OPINION: Transgenerational diseases: are you to blame?

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/06/2018

Epigenetics is the study of environmental effects, including lifestyle habits, on an organism’s underlying genomic material or DNA. The underlying epigenetic mechanisms, are modifications to the DNA that dictate whether a certain gene will be turned on or off, carrying its own consequences on health and development. Many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and several mental disorders are genetic in nature, meaning a person is at more risk of developing a certain disease if he/she carries a gene or set of genes shown to be involved in driving disease onset. However, this is not always the case. Many individuals...

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Being Earnest (and Maybe Happy)

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/06/2018

“If you’re going to try, go all the way,” Bukowski once wrote. Do so even if it means you alienate yourself from loved ones, lose your mind, and end up in jail because going all the way is “the only good fight there is.” There is indeed a certain sense of idolization awarded to people who are capable of mustering such devotion, whether it is a researcher tirelessly seeking to cure cancer or an Olympian obsessively training for perfection. Yet, if you listen to them in their moments of frankness, they often speak of unbelievable sacrifices, struggles, and “normal” things...

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Former top volleyball player head of UM Sports

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/06/2018

MAASTRICHT. He played as many as 347 times for the Dutch national volleyball team, including at the 2004 Olympic Games. At the moment he is putting the finishing touches to his thesis for the executive MBA Sports Management at the Maastricht School of Management. Nico Freriks (36) started as the new head of UM Sports last Monday.

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“In Brighton, yellow mohawks, tattoos, piercings and brightly coloured clothing are the rule rather than the exception”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/06/2018

Last autumn Esmee Halmans (21), a third-year student at University College Maastricht, traded in the familiar Maastricht for Brighton, England, where she went on exchange for a semester. To commemorate the experience, she got a tattoo of a wave on the inside of her left ankle. “Moving to Brighton was a big step for me. It was the first time I’d lived alone, let alone abroad. It was really scary, but I’m very happy I did it. Brighton made me a completely different person. I love that city so much, it feels like home. Mainly it’s because of the people....

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25 years of knowledge engineering: time to look ahead

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/06/2018

The Knowledge Engineering programme has wind in its sails. It is ranked as a ‘top programme’ in the Keuzegids (the Dutch guide to higher education), is increasingly called on by other faculties, and is benefiting from the current popularity of data science. Still, recruiting new staff remains difficult.

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Sounds from the Central African Republic in a classroom in Heerlen

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/06/2018

Bang! Playwright Daniel van den Broeke beats on an old-fashioned school desk with a  chicotte , a whip made from wood and several strands of rubber, used in schools in the Central African Republic (CAR). The three VWO4 pupils from Sintermeertencollege in Heerlen who are sitting at the desk jump with fright. With their classmates, they will be shown today not just what it is like to be a child in CAR, but also what research Marieke Hopman carried out into the right to education while she was there.

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You consider #fashion to be your religion? We’ve got good news you: the #fashionclashfestival will start tomorrow in Maastricht 👘🧤👗sounds like a good after-exam relieve? Check their program for location and time of lectures, exhibitions and fashion shows! #maastricht #studentlife #freetime 📸 Lonneke van der Palen

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How many of these 5 Maastricht sights do you recognise? ✔💯 for 5/5! Our new students have already collected them all... "I absolutely love it here, never want to leave. Honestly worth every single penny and there is still so much more to experience! Can’t wait to see the rest of this beautiful place!!! @parkerwintink"

BOOK DONATION | HANDELSBLATT - RENDY'S PARADISE #14

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"Saying goodbye to the Netherlands with the most Dutch photo I have 🇳🇱" @carlyestrauss We'll miss you!

Welcome to Maastricht 'The City' 1/5

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"Thankful for the place I called home these past 5 months, but more importantly the people I got to share it with." 📷 @paulina_ordaz

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Ending of a nice weekend in @thecityofmaastricht 👌🏼 Great pic by @fabio.feltrinelli #maastricht #Maastricht university #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #trek #trekfoodtruckfestival #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

Welcome to Maastricht 'Housing' 4/5

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Ready for another nice day in #thecityofmaastricht 🥂🍴 Pic by @myfbug #maastricht #Maastricht university #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #trek #trekfoodtruckfestival #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Have a good weekend everybody 😁 Pic by @ac_fotodesign_ #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #trek #trekfoodtruckfestival #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It's #throwbackthursday and boy do we have a good one for you. We dug this chestnut up from the CES archives. ✔💯 if you can guess which year it was taken.

