, smoking will no longer be permitted throughout the Health Campus in Randwijck. Smoking will not be allowed in and around the hospital from as early as 2020. Those are the aims, at least. The UM supports the hospital's plans, says President of Maastricht University Martin Paul, and the Executive Board will soon ...
Bringing order into the jungle of small-scale studies

Bringing order into the jungle of small-scale studies

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Molecular biologist Manon van Engeland would like to set up a study to collect all biomarker cancer research projects in a database. Why? To enable patients to benefit as quickly as possible from the detection of the early signs of cancer....
"Once again we have blood on our hands"

"Once again we have blood on our hands"

First: Do we still want to keep the European Union? And second: What will it take? These are two very important questions for the upcoming years, says Mathieu Segers, professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration. He gave his inaugural lecture in the St. Janskerk last week.
How to motivate the Danish to buy electric cars

How to motivate the Danish to buy electric cars

SBE dean and Danish citizen Peter Møllgaard became the new chairman of the Danish Council on Climate Change from 1 December. Despite recent ominous reports, Møllgaard believes in a good outcome. “I am a born optimist.”

Walloon students in a fix

MAASTRICHT. The number of Walloon students at Maastricht University has grown explosively over the past years. This has given rise to additional problems because the Walloons cannot produce their secondary school diplomas on time. The UM now settles for a provisional declaration.
A world behind reality

A world behind reality

MAASTRICHT. As iconic as his films (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) have become, his visual artwork has remained all the more obscure. This is one of the reasons why Bonnefanten museum has set up a retrospective of David Lynch. But why has he earned so little appreciation as an artist? An interview with Bonnefanten director Stijn Huijts.
Breaking the trend in South Limburg

Breaking the trend in South Limburg

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Maria Jansen dreams of having ten million euro to carry out a study into the poor state of health in South Limburg. She would focus on the hereditary nature of unhealthiness, passing from one generation to the next. 
30 days in bed

30 days in bed

MAASTRICHT. The Chinese Yiyun Chen doesn't go outside anymore and has no direct contact with people. She lives in a special bedroom in Eindhoven and does everything from her bed. It sounds like a terminally ill patient, but Chen is an artist. She has chosen this temporary, ascetic life, to find out what it does to a person to spend so long in b...

Standing places in lecture halls and bowls of fruit in all buildings

Standing places in lecture halls and bowls of fruit in all buildings

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Stef Kremers would set up a large-scale experiment at the UM in an attempt to promote the health of students and employees.
Expats not satisfied yet

Expats not satisfied yet

NETHERLANDS. The tax on dividends remains and the cabinet therefore has enough money to meet the demands of expats whose tax benefit is being decreased. But the expats remain vexed and threaten to go to court.
A gift voucher helps people stop smoking

A gift voucher helps people stop smoking

Employees doing training at work to quit smoking are more likely to stay the course if they are given a reward, showed a study by the Maastricht institute Caphri. The results were published in The Lancet Public Health. Employees who participated in the study, funded by the Dutch Cancer Society, (KWF Kankerbestrijding), could earn a total of...

Tans lecture by deradicalised Muslim

Tans lecture by deradicalised Muslim

MAASTRICHT. At the age of sixteen, the British-Pakistani Maajid Nawaz joined Hizb ut Tahrir, a world-wide Islamist organisation that aims at establishing a caliphate. Nawaz becomes a leader, but eventually ends up in an Egyptian jail. After spending four years in prison, he changes course, distances himself from Hizb ut Tahrir, and turns against Is...

"In the past 25 years, a lot of voters have turned into morons, apparently"

"In the past 25 years, a lot of voters have turned into morons, apparently"

A former left-wing sociologist, who, in his latest book, defends populism in Hungary and Poland. The auditorium at the Minderbroedersberg was packed on Tuesday evening when Frank Furedi (1947, Hungary) gave his lecture 'Taking democracy seriously: a defence of populism', organised by Studium Generale.
FSE faculty to be split

FSE faculty to be split

MAASTRICHT. The department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) will remain part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), but the ICIS institute and the School of Governance will be incorporated in the School of Business and Economics. That is, if the tentative talks go down well. And the three Colleges? Their future place i...
Depressed because of clogged veins

Depressed because of clogged veins

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Thomas van Sloten would like to test a pill that would improve the tiniest veins in the brains of older patients. There is just one problem: that pill doesn't exist yet.
The new humanitarian aid: export of business philosophy

The new humanitarian aid: export of business philosophy

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Elsje Fourie, researcher at Fasos, would like to do fieldwork in one of the many Ethiopian businesses that are currently so taken in by the Japanese business philosophy of Kaizen. What does that entail?
On a mini-expedition to South Siberia

On a mini-expedition to South Siberia

When he is at a birthday party and he tells people that he carries out research into thermoregulation - or to be more precise, the regulation of the body's temperature - he is told story after story. About how women always feel colder than men, about older people who constantly have the heating on 25 degrees, in short, about the indoor climate....

“It is actually possible, equal academic careers”

“It is actually possible, equal academic careers”

Dual inaugural lectures have happened before in Maastricht, but this is the first time that a ‘husband and wife’ present theirs in the same ceremony. The honour goes to German researchers Lisa and Alexander Brüggen, each of whom will accept a chair at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) tomorrow. “Some employees, who have w...
Carrot or stick

Carrot or stick

Most attempts to change behaviour fail, like the UM's unsuccessful measures to separate waste into three bins. That is what Gerjo Kok, UM professor of Applied Psychology, said in a debate during the morning symposium in the auditorium, organised by the Green Office.
Large influx for bachelor's of Data Sciences

Large influx for bachelor's of Data Sciences

MAASTRICHT. With 150 first-year students, the interest in the bachelor's of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering is so great that an additional building was needed at Tapijn barracks. Introducing enrolment restrictions, as some universities have done, is not yet the case in Maastricht.
Sorrow, mourning, empathy, feelings animals are all to familiar with

Sorrow, mourning, empathy, feelings animals are all to familiar with

Suppose you’re a scientist and you get a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Pim Martens, professor of Sustainability, would like to put dogs in an MRI scanner.
Students blackmail, threaten and put pressure on lecturers

Students blackmail, threaten and put pressure on lecturers

MAASTRICHT. The misconduct by students at the School of Business and Economics hit a wrong chord with two lecturers: partly because of this, one has left and the other is considering to leave the faculty. It also appeared recently that SBE students complain in an organised fashion after an exam and go in search of questions that could lead to ...
Herbs from Limburg, forgotten vegetables and medieval potsherds

Herbs from Limburg, forgotten vegetables and medieval potsherds

MAASTRICHT. A colourful oasis in an endless plain of mud. That is how one could describe the Tapijn Garden, the way it stands out in the corner of the churned-up barracks grounds. The “city vegetable garden” itself looks very well cared for, except perhaps for the section where everything is growing together. “That looks like a me...

25 years of knowledge engineering: time to look ahead

25 years of knowledge engineering: time to look ahead

The Knowledge Engineering programme has wind in its sails. It is ranked as a ‘top programme’ in the Keuzegids (the Dutch guide to higher education), is increasingly called on by other faculties, and is benefiting from the current popularity of data science. Still, recruiting new staff remains difficult.
Myth: physical proximity is crucial for a family

Myth: physical proximity is crucial for a family

Dutch migration laws in the nineteen-eighties included a rule that family members should not be separated for longer than two years. After such a period, the family connection was broken and migrants lost the right to family reunification. “This undoubtedly played a role in the reduction of the number of residence permits in those days,&rdquo...

Five Vidi grants for Maastricht

Five Vidi grants for Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. It doesn't happen very often, but the majority of the five Vidi subsidies from research financer NWO will go to the city centre: two to the School of Business and Economics (Annelies Renders, Caroline Goukens) and one to Arts and Social Sciences (Tamar Sharon). Two will go to the other side of the Maas, to the Faculty of Health, Med...

