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Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

A standing tutorial: is it healthier, better for group dynamics and learning? Experiments are being carried out at University College Maastricht and in the Maastricht Science Programme. “Sometimes I have classes from eight to half past six in the evening. Standing between sessions keeps me awake.” A tip: kick high-heeled shoes under the...
Splendid food, horrible service

Splendid food, horrible service

Sashimi, located on the ground and underground floor of an unmarked building, is a hidden treasure, just next to the Albert Heijn by the Vrijthof. With its authentic Asian atmosphere, you feel as though you could be in the middle of Tokyo. The sushi was, in a word, delicious. The fish was extremely fresh – a prerequisite – and the sush...

Pressure of suffering

Pressure of suffering

Julian (24): “I have made various attempts to stop smoking. All without success. After only a day, I am lighting up again. Certainly if I go out with friends, before I know it, I have a cigarette butt in my hand. How can I stop smoking for good?” Ingrid: Last year, I got myself a trial subscription at the gym. Nothing wrong with tigh...

“Supporting France doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world”

“Supporting France doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world”

MAASTRICHT. “The attacks on the Russian aeroplane, or Beirut last week, are just as barbaric as the one in Paris last Friday. But I know the neighbourhood in the French capital where it happened, I lived in Paris for a number of years when I was young, and I was there for UNESCO only last week. It is difficult to find words for the pain you f...
The Swarm

The Swarm

Recently I was tasked with booking a room for the annual gathering of the Bitter Humanists Association.  Being a student, my Humanist overlords surmised I had prime access to hundreds of square metres of ivory-themed real estate, a fair assumption, although the process was not as straightforward as expected. “It was always the rule that ...

A hot tip for Thai lovers

A hot tip for Thai lovers

Thai food is known for its heat. Taking out the chillies is akin to the line in the classic film Amadeus when Mozart is told that his work is good, except there are too many notes. “Just cut a few,” instructs the emperor*, “and it will be perfect.” But like the F sharps and B flats in Mozart’s masterpiece, the chillies...

Rearranging money and powers

Rearranging money and powers

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) has changed course: future decisions on education will be made not by the departments, but by special project teams. Powers will be transferred from the departments to these teams, and the departments will be expected to invest their ample savings. These changes should remove major barriers to ...
Strong interest from Dutch pupils

Strong interest from Dutch pupils

MAASTRICHT. Last Saturday saw the busiest Bachelor’s Open Day in Maastricht University’s history, with as many as 3100 school students descending on the city. In November 2012, which previously held the record for the busiest Open Day, UM welcomed under 2800 prospective students. A large number of this year’s pupils (almost 2100) ...
The Netherlands holds a minute’s silence for Paris attack victims

The Netherlands holds a minute’s silence for Paris attack victims

THE NETHERLANDS. One minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks will be held across the Netherlands on Monday as part of a Europe-wide memorial for the dead.
Few foreign graduates work in Limburg

Few foreign graduates work in Limburg

MAASTRICHT. A platform – Limburg Magnet! - that brings businesses in Limburg and students in contact with each other, and the UM project KnowledgeEngineering@Work that links local IT businesses to knowledge engineering students. Two initiatives that aim to recruit foreign graduates for the Dutch labour market. Last Friday, during a regional m...
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