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Speaking Dutch

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 23/06/2017

Me: Hi, my name is Saeed Banaama. I am a medical intern at the emergency department. Do you mind if I take your history? Patient: Yes, sure. No problem. You have to learn it too. Me, with a polite smile, in an apologetic tone: Before we start I have to admit that I only recently learned Dutch and as a result, it might come across as odd or not understandable. If so, please let me know so I can rephrase, switch to English or call in the resident. This also means that I might not always understand everything you say....

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How to abolish a numerus fixus

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. The numerus fixus for the study programme of Economics and Business Economics has never been reached. So, let’s get rid of it, says the SBE Faculty Board. The students think this a bad idea. The restriction works as a mark of quality and that scares off unmotivated students. In the Faculty Council meeting, the students unanimously voted the proposal down. In the meantime, it has become clear that the Faculty Council has no say in the matter, and maybe the University Council doesn't either.

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UPDATE: Student protests against sharing of personal details

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. The UM provides personal details of students to external parties such as Flycatcher and Studiekeuze 123. Is that allowed? And if so, why are students not informed about this and asked for their permission? FHML student Patrick Pilipiec has demanded access to university documents on the basis of the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act. The UM has meanwhile let the deadline pass, under penalty for non-compliance.

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58 lectures, thirty music performances and a proper shooting gallery

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/06/2017

With no fewer than 58 lectures, most of which by Maastricht scientists, there is something for everyone during the PAS (Pleasure, Arts and Science) Festival that will open its doors at the beginning of September. A preview by Observant.

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“Are you sure I can't help with the dishes?”

5 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/06/2017

“Are you sure I can't help with the dishes?” rector Rianne Letschert asks as the evening is drawing to a close. No, say all in the student house on Vrijthof 27, located right next to Italian restaurant Gio’s. Just imagine, ‘their’ rector washing the dishes. “And don't forget to contact me if there is a problem or if you need anything. Recently, I was able to arrange a traineeship for an SBE student at a ministry in Rwanda. I was so glad that I could help. Use your network, I am part of that now.” Once they are outside on...

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Biking Dinner

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. She takes the lead, rector Rianne Letschert, on route to the first course of a dinner held by the four student associations. Later on in the evening, she strategically drops to the back. The three members of the Executive Board, in addition to the rector there are also Vice-President Nick Bos and President Martin Paul, mounted their bicycles together with director of Student Services, Pascal Breuls, full of expectation last Wednesday. An e-bike, in the case of the President. The associations all participated in what was referred to as a walking dinner, but which should really have been called...

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A straight right and a left punch

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 19/06/2017

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: Box-it.

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Moments

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 16/06/2017

A couple of months ago I happened to watch a video clip from 1976 of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. The video was about a street live performance of the song It’s a long way to the top (if you wanna rock n’ roll), featuring on their second studio album. A great song by the way. The performance starts with only a few people standing in front of the band and listening, and the crowd eventually grows bigger and bigger with the song. I was sitting at my desk, relaxing and enjoying the video, and little by little I...

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Myth: If children listen to Mozart, they become smarter

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/06/2017

Available online at amazon.com: A Baby Einstein playpen with music by Mozart and Bach, a ‘self-discovery mobile’ to hang above the crib, with classical melodies and Baby 2 Be, a CD especially for unborn children, to listen to from the womb. The idea behind this merchandise is that children become smarter if they listen to classical music. It all started with an article from 1993, says Michelle Moerel, researcher at the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio) and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. “With an IQ test, scientists studied the spatial skills of 36 students – so not children....

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Student protests against sharing of personal details

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. The UM provides personal details of students to external parties such as Flycatcher and Studiekeuze 123. Is that allowed? And if so, why are students not informed about this and asked for their permission? FHML student Patrick Pilipiec has demanded access to university documents on the basis of the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act.

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“If you want students to behave like adults you should treat them like adults”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. Is it a good idea to assess student participation in tutorials? Some believe in it, others argue passionately against it, or will see it as a necessary evil, said Mark Vluggen, associate professor at the School of Business and Economics, in his pitch. And that was exactly what happened during the well-attended third UM teach-meet organized by the Edlab, last Thursday.

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UM drops to place 200 on the QS World University Ranking

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University has plummeted 27 places on the QS World University Ranking, which was published today. The UM is now in place 200.

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Welcome to Maastricht 'Housing' 4/5

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Welcome to Maastricht 'Transport' 5/5

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Welcome to Maastricht 'Health' 3/5

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Welcome to Maastricht 'Finances' 2/5

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Breaking Maas, 18 maart 2015. Verslagen uit de stad van, door en over studenten.

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BreakingMaas S4E11: Chic Sat Club Night, My Maastricht Launch, LOVE Exhibition & WE Info Session

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“We are regarded as miserly, but we aren’t”

5 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/06/2017

As an Observant journalist, you are allowed to pull up a chair in this series. But please note that the idea is not to join in the meal – something that the students always find very awkward; they feel inhospitable and insist that we at least try the dessert. And this time, it is no trial at all: first-year student Lenah Kampmeijer retrieved a heavenly ristretto cheesecake à la Coffeelovers from the refrigerator. Pulling up a chair at the table means that you can unashamedly observe the conversation and the surroundings, like a fly on the wall. What is hanging...

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MyMaastricht press meeting report at the city hall

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Marc Alberto, Mâhfoud and Orchestra for My Maastricht (Teaser)

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MyMaastricht contribution #2

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MyMaastricht contribution #1

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BreakingMaas S4E15: WE Festival '15, Liter of Light @ ME Week, EuroMUN and MyMaastricht.nl

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myMaastricht - Thomas Schäfer

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Campsite guests and competition players

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/06/2017

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: badminton.

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Not so Dutch experience

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 09/06/2017

Do I live in the Netherlands? Descriptively speaking, I do. My address is in Maastricht; I have a BSN number and bread here is far too soft for my German taste. But leaving the geography and administration aside, do I? Sitting in Banditos, looking around, no single word in Dutch to be heard or seen. It is this famous international student bubble. My Dutch is to be pitied. As so many before me, I started eagerly to soak in as much Nederlands as I could because living in a country without knowing its language seemed like a sacrilege to me....

