From textbook to paper reviewing

From textbook to paper reviewing

Covid-19 changed a lot for everybody, but for the second-year students of the International Medicine Track, it changed the content of their entire course. Instead of learning about drug development, they dived into all the research that has been coming out about the new virus worldwide.

Freshman: From Germany

Freshman: From Germany

MAASTRICHT. She is called Anna-Maria (“with a hyphen”) Ostermann, she’s 20 years old, from Germany and she is visiting the info market on Tuesday, behind the Mensa at the Tongersestraat 53. That is the building where she will be fou...

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

MAASTRICHT. Yesterday, Sunday 17 August, early arrived  students from different faculties met at a get-together in the Student Services Centre. There was a free lunch, social activities and a welcome speech by the rector of Maastr...

Freshman: From Cologne

Freshman: From Cologne

MAASTRICHT. Carla Schmitt (Economics and Business) and Nina Bekele (International Business) used to live in Cologne, but are now inhabitants of Maastricht. The two just met. Schmitt and Bekele chose for Maastricht because of "the inter...

Sunny start Inkom 2014

Sunny start Inkom 2014

MAASTRICHT. At 11:00 o' clock this Monday (18 August) the registration for the Inkom 2014 has started.

Possible end to administration fees

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 ...

1 in 4 UM students uses smart drugs

1 in 4 UM students uses smart drugs

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 Programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, who conducted a survey among 516 UM students.

“We’ve put the framework in place”

“We’ve put the framework in place”

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.” Observant followed them over the course of the year.

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 ...

What to do when you live to become a 100?

What to do when you live to become a 100?

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...

A buddy for every non-EU newcomer

A buddy for every non-EU newcomer

MAASTRICHT. Non-EU first-year students who arrive in August will be given a ‘buddy’ for one year: a bachelor’s or master’s student who can help them to integrate in Maastricht and solve practical problems they may face.

Row over Saudis

Row over Saudis

MAASTRICHT. The Saudi Arabian government has decided not send any new medical students to Maastricht this year. Whether this also applies to the coming years is not clear. The main problem: the Saudis are against internships outside the Netherlands. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, however, feels that this is necessary. Negotiations are taking place at the moment “to find a solution that will suit both parties,” says professor Geertjan Wesseling, co-ordinator of a special taskforce. He believes that the matter has nothing to do with the Saudi’s anger towards the Netherlands about actions carried out by Geert Wilders.

Opinion:The shady side of open questions exams

Opinion:The shady side of open questions exams

Open questions are a better assessment method than multiple choice, yes. But there are some serious drawbacks, discovered Mark Vluggen, senior lecturer at the School of Business and Economics.

Basic grant to be abolished

Basic grant to be abolished

MAASTRICHT.As of 1 September 2015, the basic study grant will be abolished. Dutch students and foreign students who work at least fourteen hours a week in the Netherlands, run the risk of losing out on at least five thousand euro (those living at hom...

Election results: NovUM-Dope: 22-22

Election results: NovUM-Dope: 22-22

MAASTRICHT. Last year Dope forfeited six seats, but was still the most powerful student political party at Maastricht University. Now, it will have to share power with NovUM: both parties won a total of 22 seats in the various councils in the latest ...

“It gives you a lot of freedom”

“It gives you a lot of freedom”

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 them and how is their business doing now?

Opinion: Are multiple choice questions a good assessment method?

Opinion: Are multiple choice questions a good assessment method?

Multiple choice questioning at exams is to be avoided, says Jan Hoffmann student at the European Law School and Member of the University Council, Maastricht University. There is little to say in favour of it.

People from abroad should feel welcome

People from abroad should feel welcome

MAASTRICHT. “A complete turn-around,” UM executive president Martin Paul recently called it. “Three years ago, the debate was about there being too many foreign students in the Netherlands and that they were too expensive. Then there were reports about how it benefitted the economy, and now we are asking the question how we can make it easier for foreign students.”

From the screen to the real world: Impressions from Ukraine

From the screen to the real world: Impressions from Ukraine

UKRAINE. While the media report day in and day out on the situation in eastern Ukraine, recent UCM graduate Alisa Fluhrer spent the last few weeks visiting cities – amongst others - in the west. She was on the job for the Eastbook.eu portal, pa...

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

Opinion: Holding meetings behind closed doors kills university democracy

MAASTRICHT. “We will now close the public part of the meeting.” Those who attend a faculty council or University Council meeting can be sure to hear the chairperson utter this mantra. What happens in those confidential meetings? We  ...

"EU seems like an elite project"

"EU seems like an elite project"

MAASTRICHT. This year’s European elections, which will take place on 22 May in the Netherlands, are marked by some changes. What are they, and what do they mean? Why does Europe matter? And how can our vote make a difference? To answer these questions and more, Observant speaks to students, experts and politicians.

Searching for an alternative for handling fees

Searching for an alternative for handling fees

MAASTRICHT. Before Easter, the Executive Board decided that students who register too late for a block or exam would no longer be fined. The University Council’s Strategy Committee now fears that every faculty will come up with its own rules. T...

UM-wide fraud detection test

UM-wide fraud detection test

MAASTRICHT. After the summer, Maastricht University intends to carry out a large-scale experiment using electronic fraud detection during exams. All faculties have agreed to participate in this trial. The faculty directors and chair persons of the ex...

Inspiring students to give entrepreneurship a try

Inspiring students to give entrepreneurship a try

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 o...

EuroMUN 2014: Heated discussions in simulated EU-committees

EuroMUN 2014: Heated discussions in simulated EU-committees

MAASTRICHT. On the first “real” day of the EuroMUN, Thursday first of May, one day after the Opening day the MECC is filled with dressed up students, creating a quite authentic and serious atmosphere for the Committee Sessions which are a...

Speed-D(eb)ating with the European presidential candidates

Speed-D(eb)ating with the European presidential candidates

MAASTRICHT. An atmosphere of excitement was swinging in and around the theatre at the Vrijthof Monday night, where the First European Presidential Debate was hold from 7 to 8.30pm. Many of the 700 international students attending the discussion of th...