Hungarian university under fire: fight or flight

Hungarian university under fire: fight or flight

Things are getting tense: will business magnate George Soros’s Central European University weather the storm in Budapest, or be chased off by the right-wing, nationalist government of Viktor Orbán? The university’s rector Michael Ignatieff may be able to shed some light on the matter: in early May, at the invitation of Studium Generale,...
“Researchers don’t have a clue about deadlines and word counts”

“Researchers don’t have a clue about deadlines and word counts”

Academics have an ethical obligation to write articles for a broad audience, partly to counter others who are less than expert in the material or who wish to manipulate us. This is the standpoint of the Melbourne-based guest lecturer Simon Clews, who is giving writing workshops all week at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Why we still don’t have a cure for Alzheimer’s

Why we still don’t have a cure for Alzheimer’s

After oncology, most research money goes to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Among people over 80 years of age, dementia prevalence exceeds 20%. Paradoxically though, our knowledge of the brain has increased more than ever in the past decades, yet this is not yielding more new medi...
UM researcher had to choose: ERC grant or Vidi grant

UM researcher had to choose: ERC grant or Vidi grant

MAASTRICHT. Researcher Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling received two first prizes last year: a Vidi grant from NWO and an ERC grant from Brussels. She did so with similar research proposals. ERC and NWO do not agree with this. An attempt to give the Vidi project a different angle, did not work.
SBE needs to find data scientists

SBE needs to find data scientists

Professor Jos Lemmink thinks that the School of Business and Economics should appoint fifteen data scientists in the next two years. It is high time to make way for smart technology in the curriculum. He will give a presentation to the Faculty Board next week.
A lounge for SBE lecturers

A lounge for SBE lecturers

The students have had one for quite some time. Then the lecturers from the School of Business and Economics thought: we want one too! Sometimes life is just that simple. By now the lecturers’ lounge - on the ground floor, near the restaurant - is a fact. Elegant sofas, stylish gold-coloured lamps and an enormous TV screen. Anyone who teaches,...

Customers hunting for a bargain are less friendly

Customers hunting for a bargain are less friendly

Customers are more likely to behave unseemly towards employees of low-budget companies than towards employees of reputable companies. This discovery was made by Alexander Henkel, researcher at the BISS institute in Heerlen.
Up to their eyeballs in teaching duties

Up to their eyeballs in teaching duties

MAASTRICHT. They are exhausted, feel under-valued and miss the support of colleagues. These are some of the complaints by UM lecturers who suffer under their workload. The problem appears to be more multifaceted and complicated than thought, as appears from the report by the Taskforce Educational Workload.
Pioneers in digital technology

Pioneers in digital technology

Two honorary doctorates are being awarded during the university's anniversary celebration. They are going to two women who won their spurs in the field of digital technology. American anthropologist Lucy Suchman works with robots in warzones and nursing homes. British computer scientist Carole Goble creates software that allows scientists to wo...
SBE revitalises education for professionals

SBE revitalises education for professionals

MAASTRICHT. A new faculty status, a new portfolio, a new brochure, and a new building. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) has revitalised education for professionals. It also has a new name: UMIO.
How to avoid terrible labs

How to avoid terrible labs

The importance of your mentor, choosing a good lab, and ageing. Three of the topics in the career interview with TEFAF professor Jan Hoeijmakers, organised by research school GROW. One thing is clear: Hoeijmakers is no fan of the US.
Myth: hardly anyone understands the general theory of relativity

Myth: hardly anyone understands the general theory of relativity

It's 1916. Albert Einstein has just published the general theory of relativity, which describes the curvature of light influenced by mass. “Which means,” says theoretic physicist Gideon Koekoek, “that the light from a star is curved by the sun, and looking from earth is in a different place than you would think.” Even...

PhD jams on the Minderbroedersberg

PhD jams on the Minderbroedersberg

MAASTRICHT. It is an impressive list; not as many as two years ago, says beadle Len Cuppens, but still, 61 researchers will defend their theses in December. “Sometimes, that is literally running from one hall to another, because we only have one official rod. One minute there is the ‘hora est’ in one hall, the next minute you ente...
UM researcher secures both a Vidi and an EU grant

UM researcher secures both a Vidi and an EU grant

MAASTRICHT. It has never happened before in Maastricht: a researcher who manages to obtain a Vidi grant from NWO and at the same time an ERC grant from Brussels, and that with a similar research proposal. It happened to Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling, researcher at Radiology and Human Biology. The question now is: will NWO withdraw the Vidi grant?
Trapped in a mind set

Trapped in a mind set

MAASTRICHT. The idea was conceived seven years ago and has been popular at universities ever since: train alumni to prepare students for or assist them on the labour market. The alumni, themselves already well-established in their fields, receive a crash course on how to get students thinking about their talents, their dreams and how they can turn ...

UM starts a physics group with a view to the Einstein Telescope

UM starts a physics group with a view to the Einstein Telescope

MAASTRICHT. A year or two ago, the Executive Board was hardly interested in the idea, but that has changed. There are no doubts anymore about the usefulness of a Maastricht Physics Group, studying gravitational waves. Moreover, it increases the chances of the Einstein Telescope coming to the South of Limburg in 2020.
“The real heroes of war are women”

“The real heroes of war are women”

MAASTRICHT. She has been ambushed by the Taliban, abducted by Pakistan’s ISI, narrowly escaped the suicide bombing of a hotel and was on Benazir Bhutto’s bus when it was blown up. In the Tans lecture, bestselling author Christina Lamb will talk about her work as a female war correspondent.
“Learn to forgive yourself”

“Learn to forgive yourself”

Marihuana, LSD, heroin. Ex-junkie Marc Lewis devoured it all, preferably in high doses. He stole medicine from medical practices, was arrested on several occasions, and received a suspended prison sentence. Later on, Lewis - by now a professor of Neurosciences - wrote a book about his former life as an addict. He will give a lecture, organised by S...
"Without sexy master’s programmes, it’s going to be difficult"

"Without sexy master’s programmes, it’s going to be difficult"

SBE dean Philip Vergauwen himself agrees that he is leaving prematurely. The strategic overhaul of his faculty is still in full swing. But the offer from the Solvay business school in Brussels was, he says, simply too good to turn down. Observant talks with him about his toughest moments as dean, SBE as an outsider, and the ‘selling...
Myth: low interest rates can't last

Myth: low interest rates can't last

“When interest rates have been low for some time, people are likely to think that they can rise at any moment,” says Dennis Bams, professor of Risk Management at the School of Business and Economics. “That is of course not so strange; over the past hundred years, this has happened all the time. It is what all scientists have alway...

“Please, follow your dreams”

“Please, follow your dreams”

MAASTRICHT. Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa can still be nervous before an interview, especially in front of young people. “They sometimes ask these bright questions.” Last Tuesday, Brightlands Chemelot Campus organised a College Tour with Feringa, named after a popular TV series in which students ask questions. But why does it take plac...
One European research grant for Maastricht

One European research grant for Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling has received a so-called ‘starting grant’ from the European Research Council. The amount could be up to 1.5 million euro.  She intends to use the money to develop a method to measure the promising compound NAD+, which is formed during exercising.
“Research in unfamiliar territory is the most exciting. And the most frustrating”

“Research in unfamiliar territory is the most exciting. And the most frustrating”

A predictive machine is what you might call the brain, because it is constantly trying to predict what will happen. In a conversation, for example, it tries to ‘guess’ which word will follow and when. Cognitive neuroscientist Sanne ten Oever wants to unravel exactly how the brain does this. She won the Edmond Hustinx Prize, but unfortun...
Myth: Illegal downloading is here to stay

Myth: Illegal downloading is here to stay

In 2012, the Dutch providers Ziggo and XS4All blocked The Pirate Bay, the website that epitomizes the download culture. The block lasted two years, but had very little effect: 70 per cent of the downloaders appeared to have found alternative routes to illegally obtain The Lego Movie or Taylor Swift's latest album. The Netherlands is in the t...

“Finnish people never get hangovers”

“Finnish people never get hangovers”

Pietari Pitzen (21), from Finland, lost track of his Inkom group. “We had a party in the Mecc yesterday, called Legends of Tomorrow”, says Pitzen at the Picnic on Wednesday afternoon. “I guess that my group stayed in bed with a hangover. Finnish people never get hangovers. We exercise a lot and get used to it. The government disco...