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“Could you take a look at this dead mouse?”

5 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/06/2017

Tuesday morning, 30 May, the day after the professor dined with the girls, in the Editor's office of Observant. “And? Did they have hamburgers?” The colleagues fervently hoped that the girls of Sororitas would have served hamburgers to the cultivated-hamburger professor Mark Post. “No, that would have been some joke. They served risotto.” “Risotto again?” That dish, in whatever variation, was often on the menu in this series, giving some colleagues the idea that students always make risotto. “Mark Post thought the dish was fantastic.” “Were the girls at all interested in him?” “Certainly. They are sweet, humorous, but goodness,...

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Tihange protest finds little response as yet at the UM

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. On 25 June, various German, Belgian and Dutch action groups will organise a human chain around nuclear power plant Tihange 2, in an attempt to have it closed. This plant is approximately 50 kilometres from Maastricht and has shown defects for years, including cracks in the reactor vessels. The plant was shut down for a long time, but according to the authorities it is safe again. A recent inspection is said to have proved this. The action groups that have united in the 'Kettingreactie Tihange' initiative (Tihange Chain Reaction) have planned a 90-kilometre human chain running from Aachen through...

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MY MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE! (Maastricht Science Programme)

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WELCOME TO PARADISE!

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“I am for Europe so that is what I wrote. You wouldn't believe the number of hate mails I received”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/06/2017

Brexit was inevitable; the British had been in “sabotage mode” for years, says Caroline de Gruyter, Europe correspondent for NRC Handelsblad in Vienna. Their constant hacking away at Europe was disruptive and fuelled Euroscepticism in other countries. The tide now seems to be turning. De Gruyter is the keynote speaker next Saturday during the celebrations of the fifteenth anniversary of the bachelor's programme of European Studies.

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More intensive UM supervision during hazing

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2017

MAASTRICHT. “I haven't received any signals that things happen during hazing here in Maastricht that shouldn't be allowed,” says rector Rianne Letschert. But she admits that things aren't all that clear. Also, the SSC director will carry out unannounced visits.

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4 Sports MyMaastricht

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Welcome to Maastricht (mymaastricht.nl introduction video)

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There is no energy left after an hour

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2017

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: Strength & Conditioning.

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Maastricht investing in international sporting events

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 02/06/2017

Our city is digging deep and spending big on more major sporting events. There have been several thousands of euros reserved for some exciting competitions with international allure. We're talking about the Tour de France, the Amstel Gold Race, Jumping Indoor Maastricht and Ironman.

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Exam week: high hopes, despite Schopenhauer

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 02/06/2017

‘Life is a constant process of dying’. My classes on Schopenhauer at my exchange university in Spain might not sound like a recipe for a happy morning, but last year I was thoroughly enjoying them. Schopenhauer’s work tells us that we are unfree, because our desires rule our behavior. These desires will never really be satisfied, and thus, life equals suffering. What to do? Not much, except for some asceticism and chastity. The key to avoid misery? Set the bar low, very low. Right. Could one come up with a more unlikely theory for an Erasmus-student having the time of...

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Talkin' About SBE & XMAS TREES

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My Maastricht by Zuyd University of Applied Science

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Yesterday #mymaastricht hosted a networking event for #maastricht student associations to foster collaboration and active participarion in the community! Do you have an interesting project? Contact us! #mymaastricht #networkingevent #community #getinvolved

Rainbow zebra crossing temporarily "behind the clouds"

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 01/06/2017

The rainbow zebra crossing, which has been situated at the Vrijthof since the national Roze Zaterdag (Gay Pride Parade) in 2015, has been temporarily covered over by a less striking black asphalt due to maintenance works being carried out on the road in the next few months. Don't worry, it will be back soon, accompanied by some poignant words in a few different languages. Watch this space (or that space)...

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“Banning corruption won’t happen”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 31/05/2017

Money laundering, match-fixing, nepotism, bribery. Corruption is business as usual at football clubs as well as at the highest governing bodies, such as FIFA. Last week, four law students organized a symposium on corruption and football. “Sports is a world of its own.”

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RTV Maastricht nominated for Best Local Broadcaster of the Year

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 27/05/2017

Key factors for nomination including innovation and local visibility

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Maastricht's hotels see rise in visitors

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 26/05/2017

The fact that Maastricht is a firm favourite amongst tourists is not a secret, and her position as one of the top choices for hotel stays has been confirmed once again after figures confirming an increase of 8%, a total of 1.1 million visitors in 2016.

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Yesterday #mymaastricht in collaboration with @breakingmaas and @wedovoodoo.tv provided live coverage of the #YoFest in an event that brought together young people to learn, discuss and debate about the Future of Europe! #mymaastricht #life #community #EU #debate

Artist David Lynch to visit Maastricht

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 24/05/2017

The Bonnefantenmuseum will be hosting an exhibition of the works of film maker and artist David Lynch from October 2018 to April 2019. The artist himself will also be making an appearance during the course of the exhibition.

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#mymaastricht has been collaborating with the #YOFest to mobilise young people and youth organisations to raise up their voices and #youthup Europe on the 7th of February in #Maastricht Make sure to check it out: yofest.eu ! #EuropeCalling #GenerationMaastricht

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Maastricht University no longer accepting students from Saudi Arabia

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 19/05/2017

Students from Saudi Arabia will no longer be able to apply to study at Maastricht University, the world renowned educational institution citing too great a cultural divide for the decision.

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The mymaastricht team had a lot of fun today answering the questions from prospective students during the #UMBOD16, and although the Bachelor's Open Day is almost over, #mymaastricht and many other orgnisations keep working the entire year to provide you with all the information you need to live and explore the city of #Maastricht. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us! #heretohelpyou

Drivers parking for long periods no longer welcome in Boschpoort

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 19/05/2017

Parking permits and ticket machines are forecast for this central neighbourhood after the summer. It's been a problem for a while already in Boschpoort, tourists and employees who need to be in the centre of town for longer period and want to park their car in the residential streets.

