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Making sure employees switch off the lights before they leave the office, convincing all youngsters to only have safe sex, and making people choose the healthiest products. Organisations and governments regularly feel that they should change the behaviour of a group. “They often approach this rather optimistically,” says Phil Brüll, app...
For their new production Family Matters, student theatre association Alles is Drama embarks on a new adventure: musical theatre. In addition to sketches that they wrote themselves, each player will also perform a song. The overarching theme is family – from the awkwardness of family gatherings to finding a new family far away from home.
MAASTRICHT. Throughout the centuries, atlases have been more than just navigation tools. They can also be works of art, tell a story about how the world was depicted at that time, and hint at the opinions of the cartographer. Jonathan Stockhorst, master’s student of Art, Literature and Society, spent the last few months researching the 9...
“Let me emphasise,” says Vigjilenca Abazi, assistant professor of European law. “Transparency is an important precondition for a good democratic society, for being able to hold people and institutions accountable, for public debates and for the free press to do its work. But that doesn’t mean it’s the sole fixer for ev...
MAASTRICHT. 24 Student Prizes were awarded this year for the best master’s (9) and bachelor’s (15) theses. Observant asked two of the winners to tell us more about their research.
MAASTRICHT. Fossil Free Maastricht has started an online petition to ask the Executive Board to commit to a fossil-free and ethical financial strategy. So far they have gathered 185 signatures.
MAASTRICHT. Five Ultimate Frisbee men's teams from the Netherlands came to Maastricht on Sunday to compete against each other. It was the third day of competitions (of a total of four) in the third division, in which Maastricht's own Ultimaas competes. For those who only know Frisbee as a holiday pastime: in the winter, Ultimate Frisbee is ...
MAASTRICHT. Early on Thursday morning, two vans park in front of the administration building on the Minderbroedersberg. Brimming with (fake) pinewood branches, baubles and rope lights. First, a large frame comes out: green metal rings that form the basis of what will turn out to be an eight-metre-high Christmas tree in the hall. With a crew of five...
MAASTRICHT. Mozzarella, salami and pesto – this is what’s on the special Maastricht Science Programme sandwich (notice the similar abbreviation) for sale at Bread&More, a sandwich shop close to the MSP building at the Kapoenstraat. Customers pay the normal price of 4 euros for the sandwich; the MSP charity committee has arranged tha...
Big turkeys, yams, pumpkin pies and pecan pies – all the traditional staples of a Thanksgiving dinner were present at the Tapijnkazerne last Thursday. Over a hundred American students gathered to spend this family holiday together. It was the first time that the Centre for European Studies organized a Thanksgiving get-together on such a large...
MAASTRICHT. Psychology students do not agree with the measure taken by the Faculty Board to prohibit students from joining a different tutorial group. The student fraction brought the issue up during the latest faculty council meeting.
Of course, you should exercise regularly, but actually getting down to doing so, is another story. Within the framework of Active Campus Europe – a two-year collaboration project of sixteen European universities to stimulate sports among students and employees – UM Sports will motivate ‘inactive’ students until the beginning...
MAASTRICHT. “See, this is a perfect example.” Elisa Etrary, second-year student of European Studies, picks up a crème brûlée burner. “Unless you make crème brûlée every Sunday, you’ll only need it once or twice a year.” So why spend money on it? This is the idea behind the Library of Things: reduce consumerism by lendi...
This weekend, thousands of neo-fascists demonstrated in Rome to “take back the streets from the intruders”. Right hands were raised and slogans like “Italy for Italians; stop immigration, stop illegals, throw out all intruders” were shouted. Still, many people think that the fascist ideology ceased to exist after World War I...
How to decide which treatment, prevention programme or health policy to choose? For many doctors and policymakers the answer seems simple. You look at high-quality scientific studies and take the intervention that has proven to be the most effective. “This has its origins in medicine”, says Tamara Schloemer, researcher at the Department...
Over a thousand deaths to regret and more than two thousand people injured. These were the sad consequences of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. The day before, cracks were discovered in the walls of the eight-story building. Although the shops and bank at the lower floors were immediately closed, the garment workers in the va...
MAASTRICHT. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This could have been the theme of the Sustainability Day gathering, organised by the study association of the master's programme of Sustainability, Science and Policy (ASAP) and Food Sharing Maastricht at the Kapoenstraat 2 last Tuesday. There was a clothing swap, food pre...
MAASTRICHT. Who is your research interesting for, and why? This is the question that the researchers participating in the first Maastricht University Impact Course have tried to answer in recent months. Last Tuesday five of them presented their proposals for making a bigger impact with their research to a jury at the Brandweer Kantine, in the hopes...
MAASTRICHT. About 150 people came to the first Let’s Catch Up event last Thursday in Centre Céramique. This meet-up in English is for foreign employees of Maastricht University and other expats in South Limburg and replaces the monthly Meet&Greet.
Imagine you have a couple of hours off this afternoon and you fancy a game of table tennis. It’s just, who to play with? Maybe you are new to Maastricht and don't know a lot of people. Or you do have friends here, but they don't have the day off. That is where the new Activitree app can offer a solution.
Activitree was created by U...
What do a surgeon, a chef and a hat maker have in common? They all work with their hands. As this was the theme of the Training the Senses held in the Brandweer Kantine last Wednesday, it made sense (pun intended) to invite exactly those people to be the hosts of the evening.
MAASTRICHT. Design thinking – it’s a concept many people are unfamiliar with. This is something Maastricht Disrupt – a think tank of about twelve people, among them UM students – wants to change. They are organising the second edition of their annual conference on 23 and 24 September in the Cube Design Museum in Kerkra...
These are exciting times for Victoria von Salmuth. In early November, after she graduates, the sixth-year medical student from Germany will be heading back to the Shirati KMT hospital in Tanzania. Two years ago she set up the Food Programme there. For her efforts, she was presented during the opening of the academic year last Monday with the Studen...
MAASTRICHT. As every year, UM students volunteer to pick up new international students that arrive at Schiphol Airport and direct them safely to Maastricht. A total of 150 students will make use of this Pick-up Service in the last weeks of August. At Maastricht Central Station, students from the International Student Network will await the newcomer...
The Sports Event at the Griend has only just started, but Armin Dorrani (18) a European Law School student from Eindhoven, has already made his choice. “I’m going to join the badminton association. I already play, it’s fun because it’s a fast and active sport. I especially excel at singles.” That doesn’t mean oth...
A lot of students are sporting unique linen bags at Cultifest, held Wednesday night at the Bonnefantenmuseum. They have painted them themselves at one of the many activities going on in and around the building. Inspiration can be found at the Raymond Pettibon exhibition – A pen of all work – or the regular collection that are open to th...
MAASTRICHT. You could make your way through the Stadspark bouncing, Tuesday afternoon at the Festival. Avoiding spinning beams, playing a game of volleyball or just lazily enjoying the sun: it can all be done on a bouncing castle. What else is going on? Dancing on the tunes of Accent, the house band of student association Circumflex. For the gentle...
MAASTRICHT. A band that has both Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine as Super Trooper by ABBA on their set list, can rightfully call themselves all-round. The Daredevils set the mood Monday night at the Markt, just before the official opening of the Inkom 2017. When they leave for a short break, the stage is open for the Working G...
Available online at amazon.com: A Baby Einstein playpen with music by Mozart and Bach, a ‘self-discovery mobile’ to hang above the crib, with classical melodies and Baby 2 Be, a CD especially for unborn children, to listen to from the womb. The idea behind this merchandise is that children become smarter if they listen to classical musi...
MAASTRICHT. Lyrics by Nirvana poured like a sauce over the music of the Final Countdown. It's those types of mash-ups that new first-years can expect when Daredevils play during the Inkom opening event on the Markt. They are one of the few bands that will come to Maastricht from 21 until 25 August. Most of the music at the Inkom parties will co...
MAASTRICHT. A lot is happening in the field of sustainability – in the broad sense of the word, so including issues such as social equality – at the School of Business and Economics, but what exactly? And by whom? To discover this, a Sustainability Research Theme was set up from within the Graduate School. Co-ordinator Rob Bauer, profes...
MAASTRICHT. This year’s education prize at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience went to Course Coordinator Nick Broers. He is being honoured for his outstanding commitment to statistics at the faculty. It was the third time he won. Furthermore, Joke Humblet was crowned Best Student Tutor.
"Nick Broers is an enthusiastic, fair co...
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: capoeira.
Rope-skipping, practising motor skills, ‘reading’ plastic letters with your fingers, or ‘flashing’ letters and words in the left or right visual field. These are all methods of treatment that are regularly offered to children suffering from dyslexia. But they don't help. “The idea behind them is that the left and r...