How to abolish a numerus fixus

How to abolish a numerus fixus

MAASTRICHT. The numerus fixus for the study programme of Economics and Business Economics has never been reached. So, let’s get rid of it, says the SBE Faculty Board. The students think this a bad idea. The restriction works as a mark of quality and that scares off unmotivated students. In the Faculty Council meeting, the students unanim...
UPDATE: Student protests against sharing of personal details

UPDATE: Student protests against sharing of personal details

MAASTRICHT. The UM provides personal details of students to external parties such as Flycatcher and Studiekeuze 123. Is that allowed? And if so, why are students not informed about this and asked for their permission? FHML student Patrick Pilipiec has demanded access to university documents on the basis of the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act. Th...
Campsite guests and competition players

Campsite guests and competition players

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. Today: badminton.
“Banning corruption won’t happen”

“Banning corruption won’t happen”

Money laundering, match-fixing, nepotism, bribery. Corruption is business as usual at football clubs as well as at the highest governing bodies, such as FIFA. Last week, four law students organized a symposium on corruption and football. “Sports is a world of its own.”
UM neuroscientist nominated for Wetenschapstalent

UM neuroscientist nominated for Wetenschapstalent

MAASTRICHT. UM neuroscientist Michelle Moerel, researcher at the Centre for Systems Biology MaCSBio, has been nominated for the Wetenschapstalent 2017 competition. Moerel, who carries out research on the human hearing, is one of the 25 young scientists from the Netherlands and Belgium who were selected by the non-specialist journal New Scientist. ...

MERLN launches stem cell bank

MERLN launches stem cell bank

MAASTRICHT. When you see the photograph on the side, you don't immediately think: oh right, that is a piece of human brain. That is because the photograph was taken with the aid of a microscope. Moreover, the cells have been dyed blue to make them easier to see for studying purposes. The ‘piece of brain’ – removed post mo...

New student party at SBE

New student party at SBE

MAASTRICHT. Totalling 44, more lists than ever before have been submitted for the university elections, to be held from 15 to 18 May. This means that employees and students have a wide choice. A new student party has actually been set up at the School of Business and Economics: WE R SBE. The party advocates better preparation for the labour market,...

BMJ editor-in-chief's lecture on sloppy science

BMJ editor-in-chief's lecture on sloppy science

MAASTRICHT. It is the first time that an editor-in-chief of a top scientific journal is appointed as a professor at the UM. Fiona Godlee, from BMJ (British Medical Journal), will give her inaugural speech ‘Better evidence for better health’, next week.
Along hissing swans and cursing loitering teens

Along hissing swans and cursing loitering teens

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. Today: start running.
Myth: doctors can do a lot these days

Myth: doctors can do a lot these days

When prof. Harald Schmidt was a student, many lecturers and students raved about the holistic approach in medicine. Schmidt did not want to have anything to do with that “woolly babble”. He felt that if someone had a heart problem, you should look at his or her heart, and not at the person as a whole. In the meantime, he has change...

Salaries up, workload down

Salaries up, workload down

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. It was not an easy task, but unions and universities have reached a new collective labour contract. One of the most important agreements is that the workload will be addressed. The UM has already invested millions, but the University Council thinks that this is not enough.

From ‘very good’ to ‘world-leading’

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht institutes ICIS and UNU Merit received much praise after a joint VSNU research audit. In the area of ‘relevance to society’, they are ‘world-leading’. There are weak points too, such as the small number of research grants and the complicated organisational structure.
On the brain, emergency surgery and intubation

On the brain, emergency surgery and intubation

They don’t have obnoxious traditions, they’re not braggarts and, with the exception of a stray biomedical scientist, they all study medicine. Hence the fraternity name e Causa Ignota, which means ‘of unknown origin’. Or in other words: “You’re sick and we have absolutely no idea why.” Take a deep breath, be...

"You can't make a Dutchman from a Chinese"

"You can't make a Dutchman from a Chinese"

To what extent is the behaviour of managers influenced by culture? Former UM professor Geert Hofstede was the first to ask that question and in doing so became world-famous. His book Culture’s Consequences (1980) has been quoted more than 80 thousand times. American research is doubtful about his conclusions, claiming that it is in particular...
A licence to kill ... and to hug

A licence to kill ... and to hug

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics now has communities of sixty students, pools in which tutors collaborate and a new set of research themes. The “strategic renewal” will reach into every corner of the faculty – and it is already in full swing.
“Please, don't compare Majid Abdullah with Cruijff”

“Please, don't compare Majid Abdullah with Cruijff”

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. Today: indoor football.
On dead mice and the tree huggers of UCM

On dead mice and the tree huggers of UCM

Loosely translated, ex aequo means “on equal terms” – and it gives a good sense of the sorority. “We don’t force new students to fetch drinks for the older students, or give them only one third of a vote when we make decisions”, says Sophie te Boome, waving a knife dangerously back and forth at the kitchen table....

New Tefaf professor: Jan Hoeijmakers

New Tefaf professor: Jan Hoeijmakers

MAASTRICHT. The Rotterdam geneticist Jan Hoeijmakers, in broader circles known as the “ageing professor”, will hold the Tefaf chair for 2017. This annually alternating chair for cancer research, sponsored by art fair Tefaf, comes under research institute GROW.
"What on earth is a Brexit?"

"What on earth is a Brexit?"

In 2015, all hell broke loose when professor Jaap Bos changed the first-year subject Finance. Bos even decided it was better to stay away from the faculty for a few weeks to avoid aggressive students. Emotions don't always run so high, but complaining seems to be in the SBE students’ blood. In the latest edition of the Finance test, it ha...
First-year student sings in student rooms

First-year student sings in student rooms

MAASTRICHT. When he was 16, singer-songwriter Joshua Oudendijk (19), first-year student of European Studies, performed in the Rockhal in the city of Luxemburg, one of the most important pop podiums there. A year later, he was at the Luxemburg festival Sonic Visions, where bands like The Lumineers and Alex Vargas also played. “That is the a...

Wanted: non-sports lovers

Wanted: non-sports lovers

MAASTRICHT. How do you get students (and staff) up from their armchairs? How do you get them to do sports? This is going to be investigated by sixteen European universities from seven countries, including the UM, TU Eindhoven, RWTH Aachen (coordinator), and Imperial College London. The kick-off for this so-called Active Campus Europe Project in the...
UM site was unprotected for two years

UM site was unprotected for two years

MAASTRICHT.The UM website Book a room, where students can reserve a room (for group work) using their login credentials, was unprotected for almost two years. A master's student at the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences made this discovery. A mistake, according to ICTS, who took immediate action. Chances of damage are so small...
“So were you lured in?"

“So were you lured in?"

Jos Lemmink actually thought it would be fun to cook with the students. Not because he lacked faith in their culinary skills, but for nostalgic reasons. He once lived in a student house in Groningen, and still recalls the communal act of chopping and stir-frying vegetables. Which is not to say this always resulted in Michelin-star delights: “...

Work pressure too high for academics

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. A Dutch Trades Union Congress (FNV) survey shows that six in ten university employees are so busy that they develop physical and mental complaints. The Executive Board and the University Council have been crossing swords for some time over the issue of work pressure at the UM.
‘Use less. Recycle the rest’

‘Use less. Recycle the rest’

At the end of March, thousands of waste bins will disappear from UM offices, corridors and classrooms. They will be replaced by 875 centrally located bins, spread across 33 university buildings. The objective is to stimulate waste recycling, in order to become a more sustainable university. The motto is: ‘Use less. Recycle the rest.’ ...

“Irritating, students who clap after a lecture”

“Irritating, students who clap after a lecture”

First, the name: why on earth would a korfball club call itself De Hippo’s? And where did that mischievous hippopotamus in the logo come from? According to president Yvonne Simons, the women who founded the club 25 years ago were not exactly skin and bones. What’s more, they all lived in the Heugemerveld district, which is dotted with t...

BMJ editor in chief becomes UM professor

BMJ editor in chief becomes UM professor

MAASTRICHT. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the top medical journal BMJ (British Medical Journal), will become a professor at Maastricht University. The chair was set up by the national research school CaRe, of which the Maastricht institute Caphri is a part. “I think our PhD candidates now have a greater chance of writing a top publication....
Living in a doghouse

Living in a doghouse

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday four Italian UM students who had raised funds for the refugees headed for the ‘Jungle’ in Calais and the smaller camp at Dunkirk. Calais has been completely wiped out, says third-year law student Angelica Giombini. “It’s as if a tsunami has washed everything away. In the mud you still find left-behi...

“Russia and China will test Trump”

“Russia and China will test Trump”

MAASTRICHT. As president of the United States, Donald Trump will press the NATO partners to spend more money on defense, but also: to deal more adequately with immigrants and refugees. “This has nothing to do with the number of refugees the European nations should take in, but with the way you incorporate them into your culture. America knows...