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

MAASTRICHT. “Smartphone transmits disease,” was the heading in Medisch Contact, a weekly magazine for physicians, at the end of last year. Mobile phones appear to be a major source of hospital infections. The solution? Wash your hands. But what may be even better: disinfect your mobile phone. As part of their International Business master’s of Entrepreneurship, four Maastricht students recently launched a product called CellMates: wet antibacterial wipes for mobile telephones.

For artists and others

MAASTRICHT. Things are not easy for the cultural sector; subsidies are being withdrawn, vacancies are few and far between. Artists, cultural heritage experts, policy officials, fashion designers, et cetera, all need a helping hand. And that is why th...

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 mark the retirement of Bob Wilkinson.

Yellow card for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Yellow card for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

MAASTRICHT. Unjustifiably issued diplomas for too many weak theses and at times a poor academic quality of the study programme: that was the core of the criticism aimed at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (CMW/FASoS) within the framework of a national assessment of the quality of university humanities programmes. To make matters worse, recovery plans drawn up by the faculty were deemed inadequate last week. But according to dean Rein de Wilde, this final hurdle will be taken after all. Scant consolation: elsewhere blows were suffered too, such as in Leiden and Amsterdam.

Committee simulation at Euromun

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 ...

Abolition of registration fees

Abolition of registration fees

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students will no longer be charged a fee for registering late for exams, resits and courses. This decision by the Executive Board reflects that of the Minister of Education, who has made it clear that there are no legal grounds for such a fee. As of next academic year, late registration will simply no longer be permitted; students who miss the deadline will not be allowed to take part.

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 Netherlan...

Writing a proposal for European policy

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...

New Lux ad Mosam association building opened

New Lux ad Mosam association building opened

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 ...

Less than 5000 euros: Art at Timmerfabriek

Less than 5000 euros: Art at Timmerfabriek

MAASTRICHT. Collectors, artists, families and a lot of pink– the setting at the Affordable Art Fair is very different from the one at TEFAF just a month ago. From Thursday to Sunday, 6 of April, the Timmerfabriek in Maastricht hosts 45 gallerie...

Wanted: bag snatcher

MAASTRICHT. A student from Maastricht University was stabbed in her arm on the Brouwersweg on Monday evening. At about nine o’clock in the evening, the thief wanted to hold up the nineteen-year-old Polish girl. When the attempt failed, he stabb...

UM students file complaint against Wilders

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...

“Students were not to form an exclusive group”

“Students were not to form an exclusive group”

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.

Great interest in UCM

MAASTRICHT. No less than 870 enrolments for two hundred places. University College Maastricht is becoming more and more renowned throughout the world and that seems to be paying off. Dean Harm Hospers thinks that their first place in the KeuzeGids 2014 has also helped.

Meet the President

Meet the President

BRUSSELS. Twenty students from Maastricht University got to attend the speech of President Obama last Wednesday in Brussels. European Studies student Maximilian Foppe was one of the lucky few. He kept a diary for Observant.

The finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition are in sight

The finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition are in sight

MAASTRICHT. “Two men fall in love and get married. They would live happily ever after if it was not for one cloud on the horizon: the unwillingness of the country they want to move to to recognize their marriage.” Four law students will compete in the finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition in Luxemburg on Friday 28 March. The case, which includes the recognition of a gay marriage in Europe, they know by heart by now. Observant sat in on one of the final training sessions.

Students attend Obama’s speech

Students attend Obama’s speech

“Be quick: unique opportunity to attend the speech of President ‪#‎Obama this Wednesday in Brussels. Send a mail to campusbrussels@maastrichtuniversity with your phone number for more information. First come, first served. Registration clos...

Breaking the international bubble

Breaking the international bubble

MAASTRICHT. How to get Dutch students interested in buddy programs?  How to promote the interaction between Dutch and foreign students? What’s the optimal duration of a buddy programme? During the Buddy Co-ordinator Day in Eindhoven last Monday, universities and schools of higher education asked many questions. But few answers were given: for many institutes the buddy programme is still in its infancy.

Child mortality theme evening

Child mortality theme evening

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 ...

The ageing process of our brain

The ageing process of our brain

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 Prizes – he looked into mice brains on a molecular level.

Maastricht Symposium this year in English

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...

Tips from experienced tutors

Tips from experienced tutors

MAASTRICHT. What do you do with a student who, for the umpteenth time, comes to a tutorial group meeting unprepared? How do you deal with a group that depends too much on the tutor? And what is the best approach to that quiet member in the group? The...

A night debating Maastricht's future

MAASTRICHT. A three-course dinner and a discussion on the future of Maastricht as an international student city. This was the event organised last Thursday by the Student and Society Initiative (SSI), which aims to bring students and residents in Maa...

Student party shut down prematurely

Student party shut down prematurely

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht police closed down a student party on the Ruttensingel prematurely last Saturday after complaints about noise. The one hundred to one hundred and fifty partygoers, mainly German students, were sent home. Sometimes the poli...

Free wireless Internet access on Vrijthof

Free wireless Internet access on Vrijthof

MAASTRICHT. Since this week, everyone can have free Internet access, with WhatsApp, e-mail or Facebook on the Vrijthof. The Maastricht city council, Vodafone and MUMC+ launched this one-year experiment last Tuesday. The project costs 100 thousand eur...

University has more fans on Facebook than students

MAASTRICHT. The number of fans of the Maastricht University Facebook page has grown considerable over a period of almost two years. Whereas the number was only 8,135 in May 2012, it is now almost 21 Thousand.

SBE wins Debating Championship

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 an...

Being responsible and having fun

Being responsible and having fun

MAASTRICHT. Enjoy your drinks, but be responsible. This was the message spread by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) last Tuesday 18 February at their ‘Responsible Party’ at Café Cliniq. However, little of that message was to be seen when...

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 ...

Mensa transformation

MAASTRICHT. The mensa, the university restaurant, on Universiteitssingel 40 is to undergo a metamorphosis this summer. Caterer Albron intends to introduce a new concept, called ‘Kitchen’. The traditional restaurant with all kinds of ...

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 th...

Inkom theme announced

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 downh...

Analysis of a complicated article

Analysis of a complicated article

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...