Welcome to Maastricht 'Transport' 5/5

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A critical journalist retires

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/06/2018

Wammes Bos (1952, Dordrecht)/ senior editor at Observant since 1986/ married to editor-in-chief Riki Janssen; daughters Maaike and Geesje (twins, 41) from previous marriage, three grandchildren (Cato, Berend, Rick)/ lives in Haccourt, Belgium

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Who has been living up the goods at coffee lovers during their exams? 📷 @de_goederentaxi

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Would you like to contribute to Maastricht's Community by volunteering? 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️ Explore Match! Match acts as middleman in student social engagement in Maastricht. By facilitating volunteering, Match enables students to put to use and develop their skills and talents in real-life practice🔧⚙️ Would you like to find your perfect Match? See link in bio! #match #maastrichtuniversity #students #volunteering #communitylife #maastricht #skillsforlife @matchmaastricht

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We hope everyone's exams are going well and there's enough caffeine to go around! 📷@meaganblackwell @coffeelovers_nl

Welcome to Maastricht 'Health' 3/5

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That's right, it's #missingmaastrichtmonday! This one is from the ever -excitable, energetic, entertaining @ana.7247 who came back as our intern in 2016. "And to think it’s already been 3 whole years since I was first exploring Maastricht... time flies! So thankful for all the wonderful memories on this #missingmaastrichtmonday 🇳🇱 "

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This year is the 55th Procession of Holy Relics. For one week (24th of May - 3rd of June) the city of Maastricht celebrates the religious tradition to honour St. Servatius. This happens every seven years! #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #leadinginlearning

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Welcome to Maastricht 'Finances' 2/5

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A critical journalist retires

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/06/2018

Wammes Bos (1952, Dordrecht) * Senior editor at Observant since 1986 * Married to editor-in-chief Riki Janssen; daughters Maaike and Geesje (twins, 41) from previous marriage, three grandchildren (Cato, Berend, Rick) * Lives in Haccourt, Belgium

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Can I talk?

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/06/2018

Can a man voice his opinion on the #MeToo movement? How if he could never have experienced the specific sexism that women face daily? And can a person, ethnically belonging to a majority, use cultural items of a minority? Would this not mock the decades of forced assimilationist policies and degradation of this minority culture put forward by majority-groups? Those seem to be non-connected issues, but they follow the same logic: An aspect that you cannot control - the belonging to a certain group you were born into - decides what you can and cannot do, where you can voice...

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Myth: physical proximity is crucial for a family

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2018

Dutch migration laws in the nineteen-eighties included a rule that family members should not be separated for longer than two years. After such a period, the family connection was broken and migrants lost the right to family reunification. “This undoubtedly played a role in the reduction of the number of residence permits in those days,” says Karlijn Haagsman, postdoc at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, “but it is nevertheless remarkable that something like that was included in a law. It insinuates something like: good parents wouldn't leave their children behind as long as that, they would bring them...

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@nico_amiri Lets hope @uitMaastricht did :) Thanks Nic for the tip. The city is working on free and better wifi throughout the city

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Excited for the @cavemanrun_obstaclerun in June, it's going to be awesome! Are you joining? 🏃🏃🏼‍♀️ #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #trek #trekfoodtruckfestival #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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That looks like a delicious brown paper bag 😧Go check out the festival in @thecityofmaastricht☀️ Pic by @sannescholten #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #trek #trekfoodtruckfestival #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Trek food trucks again in #thecityofmaastricht 🍔🚚 Pic by @rmnmyrs #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #trek #trekfoodtruckfestival #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Happy Friday #CEStastic people! There are loads of festivals going on this weekend in Maastricht so be sure to check out the @festivaltrek and @meet_maastricht when the weather is lekker 😉🌞 📷@mr_wanderlust_

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@festivaltrek is opening tonight! This awesome food truck festival is a CES student favourite so we thought we'd #tbt to a beautiful shot from our very own @just_suhper Enjoy sampling all the lekker treats and drinks. You'll be completely spoilt for choice and love the chilled out vibes this festival offers.

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The sun in shining and tomorrow @meet_maastricht festival will take place! 😎They organize three days full of tours and workshops. If you are interested in art, heritage, local food, nature, music – the Festival is a must! Visit their profile @meet_maastricht and make sure that you register for the events🙌🏻🎉 #maastricht #meetmaastricht #meetmaastrichtfestival2018

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Yesterday we had a team outing where we may, or may not, have sumo wrestled each other in snowman suits😋. Check out our Instagram story to see how it went down!

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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#thecityofmaastricht 😁✌🏼 Nice picture taken by @antonellosacchetti #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Our Aussie Education Officer Melanie challenged the team to do the Tim Tam Slam. Here's a little snippet of our attempts. Check out our Facebook page for the full video!

