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The Lingual Maastricht Effect

The Lingual Maastricht Effect

“Amira, yalla! Let’s do some courses.” “Quoi?” “Courses!”  “Mashi, mashi. I’ll be right there – ein Moment.” Living in Maastricht these past four months has got me thinking about an Arabic saying, which I will proceed to butcher here in sloppy translation: ‘He ...

"About time the position went to a woman"

"About time the position went to a woman"

Rector Luc Soete is stepping down. His successor will start 1 September. In the following weeks Observant will ask students and staff: who is supposed to take over? And what should he/she work on most?
Cobble stones 2.0

Cobble stones 2.0

During my first year in Maastricht, I reached a solid average of one bike repair session a month. The ancient cobble stones, leading many from the north to remark that ‘they feel as if they were abroad’, clearly did not do well to my old high school bike. After buying a more robust edition last autumn, I thought the problem was solved. ...

International Students Club: not in 2017, but in 2019

International Students Club: not in 2017, but in 2019

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club will move into the Timmerfabriek in 2019, not in 2017 as originally planned. Renovation issues are the main cause of the delay, but it also appears that the International Student Network, the main operator of the club, is not yet ripe for the mammoth task that awaits it.
Whatever floats your goat

Whatever floats your goat

Frozen to the bone in the unreasonably cold, rainy weather, my partner and I decided to visit Brasserie Keizer for a warm and cosy lunch. I was curious about this restaurant since the building has changed hands many times over the four years I have been living in Maastricht. Brasserie Keizer inspires a sense of familiarity and warmth the second you...

Make yourself heard

Make yourself heard

Meike (20): “I daren’t open my mouth during tutorial group meetings. It is not that I stutter or have an accent. I just feel extremely uncertain. I am no good to the group this way and I’m cheesed off with myself. What should I do?” Ingrid: What you think, determines how you feel. When you think ‘oh dear, I am never...

Support UM for threatened academics in Turkey

Support UM for threatened academics in Turkey

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

Wanted: intellectual with managerial experience

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

Tapijn grounds to become an open and hilly park

MAASTRICHT. Open ‘sight lines’, a building partly submerged in the ground with a deck, undulating hills in a sea of green: the reactions to the winning plan for the Tapijn Barracks makeover range from positive to enthusiastic. If all goes according to plan, it will be completed by 2020.
“He was paying €625. Based on the point-score system we came up with €280”

“He was paying €625. Based on the point-score system we came up with €280”

No hot water, a bad smell, a plague of mice, ridiculously high rent, agency fees or a bust-up with a flatmate – whatever their housing question, students can now turn to Maastricht University’s Housing Helpdesk. Established twelve months ago, its six students and coordinator, a law graduate, now have almost two hundred cases on their bo...
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