MAASTRICHT. What does Maastricht have to offer in the cultural field? Young international people living in Maastricht can discover the city’s ‘hidden treasures’ at the new Meet Maastricht Festival from 26 until 28 May. There are over twenty activities, from meeting professional sustainable bee keepers to getting a guided tour thro...
It's raining cats and dogs, so everyone arrives somewhat bedraggled at Sophie van Rijnbach's studio. Zjuul Bartels takes the biscuit, but fortunately he has the solution in his bag: a set of dry clothes. He puts on his bow tie just in the nick of time for him to rush downstairs to greet Ellen Blaak, professor of Physiology of Fat Metabolism...
MAASTRICHT. “And this is where the lobby will be. Imagine students with laptops and pizzas.” The guide giving the tour through the Sphinx building, points around him. At the moment, it is a construction site with wooden planks, dust, and cement everywhere. The only thing that is recognisable, is the lift shaft. In just over three months...
“I found the house more quickly than I thought,” says Mien Segers, professor of Corporate Learning, as she enters Inge Tielen's apartment. “The address was a white stain on Google Maps. And Belgians always lose their way in the Netherlands.” Another fact about the Belgians: they never come empty-handed. Segers hands a ba...
MAASTRICHT. What do Grammy winner Jacob Collier, food trucks, and Maastricht University researchers have in common? They are all part of Cross Currents, a new festival held in the Sphinxkwartier on Saturday 13 May, and organised by Jazz Maastricht. Four art and science collaborations will be presented at the festival, which combines music performan...
Annelot Pannekoek makes her way up the stairs with difficulty. Someone stood on her toe yesterday; it was completely blue this morning. “Maybe even broken, but it appears that they can't do anything about that, so it would be useless to go to the doctor. I taped it myself.” She is the host today, but the last one to arrive – s...
MAASTRICHT. Ladyfest is a festival to celebrate, empower and inspire women. This worldwide concept will come to Maastricht for the first time at the Mandril Cultural Centre on 6 and 7 May.
It’s a do-it-yourself festival, meaning that instead of the organisers inviting and paying artists to come, Ladyfest is non-commercial and built from wi...
MAASTRICHT. How do you give students the chance to do research during their bachelor’s degree? This was the question Maastricht University asked in 2008. The answer: the Maastricht Research-Based Learning programme for Excellence (MaRBLe). If there were initial doubts – should it really be only for excellent students? Will researchers b...
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: table tennis.
MAASTRICHT. Swooshing down a slide in the Bonnefanten Museum, lip-syncing to Elvis, or dancing to night-time sounds of nature. All of these are possible during the Maastricht Museum Night on Friday 7 April. Thirteen art institutions will open their doors for the evening. Visitors can go to the Muziekgieterij after 1 o'clock for the after-party....
MAASTRICHT. One day FASoS student Klara Strecker saw a catering employee throw bananas away at closing time in the university library. “She had to, because of regulations, but they were perfectly all right.” Someone has to do something about this, she thought. Last Friday Food Sharing Maastricht won the Student Idea Competitio...
MAASTRICHT. A beetroot up your nose will do wonders for a cold, tobacco improves a sore throat and mandrakes should always be picked by a dog. Folklore abounds in the historic herbal books on display at Realm of Herbs (Kruidenrijk), three mini-exhibitions curated by students and spread around Maastricht: Centre Céramique, the University Library and...
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: modern dance.
MAASTRICHT. Hundreds of students from all over the world will get a taste of what it is like to be a country’s delegate at an international conference during EuroMUN, 26-30 April in the MECC. They will form thirteen committees which will think about and come up with solutions for global issues during this simulation event.
MAASTRICHT. Is there anyone here with salsa experience? Two hands are raised. “Great, there is a lot of work to be done,” concludes instructor Saiyd Sinlae, who is leading this Rag Week workshop on behalf of student dancing association Let’s Dance. He divides the group of people who have gathered here at Dancing Centre Bernaards o...
Follow your heart and your intuition, said Apple founder Steve Jobs in the trailer for the Inkom 2017 theme. “They somehow already know what you truely want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Harry Potter writer JK Rowling reminds us that the world doesn't need magic to change something. “We carry all the power we ...
“Can we do anything?” Bas van de Valk asks Thara van der Borgh and Ilse van de Wijgert, who are busy in the kitchen. “No, everything’s ready, go sit down. Do you guys want a beer?” says Van de Wijgert, the host of the evening. Van der Borgh laughs: “We have a traditional division of labour tonight. Not deliberate...
MAASTRICHT. Ragweek – from 8 to 15 March – will be raising money for two regional charities this year. Normally, the proceeds from the charity week go to one national and one regional charity. The board decided to take a different course this year. “We feel more involved with regional charities,” says PR official Nina Mille....
“This is the most culinary thing I’ve made in three years”, announces Roos Klomberg, the host of this evening’s dinner. She casts a satisfied eye over the courgette and avocado soup, tagliatelle and salmon. “And right on time: seven pm, everything’s ready.” Eva van de Walle is already on the lookout in case...
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: Belly dance.
MAASTRICHT. A total of 26 students, from various study programmes, received a prize for their theses last Tuesday. The (17) bachelor’s students did so in the morning in the auditorium on the Minderbroedersberg, the master’s students in the afternoon during the foundation day celebrations in the Vrijthof Theatre. Observant spoke to two o...
“Where do you want the prof? On the stool or a folding chair?” Tessa Geraedts holds up the options for Sara Salassa, who is hosting this evening’s dinner in her studio. The folding chair it is. The ladies are putting the finishing touches on the three-course menu: courgette soup with mint oil, pasta with vegetables and beef, and l...
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: Zumba.
MAASTRICHT. There will be many musical performances again at this year’s edition of Stukafest, the student room festival that will take place on Thursday 9 February. “It is difficult to find drama, cabaret or poetry in English,” says Kirsten Kramer, one of the organisers. To serve the international student community as well as pos...
Visitors of the story festival China, Secret Stories, organised by Story-Line Maastricht in the Bonnefanten museum on Sunday 22 January, will receive a red envelope. The Chinese give these to family and friends at New Year and they usually contain money and some good advice. The visitors to the festival won't find that inside the envelope, but ...
MAASTRICHT. Dutch university campuses in Silicon Valley and Boston (near Harvard), a more European – and less US-dependent – approach to NATO, and an emphasis on the economic benefits of climate measures to US partners. These ideas should be part of the Dutch policy approach to the US, according to students at Maastricht University.
MAASTRICHT. One play, four separate scenes, the connecting theme being love and how people deal with it. That is Confusions, written by Alan Ayckbourn, played on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January by the Maastricht PhD Academy, directed by John Ramaekers.
De PhD Academy organises various activities for PhD students at Maastricht University, from ...
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: Yoga walk-in class.
MAASTRICHT. The University Choir is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2017 with a series of special concerts. The first is on Saturday, 14 January in the Sint Janskerk and is entitled Stars. In addition to the composition of the same name by Norwegian born Ola Gjeilo, there will also be two evening serenades from nineteenth-century Germany an...
Nousjka Vranken (25), first-year physician and clinical researcher, can’t really say there was a special moment when she thought: ‘I want to be a researcher,’ but by now everything is pointing in that direction. For four years, she has worked part-time as a research assistant at MUMC+’s department of Heart Surgery, two years...
MAASTRICHT. Adequate information beforehand and more supervision during the course. These are the measures that faculties plan to implement in order to reduce the number of first-year dropouts or keep dropout numbers low. At the request of the Executive Board, every faculty investigated why students drop out and what they could do to prevent this.
Many UCM students will wake up with a hangover Wednesday morning, and not just because the US Election Night at UCM turned out to be quite a party. Nobody, including speakers sociologist Kai Heidemann and political scientist Roberta Haar, expected a Trump victory. It was Dutch first-year Hanne Creijghton’s greatest fear. “He is someone ...
Mariëlle Heijltjes is being treated this evening to a full three-course meal: baguette with avocado tapenade and salmon to start, pasta with shrimps for the main and Swedish coconut balls to finish. “Did you come up with all that yourself?” she asks Caspar Naus as he gives a rundown of the menu. “No,” he replies, “I&rs...
Those among us who have a crappy ad blocker or has none at all on their computer sees them popping up now and again: ads for homeopathic substances that claim to help you use your brain capacity to the full. After all, we now only use 10 per cent of our brain. If you were to expand that, you would not only become smarter but you would also develop ...
MAASTRICHT. All Maastricht student associations have recruited approximately the same number of new members this year. Just like in previous years, Saurus attracted the largest number of foreign students (23), followed by Koko (18), Tragos (10), and Circumflex (5).