MyMaastricht press meeting report at the city hall

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It's time for another game of #cesaround - where on earth are CES? ✔💯 if you can name where @tiffanycochran took this lovely shot. We will give you a little hint: O Sole Mio! 🎤

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"This view made hiking 22 km in the snow worth every minute" - Even though we weren't there for the hard part, we completely agree @erigolu! 😍 Thank you for taking this beautiful shot!

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Today we have officially welcomed our Summer students from Xavier University and Lebanon Valley College. We hope that they will have a #cestastic time in Maastricht!

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

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Five Vidi grants for Maastricht

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2018

MAASTRICHT. It doesn't happen very often, but the majority of the five Vidi subsidies from research financer NWO will go to the city centre: two to the School of Business and Economics (Annelies Renders, Caroline Goukens) and one to Arts and Social Sciences (Tamar Sharon). Two will go to the other side of the Maas, to the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (Judith Sluimer, Bart Rutten). With a Vidi subsidy – 800 thousand euro - experienced researchers are given five years to set up their own research group. This grant, together with the Veni and Vici variants, are...

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Commuting by car if you live close by? Higher parking rates

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2018

MAASTRICHT. The UM is going to introduce paid parking for UM parking spaces, albeit differently than outlined in the plan presented in January. The new proposal will abolish the 15-kilometre limit, so everyone can come by car. Only, the closer by you live the higher the rate you pay.

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“Just cut it out in the editing”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2018

MAASTRICHT. Two microphones and a recording device are set up in a corner of the Kruithuis at the School of Business and Economics on this warm Thursday afternoon. The recording of an episode of Maastricht Cultured is about to start. It’s one of the podcast series on the new Student Radio Maastricht platform.

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“If I keep on moving, a second sleeve will be unavoidable”

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/06/2018

Second-year psychology student Anne Friesacher (21) is Austrian, but she has never lived there. For every country she has lived in, she has a symbol on her sleeve: a tattoo that covers her entire left arm. “My father works for Shell, and our family moved all over the world. I’ve always gone to international schools. Constantly changing schools and friends is one of the harder aspects of expat life, but I’m glad that at the age of 21 I’ve already seen so many countries and cultures. Between the ages of 6 and 10 I lived in Oman, which is probably...

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Today's #MissingMaastrichtMonday story by @andrew_bowles truly warms our hearts ❤: “Getting the call to serve as the Grad. Assistant for the Baylor in Maastricht program was 100% unexpected, but it was such a great experience! We had an incredible group of students. We had a wonderful partner in the University of Maastricht. I had a great mentor in Blair (and his whole family, @jbrowaco). And I saw incredible devotion to Christ in the Christians I met around Europe. I’ve only been gone for a few days, but today is definitely a #MissingMaastrichtMonday. Thanks for a wonderful semester to this home away from home.”

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Where did you take your mom for Mother's Day?💐🍴 Pic by @eyuvanvliet #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

MyMaastricht contribution #2

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There are only 2 days left to visit Keukenhof before it closes! Don't miss out on seeing the most beautiful flower garden in the world! 📸 @nicole.marie.mitchell

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It's Thursday, which means it's time for a game of #cesaround - where on earth are CES? ✔💯 points if you can tell us where @megantebbenhoff took this beautiful 📸!

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Another beautiful Spring day in Maastricht! This #cestastic shot by @andi_risk perfectly captures how we feel today!

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We could really use one of these right now! How is everyone else handling the heat? 📸 @darqmaastricht

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

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Staff recommendation: cycle or take the bus/train to Eijsden, buy an ice cream at IJssalon Angelati and stroll along the Meuse during the sunset while enjoying views such as these. ☀️

myMaastricht - Thomas Schäfer

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•Peter Møllgaard | Dean School of Business and Economics • “Technology is changing not only the way in which we learn, it will also significantly change our future jobs. Young people under education now will have seven different jobs – and five of these do not exist today. Half of the jobs that exist today will disappear in 10-20 years. To prepare for my new job, I started to learn Dutch (Ik leer Nederlands) already in the middle of February, six weeks before I started the job. And I am using the DuoLingo app. This shows how easy it is to learn outside the traditional classroom and we should take note of this and also support PBL, the international classroom, and the Maastricht University Student Experience via technology. On top of that lifelong learning will become both a necessity and a wish of just about all ‘employees’ in whatever work relation they engage in. So, we need to think lifelong learning into our educational activities at both the traditional bachelor/master level and the continuing education that takes place in UMIO. Lifelong learning is a mind-set. It is a continuous and positive attitude towards learning and development both personally and professionally… often the distinction between professional and personal development will vanish.” #maastrichtuniversity #humansofsbe #leadinginlearning #maastricht #dean

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TGIF my friends. We hope you're in Maastricht on a beautiful terrace over looking the river today! Happy Friday 📷 @cinqmaastricht

MY MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE! (Maastricht Science Programme)

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Hold on tight, nice temperatures incoming. Any outdoor activity recommendations? 😎☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #agr2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

WELCOME TO PARADISE!