New university professor and institute for Data Sciences

New university professor and institute for Data Sciences

MAASTRICHT. UM has appointed a fourth university professor in the field of Data Science. Canadian Michel Dumontier (1975) is senior lecturer at Stanford University and will also lead a new Maastricht institute for Data Sciences.
UM students still going to Calais

UM students still going to Calais

MAASTRICHT. They had raised €4300 and collected sixty boxes of clothes, blankets, pillows, shoes and sleeping bags to transport to the refugee camp in Calais. Then the French authorities dismantled the ‘Jungle’. Right in exam week, too, says law student Angelica Giombini, one of the four Italian students who organised the initiativ...

Stressed? Take Ritalin

Stressed? Take Ritalin

Ritalin, Adderall, Modafinil. Are SBE students taking ‘study drugs’ more often? Research by honours students shows that one in seven students from SBE has on occasion taken a ‘cognitive enhancer’. But also that the stress and the competitiveness at the faculty promote their use. Board member Huub Meijers: "I know that s...
Four Italians head to the ‘Jungle’

Four Italians head to the ‘Jungle’

With all the blankets, pillows, clothes and shoes they’ve collected, at least one student room is already overflowing. In addition, they managed to raise some 2500 euros in two weeks. They can hardly believe it; so touched were they that they even cried. “We were so surprised by all the appreciation and loving emails and messages”...

Four Italians head to the ‘Jungle’

MAASTRICHT. With all the blankets, pillows, clothes and shoes they’ve collected, at least one student room is already overflowing. In addition, they managed to raise some 2500 euros in two weeks. They can hardly believe it; so touched were they that they even cried. “We were so surprised by all the appreciation and loving emails and mes...

Psychology in the lead, Medicine at the bottom again

Psychology in the lead, Medicine at the bottom again

MAASTRICHT. In the latest Elsevier ranking, the best and the worst bachelor’s programmes in Maastricht are exactly the same as last year: University College and Psychology come out as best in the country and Medicine as one of the worst, just like Biomedical Sciences. The best UM master’s in the country are: Psychology, M...
Films to enrich the curriculum

Films to enrich the curriculum

The “1970s living room” on the Bogaardenstraat was recently traded in for a hundred-year-old boilerhouse with style. But the new Lumière is not about to start showing James Bond films. Definitely not. What the cinema would like to do is cooperate in a more structural way with Maastricht University: “UM will have free use of Screen...
‘Let’s get wasted’

‘Let’s get wasted’

MAASTRICHT. Rubbish was an item on the agenda at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) council meeting last summer. The following dialogue developed:  “I have heard a rumour that wastepaper baskets are going to disappear from offices and classrooms,” says council member and lecturer Marc van Ekert. “And that we would ...

Starving and abusing your own body

Starving and abusing your own body

By the end of her study programme Anne Marsman had reached the end of her rope. She was having trouble remembering things and vomiting more and more often. What was going on? Back then she was as closed as an oyster, but now the Maastricht PhD candidate talks frankly about her ordeal, keen to dispel the common prejudices about eating disorders and ...
From coal mining to data mining

From coal mining to data mining

Mandela, Einstein, cycling, nature, the physicist Robert Dijkgraaf and finally a shot from space. The intended effect of the promotional film that kicked off the opening programme of the Smart Services Campus in Heerlen may not be immediately obvious, but the link with smart services should become clear soon enough. It is a year since Maastricht...

Student Union denounces student hotels

Student Union denounces student hotels

THE NETHERLANDS. City councils must force student hotels to comply with tenancy law, according to the Dutch Student Union (LSVb). At present, students who rent rooms in such hotels have no tenancy protection and the hotels reserve the right to enter the rooms at any time.
“Mr Van Schayck, life is no joke”

“Mr Van Schayck, life is no joke”

Tuesday evening, Bogaardenstraat 16. We’re sitting on the first floor of an apartment building where students and Maastricht locals live in harmony together. Most of the time, at least. The police were called in a few weeks ago, says psychology student Elizabeth de Nijs. “Nienke and I were just talking, with a bit of music on in the bac...

Does Lagakari have many couples, the prof asks

Does Lagakari have many couples, the prof asks

No, Angeniet Helwig didn’t spend hours cleaning her room; she did remove some beer mats with messages of kissing, cuddling and boozing from the wall. Excuse me? Yes, that is a tradition at Lagakari – we’ll come back to the cuddling later. Helwig lives on the Grote Gracht, in a building that houses more than forty students. Perfec...

Tribute to a ‘disobedient’ Maastricht native

Tribute to a ‘disobedient’ Maastricht native

Without him there would have been no university, no hospital, perhaps not even a city to gradually awaken from its provincial slumber. So if any Maastrichtenaar deserves a statue, it’s Sjeng Tans. He was a true daredevil, a Labour Party (PvdA) politician who fought for a university in Limburg. The statue was created by the artist Caius Spr...

Three Veni's for Maastricht, thirty for Utrecht

Three Veni's for Maastricht, thirty for Utrecht

MAASTRICHT. In every round of grants awarded by the Dutch funding body NWO, some universities are more successful than others. This time the discrepancies are considerable: while Utrecht landed some thirty Veni grants, Maastricht managed only three. The lucky Maastricht recipients are Agnieszka Molinska (MUMC), Aurélie Carlier (MERLN) and Paul S...

Not to get hit by bikes

Not to get hit by bikes

Name: Lourane Sahraoui (18) Nationality: French Study: European & International Law Time & place: Tuesday, 13.00 hrs., Day @ the uni (garden SBE)
“I’ll miss my mom’s schnitzel”

“I’ll miss my mom’s schnitzel”

Name: Laila El Gindi Nationality: German Study: Economics Time & place: Monday 15.30 hrs., Centrale Post Inkom
No CV with 500 publications

No CV with 500 publications

“Be careful,” says researcher Anne Roefs (Liempde, 40). “There are two psychology professors who are called Colin Macleod. One is from Australia and the other is from Canada. They even call it the Two-Colin-Problem. They have met each other once and wrote an article together, because as it happens, they both carry out researc...
Wageningen again most sustainable university

Wageningen again most sustainable university

MAASTRICHT. For the fourth year in a row, Wageningen University has been declared most sustainable institute of higher education. The university is practically unassailable in the annual SustainaBul ranking. The UM dangles at the bottom.
“If you leave the system, you won’t survive”

“If you leave the system, you won’t survive”

Scientific articles should first and foremost be made available in a database that is freely accessible to everyone and only after that be published in journals. Surprisingly, this statement comes from the editor-in-chief of the renowned British Medical Journal (BMJ). An interview with Fiona Godlee.
Playing table tennis in the SBE Bar

Playing table tennis in the SBE Bar

No, there have been no stories about students or employees drifting along the Tongersestraat after closing time. That is probably also due to the fact that the SBE Bar closes at 20:00hrs. The initiative for a faculty pub in the Kruithuis came from the students but the School of Business and Economics, caterer Albron and Facility Services fully supp...

“Germany supposed to be strong and weak at the same time”

“Germany supposed to be strong and weak at the same time”

Germany – but where is it located? These words by the poet Friedrich Schiller were used by Irish historian Brendan Simms as a point of departure for his Schuman lecture, organised by Studium Generale.
Not afraid to be contrary

Not afraid to be contrary

He was a pioneer in the field of chronic pain. His name is Wilbert Fordyce and he was a clinical psychologist, whose ideas still stand. Johan Vlaeyen, professor of Psychology, owes a great deal to him.
Bringing abstract matter to life

Bringing abstract matter to life

Analytical chemistry is not for everybody. It is a dry subject, but Anne Bruinen, Ph.D. candidate at the M4I institute, has been inspired for life by a fanatical trainee researcher in Leiden.
“He opened up a whole field”

“He opened up a whole field”

“If I have looked further than others, it is only because I have been carried by those who were great.” Dixit Isaac Newton. The giant in the field of Ph.D. candidate Mireille Sthijns is Arne Holmgren, the Swedish professor of Biochemistry who always brings his dachshund to work
With your nose pressed against the glass

With your nose pressed against the glass

MAASTRICHT. He gained worldwide fame with a rubber duck. A gigantic inflatable whopper, called Rubber Duck, has splashed around in Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and at the end of last year off the coast of Long Island near New York. Its creator is Florentijn Hofman, whose artwork ‘Scans’ was revealed on the facade of the Scann...