European employers appreciate experience abroad, but don’t overdo it

MAASTRICHT. A survey shows that employers prefer candidates who have studied abroad for a while. But those who have completed their entire study abroad, are a little less popular.

Pathé Maastricht closed

Pathé Maastricht closed

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 ...

Six months jail for threatening students

MAASTRICHT. A man was sentenced to six months imprisonment in Maastricht for threatening two female members of the student association KoKo. He must also pay them compensation. According to the court, the man found a photograph album of the student ...

How many protrusions does this cell have?

How many protrusions does this cell have?

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 traineeship, in order to learn more about this syndrome.

Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. Every year and always around February, the student rooms in Maastricht fill up with artists during Stukafest. Cabaret performers, musicians, theatre artists and a genuine chef will be performing during the STUdentenKAmerFESTival (student ...

“Checking Uggs is standard procedure”

“Checking Uggs is standard procedure”

MAASTRICHT. A fortress under siege, is an apt comparison for the west hall of the Mecc. One sturdy guard after the other. At the bottom of the stairs, at the top of the stairs, in the corridors, uniforms everywhere: not a single miscreant could ever ...

Getting involved in student life

Getting involved in student life

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 E...

“I see bright researchers leaving the university”

“I see bright researchers leaving the university”

MAASTRICHT. The mensa at the Tongersestraat was overflowing last Tuesday evening for the debate on Science in Transition (SiT). Those expecting fireworks came away disappointed. There were no emotional exchanges, no confrontational altercations; the evening was civilised and at times even a bit dull. The discussion steered clear of typical SiT topics, such as rankings, perverse incentives in scientific publishing and the notion of the PhD ‘factory’. Instead, it focused on the workload, the plight of young researchers, the capacity – or otherwise – of students to think critically, and who really sets the research agenda.

‘Paying’ to participate in an exam is not allowed

MAASTRICHT. Universities are not allowed to fine students who are late registering for a module or exam, says the Dutch Education Inspectorate. Nevertheless, this is common practice in many places, including Maastricht University. Here late registrat...

Numbers go from left to right

Numbers go from left to right

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 arrang...

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. “We see more and more shady customers in Randwijck as well."

Prizes, medallions and a love story at the 38th foundation day

Prizes, medallions and a love story at the 38th foundation day

MAASTRICHT. How to restore trust between science, the media and the public? Not, at any rate, by priding oneself on being a researcher or by loudly announcing the umpteenth breakthrough. These words were spoken by rector Luc Soete during the celebra...

“Studies with entry restrictions also open for foreign students”

MAASTRICHT. Dutch students do not automatically have priority over foreign students when it comes to access to studies with an entry restriction, says state secretary Dekker. Member of Parliament Jasper van Dijk (Socialist Party) asked state secreta...

Bridging cultural differences just across the border

Bridging cultural differences just across the border

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.

City council says yes to Student&Stad action plan

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 carried unanimously by the city council.

No more problems with Dutch diplomas in Belgium

No more problems with Dutch diplomas in Belgium

MAASTRICHT. Dutch master’s diplomas give not always access to jobs in Flanders. But now it seems as if an end to the arguing about the recognition of diplomas between the Netherlands and Flanders is in sight. In spring of 2014, a treaty will come into force that will regulate academic equality, a spokesperson for the minister of education, Jet Bussemaker, has said.

Also SBE wants to participate in UM-wide minors

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics will do the best they can to participate in the UM-wide minors programme, states dean Philip Vergauwen. The matter was discussed again last week by the ‘management team’ of deans and the Ex...

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 huge – showed their enthusiasm.

 
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.

Partying for Serious Request

Partying for Serious Request

MAASTRICHT. ‘Let’s clean this shit up’ and ‘Let’s get rid of their shit’. Flyers showing messages like these can be found throughout the building of student association Circumflex. Their annual Serious Request part...

Cum laude is not the same everywhere

Cum laude is not the same everywhere

MAASTRICHT. One cum laude is not the other, a master’s graduate of ‘Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education’ wrote to Observant. She recently graduated with an average of 7.9 and did not receive the cum laude annotation on her diploma. Had she studied at University College Leiden, then a 7.7 average in years two and three would have been sufficient. But would she have received a cum laude annotation with her 7.9 elsewhere in the UM? Observant went to find out.

“I gain knowledge here that I will use for the rest of my life”

“I gain knowledge here that I will use for the rest of my life”

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 h...

“Turning 100 wasn’t very special to them”

MAASTRICHT. The Netherlands has almost 2,000 centenarians. And while nobody is particularly keen on growing old themselves, people seem to be fascinated by centenarians. For their Marble project, five Arts and Culture students interviewed nine centenarians and examined the representation of old age in culture.

“In the international arena, Israel bashing is a sport”

“In the international arena, Israel bashing is a sport”

MAASTRICHT. “He was very self-confident”, concludes a student leaving the lecture hall at University College Maastricht. “I think he has to be”, another replies. Last Monday morning, the Israeli ambassador Haim Divon visited Maastricht University for a debate with UCM students. His main point: the focus on the Israel–Palestine issue is disproportional. 

Symposium on sustainability

MAASTRICHT. Sustainability. It has become an indispensable subject in the 21st century, as the enhanced greenhouse effect is one of the widely discussed topics nowadays. Not letting the tap run while brushing your teeth, and turning off the lights wh...

Make it in the Netherlands

Make it in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS. Dutch education minister Jet Bussemaker wants more foreign students to choose a career in the Netherlands after their graduation. Dutch language courses, contact with potential employers and more information about working in the Netherlands should win them over, writes the minister in her plan of action Make it in the Netherlands.

How effective is the examination of witnesses?

How effective is the examination of witnesses?

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. 

Better students pay higher tuition fees

MAASTRICHT. From next academic year, Dutch universities and schools of higher vocational education may experiment with a higher tuition fees for ‘excellence programmes’. The maximum amount will be €3,812 (twice the official rate). The cabinet wants to find out if students are indeed willing to pay more for a better programme. The experiment is a sensitive matter. Maastricht University has not yet decided whether to participate.