Koko and Saurus each registered one more new member than last year, leaving them ...
It takes a while for Professor Maria Jansen to find her way up to the students of Lux ad Mosam, who live above their clubhouse on the Bogaardenstraat. In the three years the students have lived there, the intercom has never worked. “That’s why we installed a normal bell”, says Nadine de Hoog. The problem is that it’s a black...
Two bicycles under the raised bed, chain wheels and sprockets on the wall and a row of tires under the window. Jesse Raas is obviously a cyclist. His room is the venue for this evening’s dinner with professor of Philosophy Tsjalling Swierstra and three other members of the student mountain bike and cycling association Dutch Mountains. Having ...
How does one ‘be’ Dutch? Greg Shapiro, self-proclaimed ‘American Netherlander’ and comedian from Boom Chicago, Comedy Central, answers this question meticulously in his book How to be Dutch. Using quiz questions in the style of the official integration exam, Shapiro pokes fun at the reader, himself and especially the Dutch.
MAASTRICHT. More empathy in health care. That is the ultimate aim of medical student Matthijs Bosveld and health sciences student Sjim Romme, who received the Student Award 2016 last Monday. Their project ‘Mens Achter de Patiënt’ (MAP, the Person Behind the Patient) connects fellow-students to patients, who are given the opportunity to ...
MAASTRICHT. The psychology faculty will reduce the size of its tutorial groups from fourteen students to twelve. Last year, the high number of new students meant the first-year groups were larger than usual. As a result the Problem-Based Learning system worked less well, according to tutors and lecturers surveyed before the summer.
Doable but no...
Names: Nadine Berners and Anna Pietsch
Studies: Psychology and European Public Health
Time&place: Thursday 15:30 hrs., Sports Event at the Griend
Name: Stephanie Ibe
Time&place: Wednesday, 19:30 hrs., CultiFest at the Stadspark
Name: Kimberly Schäperklaus
Study: European Law
Time&place: Wednesday, 19:30 hrs., CultiFest at the Stadspark
Name: Charlie Böhm
Study: International Business
Time&place: Wednesday, 19:15 hrs., CultiFest at the Stadspark
Names: Loïc Feis and Alexander Renno
Study: Economics and Business
Time&place: Tuesday 16:00 hrs, Festival at the Griend
Name: Jay Park
Time&place: Tuesday 15:30 hrs, Festival at the Griend
‘Need beer?’ asks a Koko member on a large sign he holds up into the air. Most students seem to be well equipped at the Market, where the opening of the Inkom 2016 took place Monday evening. Some beer has even found its way through the air. And when the Working Group Inkom pushes the start button, confetti is flying through the air and ...
MAASTRICHT. Students in the Psychology faculty council want lectures to be recorded in the future. They have written a proposal on the matter that will be dealt with on Thursday afternoon in the faculty council meeting. “There is a need,” says Hanne van Kasteren, one of the authors of the proposal, which will be discussed in the faculty...
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A real “maestro” – this is how Lorenzo Moroni, professor of biofabrication for regenerative medicine at MERLN, describes the retired biomaterial scientist Joost de Wijn, formerly of Isotis B.V. “In the traditional sense of the word: someone who is leading and actually shows you the way.”
MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Psychology is going to introduce evening tutorial groups on a voluntary basis. From the next academic year, students who register for a block may indicate a preference for morning, afternoon or evening sessions. If there are enough students to fill a group (12-14), the faculty will find a tutor. Other faculties, such as L...
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MAASTRICHT. A thousand people on yoga mats at the Tapijn barracks. That is the aim of the Good Life Yoga Maastricht foundation. On 21 June, International Yoga Day, the organisers want to show that yoga is not “woolly, boring or just sitting down,” says psychologist Kim van Oorsouw, a researcher at Maastricht University. “On the co...
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Communication could be much better, tutors should receive more standard teaching hours and exams should be checked beforehand for mistakes. From 23 to 26 May, students can vote for the new members of the University Council and the faculty councils. Observant asked three student parties about their vision on PBL, exams and facilities.
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A clear thinker who provides constructive and unambiguous feedback, but who can also deal with criticism very well. Alexander Brüggen, senior lecturer at Accounting and Information Management, came to know Joan Luft, emeritus professor at Michigan State University, during two projects on which they worked together.
MAASTRICHT. “Don’t listen to people like us, it’s your own path,” said Alejandro Barrera, owner of technology news site tech.eu, at the Centre Céramique last Monday. Nevertheless, many people had come to listen to entrepreneurs giving talks and workshops at the Maastricht Entrepreneurship Week 2016, from 9 until 12 May.
MAASTRICHT. When Irina Burlacu from Moldova finished her Ph.D. at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, she realized something. “Only a few people will ever read my thesis. It’s technical and there are so many Ph.D. theses; who has time to read them all. I didn’t want that to happen. It was the outcome of years of work.&rd...
MAASTRICHT. A standardized post-traumatic stress syndrome test for refugees and a birthday card from the EU for 18-year-olds. These are two of the proposals that came out of Student Forum Maastricht, a student conference about European policies in Brussels that was held from 13 until 17 April. All proposals will be presented to European Commission ...
MAASTRICHT. A film festival, a kick-off in the Stadspark and of course lots and lots of workshops: the seventh annual WE Festival, from 24 April to 1 May, will be the most extensive one yet. The festival is organised by volunteers – many of them students – who have encouraged as many organisations and people as possible to collaborate a...
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MAASTRICHT. The Faculty Council at Psychology and Neuroscience does not support the extended Binding Study Advice (BSA) as currently proposed by the Faculty Board.
“It’s irregular.” It’s Tuesday afternoon at the Maastricht University Language Centre, and the students sound resigned. They may have only just started this Dutch course, but they already know all too well that Dutch grammar is teeming with exceptions. A few weeks ago seven Syrian refugees joined the course; five in one grou...
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It’s a world first: the combination of three different techniques for brain research. Alexander Sack, professor of Functional Brain Stimulation and Neurocognitive Psychology, aims to develop new brain stimulation methods to treat people with attention and memory problems following a stroke. Two weeks ago he was awarded a Vici grant for this r...
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MAASTRICHT. The students of the Dutch National Student Orchestra rehearse ten hours a day during the days prior to their eleven-day tour ‘Vrij’. Together with pianist Arthur Jussen, the ninety members play pieces by Claude Debussy, Trevor Grahl, Ravel and Béla Bartók in various cities (in Maastricht on 14 February). Second-year Biomedic...
MAASTRICHT. “Imagine having your sexual preference always portrayed as criminal.” It’s Thursday evening, Gabriel overlooks the Maastrichtzaal where four hundred students have gathered for the lecture on paedophilia, organised by UM students. Gabriel – a pseudonym – is a non-active paedophile. He just told his life stor...
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MAASTRICHT. How many people are they expecting tonight? Luc van den Akker, coordinator of the International Desk and refugees contact person at Maastricht University, isn’t sure. But that’s precisely the purpose of this first information evening organised jointly by Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences at the Ma...
Jonathan van Tilburg, senior lecturer at Human Biology and Movement Sciences feels that everyone should see the TED talks by Sir Ken Robinson, emeritus professor of Didactics at the University of Warwick. “I can’t imagine anyone not getting inspired.”
It all started in 2002 with four people who started living in the squatted former grain storage facility at the Biesenwal 3 in Maastricht. Nowadays, the Landbouwbelang is home to fifteen people, a ‘free zone’ for art, music and culture and the set of many a festival, play and exhibition. Sina Maghami, a third-year Science Programme stud...
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It was her very first job, the department of Epidemiology, at the beginning of the nineteen-nineties. An inspiring and stimulating environment, says Silvia Evers, professor of Public Health Technology Assessment. She is not the only one; about one third of the group climbed the ranks and became professor. The department chairman at the time played ...
MAASTRICHT. “The alarm wakes me up. Bah, I have to go to university today.” This is how Amnesty International Maastricht Students (AIMS) started their presentation last Thursday during the first Maastricht Human Rights Prize competition. Installed by former mayor Onno Hoes as a farewell present, the competition aims to get young people ...
Lisa Brüggen, senior lecturer of Marketing, knew that it had to be a woman if it was about her academic hero. “There are plenty of men who inspire me, but a woman at the top stimulates just that little bit more.” The choice was Mary Jo Bitner, professor of Service Marketing at Arizona State University.
MAASTRICHT. Resuscitation training for secondary-school pupils is what UM runners will be sweating for on 17 January during the ‘Zweit veur Leid’ run. It is the third time that the University Fund/SWOL participates in a sponsored run with their own good cause. “It fits in well with our knowledge institute,” says Charlotte Gr...