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New heart to beat in Limmel and Nazareth

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 18/05/2017

The construction of new shops and apartments that will breathe new life into the neighbourhoods in the north of Maastricht have got the final go ahead.

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Stadspark the setting for another food festival

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 17/05/2017

Yet another food festival will be spreading the culinary joy in our city this September. After the summer Stadspark will be transformed into an open-air restaurant during the Sushi Festival Joy.

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MyMaastricht had an amazing weekend collaborating with @youth_forum and other key partners in the preparation of the YO!Fest 2017 that will take place in Maastricht #getready #youthup #youthopinion #mymaastricht #makingmaastrichtyours

P&R Noord to temporarily increase parking capacity by 210 spaces

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 16/05/2017

Park & Ride Maastricht Noord will receive an additional 210 parking spaces in August this year during the closure of the Noorderbrug. This temporarily increases capacity from 350 to 560 spaces. It is one of the measures that Maastricht Bereikbaar are employing to combat the possible traffic congestion during the 7-21 August closure.

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Lumière nominated for Gulden Feniks award

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 15/05/2017

The new Lumière cinema has been nominated for the NRP Gulden Feniks award, a prize promoting and inspiring sustainable use of the existing environment. The cinema has been listed in the "Transformation" category.

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#MyMaastricht is today at #TEDxMaastricht. Don't miss this amazing event and get ready to be inspired at @TheaterVrijthof!

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#mymaastricht is today at the opening of the academic year of @maasuniversity The theme: community at the CORE #oay16 #UM40years

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15,000 signed up for Tihange protest chain

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 15/05/2017

In the battle to close the nuclear power plant in Tihange, more than 15,000 people have already signed up for the human protest chain on Sunday 25 June. That's a quarter of the number of protesters required for the demonstration, organisers wanting 60,000 human links in the chain.

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Maastricht Noord to expand

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 12/05/2017

Maastricht Noord will possibly soon be expanding it's current station with two extra platforms. At present, only Arriva trains stop at Maastricht-Noord, following the planned expansion NS trains will also make use of the station, increasing the frequency of arrivals and departures to four times and hour instead of two.

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Arriva timetabling unsatisfactory

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 12/05/2017

Many Maastrichenaren are unsatisfied at the new Arriva bus timetables, most particularly in Maastricht-East. Arriva has reduced services in this area during the day and no buses operate during at night, further to this Arriva has also removed some bus stops.

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Three Maastricht-based businesses in the running for Brightlands award

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 11/05/2017

The Brightlands biennial InnovAward, started in 2013 has received more nominations than ever before this year, three of which being businesses in Maastricht.

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Bus stop at corner Scharnerweg and Oranjeplein temporarily out of use

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 11/05/2017

The bus stop at the intersection of Scharnerweg and Oranjeplein is temporarily out of use due to the construction of a roundabout, intended to improve the flow of traffic in this area. Passengers are provided with a temporary bus stop at Koningsplein-West. The roundabout is due for completion at the end of July, when the bus stop will come back into use again.

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Clean up campaign in Wyckerpoort

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 09/05/2017

More than 100 pupils from the Letterdoes primary school in Wyckerpoort worked together to clean up their neighbourhood. Together with Trajekt, the Salvation Army, MTB and the Buurtnetwerk they made a substantial contribution to the improvement of our local environment.

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Subsidy worth millions granted to Maastricht University

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 09/05/2017

Scientists from Maastricht University are to receive a grant worth almost 19 million euros to further their research in collaboration with the University of Technology in Eindhoven and Utrecht University.

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La Place restaurants to feature in V&D replacement, Hudson's Bay

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 09/05/2017

Hudson's Bay, the Canadian department store chain, have announced that their restaurants will be operated by La Place, in all of their Dutch locations excluding Amsterdam.

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HEMA in de Leim shopping precinct closes for renovation

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 08/05/2017

The Dutch chain wants to give the HEMA in Heer a makeover and pull it into line with the look and feel of HEMA stores in Paris, London and Barcelona. More in keeping with the trés chique residents of Maastricht's south east perhaps? The shop will be closed for a short period and re-open in style on Friday 12 May.

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Belgians head to Maastricht for cheaper medicine

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 04/05/2017

At least three buses full of Belgians are scheduled to arrive at a pharmacy in Sint-Pieter tomorrow to enabling the passengers to purchase medicines cheaper than they normally could at home. The aim of this undertaking is to shed light on the fact that the cost of medicine is incredibly high in Belgium and they need to be lowered.

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Controversial UM meeting cancelled

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 04/05/2017

The University Maastricht group "Students for Justice in Palestine" had planned a meeting to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict today, on the Netherlands' national day of remembrance, however due to its sensitive subject, it has been cancelled.

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Arriva makes changes to bus services in response to complaints

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 28/04/2017

Since it took over the public transport services in Maastricht in December 2016, Arriva has received a number of complaints due to the changes in routes and timetabling.

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Community service and 12 month ban for driver

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 26/04/2017

A driver who ran down and killed a 22 year old woman last year received a sentence of 150 hours community service and a driving ban for 12 months.

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To all those with upcoming exams we wish you the very best luck!

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Beautiful sunny day for the #UMBOD16, welcome to Maastricht!!!

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Boschstraat area wants more CCTV and safety lighting

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 24/04/2017

Residents of the Boschstraat area are hoping have more safety cameras and lighting installed in the area surrounding the Bassin and behind the Landbouwbelang.

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Date for Het Parcours 2017 announced

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 18/04/2017

The twenty-second edition of Het Parcours will take place on Sunday 10 September. The theme for this year's cultural circuit has also been made known: "a Parcours without boundaries".

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Rock on the runway

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 13/04/2017

So many music festivals happening in the region this year that organisers are getting creative and locations are spilling over into alternative sites like Maastricht Aachen Airport. Artists such as 2 Brothers, The Fourth Floor, Londonbeat, Lois Lane and Mai Tai will be appearing.

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Friday night getting prepped for open days #umopenday #bacheloropenday

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All cycle enthusiasts head to the Markt

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 12/04/2017

The start of the Amstel Gold Race will take place this Sunday at the Markt, and this year, for the first time ever, there will be a women's section.