Law climbs from eighth to first place, UCM unrivalled leader

Law climbs from eighth to first place, UCM unrivalled leader

MAASTRICHT. University College Maastricht may call itself the best Liberal Arts studies in the Netherlands, based on the latest edition of the KeuzeGids Universiteiten 2014 (2014 University Guide), which was published today. The Maastricht experts in knowledge engineering, law, fiscal economics, international business administration and econometrics also collected first places by the dozen.

National entry restrictions for Law dropped again

MAASTRICHT. The national entry restrictions, which was introduced for all bachelor’s programmes of law in the Netherlands this academic year, will be abolished again next year. The VSNU, the Association of Dutch Universities, too...

Video fragments help Law students to get better grades

MAASTRICHT. Last year the Faculty of Law introduced short video fragments as an additional educational tool. Now, it has been demonstrated that this helps to improve students’ insight into basic law matter. First-year students who watched all fragments also have significantly better grades than other students. 

A red, yellow and green Vrijthof

A red, yellow and green Vrijthof

MAASTRICHT. If you are walking through the city of Maastricht on this Monday morning, it’s not comparable to all the other Monday mornings you have experienced. It’s the 11th of November, the start of the Carnival season. All you see is p...

University College Venlo to start in 2014

University College Venlo to start in 2014

MAASTRICHT. The first students should start their studies at University College Venlo (UCV) in September 2014, provided the minister grants permission. It is a new programme at Maastricht University with an anticipated student influx of 150 to 200 per year. The official language will be English.

Finding a job in an economic crisis

Finding a job in an economic crisis

MAASTRICHT. Today’s job market is tough for university graduates. Around 10 percent of recent UM graduates are currently jobless, the UM’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) thinks. “I was searching online, reading adverts, writing motivation letters and CVs on an everyday basis.”

Number of enrolments for Summer School has almost tripled

MAASTRICHT. In 2012, only 89 participants enrolled, this year 251 people – divided over 52 nationalities – took part in the Maastricht Summer School.  It was the second time that the UM organised a Summer School. The participants ap...

How to measure openness?

How to measure openness?

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. 

Bringing Piet out of the shadow

Bringing Piet out of the shadow

The Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas, observed on 5 December every year, is the Netherlands’ most eagerly awaited festival. Like Santa Claus in the US or Father Christmas in the UK, the tradition revolves around the joy of sharing and caring. Whi...

Head stuck in railings

MAASTRICHT. A twenty-year-old foreign student from Maastricht had his head stuck in a railing for hours during the night from Wednesday to Thursday last week. It happened on the site of the Sappi paper mill on the Biesenweg in Maastricht. A security ...

Tutorial group diversification made easy

Tutorial group diversification made easy

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.

Life in the woods

Life in the woods

MAASTRICHT. Do you enjoy walking? And do you want to get to know the landscape around Maastricht? As part of the Life in the Woods project, Marres Projects and TAAK invited three artists to design a walk centred around the landscape in all its manife...

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 thesis won the Catharina Pijls Prize, worth 2000 euros.

Much interest for free Dutch lessons

Much interest for free Dutch lessons

MAASTRICHT. The first 368 bachelor’s students completed the first module of their free Dutch course last week. It is not known yet whether they have all passed. Just before the summer, the Executive Board decided to give in to the long-cherish...

“No outsourcing for Guesthouse”

MAASTRICHT. It would not be wise to outsource the Guesthouse. This, in a nutshell, is the message given by a group of SBE students who carried out a critical survey on behalf of the University Council regarding the Executive Board’s intention. The survey was part of SBE’s Marble project.

More burglaries in student homes

More burglaries in student homes

MAASTRICHT. The number of student buildings that are targeted by burglars is on the rise. “We are worried about this,” says student liaison officer Paul Vermin. “The months of June through to August are fairly quiet, but when the da...

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 env...

Sustainable bike project

MAASTRICHT. Old or broken bicycles that have been abandoned around the city or in the backyard of a student house – weesfietsen, in Dutch – are getting a new life thanks to Jules & You, a student services company in Maastricht. They i...

“Did you hear about the 3000 people who died this afternoon?”

“Did you hear about the 3000 people who died this afternoon?”

MAASTRICHT. “First question: are you happy?” Silence. “This is a very interactive audience”, Feike Sijbesma laughs. He looks up to the balcony of the Aula at the Minderbroedersberg: “Are you happy upstairs?”

Elsevier: UCM is the best by far in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. According to students, University College Maastricht is the best liberal arts programme in the Netherlands.  Moreover, figures and tables published last week in the Elsevier weekly magazine show that it is the best-scoring programme ...

What is the impact of one vote?

What is the impact of one vote?

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 thi...

Misunderstanding about compulsory attendance at FaSoS

Misunderstanding about compulsory attendance at FaSoS

MAASTRICHT. A misapprehension, that’s all. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has not introduced 100% compulsory attendance. Students are allowed to be absent twice in an eight-week block and once in a four-week block. Anyone who does not ...

City rubbish bags cheaper

MAASTRICHT. The price of the red-and-white coloured rubbish bags, in which one deposits one’s household waste and which are left on the pavement to be collected in the city of Maastricht, will drop as of 1 January. A 50-litre bag will no longer...

What can you get from a photograph?

What can you get from a photograph?

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 t...

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...

UCM to have its own student accommodation

UCM to have its own student accommodation

MAASTRICHT. The Guesthouse has expanded: a complex for 38 students, close to University College, situated on the corner of De Bosquetplein and the Zwingelput. UCM will rent all the rooms for its own students from 2017.

How to survive three years at Maastricht University

How to survive three years at Maastricht University

“I want to prevent you from making those mistakes that I did - and even some that I did not.” Claus Michaelis did his bachelor studies at the School of Business and Economics. Today, 9 September 2013, he starts with a master program in Paris. In this opinion article he wants to give the freshmen of 2013 some good advice. 

Mix and Mingle: Welcome Firsties

Mix and Mingle: Welcome Firsties

MAASTRICHT. On Tuesday evening, 3 September, Maastricht University welcomed all new international bachelor and master students at this year’s first Mix and Mingle party. Before entering the Aula of Minderbroedersberg, the students are asked to ...

Connecting students to the region

Connecting students to the region

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 activ...

‘Speaking’ without making a sound

‘Speaking’ without making a sound

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 ...