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MAASTRICHT. The American Dream was their point of departure: what is it in fact, why does everyone want it? The students from drama association Alles is Drama subsequently improvised and elaborated on the theme. This resulted in a mix of made-up scenes and a new interpretation of existing monologues and pieces of music: Day/Dream. The show, directe...
The Dutch pop band Het Goede Doel sang Sinterklaas, wie kent hem niet, (Sinterklaas, who doesn’t know him) in 1982. But this saintly man is not so well known outside the Netherlands and Belgium. In various parts of Europe, a children’s party is celebrated in or around the day of Saint Nicolas’s death (6 December), but often a lot ...
“Dad, can you clear up some questions I have about NO?” Harald Schmidt’s son, who is studying Medicine in Southampton, recently asked through Skype. Little did he know that Schmidt, professor of Pharmacology & Personalised Medicine, had actually co-discovered the molecule NO, while working with the man who made it famous: Amer...
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MAASTRICHT. Nine months until you can hold your baby in your arms – for some parents the wait is unbearable. Enter Peekaboo, a startup that aims to convert ultrasound scans into virtual reality so soon-to-be parents can have a 360 degree look at their baby and even ‘hold’ it. Yesterday, they won the Local Hero Award and received 1...
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In the world of mental healthcare, everyone knows what the name Pat McGorry stands for: innovation. The Australian psychiatrist transformed the mental healthcare system for young people in his own country, and was one of the first proponents of the phase system – breaking the illness down into different stages. For this reason, he is an inspi...
MAASTRICHT. Students from the Refugee Project helped to receive new refugees in the Netherlands last week. On 13 October, the Maastricht city council decided to accept hundreds of additional asylum seekers in the Limmel refugee centre. “I received a phone call asking if there were volunteers from the Refugee Project who’d be willing to ...
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MAASTRICHT. One person is making a tour of Oman and writes a blog about it, the other teaches English to children for ‘SOS Kinderdorpen’. AIESEC, a student organisation that arranges work placements abroad, sends thirty students to the Middle East every year. This is done within the framework of the extra-curricular Nour Project, for wh...
MAASTRICHT. Five thousand German students in Maastricht, against three hundred Dutch students in Aachen. Where does this difference come from? This was the theme of a discussion held in the Feestzaal at the Faculty of Law last Monday.
MAASTRICHT. Next Monday will see the start of the Maastricht University’s first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). A internal pilot project was run in May. This course is unique in its set-up: where MOOCs are normally set up according to a traditional education model, this is the first one to apply problem-based learning – which is also...
MAASTRICHT. Whether they had come to Maastricht for a semester, a year or a full three-year study programme, all non-EU students stood in line last Tuesday at the Student Service Centre to collect their residence permits. Since 2010 the Maastricht University Visa Office has organised a centralised pick-up-your-permit-day twice a year. On Tuesday, a...
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Can someone who had to start working after primary school influence an academic career? Certainly, says Gaby Odekerken, scientific director of the Service Science Factory and professor at the department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. “My grandmother still inspires me every day.”
A group of seven gathers in a tight circle, balancing coffee mugs and cookies on their laps, on Monday evening in the new building of the InnBetween Student Chaplaincy on Capucijnenstraat 122. Beneath paintings entitled Life, Process of Life, and Flow of Life, they sit discussing the artwork as well as topics that reach far beyond the scope of any ...
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“It’s not just beautiful, it’s magical,” says Steven Kelk, assistant professor at the Department of Knowledge Engineering about Courcelle’s Theorem, proved by the French mathematician and computer scientist Bruno Courcelle.
MAASTRICHT. It appears that there is a slight increase in the number of first-year students. This is shown by the provisional enrolment figures. Maastricht University received 24,028 first-year pre-enrolments this year. Of them, 6,183 have already received the ‘approved’ stamp. This means that their registration has been fully completed...
MAASTRICHT. Aurelia Streit, of the Student and Society Initiative (SSI), has won the Student Award 2015 for her work coordinating the Refugee Project Maastricht. The aim of the project is to bring students and refugees from the Maastricht asylum centre together to interact and socialise, and give the refugees a break from their day-to-day wait for ...
MAASTRICHT. The lecture hall of the School of Business and Economics has gone through some significant changes over the summer. Gone are the long benches; they have been replaced by individual chairs with their own folding table and power point. Also, a hundred extra seats were added to the hall.
MAASTRICHT. There were loads of opportunities to dance at Cultural Valley in the Stadspark on Wednesday evening during the Inkom. The pop songs of the bands, the bass tunes of the DJ’s and the beats of the drum band – they all got people swinging. Those who preferred to watch could see Project Sally’s break-dancers and hip hoppers...
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MAASTRICHT. Inkom wouldn’t be the same without Fabrizio. The Maastricht singer will make his appearance again during the Inkom opening event on the market this year. Spanish-Belgian singer Belle Pérez will follow him. No Dutch main act this time. “We wanted an artist who sings in another language, so that we appeal to everyone,&r...
MAASTRICHT. What can 3D printing mean to the MTB, the sheltered workshops in Maastricht. In asking themselves this question, a group of students from the School of Business and Economics won the Maastricht Student Sustainability Competition last Friday. The participants of the annual sustainability competition, organised by the Maastricht city coun...
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MAASTRICHT. There is going to be a new student portal. The present MyUM for students will be replaced. Whereas students now have to find information about their subjects, grades and timetables through different channels, they will soon be able to do so through a single portal.
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MAASTRICHT. The number of applications for the bachelor’s of Psychology has doubled this year. Last year, some 800 prospective students showed an interest in the study programme, this year the figure was about 1,600. Of those, 1,022 have gone through the decentralised selection process. The reason for the increase is the new track in English....
MAASTRICHT. Getting students up off their chairs now and again during their studies and informing youths about human trafficking. These two ideas won the Student Idea Competition last Wednesday. The five finalists had come to the Karl Dittrich hall at the Student Services Centre to present their plans to the jury, who included Astrid Boeijen (direc...
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MAASTRICHT. It is a worldwide first; MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) by Maastricht University, to be launched after the summer, is the first online course to be given in the style of problem-based learning. UM employees can try MOOC out from 11 May.
MAASTRICHT. What do to with the thousands of people seeking asylum in the European Union? This is a hot topic not only for Europe’s leaders, but also for the students who took part in the Student Forum Maastricht (SFM) at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels from 15 to 19 April.
MAASTRICHT. Student Services has warned students against scabies. Various student organisations reported to local health authority GGD South Limburg that members suffered from this skin disease. “Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that burrows under the skin and leaves behind certain substances. This starts to itch,” says Casper den Heije...
MAASTRICHT. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) will change its name to International Student Network (ISN). “We want to make it clear that we are here for all international students, not just for exchange students. It is something that the university also wanted, ” says promo co-ordinator Nadim Gijsen. In February, it was announced that ...
MAASTRICHT. Those who order writing materials at aGreenStory, a webshop started by University College Maastricht student Yağmur Masmas, are now able to pick the order up for free at the Green Office. Masmas started a shop with sustainable study materials in high school. Last year she expended to a webshop, which was nominated for the ASN Bank World...
MAASTRICHT. “Here, take some ice cream.” It’s Thursday evening at Innbetween, the new location and name of the Ecumenical Student Chaplaincy Tafelstraat 13, and the room is buzzing with chatter and laughter. About thirty students and twenty refugees are here for the first activity of the Refugee Project. They’ve just eaten t...
MAASTRICHT. Is it a good idea to increase the funding for so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and dramatically decrease the funding for non-STEM fields, such as Arts and Social Sciences, Economics and Politics? That was the question at the Maastricht University Debating Championship, last Monday evening in the ...
MAASTRICHT. The open day for master’s programmes, last Saturday, attracted more visitors this year than last year. Then 1389 potential students came to take a look, this year that number was approximately 1500 (the definite figure will be announced at the end of this week). Competition among universities has become more intense over the past ...
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MAASTRICHT. Where can I find the closest GP? What do I do with my rubbish? How do I find a room to rent? For answers to questions like these and more, students can now go to mymaastricht.nl, an English-language portal with information on transportation, housing, healthcare and other practical matters. The portal was launched last Tuesday.
His openness, kindness and sharp mind; this is what Gerhard Weiss, chair of the Department of Knowledge Engineering, remembers most about his former PhD supervisor Wilfried Brauer (1937–2014). “His style made people feel committed.”
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MAASTRICHT. Students who want to set up an initiative or organisation often find themselves facing all sorts of issues: where to get funding, how to book an office space and so on. To answer these questions, the Student Project Team (SPT) will launch an online helpdesk as of next week.