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GDPR imposes more careful attention

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 31/05/2018

MAASTRICHT. “No need to panic, but make sure that you are prepared.” This is what Raoul Winkens, the mandatory data protection officer says about the consequences of the introduction of the new European data protection regulation at Maastricht University, on the 25th May.

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Should we ban the books?

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 31/05/2018

In a recent issue of Ad Valvas, the Observant equivalent from VU University Amsterdam, there was a piece written by a student, stressing the importance of students getting involved in university governance by taking part in programme committees, faculty councils and university councils. Academic staff need to know what students think, in order to be able to improve the quality of our teaching. Students learn about how the university works, beyond their own individual concerns. Such engagement will help students to gain experience of committee processes and politics that might serve them well in future jobs in all sorts of...

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"Really missing biking to class on cobblestones through the cutest city ever! (Also missing Dutch biking in general. It's the little things, ya know?)" Yes it's #missingmaastrichtmonday 📷 @h_eyebrouwer #cestastic #cesaround #maastrichtuniversity #Dutchthings #DUAbroad #adventure #explore #lifeofadventure #neverstopexploring #vsco #vscocam #NL #Maastricht #discovermaastricht

4 Sports MyMaastricht

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Want to work in an international field? Go on cultural weekends around Europe? Make new students feel at home in Maastricht? Then check out our website for the new student worker vacancies!

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HAPPENING NOW: an emotional farewell to our Baylor students who have been a pleasure to have in Maastricht this Spring. Safe travels ✈

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Welcome to Maastricht (mymaastricht.nl introduction video)

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Myth on Looted Art: what was stolen, remains stolen

4 min read ● By: Observant ● 31/05/2018

You take something from me without my consent, so logically I want it back. Whether it is a piece of jewellery, a bicycle, a car or a pen. It is the same with art. Even if it was stolen eighty years ago or maybe even longer and I can prove that the object is mine. In reality, it appears not to be so black-and-white, says Lars van Vliet, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, specialising in looted art. While there is a new law in the United States that makes Holocaust claims possible on a large scale, most European...

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A special post from our past student @cacaoclams "I miss this" (and it's not even Monday!) . . . . . #missingmaastrichtmonday #cestastic #redsky #river #maastricht #studyabroad #relaxing #sky #bridge #sunset #netherlands #limburg #clouds #contemplation #shotoniphone #scenic #earthfocus #earthofficial #discoverearth #travel #natgeotravel

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Choosing Maastricht University doesn’t mean only quality of studies but also the possibility to live in such a lovely city as Maastricht 🌇🛣🌞🌳

“Baby girls get circumcised with a used razorblade or a piece of glass”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 30/05/2018

“When a woman is not circumcised, it always itches,” says the woman who cut off Jaha Dukureh’s clitoris when she was a week old, probably with a razorblade or a piece of glass. “If the thing underneath is not removed, the hand will always be down there scratching.” 

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Battle of the Studies last week Thursday! Congrats to @aperturemspstudents and @universitycollegemaastricht ! You rock! Thanks to everyone that made this night so special <3

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Great day in @thecityofmaastricht☀️☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #agr2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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"Reppin’ Maastricht University in Iceland" #cesaround.📷@__5hristi . . . . . . #aimoverseas #studyabroad #maastricht #maastrichtuniversity #grindavik #unistudent #bluelagoon #iceland #keflavik #spa #tourist #travelgram #gopro #photooftheday #dailygram #instadaily #photography #picoftheday #studentexchange #icelandic #solotravel #travel

Talkin' About SBE & XMAS TREES

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Maastricht is full of little architectural delights. FUN FACT: These missing bricks signify where the old city wall used to run. Let us know if you've seen this one in person. 📷 @cinqmaastricht

My Maastricht by Zuyd University of Applied Science

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Dope again the big winner in university elections

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 30/05/2018

MAASTRICHT. As was the case in the past three years, Dope came out of the university elections - this year only for students and service councils - as the big winner. The party lost a seat, but with a total of 22 seats in the faculty councils and the University Council, it is the largest.

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It's #missingmaastrichtmonday! Do you recognise this view? It's from @ruby_johanna "Smiling before we got lost in a cave..."

Inkom 2018 artists: Maastricht talent kicks off on the Markt, Partysquad provides the closing act

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 30/05/2018

MAASTRICHT. It will be 'Helemaal naar de klote' and 'rampeneren' to the beat during the 2018 Inkom. Partysquad will perform as the final act for Inkom 2018 in the MECC. This was announced last Thursday and met with loud applause in the Kruithuis at the School of Business and Economics. Furthermore, Inkom is more sustainable than ever this year and mentors will not just be association members.