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Taxi drivers handed out fines

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 11/04/2017

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate carried out inspections on 41 taxi drivers in Maastricht this weekend. Sixteen of those inspected received a fine, which is just 10% shy of half of the drivers not adhering to industry standards.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Increase in Irish students at UM

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 10/04/2017

Maastricht University has stated that they will welcome twice as many Irish students this summer compared to previous years.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

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Sunset at Sint Pieter scores a 3.5 out of 5

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 07/04/2017

Two Dutch artists from Arnhem have scoured the land for the loveliest landscapes and most sumptuous sunsets and have declared the view from Maastricht's mighty mountain top a 3.5 out of a possible 5 points.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Flixbus adding more destinations direct from Maastricht

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 04/04/2017

Flixbus will be travelling to more destinations than previously, departing a number of times a day from Maastricht. From Thursday this week, the German bus company is adding direct trips to Paris via Brussels and Liège.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Tip under Noorderbrug is now closed

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 04/04/2017

The tip (or the household waste recycling centre as it is otherwise known) under the Noorderbrug closed yesterday due to the reconstruction of the Noorderbrug. A new waste site will be opened on 18 April in Maastricht-West, called Het Rondeel.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Arriva share bikes hit Maastricht

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 03/04/2017

Maastricht's public transport provider Arriva is taking on the competition and running a pilot share bike scheme in the city, not unlike those seen in global cities like Brussels, London and San Francisco.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Maastricht University to improve recycling methods in Maastricht

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 03/04/2017

UM are going to place 875 new bins at dozens of locations in Maastricht. These bins encourage a better separation of paper, plastic and general waste. The new waste separation system brought in by the university aims to reduce general waste from 55% to 45%.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Police urgently looking for woman missing from Nazareth

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 01/04/2017

The woman was reported as missing on Friday afternoon. Burgernet sent a notification at approx 14:00 urgently seeking help to find a 22 year old woman with short blonde hair and glasses. She was last seen on Aldengoorstraat with a white dog and pulling a suitcase behind her.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

New piece for Bonnefanten Museum

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 30/03/2017

The Friends of the Bonnefanten Museum Society has donated the sculpture "Mother and Child" by Edward Lipski to the museum. The museum also purchased the painting "Mystical Vandalism XXII" also by the same artist. These two works together make up an intriguing ensemble that makes a valuable contribution to the collection currently housed at the museum situated along the Maas.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Maastricht to have its very own version of Mount Rushmore

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 29/03/2017

The ENCI quarry will be getting a face lift - literally. Maastrichtenaren will be able to vote for their favourite face to be featured in the walls of limestone left behind in the landscape.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

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Maastricht Council sign new social media code of conduct

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 28/03/2017

Members of Maastricht Council signed a new code of conduct on Saturday. With the siging of the new code they pledge to behave respectfully towards each other on social media channels. So less public bickering and more shows of support.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

President Rooseveltlaan closed to traffic from 9 April

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 27/03/2017

Traffic travelling from the south towards the north will be able to make full use of the Willem Alexander tunnel. It will then no longer be possible to reach Geusselt from Europaplein via President Rooseveltlaan.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Maastricht Marketing develops new website for tourists

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 24/03/2017

Maastricht Marketing, formerly known as the VVV, launched a new website on Friday specifically aimed at tourists. The online platform called 'Visit Maastricht' allows tourists to experience Maastricht before they visit the city.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

Questions raised about tax money used for TEFAF soirée

1 min read ● By: RTV Maastricht ● 23/03/2017

The GroenLinks party has raised questions about Maastricht Council's contribution of €30,000 for an exclusive event held for TEFAF art dealers.

Read more on RTV Maastricht.

As planned: Tunnel in Maastricht opens. Next steps: Noorder Brug displacement and @MijnGroeneLoper… https://t.co/koE9kJTqvi

The South African Student Protests: A new political subjectivity?

1 min read ● By: The Bell ● 18/05/2016

On the 23rd of October 2015 the South African government announced a 0% university fee increase for 2016 after a massive wave of student protests paralyzed virtually every university in the country. The government made its announcement while thousands of students were gathered outside the Union Buildings, the seat of the executive, in Pretoria.

On the 23rd of October 2015 the South African government announced a 0% university fee increase for 2016 after a massive wave of student protests paralyzed virtually every university in the country. The government made its announcement while thousands of students were gathered outside the Union Buildings, the seat of the executive, in Pretoria.

18/05/2016 The Bell

MyMaastricht reflects on MeWeek

2 min read ● 17/05/2016

Last week MyMaastricht was lucky enough to attend Maastricht Entrepreneurship Week (MeWeek). The annual event was initiated in 2009 by the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E) and a group of students. It brings together more than 300 students and entrepreneurs for an exciting program of interactive workshops, presentations and lectures.

Last week MyMaastricht was lucky enough to attend Maastricht Entrepreneurship Week (MeWeek). The annual event was initiated in 2009 by the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E) and a group of students. It brings together more than 300 students and entrepreneurs for an exciting program of interactive workshops, presentations and lectures.

Celebrated as the region’s grandest celebration of game-changing entrepreneurs, it is the largest platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm that defines the spirit of entrepreneurship. The mission of the event is described as having one mission – “to empower individuals from all fields and backgrounds to become conscious catalysts and mobilise the world towards positive change as entrepreneurs”.

It is fair to say that they were successful: never have I seen so many people with so much drive and passion for what they do in one place at the same time.

There was a lot on offer at the MeWeek. Like the WE-festival only a couple of weeks ago, the MeWeek offered a huge range of workshops and lectures; with inspiring activities for everyone. What did we learn? The main message we can give you is this: there is more to entrepreneurship than simply starting your own business and getting rich. Entrepreneurship is a mindset in a much broader sense; one of curiosity, open-minded and proactive go-getting skills that we recognize in anyone who achieves positive change in the world around them.

