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It makes me rather cynical…finding an email from FHML with a call for proposals along six themes in order to fulfill the Quality Agreement that promised students and teaching staff more resources for high quality education, after taking away the Studiefinanciering from the students, says Carijn Beumer.
Covid-19 vaccines should be distributed equally – as should all medicine, says Maral Aghababai, student at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences and member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Maastricht in this opinion article.
He saw it as a young researcher: keeping colleagues down, PhD students who were being blackmailed, agreements not being met, scientists almost attacking each other physically during meetings. “I have the most wonderful job in the world, after all I love research and teaching immensely, but I also wanted to become a professor because it enables me to make changes from within the academic system, where necessary,” says professor Daniël van den Hove. He is responding to the discussion: When are you a scientist?
Students at Bogazici University in Istanbul are hitting the streets these days to protest against Turkish president Erdogan putting a political ally in place as rector magnificus. In better days, assistant professor at SBE Burak Can studied at Bogazici. This personal opinion article reflects his optimism about the outcome of the conflict.
Last week, two opposing opinion articles started a debate about what it means to be a scientist. A few staff members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) put together a short response.
“Whenever I read young scientists complaining about long working hours or stress or not having a permanent position, my advice is ‘leave science’. Science is creative, an art form. No artist, singer, writer would ever complain about long working hours or lack of a permanent job. It’s not a normal job but it can be the best job in the world.”
Joe Biden will bring back a degree of internationalism to the U.S. foreign policy, but the Democratic Party has shifted to a more Trumpian view of the world, says Roberta Haar, professor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Transatlantic Relations at UCM, in this opinion piece.
In response to the new documentary I am Greta, UM professor Pim Martens, specialized in sustainability, calls his peers to climb the barricades, to become ‘scientivists’.
Whoever becomes the next president of the United States of America, he could benefit from the love and affection that Ruth Bader Ginsburg and fellow Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia had for each other, says Roberta Haar, professor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Transatlantic Relations at University College Maastricht in this opinion article. While at opposite sides of the ideological spectrum, Ginsburg and Scalia were close friends.
Arthur Bribosia, who recently won the UM-Student Prize for his support of Students 4 Climate, and Ezekiel Stevens, university council member for Climate Action Network, will join Global Clean Up Day, this Saturday. At the same time they question the role of Sabic, a partner of Maas Clean Up. “One of the main producers of plastic products, is mobilizing us and telling us that together, we can preserve and take care of nature."
In the following email exchange two sisters, who work in very different fields, reflect on how gradual deconfinement affects their work and lives. Christine Neuhold works on EU affairs at Maastricht University and lives in Brussels. Stephanie Neuhold is Head Doctor in charge of the ‘Covid 19 intensive care unit’ of a Viennese hospital.
MAASTRICHT. In her inaugural lecture on January 30th, professor of Foreign Policy Analysis & Transatlantic Relations Roberta Haar analyzed U.S. President Trump’s policy in an historical context. This is an abbreviated version of her lecture, entitled: Is the Trump phenomenon a symptom or the cause for shifts in US foreign policy?
Maastricht University, as an institution that prides itself on being international and inclusive, should speak out against the tradition of Zwarte Piet, say the Maastricht Students Against Zwarte Piet in this opinion article.
Changes need to be made to make the European Union understandable and accessible to all citizens, says Thilo Buchholz, president of the Young European Federalists Maastricht, in this open letter to the EU.
The University Library’s new access policy - only to UM students and staff - is a mistake, argue Stephanie Blom, Giulia Frinzi and Saskia Stolk from the Law Faculty. They call the policy elitist, unsympathetic and in clear contrast with the historical background and founding principles of Maastricht University.
Climate change is not a personal but a political problem, says Martin Unfried, senior researcher at the Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross border Cooperation and Mobility. Good policies are needed, just raising awareness is not enough. It may not even help at all.
Pension fund ABP should stop investing in fossil fuel giants like Shell and ExxonMobil, says PhD researcher Sarah Thin, on behalf of Fossil Free Maastricht, in this opinion article. She asks UM staff to speak up.
Trying to promote women in science can have the opposite effect. Katherine Bassil, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, tells in this opinion article how well-intented efforts to promote gender equality have led her to feel belittled and discriminated against.
Science Fiction. In 2018, the first genome-edited baby will be born.
Reality. It’s 2018, the first genome-edited twins were born.
In November 2018, the world woke up to the news that the world’s first genome-edited babies were born....
Tans lecture speaker Maajid Nawaz needs to get his facts straight, says Lana Sirri, assistant professor at the Centre for Gender and Diversity. In this opinion piece she fact-checks some claims he made during his lecture and warns for the dangers of downplaying Islamophobia.
After last week’s midterm elections in the United States, the Democrats were able to take back the House of Representatives while the Republicans held on to the Senate. The results of the election further emphasized the divisions in the U.S. electorate, with the country dividing itself up into blue Democratic parts versus red Republican portions. Roberta Haar, associate professor at University College Maastricht, an expert in American Foreign Policy and International Relations, is more in favor of a “purple” America.
The patent system for medicine should be reviewed, so that pharmaceutical companies cannot use loopholes anymore to keep their patent – and therefore their monopoly – on medicine forever, says Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, a student-led global movement for access to medicine, in this opinion article in the light of Access to Medicine week (first week of November.