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Good day for some Amstel Gold Racing 🥇🚲 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #agr2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Did you know at CES we're famous by association? Our colleague @vanderlaansuzanne 's Dad made this incredible sculpture that was unveiled by the King! You can check out his work at the newly opened groene looper. 📷 @visitmaastricht

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Recognise this beautiful Maastricht building? It's hard to believe but it becomes even more beautiful in the spring! 📷 @stripeaway

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Looking back at a great weekend ✌🏼🚤 Pic by @atriepels #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It's #missingmaastrichtmonday And this one comes from @shioriheima "Shout out to the CES staff for being one of the most caring people I met abroad. Thank you for the package and being my support system while I made amazing memories! Dank je wel!!" #missingmaastrichtmonday

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Stadspark chillings in @thecityofmaastricht🌳☀️ Pic by @jnsvrbc #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Last day of the weekend, where are you gonna spend the day?🥂☀️ Pic by @janbklein #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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#saturdays in @thecityofmaastricht😎☀️ Pic by @jillproppson #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Great start of the weekend! Sun's out..💪🏼☀️ Pic by @ranyarekiki #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It's definitely Fri-yay today. The sun is out and we're almost done for the week! Soak it up CEStastic people.

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It's going to be barbeque weather this weekend, so here's a #tbt to our 4th of July bbq with the summer crew of 2016 @acrochetiere. Looking forward to welcoming the new summer crew soon!

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Pretty awesome night shot from above. Really like these drone pics! 😄 Pic by @asviagenscom #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It’s #MissingMaastrichtMonday so here is a beautiful picture of the Maas. Always in awe of the beauty of Maastricht.

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Here are two of my favorite spots to eat in Maastricht. You can never go wrong with a hot pinky’s waffle and then of course BABs can fill any Mexican craving you have!

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Can anyone guess what country I am spending my reflection week in? 🍕 🍦 🍝

“The feedback was that my accent was ‘too ghetto’”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/05/2018

Ridwan ‘Rid’ Babalola (24), master’s student in Economics from the UK, has a tattoo of the word ‘Free’ on his ribs. “After I finished my bachelor’s degree in 2015 I worked for a while as a recruiter in London. Before I started there I had to do several workshops and the trainer gave us feedback on things like our interview skills. Her main comment was that my accent was ‘too ghetto’. I was completely taken aback and didn’t know what to say. How can I change my accent? She in turn was shocked by my reaction; she saw that she’d...

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Hi everyone! My name is Corbin Hershberger and I am a junior from the University of Mount Union studying Political Science. I will be taking over the Instagram account this week to show you a glimpse into my life as an exchange student here at Maastricht. I hope you all enjoy! ☺️

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Did you know that @swapfiets is coming to Maastricht? You no longer have to buy a bike when you're here studying abroad, you can just rent it for €12 a month - and if it breaks, just swap it for a new one! You will recognise swapfiets by their iconic blue front wheel 🚲 📸 by @teddyjoliek.

A visit home

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 24/05/2018

A month ago, I took my boyfriend to my home country, Serbia. This was the first time for him to visit, and while he was super excited, I have to admit to being a bit nervous before the trip. As the trip drew closer, I started recalling all the things that I have said over the years about my country, and how, to be honest, they don’t paint a nice picture if taken out of context. So, I didn’t quite know what he expected to see. To do some damage control, I took him to Novi Sad and Belgrade, the...

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“Was I the only one who felt so rotten?”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 23/05/2018

They have to perform. Be the very best. Do a great internship, get high marks, graduate cum laude. Oh, and sit on a student board if at all possible. Little wonder that students are crumbling under the pressure and end up depressed. Walking around like zombies, if we’re to believe the newspapers. Are things in Maastricht, too, all that bad? There are no figures, but the long waiting lists for the UM psychologists point to the need for action.

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Want a sneak peek of life in Maastricht? Create your own open day from abroad! Customise your experience by adding the videos that interest you and take a virtual tour of Maastricht.

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Happy sunny Saturday ☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Wows! Incredible performance by @nordmann_music in such an intimate setting! Great to have you here keep on rocking!

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Cold and white weekend again? ❄️⛄️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

Myth: Being unhappy with your body encourages healthier behaviour

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 23/05/2018

A picture of a fat baby, accompanied by the text ‘When you realize it’s almost summer, and your winter body has gotten out of control’. This is the introduction to one of the latest UM Sports newsletters, urging readers to get “beach body ready”. Nothing wrong with this message. Or is there? “I was disappointed to see them use unhealthy rhetoric to try and motivate people to exercise”, says Jessica Alleva, assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. Her research focuses on body image. “It plays into this myth and shows how common it still is. Body positivity,...

