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My Spanish evening experience

My Spanish evening experience

I’ve been to dozens of tapas bars, also in Spain, and I’ve seen the concept degrade into restaurants serving lots of mediocre dishes on small plates – the equivalent of having five or six starters – for a lot of money. The tapas on the menu of Tapas Y Mas are what you can expect from a Tapas restaurant, nothing special, it w...

“Every paedophile in a TV series is a calculated child molester”

“Every paedophile in a TV series is a calculated child molester”

MAASTRICHT. “Imagine having your sexual preference always portrayed as criminal.” It’s Thursday evening, Gabriel overlooks the Maastrichtzaal where four hundred students have gathered for the lecture on paedophilia, organised by UM students. Gabriel – a pseudonym – is a non-active paedophile. He just told his life stor...
Vrow Wielemösj is back in town

Vrow Wielemösj is back in town

MAASTRICHT. Prince Bastiaan 1st and his Tempeleers put Vrow Wielemösj on the stage at Student Services last Thursday. In doing so, the landlady from the Platielstraat, the symbol of student Carnival, is back where she belongs. For the past two or three years she had remained in storage with the Maastricht Carnival Association, because the annu...

A TV series come to life

A TV series come to life

Favourite spot of: Sophie Martens, 5th grade of Dutch High School and intern at the Observant. "There is this place at the St. Bernardusstraat that was often captured in my favourite Dutch TV series: Flikken Maastricht. It is a about two detectives, Floris Wolfs and Eva van Dongen, who work for the Maastricht police. Every episode they have...

Making definite plans helps

Making definite plans helps

Thomas (24): “In order to complete my study, I have to write a thesis. I have had trouble getting started with it for months now. I keep telling myself that I will get started, but I can’t seem to put pen to paper. Do I need a good kick up the butt?” Ingrid: Deferment behaviour. It is imperfect, but completely human behaviour, ...

“I know what Wilders’ rhetoric can lead to”

“I know what Wilders’ rhetoric can lead to”

There are also refugees, or children of refugees, working at the UM. In this Observant series, a number of them tell their stories. About their flight, about their lives before and after, about the Netherlands, about the refugee crisis, and about the debate on this issue. This week we talk to Bakir Bulić from Bosnia-Herzegovina: “I thought lo...
Valorisation is “outstanding, number of top publications limited”

Valorisation is “outstanding, number of top publications limited”

MAASTRICHT. Grants and top publications are somewhat lacking, but all in all economic and business administration research at SBE is of a high level. Just like in the rest of the Netherlands, according to the latest QANU assessment report. But faculties that want to be at the top, must pay higher salaries.
No time to cook? Fresh Cooked is the solution

No time to cook? Fresh Cooked is the solution

While I love eating out, cooking and choosing what to make at home is sometimes a struggle. And hitting the supermarket after a busy day at work is probably close to the top of everyone’s list of least favourite activities. If you have a similar problem, Fresh Cooked could be the answer. This tiny takeaway on the Brusselsestraat, with its han...

"All the options are driving me crazy"

"All the options are driving me crazy"

MAASTRICHT. How many people are they expecting tonight? Luc van den Akker, coordinator of the International Desk and refugees contact person at Maastricht University, isn’t sure. But that’s precisely the purpose of this first information evening organised jointly by Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences at the Ma...
UM 14th in THE ranking of Most International Universities

UM 14th in THE ranking of Most International Universities

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University is the highest Dutch university on the latest Most International Universities ranking, published last week. The British Times Higher Education (THE) journal places Maastricht in fourteenth position – last year it was in 88th place. THE bases its ranking on the percentage of foreign students and employees and...

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