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MAASTRICHT. Tafelstraat 13, the University Chaplaincy, is leaving the building that bears its name. The new location will be Capucijnenstraat 122. “A huge step for us, as we have been at Tafelstraat 13 since we started in the nineteen-seventies,” says student pastor Arie de Fijter. “But it is a step that we have been considering f...
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Anthropology was an extra course for Kai Heidemann, a social scientist at the University College Maastricht, when he was studying journalism and communication as an undergraduate. But after reading Eric Wolf’s Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century (1969), he decided to make the switch and commit to anthropology.
‘Thinking outside the box’, it is a popular cliché, but some people really do it. According to Jaap Bos, professor of Banking and Finance, the American Yvon Chouinard, owner of the outdoor brand Patagonia, is one of those people.
MAASTRICHT. Wikipedia wasn’t his best idea, Jimmy Wales (48) told the approximately 1500 students at his lecture in the MECC last Friday. That was an online food ordering service. Nowadays every country has one, “but in 1996, restaurant owners were looking at me like I was from Mars.” He delivered his lecture ‘Failure as a r...
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MAASTRICHT. What incites Muslim youths to radicalise? The debate about the consequences of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, held last Monday in a full and heavily protected university cafeteria, quickly centres around extremism and how to deal with it. “Youths often think: if a Muslim does something wrong, it is blow...
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MAASTRICHT. Brindsley Miller, a young artist, and his fiancée Carol Melkett want to impress a rich art collector who has come to look at Brindsley’s work. That is why they steal their neighbour’s expensive antique furniture. Things do not go according to plan. Carol’s father also decides to pay a visit; Brindsley and Carol get int...
MAASTRICHT. If you drink more than twenty glasses of alcoholic beverages a week, are you a problem drinker? The students in the Karl Dittrich hall at Student Services, where there was a discussion evening on drugs and alcohol last Tuesday, are of different minds. “That is about three glasses a day, that is not so much. Then you’re not a...
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Englishman Alan Turing is the originator of everything that Jos Uiterwijk, senior lecturer at the Department of Knowledge Engineering, works with every day. He was one of the founders of modern information science and artificial intelligence. In addition he is known for cracking the Enigma code in the Second World War, and the machine and test that...
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MAASTRICHT. “Life starts at the edge of your comfort zone.” This is what Kate Surala, a third-year student of European Law, took from her time in Hong Kong for the Netherlands–Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). With four students from Maastricht and 95 students from other Dutch universities, she visited different cities in Asia l...
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MAASTRICHT. “How real is the threat for us?” This was one of the questions asked at the Faculty of Law during Tuesday’s debate on Ebola, part of the European Access to Medicine week. A sigh of relief rippled through the audience when Remco van de Pas, researcher at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, answered “ni...
MAASTRICHT. What would be your ideal place to grow old and die? This was the starting question for the second-year iArts students when they began work on their exhibition Senescence, from 6 to 8 November in the Kunstkwartier. “Quite a broad topic, but we managed to make it even broader, to ageing and dying in general”, laughs Suzanne De...
His field – Science, Technology and Society studies (STS) – is so new and interdisciplinary that professor Wiebe Bijker does not have a single master. “In the traditional sense, someone who led you by the hand.” But there is someone with whom he walked hand in hand and took a dive into the deep end: Trevor Pinch, a Briton.
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MAASTRICHT. Student rowing association Saurus has again attracted the largest number of foreign student members: 26 (last year: 24). They are followed by Koko (9), Tragos (6) and Circumflex (3). In total, the associations registered almost the same number of first-year students as last year. Circumflex attracted 114 (2013: 112), Koko 139 (2013: 138...
MAASTRICHT. “Climate change already has an impact on our health and safety. In the future, there will be a fight for raw materials; there may not be enough food. We have to take measures as quickly as possible to create a better environment.” For Maartje Zaal from the Green Office, it is clear why she is participating in the worldwide D...
MAASTRICHT. What do give-way road-markings look like? When should you yield? Officials from Veilig Verkeer Nederland (Road Safety in the Netherlands) answered these and other questions during a Traffic Safety workshop, which was held last Thursday during the Get Involved information market in the Student Services Centre. Various organisations withi...
MAASTRICHT. An interactive Second World War tour, music performances by young Limburg talent, an art workshop, free(dom) burgers and in the evening a techno party in student association Tragos’ Nox. That is how, on Saturday 13 September, youngsters and students will celebrate the fact that Maastricht was liberated seventy years ago, six month...
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MAASTRICHT. Sarah Wagner, master’s student of International Laws, was nervous when she arrived in Australia last July. As head of the German delegation, she and the representatives of 19 other countries were there to discuss growth and job creation, global citizenship and sustainable development during the Y20, the official youth engagement g...
A short impression of Cultural Valley, last Wednesday night at the Stadspark.
A short impression of the official opening of the Inkom 2014 at the Markt in Maastricht.
Who: Cleo Freriks, Observant editor
TV series: The Big Bang Theory
Target group: all scientists
MAASTRICHT. The bill has been submitted, but has not been passed yet. If the plan by the ministers Opstelten (Safety and Justice) and Blok (Housing and Public Service) goes through, tenants will no longer have to pay administration fees for rooms or apartments when an agency acts for both tenant and landlord.
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MAASTRICHT. A quarter of all Maastricht University students have used ‘smart drugs’ – drugs that help you concentrate for a long period of time, like Ritalin – at least once. Of these, 28 percent used smart drugs last week and 55 percent last month. These results were unveiled last week by five students from the Honours Prog...
MAASTRICHT. Their main goal last year was to make the university more student centred. But the new Student Project Team also had to promote themselves among students and employees and figure out what exactly they wanted to do and how to do it. “We have to build a strong foundation for the coming years and the teams that will come after us.&rd...
Who: Sophie Vanhoonacker, professor of Administrative Governance
Film: La Meglio Gioventù (2003)
Target group: European Studies’ students
MAASTRICHT. Students of today will live to be a 100 years, on average. What does one do with all that time? Rudi Westendorp, professor in geriatrics medicine at Leiden University and director of the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, advises them to start thinking about it now. “Don’t assume that you will retire and buy a boat when ...
MAASTRICHT. The winner of the Local Hero Award gets ten thousand euro. Students who have an idea for their own business, may enter into this competition, which is organised by the Universiteitsfonds Limburg, until 5 September. It is the third time that the Award will be presented. How are the previous winners doing? What did the prize give th...
Who: Trudy van der Weijden, professor of Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines
Statue: Cloud Gate, Anish Kapoor
Target group: all students
Who: Sandrien Wansink, secretary at the department of Toxicogenomics
Painting: The Wooden Skirt, Michaël Borremans
Target group: all students
MAASTRICHT. Over 200 students and entrepreneurs come together at the Maastricht Week of Entrepreneurship (MeWeek) from 14 until 16 May, the theme of which is Superheroes. “The evening program features inspiring talks by entrepreneurs from all over the world and during the day, we are organizing workshops covering key entrepreneurial skills&rd...
MAASTRICHT. Four candidates for the presidency of the European Commission will come together for the first European Presidential Debate on Monday 28 April in the Theater aan het Vrijthof. Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ...
MAASTRICHT. Over 600 students from all over the world will gather at the European Model United Nations (Euromun) 2014, from April 30 to 4 May at the MECC in Maastricht. Each will take on the role of a diplomat and represent a country or party on one of the thirteen committees simulated during the conference. These include the United Nations Securit...
Who: Natasja van der Meer, lecturer of Foundations and methods of Law
TV series: Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter (ZDF, 2013)
MAASTRICHT. Finding the balance between ideals and reality – this is the goal of the participants of the Student Forum Maastricht. During this annual conference, from 9 until 13 April, fifty students (ten from Maastricht, the rest from all over Europe) will discuss five Europe-related topics.
Unlike other years, this tenth conference will ta...
MAASTRICHT. “Well, this looks fancy.” Neighbours, parents and members admiringly inspect Christian student association Lux ad Mosam’s new accommodation. The students now have a living room, a hall with a bar and various spare rooms at their disposal above the COC Café on Bogaardenstaart 43. Apart from the association, there are al...
MAASTRICHT. “No to Geert Wilders,” shout a group of students who are on their way to the Maastricht police station Friday afternoon. They want to file a complaint of discrimination against the PVV leader. During a speech on the evening of the local elections, Wilders asked his audience whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans. The au...
Who: André Klip, professor of Criminal Law and Criminology
Book: Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada (1947)
Target group: all (Law) students
MAASTRICHT. How has the relationship between students and city changed over the past forty years? Which subjects dominated the debate? Dirk van de Leemput, alumnus from Arts and Social Sciences, delved into a stack of more than thirty years of issues of Observant and Maffius (Observant’s predecessor) in order to find out.