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Up, up and away we go! ✈️ 💚🍀Can anyone guess where I’m headed for the weekend?

Culture clash

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 17/05/2018

“Saeed, wake up! We need to go to the hospital quickly. Your uncle is undergoing surgery. We are not sure what the problem is. You could probably explain it better”, said my father to me the very next day after my arrival back home in Saudi Arabia. Great, here we go again! The rumors are true, I have become the unintended family physician - since I study medicine they probably assume that I know everything about the inner workings of the human body and how to fix every problem (just between you and me, this is not true). This was...

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Having a good time @tefaf_art_fair 🖼💎 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

“All of a sudden DJ Hardwell showed up”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/05/2018

Dayten Crijns (19) is a first-year student of International Business. One year ago he had the name of his brother and the logo and motto of his own company tattooed on his chest. “Three years ago I started an event agency, Intensss Events. It’s already brought me so much that I wanted to have that reflected on my body somehow. When I started out as a DJ it was hard to find a stage to play on. My father came up with the idea for Intensss Events as a way of paying my dues – if artists come and play...

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More in common with each other than we think”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 01/05/2018

MAASTRICHT. On Sunday 13 May, thousands of adopted plastic ducks - 5 euro apiece - will be set loose in the Jeker river for the annual Duck Race. Proceeds from the race will go to, among others, Refugee Project Maastricht (RPM), which is run by UM students.

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Smile and pay

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 26/04/2018

The last time my mom visited we took a longer way back home after dinner. On our stroll we passed by a small corner store not far from the Volksplein. An antique hanging scale and eet meer fruit handwritten on a wooden board caught our eyes. While we were inspecting some old-fashioned Easter eggs and bunnies sitting among fruit boxes in the window, an older man stepped outside. He introduced himself as the owner and proudly confessed that his store, called Lilian Mille, was the oldest still functioning ‘fruit en groentewinkel’ in town. In the half hour chat that followed...

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One of my go-to spots to grab a bite and do some studying 🙌😛 For more of my favorite places in Maastricht, check out my foodie account @maastrichtmunchies

Hungarian university under fire: fight or flight

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/04/2018

Things are getting tense: will business magnate George Soros’s Central European University weather the storm in Budapest, or be chased off by the right-wing, nationalist government of Viktor Orbán? The university’s rector Michael Ignatieff may be able to shed some light on the matter: in early May, at the invitation of Studium Generale, he will deliver the Schuman lecture. Focusing on the new enemies of the open society, it’s not one to miss. What exactly is going on? Why does Orbán have the university in his sights? Hungarian history lecturer Ferenc Laczó (FASoS) takes us behind the scenes.

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Nice Sunday, hope you will have a good one! 🏃🖼 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Hey there! My name is Paulina Ordaz, and I’ll be taking over the CES Maastricht account to show a week in the life of a traveling student! I’m a junior studying psychology at the University of Southern California, and I’m currently in the Psychology & Neuroscience program here at Maastricht University. In the upcoming week, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite spots in Maastricht and what it’s like to balance school and travel while abroad!

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Tefaf to the (Air)max, are you visiting?🖼 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Playing badminton and enjoying food from home

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/04/2018

Once a year, Indonesian students from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together to play badminton – the most popular sport in their home country. At this year’s Maastricht Cup - last Saturday - fifty players competed for the prizes – while other visitors enjoyed the bazaar with authentic Indonesian food that’s organized along with it. “We want people to both enjoy the games and learn something about our culture,” says Nael Sumampouw, PhD student at Forensic Psychology and one of the organisers. Special guest this year was the Indonesian ambassador, I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. A keen badminton player himself,...

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Happy Friday indeed! The CES crew found out that Piano B is now selling pizza by the slice! The perfect student lunch. Slices start at €1.75 and are super lekker 🍕

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Throw back to our January crew! 📷 @tarianamurchie "We were just trying to get a photo together with our waffles when a random Dutch guy decides to join 😂"

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Happy Tuesday! #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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What's your favorite spot in Maastricht? I have highlighted two for you 😁#thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Snowy Saturday morning in @thecityofmaastricht❄️ I enjoyed it, did you?⛄️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

Learning to think about the impact of your research

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/04/2018

MAASTRICHT. Neuroethics – all ethical questions concerning brain research – is a field of study that is becoming more and more important with all the technological and other developments. The more we know about the brain, the more we should think about what we are going to do with that information. What are the consequences for research, applications, patients, and humanity as a whole? That is what the NeuroEthics Symposium on 4 May is about, which is  organised  by students from the research master’s of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience.