Thus, this event was for everyone interested in this mindset, anyone with drive who feels passionately about creative positive change. Nevertheless, it contained highly practical elements as well. For example, for those who are already thinking of implementing their own business idea there were workshops from the chamber of Commerce about the legal processes for starting up a business in the Netherlands. Experts provided detailed tips and advice on fields as diverse as networking, 3D printing and resourcefulness.

Perhaps most interesting were the numerous lectures from veteran entrepreneurs and experts on entrepreneurship. Paul Iske (founder of the Institute of Brilliant failures) for example criticized our societal obsession with success; and highlighted the necessity of failure to generate the experience required for entrepreneurial success. We heard the inspiring stories of young Dutch entrepreneurs such as Vince Meens and Yuri Jacobs who have made a living following the entrepreneurial path. Meens, a high-school dropout followed a particularly non-traditional career path and is the current CEO of his own private Jet charter company. Jacobs; a graduate from Maastricht university talked through some of the trials and errors that he made in his own entrepreneurial journey when he started his own travel agency aged 19 whilst still studying.

Whether you are the next Steve Jobs or not; the ME-week is about bringing people together who have the drive and ambition to do something positive in this world and who are not afraid to take risks. You can be an entrepreneur in whatever you do, and whatever you do there is something that can be done to innovate and improve upon it. This is very much at the heart of the philosophy of MyMaastricht and we thank MeWeek for teaching us something and for encouraging the entrepreneurial culture of our city! We look forward to attending again in the years to come!

 

17/05/2016 MyMaastricht

The Sharks of Maastricht

1 min read ● By: Kichaka ● 13/05/2016

We spoke to Jeroen van Brakel, the president of M.S.Z.V Tiburón on the 30th of May at the Geusseltbad swimming complex. Incase you have not heard about Tiburón, they are a swimming association based in Maastricht. They first focused on targeting competitive swimmers but now they welcome any kind of swimmer into the association. They focus on improving swimmers overall strokes, time and rhythm.

We spoke to Jeroen van Brakel, the president of M.S.Z.V Tiburón on the 30th of May at the Geusseltbad swimming complex. Incase you have not heard about Tiburón, they are a swimming association based in Maastricht. They first focused on targeting competitive swimmers but now they welcome any kind of swimmer into the association. They focus on improving swimmers overall strokes, time and rhythm.

13/05/2016 Kichaka
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WHY THE REFUGEE CRISIS IS A MEDIA CRISIS

1 min read ● By: ● 11/05/2016

These days, you can’t escape the refugee crisis. As soon as you switch on the TV, it jumps right through the screen, and cosies up on your couch. Only recently, however, the media have made us talk about a “refugee crisis”. Not long ago, the Ukraine conflict and a potential Grexit occupied our couches instead of heralds of the refugee crisis. What do we learn from this? .

These days, you can’t escape the refugee crisis. As soon as you switch on the TV, it jumps right through the screen, and cosies up on your couch. Only recently, however, the media have made us talk about a “refugee crisis”. Not long ago, the Ukraine conflict and a potential Grexit occupied our couches instead of heralds of the refugee crisis. What do we learn from this? .

11/05/2016

Interview with Musa Abu Hashhash: Telling without Shocking

1 min read ● By: The Bell ● 08/05/2016

Musa Abu Hashhash is a loving father of five, a passionate storyteller, and an avid human rights defender. He earned the latter title by documenting hundreds of stories about human rights violations as part of his job at B’tselem – an Israeli human rights organization based in Jerusalem. We met him right after reflection week to have a chat about his career, his time at UCM, in Maastricht, and in Europe.

Musa Abu Hashhash is a loving father of five, a passionate storyteller, and an avid human rights defender. He earned the latter title by documenting hundreds of stories about human rights violations as part of his job at B’tselem – an Israeli human rights organization based in Jerusalem. We met him right after reflection week to have a chat about his career, his time at UCM, in Maastricht, and in Europe.

08/05/2016 The Bell

SNAPCHAT - DEMYSTIFYING THE GHOST ON YOUR PHONE

1 min read ● By: Kichaka ● 04/05/2016

Less than a year ago, Snapchat, the mobile app your younger sister is sending photos and videos to her friends with, was about to sink back into the mist of oblivion where it came from, back in 2011 (shoutout to Dubsmash, yo, yikyak and the like).

Less than a year ago, Snapchat, the mobile app your younger sister is sending photos and videos to her friends with, was about to sink back into the mist of oblivion where it came from, back in 2011 (shoutout to Dubsmash, yo, yikyak and the like).

However, something has happened since then. The user count is surging, more and more celebrities use it and even already established companies are dying to advertise on it. Since 2014, about 700 million snaps are sent over the app every single day.

Yet, no one really knows what it is for.

04/05/2016 Kichaka

The Green Column: Zero waste as a lifestyle – Tackling sustainability from home

1 min read ● By: The Bell ● 29/04/2016

According to Eurostat 75% of Europeans believe that separating waste in three different bins at home is their biggest contribution to fighting climate change. Recycling is great, but it is also misleading. Most people know that buying water in plastic bottles is a burden on the environment, but the excuse of recycling makes us buy them anyway. People think that their recycled plastic bottle will turn into a new one, although this rarely happens. The bottle is usually down-cycled, with the recycled material losing its value compared to the raw material. Moreover, recycling is often a dirty and not a...

According to Eurostat 75% of Europeans believe that separating waste in three different bins at home is their biggest contribution to fighting climate change. Recycling is great, but it is also misleading. Most people know that buying water in plastic bottles is a burden on the environment, but the excuse of recycling makes us buy them anyway. People think that their recycled plastic bottle will turn into a new one, although this rarely happens. The bottle is usually down-cycled, with the recycled material losing its value compared to the raw material. Moreover, recycling is often a dirty and not a 100% sustainable process. Hence, recycling has its limitations for sustainability. We need a new approach incorporating waste prevention and waste reduction. This notion resulted in zero waste as a strategy aiming at doing more with less.