Who: Selma van der Haar, educational researcher at the School of Business and Economics
CD: Bach Concertos, Janine Jansen
Target group: all students
Who: Ree Meertens, senior lecturer Health Sciences
Painting: Titus as a Monk, Rembrandt (in the Rijksmuseum)
Target group: all students
MAASTRICHT. ‘In 2015 the percentage of children who die before their fifth birthday must be reduced by two thirds compared to 1990.’ This is one of the Millennium Development Goals, which will be the key focus during the theme evening on child mortality organised by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (I...
MAASTRICHT. How do our brains age? What is the underlying mechanism? Which factors determine the speed of the process? These types of questions constituted the basis of Roy Lardenoije’s research; he did the research master of Fundamental Neuroscience last year. In his master’s thesis – for which he won one of the 2013 Student Priz...
MAASTRICHT. Surviving the global race is the theme of this year’s Maastricht Symposium, an annual event with lectures and workshops. Various speakers (including Sophie In ’t Veld, member of the European Parliament for D66, and Eric Koenen, author of management books) will talk about the subject in the Sint Janskerk on 2 May. Executive P...
MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics students Evert Minh and Christoph Giesen have won the second Maastricht University Debating Championship (and a trophy). After several workshops and the semi-finals, four teams (from UCM, SBE, FASoS and Law) made it to the grand final last Thursday in the Student Service Centre (SSC). The theme of th...
Who: Harro van Lente, professor of Philosophy occupying an endowed chair for Sustainable Development at ICIS
Book: Saturday, Ian McEwan (2005)
Target group: Students of ICIS
MAASTRICHT. ‘Enjoy the ride’ is the theme for Inkom 2014. The Inkom Working Group revealed the theme last Friday, during their annual Ragweek drink, showing a clip containing all kinds of ‘rides’, from roller coasters to downhill skiing. “First-year students embark upon a new chapter in their lives,” says chairpe...
MAASTRICHT. Safeguarding existing catalogues of human rights and fundamental freedoms, that is what article 53 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is about. In short: member states may always provide their inhabitants with more protection in their own constitution than in the EU Charter, but never less. But does the fact that...
Who: Harry Oosterhuis, historian at Arts and Social Sciences
Film: The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke (2009)
Target group: students of Arts and Social Sciences
Who: Ewout Meijer, Forensic Psychologist
Film: Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman
Target group: students of Psychology
MAASTRICHT. The Pathé cinema on the Wilhelminasingel is going to close at the beginning of March. The lease contract is about to expire and the cinema chain and the owner could not agree on a flexible contract to bridge the time until the cinema has moved to a new location. According to Pathé, the present building is outdated. For that reason the c...
MAASTRICHT. Few people will have heard about the Kleefstra syndrome. It is a combination of a mental disability and autism. The illness was discovered in Nijmegen, at the Radboud University a few of years ago. The Maastricht molecular life sciences alumna Marise van de Molengraft was allowed to take part in the research project during her final tra...
Who: Henry Otgaar, Psychologist
Book: The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi
Target group: students of Psychology
MAASTRICHT. An information market where various student organisations present themselves; many students will recognise this from the Inkom. There was nothing like that for those who come to Maastricht in February, until now, that is. The Center for European Studies (CES) seized the opportunity to fill the gap and organised Get Involved, an informat...
Who: Herman Kingma, professor of Clinical Vestibulology
Performance: Je t’aime, Lara Fabian
Target group: medical students
MAASTRICHT. Small numbers belong on the left, large numbers on the right. Most Western people, who are used to writing from left to right, will instinctively agree with this. This is referred to as the natural number line, the way in which you arrange numbers in your head. Does one’s attention automatically go to the left when one thinks of a...
Who: Marko Jelicic, forensic (neuro)psychologist
Painting: Guernica, Picasso (1937)
Target group: students of clinical psychology
Who: Piet Leroy, paediatrician at MUMC
Statues: The Grieving Parents, Käthe Kollwitz
Target group: students of Medicine
MAASTRICHT. When Maastricht was still in the running for European Capital of Culture 2018, there was a great deal of talk about Euregional co-operation. But how much cultural interaction is there in fact between Liège and Maastricht? European Studies alumna Célia Hanssen did research on this topic for her thesis.
MAASTRICHT. “The time when the term ‘student’ was associated with disturbance, is behind us,” said mayor Onno Hoes during the Maastricht city council meeting on Tuesday, 17 December. The Student&Stad (Student&City) action programme, set up in co-operation with the university and various student organisations, was car...
MAASTRICHT. “The best students who want to come to Maastricht should not face any financial barriers,” said rector Luc Soete. So Maastricht University awards a number of scholarships every year. Some compensate tuition fees, others (the high-potential scholarships) also pay for a visa, insurance and residence permit. The forty-six schol...
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Who: Jessica Alleva, psychologist
Photographs: Women are Heroes, by photographer JR
Target group: psychology students
Who: Astrid Offermans, researcher in the field of sustainability at ICIS
Statue: Jacques Balmat and Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, in Chamonix
Target group: students of Sustainability Science and Policy
MAASTRICHT. How effective and efficient are examinations of witnesses in court? This was the question to which law students Hannah Jans, Rianne Mertens, Frank Hoogers and Vera Poels tried to find an answer. They attended more than a hundred examinations.
Who: Tsjalling Swierstra, philosopher at Arts and Social Sciences
Book: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Target group: students of Arts and Social Sciences
MAASTRICHT. Informal (also known as under-the-table) payments in Central and Eastern Europe are higher and more frequent for maternity care than for any other type of medical care. This is one of the conclusions of a broader research project on out-of-pocket payments (both formal and informal) across Europe. Wim Groot, Tetiana Stepurko, Jelena...
Who: Lex Borghans, professor of Labour Economics and Social Policy at the School of Business and Economics
Series of photographs: In almost every picture 7, Erik Kessels, on exhibit in the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven until 17 November
Target group: students of Economics
Who: Chahinda Ghossein, teacher in the Skills lab and researcher at obstetrics and gynaecology
Poem: On Teaching, Khalil Gibran, from the series of essays called The Prophet
Target group: all students
MAASTRICHT. How transparent are national and local governments really? That is what the students participating in the Marble project ‘Transparency’ wondered last year. Each of them focused on a subject from their own perspective.
Who: Maarten Doorman, Philosopher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
What: Dangerous Liaisons, by Stephen Frears
Target group: students of Arts and Social Sciences/UCM
MAASTRICHT. How to ensure that a tutorial group is as diverse as possible? Florentijn Hogerwerf, now a master’s student at Econometrics and Operations Research, developed an algorithm and wrote a bachelor’s thesis on the subject.
Who: Kurt Driessens, expert in artificial intelligence
What: TV series Caprica
Target group: students of Knowledge Engineering
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Who: Ronald Westra, physicist at the Department of Knowledge Engineering
What: The poem La leyenda del tiempo by Federico García Lorca
Target group: Science College students
MAASTRICHT. Imagine that you have been voting for the Liberals for years. This time, however, you fear that – if they become the largest party in the elections – they will form a coalition with a party you don’t like. To prevent this you vote for the Democrats, even though you agree more with the Liberals’ programme. Voting ...
Who: Jan de Roder, assistant professor of Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
What: Dumbarton Oaks by Igor Stravinsky
Target group: students of Arts and Social Sciences
MAASTRICHT. Dribbling, push-ups, squats, knee lifts: it is all part of SuperHIIT, the new sports trend at UM Sports. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. “It uses intervals and a series of exercises,” says Netty Bekkers-Vos from UM Sports. “When you do these exercises, you train several muscle groups simultaneously. T...
MAASTRICHT. How to describe someone you only know from a photograph? Friendly? Authoritarian? Reliable? Competent? That was the key question in the Marble research by Roderick Bronzwaer, who completed his bachelor’s in Psychology in July. For the tests, he went to Hong Kong, where he showed test subjects photographs of politicians from the Ne...
Who: Darryl Cressman, philosopher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Album: Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno
Target group: philosophy students
MAASTRICHT. Bringing students and residents of Maastricht together on the basis of shared interests. This is the line of approach that the new Student and Society Initiative (Student en Samenleving Initiatief - SSI) is using to organise various activities in the coming months, such as theme dinners - for example about a passion for law/justice - an...
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MAASTRICHT. Imagine: you are completely conscious, you understand everything that is going on around you, but you cannot move or communicate. This is what patients suffering from locked-in syndrome experience. Would it not be great if a small device that measures brain activity enabled you to ‘speak’ to the people around you?