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...

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive city

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive city

MAASTRICHT. The rent of an average student room in Maastricht? 365 euros. The average price of a glass of beer in the capital of Limburg? €2,60. Only in Leiden (€2,90) students pay more for a beer. Maastricht isn’t the cheapest studen...

AquaDANCE popular

AquaDANCE popular

MAASTRICHT. The packed bike racks at the Geusseltbad are the first sign that AquaDANCE is a popular activity among freshmen. It’s also hard to find an empty place on the sunny lawn, this Thursday afternoon.  And the (brand new) swimming po...

Drums, wars and water pipes

Drums, wars and water pipes

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...

“Let’s crush them!”

“Let’s crush them!”

MAASTRICHT. The sports event, Wednesday afternoon. Somewhere in the middle of the field at the Griend is a small stand where a few boys make dangerously looking gestures. Kicking a large cushion held by another boy and then turning around the axis, o...

Inkom day 1: Singing along with Maastricht songs

Inkom day 1: Singing along with Maastricht songs

MAASTRICHT. Monday afternoon, 13.00hrs at registrations: a few international students cycle – a bit shaky – for the first time through Maastricht. They stop from time to time to take pictures of each other. At the School of Business and E...

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

MAASTRICHT 19 AUGUSTUS. It’s not everyone’s favorite smell… But eight freshmen don’t mind and unite around a table with pieces of cheese. ‘Dutch cheese’ says the printed paper next to the plate. On another table w...

New student initiative

“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 o...

Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

MAASTRICHT. Where students and locals meet. This would be the perfect slogan for the Brusselslook Festival, held on Thursday next week at the Orleansplein for the fourth year. There will be music, drinks and a ‘clip your crib’ contest. Th...

Less pay for student jobs

MAASTRICHT. “I was a member of the ‘UM promoteam’ and back then I was already earning 9 euro per hour. These days that kind of job is arranged through Interum and you only earn about 5 euro. For that kind of money I would not go and...

Free Dutch lessons for students

Free Dutch lessons for students

MAASTRICHT. Give new foreign bachelor’s students a free Dutch language course to help their integration into the university and city. With this proposal, the Executive Board is giving in to a long-cherished wish of various student factions. The...

Cosy and peaceful

Cosy and peaceful

MAASTRICHT. When the two Media Culture master’s students arrived in Maastricht last August, one thing struck both of them: “Walking through the streets, we saw many students and a lot of elderly people. The group in between is notably absent.” Curious about the people and the city, Christine Spiteri (who did a bachelor’s in Psychology in Malta) and Hazal Orhon (who did a bachelor’s in Visual Communication and Design in Turkey and film workshops in New York) are now making a documentary film on Maastricht and its cultural identity. It will be part of the cultural biography project Zicht op Maastricht.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

MAASTRICHT. The Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will be the closing act of the Inkom’s final party in the Mecc on Friday 23 August. The Inkom Working Group presented the names of the artists during the pre-Inkom drink last Monday...

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.

Toilet visit policy criticised

Toilet visit policy criticised

MAASTRICHT. It looks as if the student members in the university council will be successful in their resistance against the ‘one toilet visit policy’ during exams. The Executive Board actually agrees with them. The Examination Committees...

Premises for international students

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

Graduating from an American top university while based in the Netherlands

Graduating from an American top university while based in the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS. The Georgia Institute of Technology is going to offer an inexpensive online master’s programme for students worldwide. Dutch, Italian, German, Spanish, and any other students can now get a master’s degree from a prestigio...

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.

UM-wide minors programme scrapped

MAASTRICHT. There will definitely not be a UM-wide minors programme. “It was flogging a dead horse,” said rector Luc Soete recently to a University Council committee. The matter has been on-going since 2007, when it was decided to offer s...

Public transport to Belgium and Germany substandard

Public transport to Belgium and Germany substandard

MAASTRICHT. Obsolete, crowded trains, inebriated passengers, poor connections and extremely long travelling times. The complaints about public transport from Maastricht to Aachen and Liège are clear and plentiful, a survey by Young Democrats Limburg ...

"I haven't read the programs yet"

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.

Enactus supports ‘Doe Gewoon’

Enactus supports ‘Doe Gewoon’

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 Carin...

Little enthusiasm for election debate

Little enthusiasm for election debate

MAASTRICHT. It won’t be a real debate, warns the chair of the University Council, Herman Kingma, right before the doors of the Aula opened on Wednesday 15 May. There are no propositions to debate; instead, two student parties, DOPE and NovUM, w...

Student house holds 7.9 billion bacteria

Student house holds 7.9 billion bacteria

Student life is chaotic and spontaneous – regular duties like cleaning are not high on the to-do list. What does it mean to live with a lot of people in a limited space among a bulk of bacteria and a pile of garbage? Is it harmful to our health? Find out in this fifth instalment of ‘Science of Student Life’.

EuroMUN 2013: “Building relationships that can last a lifetime”

MAASTRICHT. After five days of conference at the MECC and an elaborate social programme, 620 happy students are heading back home to over 70 different countries.  The European Model United Nations (EuroMUN) 2013 was an unprecedented success. Th...

Doing business differently

Doing business differently

MAASTRICHT. “The more you share with others, the more they’ll share with you”, said Uwe Luebbermann, the founder of Premium Cola, as he presented his alternative business philosophy to a group of around thirty students. Last week’s Innovative Business Lecture at the School of Business and Economics was part of the Social and Ecological Entrepreneurship Conference organised by students from different faculties in cooperation with SIFE Maastricht and the SBE Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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 Econ...

Orakel’s Un…masked exhibition

MAASTRICHT. An analogue photo by the Austrian Kristina Satori of hundreds of skulls lying in a cave. Or some sweet sculptures made of sugar, glue, paper, wood, rope and more, created by the Belgian Suleika Van der Jeugdt. That’s what you can ex...

“I quite often go to my tutorials high”

“I quite often go to my tutorials high”

“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. &l...

Make it in the Netherlands

Make it in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS.  Businesses, government and educational institutes should try harder - like they do in Germany - to keep foreign talent in the Netherlands. The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) has put this in a draft recommendat...

Looking for a bargain

Looking for a bargain

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. &ldquo...