29/04/2016 The Bell

WE FESTIVAL AND LUMIÈRE CINEMA: LET MAASTRICHT’S FILM CULTURE FLOURISH AT THE WE FILM FESTIVAL

1 min read ● By: Kichaka ● 28/04/2016

On Monday 21st April, the Kichaka x WE Festival team ventured out to visit the new Lumière building located at Bassin 88. We took a look around the building as it is being transformed into a beautiful space of film and indie culture. We started the adventure by entering through the back entrance. Later on we interviewed David Deprez, the artistic director of the Lumière cinema, Jonas Vacek and Aiman Hassani both of which are Film Festival directors.

On Monday 21st April, the Kichaka x WE Festival team ventured out to visit the new Lumière building located at Bassin 88. We took a look around the building as it is being transformed into a beautiful space of film and indie culture. We started the adventure by entering through the back entrance. Later on we interviewed David Deprez, the artistic director of the Lumière cinema, Jonas Vacek and Aiman Hassani both of which are Film Festival directors.

28/04/2016 Kichaka

The Marketization of academia: a threat to academic freedom?

4 min read ● By: ● 28/04/2016

Much has been made of the marketization of higher education in the Netherlands and around the world. Demonstrations and building occupation in universities like the VUA in Amsterdam have led to the foundation of an outright anti-marketization political movement in universities across the Netherlands – known as the New University movement. Their argument is that the “marketization of higher education leads to less academic freedom, if not outright deformation of the academic community, and its credibility as an objective agent in our society.”

Much has been made of the marketization of higher education in the Netherlands and around the world. Demonstrations and building occupation in universities like the VUA in Amsterdam have led to the foundation of an outright anti-marketization political movement in universities across the Netherlands – known as the New University movement. Their argument is that the “marketization of higher education leads to less academic freedom, if not outright deformation of the academic community, and its credibility as an objective agent in our society.”

At NovUM, there is a great sense of uncertainty over what stance to take. On the one hand, we care deeply about these latest series of developments, as it touches upon what our faculties should strive to provide as a service. There does seem to be a great deal of confusion over questions such as to what constitutes academic freedom, and the controversy surrounding it. The work of any academic worth his salt is to instantiate what people mean by the terms they loosely throw around. So here goes nothing.

Academic freedom implies the total lack of coercive force determining what the academic community should research. An example of this would be a totalitarian state determining certain objectives academics must meet, or paradigms academics must look the world through. The latter reminds us of the Soviet apparatchiks, who by default researched social science through Marxist theory. The former is not dissimilar, only more technocratic.

The question as to whether there has ever been academic freedom is a predictable answer. In the same way we have never truly been free of coercion but in a hypothetical Hobbesian State of Nature (where one imagines academia would struggle to persist anyway), academics have never been free from the vices of natural self-persistence and personal interest, nor the demands or duties that the community has imposed on them implicitly. Newton studied more alchemy than physics to try to turn copper into gold.  You only have to look at two acceptable historical reasons why he would do that: the first is that whoever came up with this first would have considerably large personal advantage over other until gold deflated. The second is that most of Newton’s contemporary academics believed alchemy to be a perfect science. With both cases he was neither free from neither his personal self-interest nor the peer pressure of conforming to already established academic standards.

The New University crowd though, insist that things were better before. That somehow our marketization has made the academic community more constrained. Of course, instead of being at the service of the state or themselves, they are now at the service of big business. However, the instrumentalist school of philosophy of science, its main advocates being those who study medicine, maintain that academia should merely be a tool to serve others anyway. Furthermore, the market mechanism has allowed redistributing this service in a more efficient way than any other. What it does on the other hand is make essential goods – such as medicine – marketised too. This is where the liberalisation of the scientific community can turn nasty.

We have talked about academic freedom, but there’s also a deep sense of discontent in the New University movement as to what higher education should consist of.

Plato’s original Academy was, of course, conceived for those who strived for truth as well as personal fulfilment. This is replicated by Liberal Arts colleges such as University College Maastricht, that try to build the person as much as the nature surrounding the person. Its why it emphasises as much on humanities as the other sciences, believing the good academic to be a cultured, understanding one as much as a library-dweller. One senses this is what New University are really striving for in education: the development of the individuals own freedom, by giving him possibilities. Like UCM, they have borrowed this very liberal idea from across the Atlantic.

The bile-inducing narrative of liberal arts is of course something frowned upon by a variety of scientists and especially professionals of all stripes. They claim objectivity at every measure. Academic freedom, for them, is merely the ability to pursue the objective truth in their field. This forms the foundation of the academic community’s initial argument for the New University movement: why are we letting both individualism and demand-side pressure in a market system deform a community, whose entire credibility lies in its struggle for objective truth.

The debate between these two views of what higher education should be really gets to the heart of the matter: is higher education a means to become a professional academic, by learning the paradigm of one’s academic circle, and striving for the truth accordingly. Or should it remain this sort of stepping stone towards self-fulfilment, and liberating one from traditional coercive structures?

In terms of academic freedom though, this has and will remain, a tireless debate over what constitutes freedom in an academic context. Just taking the above dichotomy, one is either restricted by paradigm; or his or her objectivity is clouded by personal self-interest. Simply leaving an individualist free-for-all rather than clear guidelines – even at the service of others – in academia is very similar to the neo-liberal paradigm that its detractors critique. In this sense order is required, hopefully by a state agent, to set certain standards to meet while protecting academic freedom through potential subsidies and so on.

 

By James Mackle

 

28/04/2016

Crisis and Opportunity in the Grassroots Education Reform in Argentina

1 min read ● By: ● 22/04/2016

At the turn of the 21st century, the Argentine economy entered a downward spiral that climaxed in December 2001-January 2002 with the onset of a long-term and unprecedentedly large-scale financial collapse. As the consequence of an overzealous implementation of neoliberal economic policies undertaken during the 1990s, this crisis had devastating effects on Argentine citizens and society. Unemployment, inflation, inequality, crime, insecurity, instability and discontent all skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Periodic protests also emerged across the country as citizens from diverse walks of life merged to voice their grievances and frustrations toward political authorities and elites who they felt were both...