Forty per cent of economic experiments cannot be replicated

Forty per cent of economic experiments cannot be replicated

MAASTRICHT. Last year, it was the psychologists who took a beating, now it seems that it is the experimental economists’ turn: a study by the journal Science shows that 40 per cent of the experiments have different results when repeated. According to UM professor Arno Riedl, it is not as clear-cut as that.
Discovering your own voice

Discovering your own voice

She was the first lawyer to win the Spinoza Prize, the most prestigious scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2009. Professor Deirdre Curtin has spunk, has always gone her own way, off the beaten track. That is what makes her an example for Anniek de Ruijter, assistant professor of European Law.
Foucault kept him awake

Foucault kept him awake

Hans Schouwenburg was born a year after French philosopher Michel Foucault died from AIDS in 1984. The PhD graduate from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was drawn into Foucault’s ideas when he was a student. “Things that you took for granted, he brutally discredited. I started to doubt everything. It almost led to an existential...
Ban all booze! Or not?

Ban all booze! Or not?

Eloquent, erudite, but also arrogant. These are the characteristics of British psychiatrist Griffith Edwards (1928-2012), an authority in the field of alcohol addiction. Edwards would have liked to have banned all alcohol, says addiction specialist Paul Lemmens, but when you met him at home, port flowed liberally.
Valorisation is “outstanding, number of top publications limited”

Valorisation is “outstanding, number of top publications limited”

MAASTRICHT. Grants and top publications are somewhat lacking, but all in all economic and business administration research at SBE is of a high level. Just like in the rest of the Netherlands, according to the latest QANU assessment report. But faculties that want to be at the top, must pay higher salaries.
The study of a mysterious phenomenon

The study of a mysterious phenomenon

MAASTRICHT. Certainly, he is elated and grateful for the Thesis Prize that he was awarded during the founding day celebrations. But neuroscientist Tom de Graaf also has some mixed feelings, because many of his colleagues produce interesting work too. The day after, De Graaf is at home sick. He wasn’t feeling great during the session, but of c...

Career measures for female PhDs

Career measures for female PhDs

MAASTRICHT. The Executive Board is considering special measures to prevent women quitting after they have completed their PhD. Rector Soete feels that something has to be done, also because it is even more difficult for a peripheral university to recruit women. A remarkable number of researchers completed a PhD in Maastricht in 2015 – many mo...
Completely ruined

Completely ruined

MAASTRICHT. Holocene, Pleistocene, Palaeocene. All well known, but have you ever heard of Anthropocene? According to Christian Schwägerl, we are in the middle of that right now. The German biologist and journalist claims that there is actually no single place on earth that has not been ‘ruined’ by man. Schwägerl will give a Studium Gene...
“He is like a fatherly friend to me”

“He is like a fatherly friend to me”

Biochemist and former rector Coen Hemker was a member of the ‘Gang of Seven’ that prepared for the arrival of the Maastricht Faculty of Medicine at the beginning of the nineteen-seventies. Hemker became a hotshot in the field of thrombosis. Who was his inspiration? A world-famous Scottish haematologist who could polish Japanese swords w...
Science students win NWO competition

Science students win NWO competition

MAASTRICHT. Three students from the Maastricht Science Programme won the NWO Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition last week. Onno Akkermans, Mitch Spronck and Pegah Keshaniyan went home with one thousand euro each. They created a bit with a built-in miniature sensor that detects awake bruxism. In layman’s terms: teeth gnashing during wake...

The terror of GDR athletes

The terror of GDR athletes

Cell biologist Werner Franke is a broad-shouldered, charismatic, very present man. It was this former head of the German cancer research institute who played a formative role in the career of UM professor Frans Ramaekers.
 UM lecturer wins Polish Person of the Year election

UM lecturer wins Polish Person of the Year election

MAASTRICHT. Kasia Czabanowska, senior lecturer of Health Sciences, was declared Polish Person of the Year 2015 in the category Science and Technology during a gala in a TV studio in Hilversum last Saturday. The gala was organised by the Polonus Foundation and the Polish embassy in the Netherlands. Polonus is a foundation that wants to boost the ima...

Well-known among LSD lovers: Bicycle day

Well-known among LSD lovers: Bicycle day

It is not really a book that is popular among teenagers, but Vera Schrauwen (42), born in Zurich, became fascinated by it at the age of fifteen: LSD - Mein Sorgenkind (1979) by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann. It is also written in a style that is dry as dust, says the lecturer at Radiology. The subject itself, however, is interesti...
Questions about BISS education

Questions about BISS education

MAASTRICHT. The technical universities of Twente and Eindhoven have raised concerns about the study programmes at the BISS institute Business Intelligence and Smart Services (BISS) institute in Heerlen. The institute, established by the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and partners, will focus on transforming big data into services. The techn...

Rearranging money and powers

Rearranging money and powers

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) has changed course: future decisions on education will be made not by the departments, but by special project teams. Powers will be transferred from the departments to these teams, and the departments will be expected to invest their ample savings. These changes should remove major barriers to ...
“Apes can control themselves for about 20 minutes”

“Apes can control themselves for about 20 minutes”

Do chimpanzees have free will? What can we learn from apes? Last Tuesday, psychology students gathered for a masterclass by the world-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal. As it turns out, not everyone is a fan of De Waal – there are chimpanzees that throw rocks at him.
Research in an aquarium

Research in an aquarium

More often than not, a lab consists of isolated ‘corners’ where research groups work with their own equipment. This kind of fragmentation is a thing of the past in the new lab run by the department of surgery and the M4I institute, respectively by Prof. Steven Olde Damink and Prof. Ron Heeren. Here, on the fifth floor of UNS 50, wh...

Nineteen bicycles stolen in Randwijck

Nineteen bicycles stolen in Randwijck

MAASTRICHT. Randwijck is suffering a wave of bicycle thefts. Nineteen bicycles have disappeared from the locked bicycle storage under the university library since July. “A very disturbing case, we don’t know what to do,” says location manager Allert Andela.

2,000 euro for UM thesis

MAASTRICHT. Ingrid Kremer, a recent graduate from the research master’s of Health Sciences, has won the Catharina Pijls Aanmoedigingsprijs (Catharina Pijls encouragement prize) for her thesis on MS medication. This annual prize, specifically for Maastricht Health Sciences graduates, consists of two thousand euro, to be spent at the winner&rsq...
Tracing your father’s steps

Tracing your father’s steps

He led by example and showed his eight children - who all went to university - how to make something of life. Yes, it was his father who inspired Canadian researcher Lloyd Akrong the most.
NIP wants to talk with Maastricht psychologists

NIP wants to talk with Maastricht psychologists

The Dutch Institute for Psychologists (NIP), which recently reprimanded Prof. Corine de Ruiter, wants to speak about this with UM psychologists. The Executive Board states that they have “complete faith” in De Ruiter. The Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences has created a committee of “eminent persons” to investigate the ...
Trend: SBE students tend to focus on exams

Trend: SBE students tend to focus on exams

MAASTRICHT. Poorly formulated questions, typos, the degree of difficulty: SBE students occasionally have a point and there are genuine issues with an exam. In such cases, it’s understandable that they band together in protest. But these days they seem to be doing it even for spelling mistakes. Moreover, some tutors have found themselves being...
Tutors to sit exams first

Tutors to sit exams first

MAASTRICHT. To improve the quality of exams, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has come up with a novel measure: before students sit an exam, the tutor who developed it should first have a fellow tutor take the exam. Depending on the mark obtained, the exam questions will then be critically evaluated.
UM student did fieldwork in Iraq, 30 km from IS

UM student did fieldwork in Iraq, 30 km from IS

“Since the seventies the Iraqi Kurds have been constantly exposed to violence and threats”, says Hanife Masoomifar, a Canadian master’s student from the School of Governance who did his fieldwork in the capital of Erbil in July. “There was the war between Iraq and Iran, the aggression of Saddam Hussein, including chemical we...
A bit with Bluetooth to combat tooth grinding

A bit with Bluetooth to combat tooth grinding

MAASTRICHT. It hardly ever happens: bachelor’s students obtaining a NWO grant. Nevertheless, this is exactly what three students from the Maastricht Science Program managed to do. Before the summer, they received 27 thousand euro, for a subject that doesn’t immediately make you think ‘science’: bruxism. Otherwise known as to...
An outsider at highschool

An outsider at highschool

At the Bisschoppelijk College Sittard grammar school, Prof. Hans Bosma (Einighausen, 1963) did not go down in history as the model pupil. More like a teenager, in a Black Sabbath or Motörhead t-shirt, who was often contrary, played truant, did not work, and who was moved back from sixth to fifth class. “I obviously wasn’t feeling good,&...
Start of science master’s programmes

Start of science master’s programmes

MAASTRICHT. The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) gave the go-ahead for two new science master’s programmes during the summer: Biobased Materials and Systems Biology. The minister had already given approval in January. The masters fit in well with the UM strategy to boost science education. The study program...

