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Entries for May 2021

Commotion at FASoS concerning candidates for the University Council

Commotion at FASoS concerning candidates for the University Council

MAASTRICHT. Two members of the academic staff at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are eligible for election for the University Council. But in the FASoS Weekly of 6 May, the online faculty announcements, the candidacy for only one of them was mentioned. The result was a series of bulk e-mails with rumours and insinuations.
To post or not to post?

To post or not to post?

Name? Jesler's Instagram-page Age? 7 Purpose? To share snapshots of your life with your friends. Your life? Well, I suppose recently it is more sharing the cherry on top of the cake that is your life. That is, that one gorgeous picture that you manage to take every few weeks. Every few days, if you put in a bit of effort. Sound...

The government refuses ‘blacklist’ of Chinese universities

The government refuses ‘blacklist’ of Chinese universities

THE NETHERLANDS. It is not unlikely that knowledge gained in Delft by Chinese researchers will find its way to the Chinese army. Despite this risk, the government is not interested in stringent screening procedures and blacklists, and plans to stick to the current plans for more ‘knowledge security’.
Observant website gets update

Observant website gets update

This week we are working on a new design for the Observant website. Fewer articles than normally will come online during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Schuman Lecture: How is Europe faring after the corona crisis?

Schuman Lecture: How is Europe faring after the corona crisis?

Europe After the Pandemic is the title of the Schuman lecture that will be held online this year on Monday 10 May. The speaker, political scientist Ivan Krastev (1965, Bulgaria), has been concerned for years about the growing distrust of European citizens in politicians.

Student earns city 27,600 euros, say housing providers

THE NETHERLANDS. They benefit the local economy and also do volunteer work: students are a boon to the places where they live, according to two reports commissioned by Kences, the umbrella organisation for providers of student housing.
 ‘Dutch success is good, but a strong Europe is better’

‘Dutch success is good, but a strong Europe is better’

The Netherlands is remarkably successful in European research grant competitions. That’s great, but what about the other member states? “Researchers in one country aren’t smarter than in another”, says Eveline Crone, Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC).
Exam Diary Entry

Exam Diary Entry

14:20 - In 10 minutes, I have my second exam for the Spanish Legal System. I got here 30 minutes early because if you don't come on time, no table is left for you and you're stuck writing on a chair with a tiny folding table next to it. That almost happened to me last time, and I didn't want to risk it again. Around me, everyone is e...

Just relax in the Mindfulnest

Just relax in the Mindfulnest

Completely exhausted after a long day at the library - do you recognize that feeling? The Amsterdam student Pim van den Bos did and he came up with a solution. The Mindfulnest: a (almost) soundproof cabin in which people can withdraw for a moment of silence or a meditation. The Wellbeing Movement of Maastricht University thought it a good idea...
Chatbots and a virtual staff room

Chatbots and a virtual staff room

How do employees at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) think digital means should be used in education? Last Thursday, there was a ‘town hall meeting’ to exchange ideas on the matter. About eighty employees joined in.

International students still want to come to the Netherlands – but not for online classes

THE NETHERLANDS. Higher education in the Netherlands remains popular among foreign students, according to Dutch internationalisation agency Nuffic. International students still very much want to come here, but not for online lectures and seminars.
At last, back to study books and glasses of beer at the club

At last, back to study books and glasses of beer at the club

MAASTRICHT. Sidewalk cafes are allowed to open up across the Netherlands, so also those at the clubs of the Maastricht student associations. "The students are really happy to see each other again,” says KoKo chairperson Maaike Hooghiemstra. Only Saurus that has to wait a while. The city authorities still have to give permission, because ...
Prof. Ron Heeren new member of the KNAW

Prof. Ron Heeren new member of the KNAW

MAASTRICHT. Prof. Ron Heeren has been elected as member of the KNAW (Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences). The Maastricht University Professor of Molecular Imaging and Scientific Director of MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute will be installed on Monday 13 September - together with 22 other scientists from the Netherlands and abroad.

Minister: total easing of restrictions in September unlikely

THE NETHERLANDS. Students will be attending classes on campus in September, and they won’t have to maintain social distancing anymore. But face masks will still be mandatory and no more than 75 students will be allowed in a lecture hall.
I know him! He’s the burglar!

I know him! He’s the burglar!

Choënne Straatman (26) has already completed a master’s degree in Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam. She also works as a consultant to the district courts in Maastricht and Roermond. How strong is DNA evidence in a particular case? How do DNA traces compare to the forensic evidence? And what kinds of questions might the judge as...

Murder case to be reopened after a report by UM forensic psychologist

Murder case to be reopened after a report by UM forensic psychologist

Melanie Sauerland, forensic psychologist and assistant professor at Maastricht University, has created a new fact with her expert’s report on a possibly false confession in the Petten campsite murder. The Dutch High Court believes, on the basis of Sauerland’s findings, that someone other than the person convicted may have committed the ...
Law faculty Examination Board chairman steps down

Law faculty Examination Board chairman steps down

MAASTRICHT. The chairman of the Examination Board of the Faculty of Law has resigned after ‘meddling’ by the faculty board with the way in which a first-year block exam was held. Dean Jan Smits strongly denies that pressure was exerted.