At the turn of the 21st century, the Argentine economy entered a downward spiral that climaxed in December 2001-January 2002 with the onset of a long-term and unprecedentedly large-scale financial collapse. As the consequence of an overzealous implementation of neoliberal economic policies undertaken during the 1990s, this crisis had devastating effects on Argentine citizens and society. Unemployment, inflation, inequality, crime, insecurity, instability and discontent all skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Periodic protests also emerged across the country as citizens from diverse walks of life merged to voice their grievances and frustrations toward political authorities and elites who they felt were both responsible for the crisis and largely unable to deal with it.

22/04/2016

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Is Democratizing Higher Education A Good Idea?

1 min read ● By: The Bell ● 14/04/2016

Higher education is a public good which should be subject neither to the capricious demands of the market place nor the prejudices and preferences of the currents students or any other sectional interest.

Higher education is a public good which should be subject neither to the capricious demands of the market place nor the prejudices and preferences of the currents students or any other sectional interest.

Universities provide a partly protected space within which trying to extend and deepen human understanding has priority, in a way unsuitable for most other types of institutions in society. They are not research labs of corporations or political and pressure groups, which pursue inquiry for a practical purpose for some sponsoring organization. Those are not interested in what might be called second order inquiries: to extend the boundaries of the topic, the status of the language that is employed for it, the character of the knowledge that it produces – but neither of these can be deemed irrelevant in advance. The logic of free inquiry and human flourishing is radically at odds with the logic of the maximand. These values of intellectual inquiry are central to the university.

14/04/2016 The Bell

Learning Loft: a whole different ballgame

1 min read ● By: Maastricht University ● 09/04/2016

A brand new study facility may become your favourite library spot. As from today, Maastricht University (UM) students are welcome in the library’s Learning Loft with 85 extra Learning Spaces at the University Sports Centre (USC) in Randwyck. A large open, high ceilinged, multifunctional study environment with an industrial look. Enjoy your stay and practice sports, study and relaxation in one go.

A brand new study facility may become your favourite library spot. As from today, Maastricht University (UM) students are welcome in the library’s Learning Loft with 85 extra Learning Spaces at the University Sports Centre (USC) in Randwyck. A large open, high ceilinged, multifunctional study environment with an industrial look. Enjoy your stay and practice sports, study and relaxation in one go.

09/04/2016 Maastricht University

One year of MyMaastricht

2 min read ● 07/04/2016

One year on since the inception of mymaastricht.nl, and we just want to reflect a little bit. Right now, thousands of students are somewhere in this city; eating, studying, partying etc: realizing the minutiae of everyday student life. Of these, a rapidly growing chunk come from outside of the Netherlands. On a 15 minute walk through this city, it is not unusual to hear Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, let alone English in a range of bizarre and beautiful accents.  

One year on since the inception of mymaastricht.nl, and we just want to reflect a little bit. Right now, thousands of students are somewhere in this city; eating, studying, partying etc: realizing the minutiae of everyday student life. Of these, a rapidly growing chunk come from outside of the Netherlands. On a 15 minute walk through this city, it is not unusual to hear Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, let alone English in a range of bizarre and beautiful accents.  

It is easy to forget how remarkable this is. Perhaps more than at any other time in human history, we are able to travel hundreds of miles to live, study and thrive in a foreign country very distant from our own. Yet it is also easy to forget how difficult this can be. Students in Maastricht are part of a new generation that live beyond borders; far from their family, and perhaps far from the culture and language that they are comfortable with. This is exciting, but it is also challenging. Especially for international students; it is easy to feel a bit lonely and overwhelmed.

Part of overcoming that feeling of being overwhelmed is about understanding information clearly and easily. We hope that our website has managed to help you out and provide the answers and insights that you need to call this city home. Our goal is that every individual student, in their bedroom somewhere in this city, can turn to mymaastricht.nl if ever they have a question or concern regarding student life here. This is our small way of making life just a little bit easier for those in our community.

Celebrating the one year anniversary of mymaastricht.nl is a proud feeling, but we also know that there is a lot of work that we can do to make this website better. You, the users, will ultimately judge how successful we have been. Overall, we are optimistic that things will further improve in the near future. Our media section, in particular, is a development that we are very excited about. It will keep you updated on all the news and events in Maastricht, as well as being an outlet for the vast amount of creative talent amongst the Maastricht student population.

What we need now is feedback; we want to help you and we also want this to be a democratic, inclusive project with student involvement. We are a small team, and we take your ideas into account and they really can make an impact on the process of the website. Tell us what you need and what you would like to see more of.  In this collaborative spirit, mymaastricht.nl will strive to become the essential platform for getting settled and exploring Maastricht in the months and years to come. So get in touch today, with thoughts and ideas, and help to make Maastricht yours.

 

07/04/2016

MyMaastricht with Thomas Schäfer

1 min read ● By: ● 31/03/2016

As a new arrival in a foreign city, we face many obstacles in settling-in and making it our home. From finding accommodation to administrative tasks of registering at the city hall, MyMaastricht has the essentials of living in Maastricht and even more. The information platform covers what you need to know to safely settle in town, explore its possibilities to the fullest and start your ‘Maastricht experience’. This week, we are featuring Thomas Schäfer, one of the brains and brawn behind MyMaastricht.

As a new arrival in a foreign city, we face many obstacles in settling-in and making it our home. From finding accommodation to administrative tasks of registering at the city hall, MyMaastricht has the essentials of living in Maastricht and even more. The information platform covers what you need to know to safely settle in town, explore its possibilities to the fullest and start your ‘Maastricht experience’. This week, we are featuring Thomas Schäfer, one of the brains and brawn behind MyMaastricht.

31/03/2016

FIRE AWAY! Questions you had, we asked the lifesavers of Maastricht..

1 min read ● By: ● 31/03/2016

On a sunny March day Brian and I biked to the fire department of Maastricht to conduct an interview with the officer of duty and specialist in fire prevention and risk management, Jos Loijens. We had met him at one of the ‘Get Involved’ fairs at the Student Service Center, where a playfully informative video was being shown (A Different Night Out, watch here). When he told us that reaching students was considerably tough for them, we offered to do this article.

On a sunny March day Brian and I biked to the fire department of Maastricht to conduct an interview with the officer of duty and specialist in fire prevention and risk management, Jos Loijens. We had met him at one of the ‘Get Involved’ fairs at the Student Service Center, where a playfully informative video was being shown (A Different Night Out, watch here). When he told us that reaching students was considerably tough for them, we offered to do this article.