“Bad English still problem”

“Bad English still problem”

“SBE is a cool place to study”, several students said reassuringly during the first of a series of debates with the Faculty Board. But that’s not to say things are perfect. The students criticised the level of English, the lack of reflection, and the absence of a sense of community.
“He permanently changed my view on politics”

“He permanently changed my view on politics”

He wanted his book History of the Peloponnesian War ‘to be a lasting possession’. As far as historian Pieter Caljé is concerned, the Greek historian Thucydides certainly succeeded in this. “It is 2,400 years old, but it is still very much alive.”
Advising and challenging

Advising and challenging

MAASTRICHT. The discipline of student adviser is more than just “providing first aid” these days. It is also about 21st-century skills, employability and reflection on the study programme, career and oneself. Last week, the Maastricht student advisers organised a seminar on modern student advising. 
Hazy HR policy at SBE

Hazy HR policy at SBE

MAASTRICHT. The male-female ratio among PhD candidates is balanced, but of all the lecturers, only one in five is female. This dropout is typical for SBE in Maastricht. The Service Science Factory tried to identify causes and solutions and presented its findings on Tuesday.
The time is right: 31 men are retiring

The time is right: 31 men are retiring

MAASTRICHT. “A mind-shift is needed, and in certain cases it may be necessary to appoint an external female candidate, even when suitable internal male candidates are available.” That is what the memo about Women in Academia by the Executive Board states. During the opening of the academic year, it was announced that the Board would dra...

“He is genuinely interested in young academics”

“He is genuinely interested in young academics”

She didn’t initially aspire to an academic career, but when Denise Prévost, Associate Professor of International Economic Law, worked with André van der Walt, currently distinguished Professor of Law at Stellenbosch University, she changed her mind.
“Language is in control of us”

“Language is in control of us”

“Writing starts with a sense of a tension, which gets into my head. A friend and writer once said to me: ‘I have that scream in my head and I need to get rid of it, in a manner that is as beautiful and elegant as possible.’” This is how Man Booker Prize winner John Banville explained how a new story of his is born.  ...

"Splitting up Ukraine is misplaced"

"Splitting up Ukraine is misplaced"

MAASTRICHT. It wouldn’t surprise him if the conflict in Ukraine rekindled. In the latest Minsk Treaty, the aggressors (the separatists) came out best, which implies: aggression pays off. This is the opinion of Arkady Moshes, an expert on the relations between the EU and Russia. Next week, he will give the Schuman lecture, organised by Studium...
Black spots between the shoulder blades

Black spots between the shoulder blades

Ten years ago, nobody would have believed that adults could have something like brown fat. That was something found only in animals and new-borns, who are in need of extra heat. Because brown fat is a tissue that burns calories, thus providing heat. At the time, in 2004, postdoc Joris Hoeks (36) went to Stockholm. He did research into metabolism...

“No, he never came along to the ‘Oktoberfest’”

“No, he never came along to the ‘Oktoberfest’”

It started during the interview for a postdoc place in Munich. Aside from his imposing appearance ("he is about two metres tall") and tasteful attire, professor Hans-Jürgen Wester pointed out a missed opportunity during her earlier PhD research. Wouldn’t she have been better off including certain control studies in her publicat...

SBE revises thesis policy

SBE revises thesis policy

MAASTRICHT. After the yellow cards issued by NVAO for the FASoS theses, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has decided to seriously upgrade its final project in the bachelor’s programme from four to eight credits. Another reason is that its own students and staff increasingly regarded the so-called capstone as a 'necessary hurdle&...
About statistics and the zap and scan culture

About statistics and the zap and scan culture

Many scientists, from Health Sciences to Economics, have no real idea about what they are doing when make statistical calculations. They know how the software (SPSS) works but they usually don’t know the model behind it. Helpless researchers from Health Sciences, Medicine and Psychology regularly knock on professor Gerard van Breukelen’...

No ‘monoculture’ at SBE

No ‘monoculture’ at SBE

MAASTRICHT. Criticism about Economics education at Dutch universities is accumulating. Just like (Maastricht) students have done before, a group of sixteen professors are now calling for more diversity in academic education.
“Current physics is a mess”

“Current physics is a mess”

A mess, or less slightingly, a cookery book: physics is a collection of recipes from a variety of cuisines. This is the view of physicist Ronald Westra, who organised the two-day masterclass New physics, beyond the standard model, together with the Science Programme, and brought a number of big shots to the UM. Is there or is there not go...
One-million euro magnet

One-million euro magnet

MAASTRICHT. Tuesday morning, just before 9 o’clock, the truck from Amsterdam arrives at the grounds of UNS 50. It has a 9.4 Tesla magnet on board, the showpiece in professor Ron Heeren’s lab. The magnet, which cost a million euro, was transported ‘cold’, says Heeren, an expert in molecular imaging. “It is in a kind of...

“There are no good or bad students”

“There are no good or bad students”

MAASTRICHT. The jury was impressed by the efforts that she had made to promote educational innovation at the UM, in addition to her job as a PhD candidate. Catalina Goanta won the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, a sculpture and 5,000 euro.
Crazy about time series

Crazy about time series

He will have been an inspiration for many economists, both in the Netherlands and abroad. If only for the fact that Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) was one of the founding fathers of Econometrics. He moved in the same circles as Einstein and Keynes, and was the first to receive the Nobel Prize for Economics, in 1969.

Two economists in top 40

MAASTRICHT. The latest Dutch ‘Economentop 40’ (Top 40 Economists), which was recently published by the journal Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB), only includes two researchers from Maastricht University. Senior lecturer Nils Kok, who obtained an NWO vidi grant last year, is in 32nd place, and Jean-Jacques Herings, profes...
Vitally important: latex gloves

Vitally important: latex gloves

MAASTRICHT. The Executive Board supports a midwifery school (as well as a maternity ward) in Sierra Leone that is suffering because of the Ebola crisis. There are flyers with information on how to donate at the Foundation Day event. Mundo, the UM development office, worked together with the midwifery school some years ago.
“I named a teddy bear after him”

“I named a teddy bear after him”

The syllabus 'Philosophy of Mathematical Thought and Information Technology' is on his desk. “That was the teaching material that was used for one of the subjects that I took with Louk Fleischhacker. I found it when I was clearing out my parents’ house”, Arie van der Lugt (1968) explains.
‘Vice rector’ to drive educational innovations

‘Vice rector’ to drive educational innovations

MAASTRICHT. To speed up educational innovation, the Executive Board has appointed a 'vice rector of education' in the person of FHS dean Harm Hospers, also director of Edlab. "We have been talking about 'PGO 2.0' for five years, but we haven’t made enough progress."
Thirty new jobs at SBE

Thirty new jobs at SBE

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is about to recruit dozens of academics for a total of thirty FTEs. Staff numbers have not increased in proportion to the growing student population. More than that: SBE now has 61 fewer academic FTEs than in 2010, while the number of students has risen.
Access to thousands of journals in danger of being blocked

Access to thousands of journals in danger of being blocked

MAASTRICHT. A sinister radio silence is all that is left, after negotiations between Dutch universities and Reed Elsevier publishers have failed. Licences are due to run out on 1 January and researchers will no longer be able to read the latest editions of many journals, including The Lancet.
The advantage of unvarnished criticism

The advantage of unvarnished criticism

After completing a study in Groningen, Lemmink left for a job with the PTT in The Hague. As a “junior water carrier” he watched in awe when he ended up in an advisory group for the organisation’s top management. An interesting job, but after four years he moved further south when the UM set up an Economics faculty. “I was m...

“It was painful to cut out half my data”

“It was painful to cut out half my data”

Robbert van Driessche (24), student of the Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Studies, spent six months researching resistance to change in urban (re)design.