It is sti...
MAASTRICHT. Opera, dance, theatre, yoga, comedy, a fire-eater: the innocent passer-by at the Stadspark was in for a surprise Wednesday night at Culture Valley. At the entrance of the park, a large group of students is listening to a drum band playing. A girl with a Brazilian flag wrapped around her shoulders dances along. Behind the drummers a grou...
“To bridge the still significantly existing gap between students living in Maastricht and the region and society surrounding it.” That’s the goal of the newly founded Student Society Interaction (SSI). The project is an initiative of four students – Isabel Voets, Hannan Bittich, Jesper Saman and Dirk Janssen – who work...
Who: Wybo Dondorp, ethicist
What: Night, by Edgar Hilsenrath
Target group: students of medicine and philosophy
Réka Felleg, a Hungarian PhD candidate at the Accounting and Information Management Department (SBE) who has seen 14 per cent of the world
Réka Felleg’s love of travel began when she visited her family in Los Angeles as a teenager. “I lived with them for seven months and went to high school there.” In her free time, they ...
Who: Lies Wesseling, associate professor at the Department of Literature and Art
What: Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Target group: students of Arts and Sciences
Joris Veenhuis (27), a Dutch European Law School master’s student who has seen 12 per cent of the world
One of Joris Veenhuis’s favourite cities is Istanbul. “A great international capital city that is bursting with life. People might think that it is a strict Muslim country, but you see fewer head scarves there than in Amsterdam...
Elaine Hoekstra (25), a Canadian first-year Arts and Culture student who has seen 19 per cent of the world
Ever since she went to Japan when she was 16, Elaine Hoekstra has had a taste for travelling. “That trip really put me out of my comfort zone. Japan is very far from Canada, in terms of both distance and culture.” She went on exch...
MAASTRICHT. The elections for the University Council and the faculty councils are in full swing. Voting can be done until Friday 24 May. Last year total turnout was around 33 per cent. How many students have already voted this year? Observant made a quick round.
MAASTRICHT. “A good place to study. Quiet, fine prices and delicious apple pie. At the same time you are supporting people with a physical or mental disability who work here.” This is how the School of Business and Economics student Carina Klebe describes the Doe Gewoon cafeteria on the Boschstraat, which she and her fellow Enactus memb...
Who: Herco Fonteijn, psychologist
What: Blauwzuur (Acid), by Gerrit Achterberg
Target group: psychology students
MAASTRICHT. To make the world more sustainable, people need a new mindset. Whether we can actually achieve this new mindset is something the panel members at UCM’s Green Day debate ‘Moving beyond the blah-blah – Putting Sustainability into Practice’ have different opinions on.
“We need a new city”, says Albert N...
Who: Arie van der Lugt, associate professor of cognitive neuroscience
Book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
Target group: “Students interested in philosophy and abstraction”
“Twice, I included a full paragraph of a pancake recipe in my seminar work, because I was suspicious that no one read them, both times I got a 9.” 345 people liked this confession on the Maastricht University Confessions Facebook page. “Legend,” one remarks. “Maybe it was a really good recipe?” another one jokes....
The Turnzaal at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is filled with clothes, jewellery and shoes on Wednesday 20 March. This is the fifth edition of Shop&Go Maastricht, a flea market organised by Arts and Culture student Isabelle Cruse. “The first one was in my living room. We started with twenty people and now two thousand were invite...
Chris Mercieca (20), a Maltese second-year UCM student who has seen 11 per cent of the world.
Only last month he travelled to the Balkans and now he’s packing his bags to go home, to Malta. Although some may argue that at 11 per cent, Chris Mercieca has already seen quite a lot of the world, he himself feels he still has a lot to do....
Coffee – is there anything that people complain more about at Maastricht University? “Sorry, I can only offer you coffee from the machine”, is a much-heard apology. But is it really that bad? Or is the complaining just a habit, like grumbling about the weather? Observant asked three Italians – the world’s self-proclaim...
Anouk Smits (20), a third-year student of Dutch Law from the Netherlands who has seen 7 per cent of the world
The most beautiful trip that she ever made is not something that Anouk Smits has to think long about. “When my mother turned fifty, I went to New York with her, that was super cool. It was really special to be there just with her. We...
A loud “Yay!” sounds in the Law faculty garden on Thursday afternoon, 7 March. Two girls run a round of victory. “3-5!” They have just played a game of football against a couple of guys as part of the Rag Week activities. During Rag Week - Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 13 March - students collect money in Maastricht for a g...
Inkom 2013 will last five days instead of four. “We have grown very quickly, eleven per cent last year. We cannot handle so many people together at some activities,” says Rick van der Westen, secretary of the Inkom Working Group.
The extra day (Monday) will make the schedule more relaxed. “The Tuesday was really a rushed day. Fir...
Ralph Stassar (21), a Dutch medical student and vice chairman of student association Tragos, has seen 9 per cent of the world
Ralph Stassar can talk for hours about his trip around Australia. “I experienced so many wonderful things.” When he was eighteen – having failed to get a place for Medicine in the lottery system &n...
It’s Thursday evening, 28 February. Students cycling among shoppers on their way to one of the eleven acts to be performed during Stukafest – the student room festival. The first round starts at 20:30hrs, but just a few minutes before that, the room where the musician Mixendorp is to perform is not full. “Maybe people couldn&rsquo...
Polina Putrik (29), a Russian PhD candidate at the Department of Health Promotion and Education who has seen 16 per cent of the world
Polina Putrik has quite some experience with travelling; she has lived in more than seven countries, sometimes for a couple of months, other times even for years. “I’ve studied or worked in vario...
Who: Joël Karel, lecturer on Biomedical Signal Analysis at the Department of Knowledge Engineering
Book: Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
Target group: knowledge engineering students
It is the largest student event in the Netherlands: the Batavierenrace. A relay race from Nijmegen to Enschede; 175 kilometres divided into 25 stages. More than 8,500 students will participate in the race on 27 April, held for the 41st time this year. Many sports, study and student associations put together a team to join, but every university also...
Suzanne Tossings (21), a Dutch UCM student and co-ordinator for AIESEC’s Outgoing Exchange, who has seen 9 per cent of the world.
What is remarkable about Suzanne Tossings’ map, are the countries in southern Africa. “I went to Stellenbosch in South Africa last year, as an exchange student. The semester ended at the beginn...
MAASTRICHT. Like last year, almost all acts in the ‘student room festival’ (Stukafest) will be understandable for English-speaking students. “Only the cabaret is in Dutch”, says chair Anna Heimbrock. During Stukafest, ten acts perform three times on one night in student rooms all over Maastricht. “There are lots of mus...
Sanae Barth, a Japanese assistant professor at the Department of Economics and postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychology, who has visited 15 per cent of the world.
Only South America is missing from the list of continents Sanae Barth has visited. Many of her trips were for research purposes, but she also enjoys travellin...
Catharina Rudschies (21), a German second-year student of European Studies who has seen 9 per cent of the world.
After graduating from high school, Catharina Rudschies chose to go on a big trip. “I spent three months in Thailand, six in Australia and a few weeks in Singapore and London. I actually wanted to go to Japan, but the Fukushim...
MAASTRICHT. The first ninety study places at the Student Services Centre (SSC) will be opened next Monday. A total of 170 study places will be created in the building on the Bonnefantenstraat, to be completed before the summer.
MAASTRICHT. Student pub The Highlander is open again, temporarily at least. At the beginning of December, the pub was closed down for six months by order of mayor Hoes, because soft and hard drugs had been found on the premises, both in the pub itself and in the apartment above it. The owner lodged an appeal and asked the court for a temporary arra...
Who: Frank Thuijsman, Mathematician at Knowledge Engineering
Book: Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s conjecture, Apostolos Doxiadis
Target group: students of mathematics, knowledge engineering, and econometrics
Who: Oscar van den Wijngaard, philosopher at UCM
What: The Man Who Was Thursday, G.H. Chesterton
Target group: UCM students
Joep van Agteren (25), a Dutch master’s student of Psychology who has seen 6 per cent of the world
Although Joep van Agteren has been a member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) for years now, he has no personal experience of being an exchange student. “It's a great pity, but I just didn’t have the time. I went from one boa...
Michael Kaisers (27), from Germany, who just finished his PhD at the Department of Knowledge Engineering, has seen 11 percent of the world
If you need travel tips for New York, Michael Kaisers is your guy. He lived there for a few months while doing his master’s and returned during his PhD to live in New Jersey. “I was actually...
SIFE, a non-profit student organisation that aims for a more sustainable world, has changed its name to Enactus. “SIFE Worldwide had some marketing research done and it turned out that people didn’t have the association with the name that we want them to”, says Max Florenz, marketing director of the department in Maastricht. &ldqu...