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Had an incredibly nice run this morning! Such a nice sunshine in a quiet but beautiful city❄️☀️ Took some nice pics along the way, enjoy your weekend!😄 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #tefaf #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #tefafartfair #liefdevoorlimburg #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #tefaf2018 #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It's snowing again in Maastricht! 📷 @andrew_bowles - "Snowy mornings make for quite the picturesque walk through and already picturesque town" #CEStastic #CESAround

Loud people, interesting smells, vivid colors and tasty food

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/04/2018

I have always liked the atmosphere in markets: loud people, interesting smells, vivid colors and tasty food. Quito’s market answers to all these characteristics, but also has some things that make it unique. The first thing that stroke me is the fruit variety. There are so many fruits I had never seen before, with funny shapes and colors. So far my favorite is the guanabana: it looks like a big green pine-cone on the outside, and is white with big black seeds on the inside. It is best when drank in a juice, which you can purchase for a dollar...

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On these cold winter days it's nice to stay cosy, @wilsonfinallygotanaccount found the perfect place to do that!

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Snapshots from the 'If It Ain't Dutch It Ain't Much' weekend trip. Check out our students concentrating on their Dutch tiles and exploring cities across the Netherlands.

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Quite a surprise this morning! Embrace yourselves, because it's going to be even colder ❄️ Pic by @elinemadeleine #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #dominicanenkerk #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Maastricht put on its winter best today! Blue skies and winter magic everywhere you look.

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It was a great weekend with lots of sun. What was your highlight of the weekend?☀️ Pic by @andreverheul #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #dominicanenkerk #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Cold but gold in @thecityofmaastricht today ☀️❄️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #vastelaovend2018 #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #vastelaovend #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Nothing like seeing blue skies and city walls when crossing the bridge in Maastricht. A beautiful throw back from @alicia.slijter - Mijn leuke universiteit. 🇳🇱 #maastricht #maastrichtuniversity

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Time for a foodie post! CES students recommend the @livinroom.maastricht (especially for the sea salt nutella brownie, right @peterbergmann)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🗺 Heggenstraat 7⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸@foodandspotsbyesther

“The jam jar reminds me of my grandmother”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 24/04/2018

Phil Blades (23, UK), a second-year student of Arts and Culture, already has quite a collection of tattoos, even on his fingers. One of the most recent is on the inside of his upper arm: a jar of jam and the words ‘No more bad days’, a song by the American band This Wild Life. “My family lives on a farm in the middle of Yorkshire; it’s an hour on the bus to the nearest city. We have a lot of land with all sorts of fruit trees, crops and animals. When I was little, my grandma babysat me and...

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Students desert Run Against Waste

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 19/04/2018

MAASTRICHT. An enthusiastic organisation, a number of registrations via e-mail, lots of reactions on social media, two journalists, two photographers, but no participants. Last Tuesday, students massively gave the slip on the Run Against Waste: plogging, an event that was part of the Maastricht University Green Office’s Sustainability Week. Despite the fact that the Centre for Nature and Environment education (Centrum voor Natuur- en Milieueducatie, CNME) had specifically organised the run to reach more students.

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Second edition Ladyfest in Maastricht

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 19/04/2018

Celebrating feminist, women, trans and gender-non conforming people – that’s what Ladyfest all about. This worldwide concept of a festival created within the community came to Maastricht for the first time last year. Now, the second edition takes place in the Mandril Cultural and Political Centre on 5 and 6 May. The programme is divers and includes lectures, workshops, performances and concerts. You can for instance learn how to repair your bike, talk about afrofeminism, watch an eco-sex documentary and listen to soul latin-jazz reggae.

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When storytellers become activists

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 19/04/2018

MAASTRICHT. How do storytellers relate to current pressing issues? When and why do writers, filmmakers and artists become activists? That’s the theme of the fourth Story-Line event, this Saturday in Lumiere Cinama. The English programme includes writers Priya Basil and Olumide Popoola, a short lecture about the documentary Bueys by film critic and philosopher Dana Linssen and an interview with artist Micha Leinkauf. He’s part of the artist duo Wermke/Leinkauf who became famous when they replaced the American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with white flags in 2014. There is also a Dutch programme. This includes an interview with writer...

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Guess Who?!

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 19/04/2018

Who am I? The great existential question of the times – well actually the great existential question of the times for many people is more likely to be, ‘do I want soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, no milk, in my low-fat-no-fat-all-fat grande macchiato?’ But for those of us more inclined towards introspection, the ‘who am I?’ question tends to be more of a sticking point. And really, who am I? Am I a friend? A neighbour? The person you dream about? (doubtful) Or merely just a distraction during your lunchbreak, another blink in time? The reality is that we...