SBE to radically innovate education

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics has elaborate plans for a thorough reorganisation of its education system and is setting aside one million euro a year for this purpose. Problem-based learning has become stale, almost a cliché, says dean Vergauwen, and requires renewing. The faculty has set up five strategic teams that will put forw...
The Selbsthass of the Germans

The Selbsthass of the Germans

MAASTRICHT. Who is to blame? That is the question that professor Christopher Clark raises in his latest book The sleepwalkers: how Europe went to war in 1914. According to the Australian historian, an unequivocal answer cannot be given. His Maastricht colleague Georgi Verbeeck does not quite agree. Clark is scheduled to give the Tans lecture, ...
“The punishment for smuggling didn’t really work as a deterrent”

“The punishment for smuggling didn’t really work as a deterrent”

The First World War: the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences used it as a theme for a cross-border project; the RWTH Aachen was a partner. Approximately thirty students with Flemish, Walloon, Dutch, German and even British and Austrian nationalities participated. It was all done within the framework of Marble, Maastricht University’s project ...
Far ahead of his time

Far ahead of his time

Just like Jan Tinbergen was the founder of Econometrics, it was Joop Hartog who was at the basis of Labour Economics in the Netherlands. Professor Gerard Pfann (54) can still imagine him as he was then. "Sandals, long beard, and a tiny pencil in his hand to note everything down. Hartog did not act as an authority in the traditional sense. He w...

UCM in the lead, Biomedical Sciences in deep trouble

UCM in the lead, Biomedical Sciences in deep trouble

MAASTRICHT. The annual Elsevier survey shows that students voted University College Maastricht as the best college in the country. Biomedical Sciences on the other hand is in deep trouble, say both students and professors. The programme will be turned inside out.
“He went to the office every day until he was 84”

“He went to the office every day until he was 84”

It was January 2005 when the Maastricht professors Franz Palm and Jean-Jacques Herings together delivered the laudatory address when Belgian economist Jacques Drèze was awarded his honorary doctorate. “That day was a high point and a low point for me. I was 35 at the time and felt so privileged to be the honorary supervisor for Drèze, the mos...

"Frijda provoked students"

"Frijda provoked students"

“Unconventional and provocative.” That is how Marko Jelicic (55), senior lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, describes his source of inspiration, Nico Frijda (87). Frijda, emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam, gained international fame with his magnum opus The Emotions (1986). In this book, he proposes ...

New anti-plagiarism software

New anti-plagiarism software

MAASTRICHT. The UM is going to use new anti-plagiarism software to combat fraud. The new programme is more user-friendly. Safe Assign (part of Blackboard), which has been applied at the UM for the past ten years, will continue to be used. What is the advantage of two anti-plagiarism programmes? “You offer lecturers a choice,” says Ingr...

“The fact that I didn’t drop Psychology is all down to one man”

“The fact that I didn’t drop Psychology is all down to one man”

It was touch and go whether professor Rainer Goebel (1964, Fulda), the world-famous brain expert, would throw in the towel with regard to his Psychology study. What was wrong? At the beginning of the nineteen-eighties Goebel registered with the University of Marburg for two studies: Computer Sciences and Psychology. The interaction between mind an...

UM suspends animal experiments

UM suspends animal experiments

MAASTRICHT. UM has suspended its cardiology research using 39 Labradors after protests from the Anti Dierproeven Coalitie (anti-animal testing coalition, or ADC). By Tuesday morning, more than 100 thousand people had signed the ‘Free the Labradors’ petition.
A UM logo made from Nutella

A UM logo made from Nutella

MAASTRICHT. Pancakes, pasta, and performances with chocolate and sugar. ‘Printing’ food is not exactly common. Nevertheless, the UM is thinking of setting up an expertise centre. SBE students have already carried out a study on the matter.
Science Programme awards its first diplomas

Science Programme awards its first diplomas

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht Science Programme will award its first bachelor’s diplomas in three weeks’ time. Where will the students end up? To which master’s will they be admitted? “Some of them already know,” says dean Thomas Cleij. “But in September, we will know exactly where everyone has ended up. That will b...

Teach a subject in German for a change!

Teach a subject in German for a change!

MAASTRICHT. ‘Code switching’ - briefly changing over into the native language -  benefits education in English. It allows students to process knowledge more successfully. This is one of the subjects that will be discussed next week during the Maastricht symposium on the growing use of English in higher education, which will also ma...

Cross-border research

MAASTRICHT. UM is to be a ‘Euraxess service point’. Excuse me? It will hardly ring a bell with many, although there are already more than 250 of these service points in forty countries. It is a ‘desk’ – for the Netherlands only in Tilburg, for the time being – that provides information about working abroad. Eurax...

The illusion of self-stabilisation

The illusion of self-stabilisation

MAASTRICHT. How can God exist while there is so much suffering in the world? The answer to this – at least according to philosopher Leibnitz - is that God created the best of all possible worlds. This explanation, or theodicy, also has an economic variant: the so-called ecodicy. How can an economy flourish while everyone’s pursuits are ...

SBE satisfied about pilot exam fraud

SBE satisfied about pilot exam fraud

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) looks back with satisfaction on its trial project using metal detectors to combat exam fraud. The test took place on 24 January during the Quantitative Methods 3 exam in the Mecc. Economics will continue to use the equipment in the future to detect mobile phones in the toilet facilities, said d...

Lack of critical thinking

Lack of critical thinking

MAASTRICHT. Students at the School of Business and Economics have expressed disappointment at the lack of critical thinking during their curricula. Therefore, the student members of the Faculty Council have proposed the introduction of a course on the history of economics. “If we do not know the history of economics, we are doomed to reproduc...

Bold theft at the UM

Bold theft at the UM

MAASTRICHT. There were a few bold thefts at the UM at the end of last year. An employee was threatened with an angle grinder during a motor scooter theft; a laptop - during Skype-connection! - was stolen from the university library, and a homeless person was overpowered on the Tongersestraat, having put five iPad minis and a laptop in his bag. &ldq...
Detection equipment? A waste of money!

Detection equipment? A waste of money!

MAASTRICHT. Not all students welcome the new detection equipment, which the School of Business and Economics (SBE) wants to use to combat exam fraud. SBE students have started a petition on Facebook: Stop exaggerated exam regulations at Dutch universities! Others, who were interviewed by TV news reporters – the media attention was h...
UM tests detector in toilets

UM tests detector in toilets

MAASTRICHT. Receiving the right answers to exam questions on a smartphone from the toilets will soon be a thing of the past. Maastricht University wants to start using special detectors. The first test will take place in January.
The American era is over

The American era is over

MAASTRICHT. What economic order will arise from the ruins of the 2008 financial crisis? This remains unclear, but in any event, the key is to prevent business leaders from striving for disastrous business goals. So argued professor emeritus Geert Hofstede in his lecture ‘Beyond growth, greed and quarterly results’, organised last Tuesda...
25 years of supervising at SBE by ex-marine

25 years of supervising at SBE by ex-marine

MAASTRICHT. It used to be much less strict during exams. “Back then, dictionaries were never checked for cheat sheets,” says ex-marine Ther Gijsen (80), who has been supervising exams at the School of Business and Economics for the past 25 years.
“I’m not the panicking type”

“I’m not the panicking type”

MAASTRICHT. Sudan is located on the Nile and has lots of water resources – but that is not to say everyone there has clean drinking water. Far from it. This is what Isabel Mank, a German master’s student of Global Health, discovered in and around the capital of Khartoum. Although the research didn't go quite as planned, Mank’s...

2000 euros for a thesis

MAASTRICHT. Isabel Mank, a German master student Global Health, has won the Catharina Pijls Aanmoedigingsprijs – 2000 euros – for her thesis on local water management in Sudan.  “One can imagine that this is not the easiest environment to gather data”, says her mentor Rik Crutzen, “but she managed to do this adequ...

About the mantra of permanent growth

About the mantra of permanent growth

Who: Thomas Thijssens, economist at the School of Business and Economics Book: Whatever, by Michel Houellebecq Target group: students of Economics and Business Administration
About a boy that never stopped playing

About a boy that never stopped playing

Who: UM curator Mieke Derickx Artwork: Panamarenko’s aeroplane Target group: students from all faculties

Lot of criticism on education investments

THE NETHERLANDS.The government initially wanted to cut the education budget by 250 million euro, but has now found 700 million for investments. The universities and opposition parties say it is paid for out of their own pockets, because the money has come from shifting funds within the education budget. The extra 700 million is a result of circulat...

Three toilet visits during exams

MAASTRICHT. The plan to limit visits to the toilet during exams to no more than one, to prevent mobile telephone fraud as much as possible, has been scrapped. The new Code of Order for Exams, effective as of last week, states that Maastricht students are allowed to make three visits to the toilet during a three-hour exam. The students are pleasantl...