Working as a solicitor in the UK

Students who aspire to work as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales but don’t want to leave Maastricht can apply for a new programme in August: the Oxford Brookes–Maastricht Graduate Diploma in Law. The contract between the two in...

Playing football in the sun, making cocktails in the snow

Playing football in the sun, making cocktails in the snow

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. Duri...

Inkom extended to five days

Inkom extended to five days

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 ext...

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.

New UM sports complex

New UM sports complex

Almost all indoor sports concentrated in a single large sports complex: this should all be reality by September 2015. That is when the new sports centre that the UM is about to build, should be ready for use. Up until now, sports activities have been...

Blues, guitar and drum music, all in a student room

Blues, guitar and drum music, all in a student room

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 tha...

Bicycle thefts in Maastricht

Political party D66 Maastricht is worried about the number of bicycle thefts in the city. “It’s a gut feeling,” says fraction chairman Bert Jongen, “but among my friends three people have had their bicycles stolen in broad day...

“Losing weight through sports is difficult”

“Losing weight through sports is difficult”

Visits to the gym, cycling from home to university, anything from football to squash, slack lining or yoga sessions – sports are part of most students’ lives. What is the effect of regular exercise? Why exactly are sports beneficial? This is the fourth instalment in the series ‘Science of student life’.

Batavierenrace: run really fast and then party

Batavierenrace: run really fast and then party

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...

Students can appeal against health care fine in English

Foreign students who are unjustly fined for not having a health care insurance in the Netherlands can now appeal against the fine in English.

German students welcome again

THE NETHERLANDS. Education minister Bussemaker is strengthening the ties with German higher education. This means she has made a U-turn, because not so long ago, she wanted to send a bill to Berlin for all the German students studying here - many of ...

Knowledge of Dutch is essential on NL labour market

Knowledge of Dutch is essential on NL labour market

MAASTRICHT. Anyone who wants to work in the Netherlands - even if it is with an international company or institute - would do well to also learn the Dutch language. This is one of the outcomes of a study carried by Unipartners on behalf of the UM’s Language Centre.

Stukafest

Stukafest

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...

A mother tongue too sweet for a dark story

A mother tongue too sweet for a dark story

MAASTRICHT. The life of Ana Menendez is all about writing: she was a journalist for twenty years, has now published two novels, two short story collections and numerous essays and – last but not least – is the founder (“It wasn’t me alone; I did it with many colleagues, like Lies Wesseling, Rein de Wilde, Jan de Roder and Wiel Kusters”) of the minor in Creative Writing at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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.

Fuss about health care insurance for foreign students

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. Many foreign students are unjustly fined for not having a health care insurance in the Netherlands. Appealing against the fine is difficult, mainly because all communication on this matter is in Dutch. Examples can be found in Maastricht too, but Student Dean Anita Jacobs claims it is not a ‘hot item’ among students.

 Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

Saudi students wanted to spread “the true message”

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday,  a group of 18 students from Saudi-Arabia presented roses and a small printed text to the public, in the city as well as in MUMC+.  The text was in English and Dutch and consisted of sayings of Mohammed, whose bir...

First SSC study places open

First SSC study places open

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.

Exploring the passion for research

MAASTRICHT. A dark red curtain, a wooden table, an illuminated globe and famous books of critical minds – the organisers of Just being Curious have inventively decorated the stage in UCM’s common room for an evening dedicated to ‘th...

Highlander open for now

Highlander open for now

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 arrangement, allowing his pub to remain open during the appeal procedure. The judge granted the request. 

71 percent of recent FASOS graduates work abroad

MAASTRICHT. On average, 8 percent of Maastricht University alumni who graduated in 2009/10 are unemployed. Topping the list are graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: 24 percent were not in work at the time of the interview (autumn 2011) for the recent Maastricht University graduate surveys.

Tutor may stay

MAASTRICHT. Dr Louis van den Hengel, the tutor for whom a group of students from University College Maastricht (UCM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started an online petition last Month, may stay at Maastricht University. He has ...

Students want tutor to stay

MAASTRICHT. “Let Louis van den Hengel stay at UM,” is the heading of a petition on the UCM Facebook page. Some fifteen students from University College and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started a petition last month when...

One in four students is a problem drinker

One in four students is a problem drinker

A beer to socialise, wine with the dinner, large amounts of alcohol at the numerous parties – students obviously drink a lot. But what are the implications of our drinking behaviour for our health? This is the third instalment in the series ‘Science of Student Life’.

“No ad hoc student policy, but an integral plan”

That the Maastricht city council should communicate more in English with foreign students, is supported by almost all fractions of the Maastricht city council. But they have a problem with the timing of the Christian Democrats' (CDA) proposal. That’s why it was removed from the agenda of the city council meeting last Tuesday.

FaSoS students want exchange and interaction

Monthly meetings where students, staff and alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can discuss subjects that they have chosen, take workshops and/or listen to lectures. This is a proposal put forward by the student representatives. With t...

More contact between students and neighbourhood

More contact between students and neighbourhood

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 gr...

Council members want a plan for house parties

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 s...

Do we need cycling lessons for foreign students?

After an hour of theory, some practical manoeuvres on a square, it is time for a trip around Groningen. Foreign students in Groningen have been receiving free cycling lessons as of the beginning of this academic year. Whether it's hilarious or ne...

No pub on Annadal premises

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, head of the Guesthouse.

Mayor closes Highlander

Mayor closes Highlander

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 ...

University Council blocks Guesthouse privatisation

Providing housing for foreign students should be considered a basic service by this university. The plan to hand over the Guesthouse to a commercial market party should therefore be carefully reconsidered. This is what chairman of the University Cou...

A pattern of black and white

A pattern of black and white

Last Thursday, another Mix and Mingle event – the regularly organised get-togethers for international students – took place at the Stay Okay Hostel. This time people were invited to a 'Black and White Party' referring to the dress...

Free Dutch language courses at other universities

In an attempt to bind international students to the Netherlands, the University of Groningen is offering free Dutch language courses from January 2013. Maastricht University asks 150 euro for a similar two-part beginners' course in Dutch. In Tilburg, free language courses have existed for years.