It was a Wednesday afternoon, dark skies, cold feet and nothing to postpone tomorrow’s deadline. I was supposed to write a research proposal and give a short presentation about it. Working last minute, as usual, my literature search was going nowhere. Every time I found THE paper that would save me, that would have all the answers to my questions…I hit a paywall. I was not satisfied. Yes sure, there were other openly available articles and many that I was able to access via the university’s library. But still, I was not satisfied. Why is public funded research not openly available to the public? is what I asked myself. Truth is, that is not what I asked myself, that’s what I eventually found out. And I was most certainly NOT satisfied.
Epigenetics is the study of environmental effects, including lifestyle habits, on an organism’s underlying genomic material or DNA. The underlying epigenetic mechanisms, are modifications to the DNA that dictate whether a certain gene will be t...
“The future is female” and “Girls run the world” are current statements printed on shirts which are striking my eyes while walking through an H&M store. Songs are shouting that girls are fighters and Hollywood embodies the principle of feminism at its best at the moment: Stars and artists are setting a symbol with the #metoo and #timeisup movements. It is true, it has never been more sexy to fight sexism.
With the rapid pace of technological and scientific developments, it’s high time to have a thorough, wide-ranging discussion of their ethical consequences, says Katherine Bassil in this opinion article.
Being an international university is not only about the number of foreign students. Research and education at UM need to be steeped in all things international as well. It is time for a viable internationalization strategy, writes Lies Wesseling, Director of the Centre for Gender and Diversity.
Neuroscience affects everyone. That is why the long-term ethical questions it raises, should be discussed more broadly, says Neuroscience master student Katherine Bassil.
About a month ago a young American, Jennifer Kamorowski, entered this university as PhD researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. She found that, living in the Netherlands, you have to have health insurance. You apply for it, at CZ, and get a letter back. In het Nederlands. Yes, in Dutch. Should immigrants be accommodated?
The University Council is transparent in theory, but a lot could be done on the practical points, says UCM student Sophie Silverstein in this opinion article.
She has a lot of electoral homework to do these days. On the back of the Dutch parliamentary elections, freelance journalist Lisa Dupuy, a graduate of University College Maastricht, is now looking south – to France. Thanks to her dual French nationality, she is eligible to vote in the upcoming elections on 23 April. Who are the candidates, which one will get her vote and why? And what’s the hardest part about the decision?
“Many ME-patients suffer from tremendous exhaustion for days after exercise, the so-called post-exertional malaise, or PEM. There were doubts as to whether the large British PACE trial was correct,” said professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, a couple of weeks ago in the Myth Busters- series of Observant. The professors Trudie Chalder, Michael Sharpe and Peter White, who led this PACE trail on the chronic fatigue syndrome, are convinced that cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy “are moderately effective and safe for patients with CFS/ME. To suggest that this is not the case is to propagate a myth”.
Where is the student perspective in the anniversary book The Maastricht Experiment? That’s what Evelyne de Leeuw who studied and worked in Maastricht between 1981 and 2000, wants to know. It looks like students have been a hindrance rather than a necessity.
Twenty five years have passed since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. What lies ahead for the European Union? Should it break up or become a federal superstate? Neither, says second-year European Studies student Kerstin Spath. It should stay just the way it is.
No matter who wins, the 2016 American presidential election will be defined by its rejection of establishment candidates and the electorate’s embrace of insurgents, who openly waged war on their own parties, argues dr. Roberta Haar, an American national teaching at UCM, whose area of research includes investigating U.S. foreign policy.
Why are many young Americans so disappointed in the presidential elections that they even consider not voting at all? Cydney Contreras (19) from southern California, who is an exchange student in political science at UCM, explains her considerations.
The number of people taking part in INKOM is decreasing. First-year students prefer the faculty introduction. The solution is simple, says Bob Meijer, chairman of student rowing association Saurus, combine the two introductions in one week.
“On Tuesday, February 16th, I attended the lecture A Changing NATO in a Changing World, organized by Studium Generale. Unfortunately, the loudest thing I heard during this lecture was the silence and a lack of critical thought from students. If nobody speaks up, how can we talk about a change at all? Neither about a changing NATO, let alone about a changing world”, says Irena Boskovic, a PhD candidate at the faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
‘Belgistan’ is a failed state, the media say and that is why it is having so much trouble curbing the jihad reign of terror. But in this analysis people are not seeing the whole picture, argues Georgi Verbeeck, Belgian, senior lecturer of History at FASoS and part-time professor at KU Leuven.
MAASTRICHT. Should students and staff elect their boards, as René Gabriëls on behalf of the NUM wrote in the last Observant? Gerard van Breukelen, professor of Methodology & Statistics, is not at all convinced. Gabriëls’ proposal “sounds a bit too much like ‘all power to the Sovjets’”, he argues.
MAASTRICHT. David Bernstein’s opinion on the New University Maastricht (Observant 27), is full of false accusations and from an academic and political point of view naïve, says René Gabriëls. Falsely he accuses the NUM of not being in for a dialogue, not knowing what democracy is and who is represented. His suggestion that what he says is not ideological is very naïve.
MAASTRICHT. The problem with the New University is that ideologues of all stripes are the same. They are only interested in one voice: their own. That is what David Bernstein, professor of Forensic Psychotherapy, argues.
MAASTRICHT. The true source of the dispute between students and the university board in Amsterdam, lies in national education policy and efficiency measures, says Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences-student David Darler, on behalf of the New University Maastricht, in this opinion article.