31/03/2016

Meet our Student Police Officer: Paul Vermin

1 min read ● By: ● 31/03/2016

For all you new and recurring students we organised a little interview with our very own police officer, Paul Vermin. He was happy to answer any of our questions regarding student safety. You may have met him during the INKOM, or during an inauguration of an association, with which mr. Vermin has good contact.

For all you new and recurring students we organised a little interview with our very own police officer, Paul Vermin. He was happy to answer any of our questions regarding student safety. You may have met him during the INKOM, or during an inauguration of an association, with which mr. Vermin has good contact.

31/03/2016

Security campaign ‘Mijn Straatwaarde’ addresses mugging in Maastricht.

1 min read ● By: ● 31/03/2016

You’ve probably seen the billboards with young people standing with their phones in hand and the item’s value next to it. In case you wondered what the message of the posters are, it’s a campaign called‘Mijn Straatwaarde’ (My street value) to address the epidemic of petty street crimes.

You’ve probably seen the billboards with young people standing with their phones in hand and the item’s value next to it. In case you wondered what the message of the posters are, it’s a campaign called‘Mijn Straatwaarde’ (My street value) to address the epidemic of petty street crimes.

31/03/2016

The New Face of Maastricht, Annemarie Penn-te Strake Mayor of the City

1 min read ● By: Maastricht Students ● 24/03/2016

Last July, Annemarie Penn-te Strake came into office as Mayor of Maastricht and since then has been the face of the city. She is the successor of the controversial former mayor, Onno Hoes. One can say that this was a remarkable decision given her apolitical background and unaffiliation to any political party. Just like the impressive city hall, Annemarie Penn-te Strake is an exceptional woman. A former judge and public defender, she is the first woman to become Mayor of the city. Last Wednesday, we had the pleasure of asking her a number of questions at the majestic city hall. She is an...

Last July, Annemarie Penn-te Strake came into office as Mayor of Maastricht and since then has been the face of the city. She is the successor of the controversial former mayor, Onno Hoes. One can say that this was a remarkable decision given her apolitical background and unaffiliation to any political party. Just like the impressive city hall, Annemarie Penn-te Strake is an exceptional woman. A former judge and public defender, she is the first woman to become Mayor of the city. Last Wednesday, we had the pleasure of asking her a number of questions at the majestic city hall. She is an imposing woman who exudes warmth and experience. Read more about her and her experience as the Mayor of Maastricht.

24/03/2016 Maastricht Students

"It's been a hard day's night"

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 18/03/2016
International students on workload at Maastricht University
“A social life?!?” Snorting, laughter and amazement follow the suggestion that students have plenty of leisure time. There might not be too many contact hours, but the workload at Maastricht University is much higher than at other universities, claim exchange students and other internationals. “Excellent”, says Erik Driessen, professor of Medical Education and chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. “That’s exactly what we want.”
18/03/2016 Observant

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

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 03/02/2016
Student housing: complaints, illegal practices, tips
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 books. Observant sat in on some of their consultation hours.
03/02/2016 Observant

new media section goes live!

1 min read ● 26/01/2016

Mymaastricht.nl is excited to present to you its all-new Media section. First and foremost this section is about informing students about what is going on in Maastricht. Complete with news, videos and articles all in English, we help Maastricht’s vibrant international community keep up-to-date with what is going on in this thriving student city. Most of all, the Media section is about keeping you informed, so that you can feel more connected, more knowledgeable and ultimately more at home in Maastricht.

Mymaastricht.nl is excited to present to you its all-new Media section. First and foremost this section is about informing students about what is going on in Maastricht. Complete with news, videos and articles all in English, we help Maastricht’s vibrant international community keep up-to-date with what is going on in this thriving student city. Most of all, the Media section is about keeping you informed, so that you can feel more connected, more knowledgeable and ultimately more at home in Maastricht.

What can you expect? Looking at the changes from our old Media section, the new section offers a number of improvements. Mymaastricht is collaborating with a number of other networks to bring you a variety of different news and articles. Interesting content about local, national and European news will be displayed in an intelligible manner. This way, you can keep in the loop about everything, simply by visiting only one page! Articles and news items will have different logos depending on whether they contain local, national or European news, which makes it much easier to find what you are looking for.

Furthermore, the new Media section has evolved to incorporate more content from Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Anyone can be featured on the section by using the #mymaastricht and get their message out to the entire city! If you are a budding photographer or you have a passion for film; there is even an option to share your own photos and YouTube videos through us. This is all part of mymaastricht’s philosophy: we want to see more ideas, news and creative projects by students put out there for other students to enjoy. The Media section aims to harness the creativity, entrepreneurship and collaborative community energy that makes this such an exciting city to be a part of.

26/01/2016 mymaastricht.nl

Food For Thought - Double Trouble

1 min read ● By: Kichaka ● 24/01/2016

It’s been a week. One week is the longest, acceptable time to be down after the probably most notorious party in this city. This week is usually filled with tales of fun and intoxication, overhearing your peers in the hallways talking about this one dude who made a fool of himself. Hate it or love it, Double Trouble is a force to be reckoned with (especially when you’re trying to push through one hour worth of door sale queue). We asked people to give us their take on the party: massively overrated or the only good thing around? Let’s see...

It’s been a week. One week is the longest, acceptable time to be down after the probably most notorious party in this city. This week is usually filled with tales of fun and intoxication, overhearing your peers in the hallways talking about this one dude who made a fool of himself. Hate it or love it, Double Trouble is a force to be reckoned with (especially when you’re trying to push through one hour worth of door sale queue). We asked people to give us their take on the party: massively overrated or the only good thing around? Let’s see what they had to say.

24/01/2016 Kichaka

"All the options are driving me crazy"

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 24/01/2016

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 Maastricht refugee centre: to take stock of how many people are interested in further education and what their needs are.

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 Maastricht refugee centre: to take stock of how many people are interested in further education and what their needs are.

24/01/2016 Observant
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