Outsourcing Guesthouse is near

The deal is almost done: the Guesthouse is to be privatised. Maastricht University will no longer offer furnished rooms to foreign students. If, at the beginning of next year, the response to the European call for tenders is a positive one, the UM wi...

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

"University College students are trained in 21st century skills"

Hope, change, progress – many words with a positive connotation marked the Dean's Debate last Friday organised by the University College Student Representatives Netherlands (UCSRN) at the bookstore Selexys in Maastricht. Deans and students ...

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

"I think compared to my friends I work much harder"

In this series we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University. This time: UCM student Hania Thurlow who already survived a mouse-infestation.

Student death causes despondency and raises questions

The unexpected death of a board member of student association Circumflex in their club house, last Saturday, appears to have raised questions and speculations as to the cause. The Circumflex board has decided not to give any comments. The body of Th...

“I was scared as hell”

“I was scared as hell”

“It was the longest night of my life. I was scared as hell: the dark, the horrible noise – and I was all alone.” These are the words of Laura Lenz, a Maastricht student who is living in Manhattan while doing a four-month internship as a junior researcher at New York University. She survived Hurricane Sandy, which hit more than ten American states last week. Here, she tells us her story.

Cause of death of Circumflex board member: unfortunate combination of factors

The death of the Circumflex treasurer, Thijs Eberson, was caused by an unfortunate combination of factors related to his medical background, according to a statement released by Maastricht University this afternoon. Thijs Eberson was found dead on S...

Circumflex board member found dead

Last Saturday the treasurer of the student association Circumflex, third-year International Business student Thijs Eberson, was found dead in the Sociëteit de Kaap on the Capucijnenstraat. The 22-year-old student from Oisterwijk slept over in the bu...

Basic government grant and travel pass abolished

In a matter of 47 days, the liberals (VVD) and the social democrats (PvdA) – winners of the national elections in September – have put together a coalition agreement. Students will be hit hard: the basic study grant is abolished; the travel pass is abolished, the additional grant is reduced.

Appeal for Council Committee Chairman for Students

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.

More learning space in SSC building

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

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

"I feared my fellow students would be all about studying"

Rodrigo Mesquita (18), a European Law School student from Brazil   Do you already have a group of friends? “Sure, since I study law, most of my friends are law students. I don’t speak Dutch, so they’re mostly international. A...

"I expected to go to class every day"

"I expected to go to class every day"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? “I’m still in contact with a lot of people from my Inkom group. We meet quite often to do something f...

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

"I appreciate the freedom at UCM"

Andreas Tometten (19), a student at the University College of Maastricht from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? Did they turned out to be like you expected them? “Yes and no. I do have international friends as I expected,...

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

Chlebíček – Cooking the Czech Way

In this new series students from all around the world cook their favourite recepies for Observant. First on the menu: Chlebíček - party sandwiches that are very popular in the Czech Republic.

"My living situation has been improving"

"My living situation has been improving"

Torsten Bode (26), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany   Do you already have a group of friends? "Yes, I do. I expected it to be a little different though. From my previous university, I am used...

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

"I am quite surprised I fit in"

Sanne Thijssen (18), a European Public Health student from Kenya/the Netherlands   Do you already have a group of friends? "Everyone is open in my study. I keep meeting new people and getting to know them better. There are no cliques an...

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

“Cuba is a Mecca for boxers”

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 Biomed...

Zumba with your doctor

Zumba with your doctor

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...

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...

Cycling to knowledge

Cycling to knowledge

Cycling for about 11,000 kilometres with 40 other students, visiting 8 universities, travelling through  7 countries – from Istanbul to Beijing along the Silk Road – in 5.5 months. This is The Study Road, a project invented by UM gra...

“This garden is like a statement”

“This garden is like a statement”

“The idea was to turn every kind of wasteland-area into an edible garden.” When Iris Kühnlein (a UCM student) saw the secluded garden in the FASoS courtyard, she wrote a proposal wanting to turn it into a community herbal garden. In March...

Sustainability – made in Maastricht

Sustainability – made in Maastricht

Footprint films, eco-map, teaching, consultation, discussions, a recycling system for bikes of exchange students, joint order of biological food, 'green' parties... the list goes on and on. The student organisations at the Sustainability BBQ ...

Greetings

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: How do you greet and say goodbye in Dutch? Watch, listen and practice!

My night in Amby’s polling station

My night in Amby’s polling station

Two and a half hours, that is how long most students expected to be spending on counting votes for the Dutch elections yesterday night.  Reality looked different: It took some of the volunteers five hours to evaluate the result of the elections ...

Students swindled by rooms-for-rent sites

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.

New guest house at Pieter Willemsstraat has special history

New guest house at Pieter Willemsstraat has special history

A plaque at the gate commemorates the deportation of hundreds of Limburg Jews from the old school during the Second World War. The school has now been rebuilt as a guest house for students.

Take inspiration from Le petit prince

“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 h...

Maastricht Summer School: not busy, but good

Maastricht Summer School: not busy, but good

They had hoped for a hundred participants, they got 89. Nevertheless, the organisers of the Maastricht Summer School  - from 9 July until 17 August  - are pleased. “We could only start recruiting at a late stage, but the students who ...

"I would vote for a centre-left party"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. What does Mungo McKoen, a student at UCM from Great Britain have to say about it?

"I'm curious how Geert Wilders will fare in these elections"

"I'm curious how Geert Wilders will fare in these elections"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. What does Nethal Hashin, a Strategic Marketing student from Oman have to say about it?

"In the beginning, it was difficult not to confuse the different parties"

"In the beginning, it was difficult not to confuse the different parties"

Today, the Dutch go to the polls. What do international students think about the Dutch elections? Observant asked three of them. First up is Lukas Bagin, a UCM-student from Slovakia.

How to order?

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: How do you order in Dutch in a café and count to three ? Watch, listen and try yourself!

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. ...

Not in Kansas anymore

Not in Kansas anymore

Pakistan, USA, Iceland, Poland, China, Australia, Switzerland, Brasil, India... it’s a colourful group at the Mix and Mingle event – an international student get-together that took place Tuesday night in the garden of the Law Faculty. &ld...

