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“Students again have to deal with the crap”

“Students again have to deal with the crap”

MAASTRICHT. Are the 252 prefab homes in Randwyck independent living units for which the inhabitant can apply for rent benefits? Or should they be ‘regular’ student rooms according to the permit issued? This has caused a conflict between Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht and the city of Maastricht. The University Council is ...
“We must not stigmatise Chinese students and PhD candidates”

“We must not stigmatise Chinese students and PhD candidates”

MAASTRICHT. Even though there is more and more criticism from – among others – the academic world regarding collaboration with China, Maastricht University strengthens its bonds and welcomes about seventy Chinese doctoral students with grants, 50 per cent more than last year. “You must not stigmatise them; you must work with them ...
The decision will be made well before the summer: fully open or education at 1.5 metre distance in September

The decision will be made well before the summer: fully open or education at 1.5 metre distance in September

MAASTRICHT. Will the university be able to open its doors like normal in September? Or will the 1.5-meter distance still be a leading factor? The University Council’s education and research committee heard this week that the UM is preparing itself for both scenarios.

Campuses to open up again, even if there are self-test shortages

THE NETHERLANDS. Even if self-test deliveries to higher education institutions end up falling short this month, students will still be allowed to go to campus again one day a week. This was announced by the Ministry of Education last week.
An unexpected 11 million extra for UM

An unexpected 11 million extra for UM

MAASTRICHT. In the coming years, universities will receive more money from the government than initially promised. The reason: this year many more students enrolled at a Dutch university than estimated. That estimate is always the basis for the financing. Maastricht University will receive 11 million extra next year. That is earlier than usual in s...
“We're considering a merger on 1 September 2021”

“We're considering a merger on 1 September 2021”

MAASTRICHT. Again, there are talks of integrating the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) into Maastricht University, and this time chances of success seem greater than ever. It was dean Peter Møllgaard who recently said in a faculty meeting of the School of Business and Economics that a merger was underway. MSM would move in with SBE at Tapijn. ...
“Internationalisation should be about talent but is becoming politicised”

“Internationalisation should be about talent but is becoming politicised”

THE NETHERLANDS. Politics is threatening to deal a blow to the internationalisation of higher education and research. Don’t let this happen, warns Freddy Weima, outgoing director of the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education Nuffic.
"There is too little money for too many students"

"There is too little money for too many students"

MAASTRICHT. The statue of Fons Olterdissen on the Grote Looiersstraat and a group of professors and lecturers are wearing a red beret this Tuesday morning. Five in total, because they were not allowed to call to demonstrate because of corona. Action group WO in Actie calls for attention to the plight of higher education. The problem in short: &ldqu...

Buy a paper? Click on a link from your own university

US/AUSTRALIA. Hundreds of universities in the United States and Australia are the victims of hackers, who do not shut down systems, but place links to ‘essay mills’, rogue websites where students can buy papers.
“Working from home is not a right, nor is it compulsory”

“Working from home is not a right, nor is it compulsory”

MAASTRICHT. Are we going to return to our familiar work spaces at the university? Or will we continue to mainly work from home after COVID-19? It will most likely be a combination of both, the Taskforce The Future of Working at UM expects. Before we get that far, a lot has to be sorted.
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