Who: Wim Groot, professor of Health Economics and Evidence Based Education
Book: Heart of a Dog, Mikhail Bulgakov
Target group: Economics students
Martin Frost (30), an Australian postdoc at cognitive neuroscience who has visited 11 per cent of the world
In 2004, Martin Frost came from Sydney to Maastricht to start a PhD. “I had never been here before. Actually I hadn’t travelled that much at all.” Something he has made up for since living in Europe. “I’ve been ...
Two students will represent the inhabitants of the new guesthouse on the Professor Pieter Willemsstraat. “We will have a meeting with them in the new year, just to get to know each other,” says Edwin Bruijnzeels, contact person for the group of Wijckerpoort Central residents. The idea of representatives emerged after local residents had...
Where will students go and have their parties now, since The Highlander has been closed? This question was put before mayor Onno Hoes by political parties D66, PvdA and Groen Links (Democrats 66, Labour Party and Green Left). The Highlander pub was shut down last week for a period of six months, after drugs had been found on the premises. And right...
Bart Heijnen, a Dutch PhD student at Pharmacology who has seen 12 per cent of the world
A good combination of culture and nature is what constitutes a perfect trip for Bart Heijnen. “I don’t want to spend ten days lying on the beach.” What makes it even better is when some of the travelling expenses are reimbursed because he is a...
The Maastricht D66 party fraction thinks that a pub on the former Annadal hospital grounds could limit the disturbance caused by students. “It would put an end to the night-time returns from the city to the Guesthouse,” says council member Richard Schoffeleers. It is not a new plan and it is not feasible, according to Maurice Evers, hea...
Mayor Hoes closed The Highlander pub on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00hrs. The pub on the Hertogsingel is especially popular among foreign students. What in the Netherlands are called ´soft drugs´ were found on the premises. The apartment in the same building was also closed, after the police had found both hard and soft drugs. The Highland...
Jennifer Sellin, a Dutch PhD student at the department of International and European Law who has seen 12 per cent of the world
One of the advantages of her job is that she can travel abroad regularly. Jennifer Sellin carried out research in countries such as South Africa, Uganda and India, and taught in China. “I try to combine ...
On Friday the 7th of December the Viva Con Agua party is in d'n Hiemel. All the profits of the event will go directly to Viva Con Agua, an organisation that helps to give access to clean drinking water for people in developing countries. The party starts at 19.30 until 03.00 in the morning. It will include a liveband, as well as ...
Mariëtte van Loon (30), a Dutch PhD student at the department of Educational Research and Development (FHML) who has seen 14 per cent of the world
By now it has been eight years ago that Mariëtte van Loon left to do a research internship in Tromsø, a city in the north of Norway. “I went for eight months, but I enjoyed myself so much that I s...
Those who always wanted to build a robot, can now do so at the Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE). That is to say, a digital robot. In front of the windows of the building on the Bouillonstraat 8-10 there are huge plasma screens that show the so-called robot factory.
Passers-by who stop outside the building can use their smartphones or tabl...
Phoebe Ellis-Rees (19), a British Arts and Culture student who has seen 9 percent of the world
Travel Europe by train – that was the plan Phoebe Ellis-Rees and a friend had last May. “We took a gap year after high school. We worked for most of the time, but we wanted to do some traveling too.” They chose InterRail be...
Marijn Edelenbosch (22), a Dutch fifth-year student at the Fontys Sports University of Applied Science and a member of student climbing association MaasSAC who has seen 4 per cent of the world.
The past six years, Marijn Edelenbosch has gone to the Alps for a few weeks every summer with student climbing association MaasSAC. “The firs...
Roel Damen (22), a master’s student of Econometrics from the Netherlands
“My longest journey was to Sweden, where I spent four months as an exchange student. There is a lottery to determine who is allowed to go to which country. For really far destinations, you have to have really good grades. I didn’t think that was going to hap...
How many students can Maastricht handle? This was the subject of the first Sphinx flash debate, a spin-off of the longer Sphinx debates on current topics. The conclusion was that the city needs a council committee chairman for students.
Who: Jan Smits, professor of European Private Law
Book: L’Étranger (The Stranger), Albert Camus
Target: Law students
Last Saturday was the big day: Nancy Bocken and Hidde-Jan Lemstra, both alumni of the School of Business and Economics, got married. On Friday they hosted drinks at the Kruithuis. “We got the idea for a pre-wedding drink at the wedding of a friend”, says Lemstra. “The guests can get to know each other and it’s a good way to ...
Kevin Paulussen (21), first-year Biomedical Sciences student from the Netherlands
“I have always been fond of travelling, but I could never combine boxing with being away for a whole year,” says Kevin Paulussen. He is a first-year Biomedical Sciences student with a Top Sport status, boxing at a high level alongside his studies. &...
Over a hundred women and a few brave men hear the loudspeakers say “Hey, sexy lady!”, while they dance at the ‘Zumba Party Hearty’ in Randwyck Sports Centre on Thursday evening. The theme of this special Zumba lesson (Zumba is a fitness programme based on Latin American dance) is cardiovascular diseases. Red balloons hang ne...
Celeste van Rinsum (22), a Dutch master’s student of Health Education and Promotion who has seen 5 per cent of the world.
“In between my bachelor's and my master's, I spent two months in Kenya. I had always wanted to go to Africa. The first month, I did voluntary work and the second month I travelled around the country. I was g...
Cecile Wolfs (21), a master’s student of Operation Research from the Netherlands saw president Obama speeching at the university of Richmond.
There is mounting criticism in Belgium of the number of Dutch students opting to go to cheaper Belgian universities, news agency ANP reports on Monday.
'Some EU countries are making higher education so expensive in their own lands that others are having to carry the costs,’ a senior education official says in Monday’s De Standaard....
Pop band Major Tom, rapper Kraantje Pappie and rockband Destine, known for their hit single Stars, will perform at festival Breakfest, which will be held on Saturday 22 September at the Megaland area in Landgraaf. In addition to the music, there'll be clinics rollerderby, free running, mountainbiking, freeline and surfing, creative worksho...
The right-wing VVD and prime minister Mark Rutte emerged the winners of Wednesday's general election, with a revitalised Labour party a strong second, making a coalition between the two in some form almost inevitable. The VVD has 41 seats and Labour 39, giving them a combined 80 seats in the 150-seat parliament.'No one saw this enormous vic...
Who: Teun Dekker, philosopher at University College Maastricht (UCM)
Book: From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Jules Verne
Target: UCM students
The Maastricht police are warning against rooms-for-rent sites offering rooms that they do not actually have. The swindlers ask potential tenants to transfer a deposit and are subsequently never heard from again. Most of the victims are foreign students. The police reported seven cases in the first week of September.
“Tips for books, trips and videos to find new answers in new times”, reads the subheading of the Inspiration Booklet, compiled by University College student Dirk Janssen, Youth Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations. He has collected tips from people who are a part of Worldconnectors, a platform of opinion leaders in th...
Sun Garden (funk-rock), B Fresh (electro lounge), pianist Rik Verkruijssen (jazz gospel) and singer songwriter Matthew M.Miller (acoustic folk rock) will perform at this benefit concert for Haiti in D'n Hiemel on Saturday 15 September. The money raised with the entrance tickets, will be donated to support a project for the realization...
Maastricht University’s General and Technical Services will take measures developed by the Green Office to increase energy efficiency at UCM.
Conventional lights will be replaced with energy efficient LEDs in the corridors and parts of the common room, and movement detectors and ambient light detectors will be installed in corridors, the com...
The Taskforce QRS (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students) containing of Hesam Amin, Ali Ghossein, Janieke Geerling, Marjan Klinkert, Frank Körver and Gideon Bookelman has won the Student Award 2012.
In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. UCM-student and experienced traveller Roos Malmberg is first up.
Will and the people, Ozark Henry, Infadels, Goose and many more will perform at the Bruis Festival - a free festival at the sports area of the Tapijnkazerne in Maastricht. This is the sixth edition of the family festival which will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.
The Maastricht streets were buzzing Thursday evening, as the students were given the choice to attend whatever party appealed to them most; hosted by two of the three big associations in town. With rivals Circumflex throwing their traditional beach party; the Tragos association took their guests to the circus. An anxious crowd awaited the entrance ...
The Green Office has received the oikos Student Leadership Award. This award is given to outstanding student projects or campaigns contributing to a sustainable campus and encouraging other students to start their own initiatives. Ulrich Scharf of the Green Office accepted the award on Wednesday at the award ceremony at the University of Oregon in ...