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. This week PhD candidate Miranda Poeze who has visited all continents. Well, except Antarctica.

Energy-efficient lighting for UCM

Energy-efficient lighting for UCM

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 com...

“I don’t want to end up in a group of only Germans"

“I don’t want to end up in a group of only Germans"

Andreas Tometten (19), a student at the University College of Maastricht from Germany   Why Maastricht? "In March, I was more or less dragged along to an experience day by a friend – but in the end I was truly impressed by the beaut...

Taskforce QRS wins Student Award

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.   

Introducing yourself

In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: Do you know how to introduce yourself in Dutch? Watch and learn yourself!

"I'm not a heavy partyer or drinker"

"I'm not a heavy partyer or drinker"

Sanne Thijssen (18), a European Public Health student from Kenya/the Netherlands Why Maastricht? “It is international. There is a possibility to go on exchange and the teachers here come from different backgrounds.” What do you expect o...

"I hope to get more self responsibility"

"I hope to get more self responsibility"

Jules Stuyt, 19, a European Studies student at the Hogeschool Zuyd from the Netherlands   Why Maastricht?  “I wanted to do European Studies. You can also do that in The Hague, but it is much better in Maastricht than there. Besides,...

Faculty introduction in full swing

Faculty introduction in full swing

Thursday afternoon around 13:30. The faculty introduction is in full swing, in the inner city and at the other site of the Maas. The staff of the front desk of the Student Service Centre has to deal with a lot of questions. The officia...

10,000 euros for Green Office

Maastricht University’s Green Office wants to grow and become a European sustainability think tank. The city of Maastricht has granted 10,000 euros, as an incentive within the framework of its Sustainability Impulse. The Maastricht Green Offic...

'If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much'

'If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much'

It’s a relatively calm afternoon at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The Student Services Centre employee Remco de Rijck makes his way to the meeting point, a sign in his hands saying 'Student Pick-Up'. As he walks up, he scans the small cro...

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

“We had the beach all to ourselves”

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.

Smooth and easy start in Maastricht

Smooth and easy start in Maastricht

To get your stay in Maastricht off to a smooth and easy start, the Gemeente Maastricht has drawn up a list of ten points that you should be aware of as a student. It's about registering with the Maastricht municipal council,  the red-an...

"My 11 roommates were the first people I got to know"

"My 11 roommates were the first people I got to know"

Alina Hoenen (19), an Economics & Business student from Germany   Why Maastricht? "The city is really nice and I wanted to study in English." What did you do before you came here? "I just finished high school back in German...

"I miss the German bread"

"I miss the German bread"

Torsten Bode (25), a master student International Business, Strategy and Innovation from Germany is the first to be interviewed in this new series in which we will follow freshmen through their first year at Maastricht University.

Tragos pulls out all the stops

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 p...

Maastricht's sailors

Maastricht's sailors

After a twenty minutes bike-ride to the landing stage south of the city, about 25 freshmen are welcomed by the Lagakari crew, this Thursday afternoon of the INKOM. We get to choose: surfing or sailing? While the surfers do their best to catch some wi...

Wild water and driving lessons

Wild water and driving lessons

Cheering and shouting echoes over the compound of the student association SV Koko as students enjoy a giant water-slide. Ellis, a new first-year student at the faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences however remains skeptical: “I’m ...

One, two, cha cha cha...

One, two, cha cha cha...

The ballroom of the Danscentrum Bernaards is dimly lit, Latin music is played and first-year students are trying not to step on their partner's feet. This Thursday afternoon INKOM participants have chosen to take some dance lessons offered by the...

Your daily dose of adrenalin

Your daily dose of adrenalin

Thursday afternoon at four, fifteen first-year students are waiting to slide down the flying fox that MAASSAC, Maastricht’s climbing association has set up. “I’m a bit afraid of height but I have no choice. My friends are already wa...

Master dinner INKOM

Master dinner INKOM

On Thursday night, Maastricht's new batch of Master students gathered in the courtyard of the Minderbroedersberg for some casual socializing. In contrast to the hectic buzz of the general INKOM, various languages are floating through the mild sum...

Burn those calories

Unlike the previous years, this year’s Inkom Sport’s Event was located at the Griend; looking out towards the river Maas. The student’s took to relax on this sunny Wednesday afternoon; as many of them were recovering from the MECC p...

IndepenDANCE or IndepenRELAX?

IndepenDANCE or IndepenRELAX?

At four o'clock in the afternoon, the first-year students are not yet in the mood to move their feet to the sounds of music. Tired from the activities and the night before most people at the indepenDANCE festival are rather sitting in the grass, ...

More than one hundred nationalities

Rumour has it, that more than one hundred nationalities were represented on Maastricht's market square on Tuesday afternoon and even though the quick survey by the mayor of Maastricht, Onno Hoes, could not quite prove the presence of participants...

Relaxation and free brunch in the garden of the law faculty

Relaxation and free brunch in the garden of the law faculty

Wednesday, 11:20am: entering the garden, soft music and chatting groups of people are inviting to join in, relax and enjoy the sun. All still seem to be a bit tired from the night before. Ien van der Werf, 22, from Chile, soon studying at SBE, enjoys...

Dutch rapper Ali B opens INKOM 2012

Dutch rapper Ali B opens INKOM 2012

Singing and crowd surfing. That's how Dutch rapper Ali B opened the INKOM 2012 this afternoon. It was a full house, the Maastricht Market was crowded with freshmen, their papa's and mama's and a lot of members of the Maastricht fraterniti...

Dimi-Festival: a multi-coloured battlefield

Dimi-Festival: a multi-coloured battlefield

“A battlefield with a good sphere”, say first-years Ninée Buchholtz, Iris van Leeuwen and Desirée Stroes about the Dimi Festival on Tuesday. The students were welcomed by a train of numerous colours at the Onze Lieve Vrouwen Wal. Each ass...

INKOM 2012: Over 200 meters queue

INKOM 2012: Over 200 meters queue

A long line of freshmen is weaving from the conservatory over the courtyard of the School of Business and Economics  and into the building. Some are talking to their new fellows, some are only by themselves waiting for the line to move forward. ...

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.

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...

Award for Green Office

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 th...

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