Student committed fraud during two studies

MAASTRICHT. The foreign student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who was suspected of plagiarism, committed fraud at two Maastricht master’s studies. For one study she never received her diploma because results were declared invalid beforehand, in November 2012. For the other master’s study a diploma was issued but has by no...

Everything always returns

Everything always returns

Who: philosopher Rob Houtepen (FHML) Film: Ten Canoes Target group: students from all faculties
Cultivated meat or artificial meat?

Cultivated meat or artificial meat?

MAASTRICHT. Two thirds of the Dutch people support the cultivation of meat, according to a survey carried out by Flycatcher research agency among 1,200 Dutch respondents. The reason for the study was the presentation of a hamburger cultivated by Mark Post, UM professor of vascular physiology, on 5 August in London. Half of the respondents would li...

T.S. Eliot on your iPod

T.S. Eliot on your iPod

Who: Guido Goossens, lecturer of Art Theory at tthe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Book: The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot Target group: Arts and Social Sciences students

UM withdraws diploma of foreign student

MAASTRICHT. A foreign master’s student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences appears to have cheated so seriously that the Examination Committee intends to revoke the diploma. This has never happened before at the UM.
SBE students want a Complaint Task Force

SBE students want a Complaint Task Force

MAASTRICHT. Lecturers are often so overloaded with complaints after an exam that the way in which these complaints are dealt with leaves a lot to be desired. This should improve, according to SBE students in the faculty council, who argued in favour of a Complaint Task Force in the latest council meeting. The board sees nothing in this suggestion. ...
Exchanging T-shirts at the town hall

Exchanging T-shirts at the town hall

MAASTRICHT. Last Monday, a hundred or so students from all over the world visited the town hall and exchanged T-shirts. Most were participants in the International Case Competition Maastricht (ICC@M), held this week by the School of Business and Economics. In total, sixteen business schools sent teams to Maastricht. In case competitions – org...

Freedom and euroscepticism

MAASTRICHT. In a more and more globalizing world Europe needs to find strategies to keep pace with the international economic developments. One of its traditional strenghts is knowledge, which underlies the most important socio-political concept of the EU: a knowledge society based on research and development, educational progress, technological ad...

Going to the toilet with a telephone in your bra

Going to the toilet with a telephone in your bra

MAASTRICHT.Taking a trip to the toilet with your mobile phone during an exam to receive the right answers. Exam fraud using mobile phones appears to be a persistent issue at the School of Business and Economics (SBE). It leads to long queues for the toilet, with men all waiting to use the cubicle. Security gates, body checks or cameras are not an o...
Take life into your own hands!

Take life into your own hands!

  Who: Jeannette Hommes, assistant professor of Education at the School of Business and Economics Book: Night Train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier Target group: students from the School of Business and Economics
Alcohol is the most harmful, by far

Alcohol is the most harmful, by far

What happens in your brain when you use drugs? Which drugs are helpful during exam week? These questions were raised Tuesday night at the drugs debate in bookstore Selexyz, which was packed with students. The debate, partly educational, was organised by two master’s students (Bob Vogel and Nena Pohl) and Studium Generale.
The Dark side of marketing

The Dark side of marketing

Who: Robert Ciuchita, PhD Candidate at the School of Business and Economics Book: Survivor (1999), by Chuck Palahniuk Target group: Business Administration students

But it’s good for us, right?

Last week the late-night talk show Pauw & Witteman had a segment on language policy. Usually I can’t watch things like this. Watching journalists (or worse, politicians) try to talk linguistics makes me throw things at the TV. After all, it’s thanks to journalists that I’m known – among a niche crowd, admittedly – ...

SBE complaints about Study Store

SBE complaints about Study Store

MAASTRICHT. Lecturers from the School of Business and Economics are complaining about the Study Store, the academic bookshop on the Tongersestraat. They claim that orders are incorrect far too often. At the moment, more than a hundred students from the Management Accounting block have no books. The Study Store admits that they are to blame.
The work of the devil

The work of the devil

Who: Paul Lemmens, addiction expert at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences Book: The Lost Weekend, by Charles Jackson Target group: health sciences and medical students
Extra resit after controversial exam

Extra resit after controversial exam

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics are at a loss about what to do with the messy course of events concerning a Statistics resit on 11 January. A lecturer accidentally posted the answers on Eleum before the exam. They were there no more than half an hour, but some 30 of the 210 students probably saw the answers to the multiple-choice q...
Scientists’ white lies

Scientists’ white lies

It started with a tweet by a neuroscientist called Leigh, on January 7th, and since then the genie has been out of the bottle. Leigh twittered: “We did experiment 2 because we didn’t know what the fuck to make of experiment 1.” After that, thousands of scientists confessed their small white lies under hashtag ‘overlyhonestme...
The social pressure to be normal

The social pressure to be normal

Who: Gerjo Kok, social psychologist Book: Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin Target audience: psychology students
Love of a trade

Love of a trade

Who: Harry Hummels, Philosopher at the School of Business and Economics Book: The Monkey's Wrench, by Primo Levi Target group: Economics and Business Administration students

SBE: Investing while in the red

The Executive Board demands that all faculties have a break-even budget, but the School of Business and Economics (SBE) will not manage that. The economists' budget for 2013 shows a deficit of 390 thousand euro on a total of some 40 million. Despite this, SBE believes that it is vital to invest half a million in education and research.

Hopelessly in love

Who: Carolien Martijn, social psychologist at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences Book: Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan Target: psychology students

Hopelessly in love

  Who: Carolien Martijn, social psychologist at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences Book: Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan Target: psychology students

Student tutors evaluated better than staff

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) uses a lot of student tutors in the first two years of its study programmes. The former student members of the SBE Faculty Council were not sure whether this is a good idea. Are student tutors really as good as staff tutors? Yes, so it appeared in the council meeting last Tuesday. Associate dean Harold Ha...

Laurence Anyways

The story: Literature professor Laurence (Melvin Poupaud) has a close relationship with his girlfriend Fred (short for Frédérique), but on his 30th birthday he makes a confession that will change their lives forever: he wants to be a woman. Fred’s initial response is sceptical, but so intimate is her bond with Laurence that she decides to sup...

À Perdre La Raison

The story: This is a loose interpretation of the story of Geneviève Lhermitte, the Belgian woman who murdered her five children with a butcher’s knife. It centres on the love triangle between Mounir (Tahar Rahim), Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) and the older doctor Pinget (Niels Arestrup). When Mounir and Murielle get married, they go to live tog...

More enrolments at UCM despite surcharge

The new batch of students at University College, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this week, will have to pay a surcharge of 1,200 euros on top of their tuition fees as from this September. The total amount due is therefore almost 3,000 euros. However, this has not led to a drop in enrolments, on the contrary, there were more than ever: six h...

“Can my daughter get a job later on?” “Yes of course”

“Can my daughter get a job later on?” “Yes of course”

University College Maastricht is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Following in Utrecht’s footsteps, Maastricht University started its own Liberal Arts programme in 2002, a broad bachelor's programme with a lot of freedom for students to determine their own course, with academic advisors who assist – and steer – students in t...

A feeling for injustice

A feeling for injustice

Who: Gerard Mols, former rector and Professor of Criminal Law Book: The Tortilla Curtain (1995), by T.C. Boyle Targeted: law students
SBE students awarded for local business cases

SBE students awarded for local business cases

On Wednesday 27th of June, three teams of SBE-students received a certificate from the alderman Mieke Damsma at the town hall. The students have carried out sustainability projects in Maastricht, about urban farming, windmills, electric transport.
How to become a Nobel Prize winner?

How to become a Nobel Prize winner?

Work hard now, to be able to work harder in your later life! This was the advice of the Nobel Prize winner Harald zur Hausen (1936) to medical students yesterday at the Maastricht School of Management. The German virologist gave insight into the do’s and don’ts of a successful academic career, building a network and landing grants. Zur ...

Six hundred thousand euros for ICIS

The Maastricht ICIS institute has received a subsidy of six hundred thousand euros from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to work together with the Indonesian universities of Lampung and Yogyakarta on research into governance and socioeconomic developments in the field of sustainability. The Indonesian Ministry of Education ...

Best book review

“Nothing gives the human machine such an impetus as a supreme belief in one’s own abilities.” This is one of the life lessons as described in The Human Machine (1925). Miriam Engels, a third-year psychology student, picked this book to write a review about. Engels was one of the honours programme students sent to the cellar of the...