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Brussels calling

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 18/04/2018

The metro stop is a stone’s throw away. By car you’re there before you know it. There are several good restaurants within walking distance and a bronze statue of Field Marshal Montgomery stands guard by the door. Not far away is the city’s European Quarter. The new premises of UM Campus Brussels could not be better located.

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Client Consultation Competition: a piano, cheap aeroplanes and synchronized watches

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 18/04/2018

MAASTRICHT. A pianist starts playing at the official opening of the International Client Consultation Competition (ICCC), hosted last Wednesday by the Maastricht Faculty of Law. All of a sudden a tenor stands up from the audience and starts to sing, as three others join him in performing the satirical composition So You Want to Write a Fugue? That’s not what the 22 student teams will do in the next three days – but theirs is no small feat either. They are here to determine who the best client consultant is.

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“The tattoo took seven sessions of three hours each”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 17/04/2018

In 2013 Nadine Hillwig (25, Germany), a third-year psychology student, took a life-changing trip to India. To make sure she never forgot it, she got a ‘backpiece’: a tattoo of an elephant covering her entire back. “My then boyfriend and I had booked a trip to India. Two days before we were due to leave, he sent me a text message saying he wouldn’t be going. It had never been a great relationship. There was always a lot of doubt and we both just hoped it would eventually work out. I decided to go anyway, on my own, and it...

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Groene Loper

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 12/04/2018

On a cold April Saturday as a sad-eyed woman lets me in to see the flat she is giving up to move back in with her parents, leaving only advertising brochures for baby furniture behind, I spot a metal bridge over my shoulder at the end of the street. It’s doing the everyday things that pedestrian bridges do: holding up a sign announcing Praxis’ Sunday hours, and offering access to the exotic Eastern lands on the other side of… well, it seems to be some sort of construction site. When I return a few weeks later with my suitcases, the...

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UM passwords leaked

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 11/04/2018

MAASTRICHT. Passwords for hundreds of UM e-mail addresses have possibly found their way out into the open. This was discovered through www.gotcha.pw, a search engine with leaked passwords. A hacker, going by the name of d0gberry, posted these online last week.

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Tropical tunes, a maze and obscure stories

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 11/04/2018

MAASTRICHT. For one night, Marres will be transformed into a jungle, Bonnefanten Museum into a maze, and the Dominicanen bookstore into a trendy club. During the Maastricht Museum Night on 13 April, thirteen art institutes will not only open their doors, but will also put on all kinds of performances and activities. For example, the Museum of Natural History and Centre Céramique will be taken over by students from Maastricht University and Zuyd Hogeschool. They will present obscure stories from Maastricht's past, play fusion jazz and deploy their creativity in the ArtLab. The participating locations will be open until 1:00hrs,...

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Majority researchers are guilty of sloppy science

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 11/04/2018

How sloppy is our science? Ninety per cent of the almost six hundred researchers in a survey admits to having crossed the line at least once. Mistake number one: mentioning an author who in practice hardly contributed to your research at all. This was one of the outcomes of a recent study by Erik Driessen, professor in Medical Education at Maastricht University and two American colleagues. There was a midday lecture on the theme last Tuesday.

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“Researchers don’t have a clue about deadlines and word counts”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 11/04/2018

Academics have an ethical obligation to write articles for a broad audience, partly to counter others who are less than expert in the material or who wish to manipulate us. This is the standpoint of the Melbourne-based guest lecturer Simon Clews, who is giving writing workshops all week at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Jesse Vandamme opening for @kalulumusic .. left us all speechless. So much energy in his performance!

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Had a nice workout this morning! First to the St. Pietersberg and back home via the city walls and market square. Great start of this beautiful Sunday, so took a few pics along the road. Have a good one! ☀️✌🏼 (Although I didn't start my workout as early as @cato_vrouwenraets 😛) #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #vastelaovend2018 #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #vastelaovend #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Something lekker from our students to get you excited for the weekend... "Pretty vlaai for a white guy. So fun making vlaai today with you lovely people - will miss you heaps" @g.portelli

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"Lucky shot of my last day at home. Stay perfect, Maastricht, cause I can’t take my eyes of you." ❤️ incredible shot of our gorgeous city by @mtvanwijck

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On 1 February, 13 UM professors gave a lecture to alumni on their area of expertise, in 13 cities across four countries. Which city would you like to see a UM Star Lecture in? Let us know!

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Happy Valentine’s day to all of those who also love this wonderful city ❤️

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Last night of carnaval, had a good one in @thecityofmaastricht? 🍺🌎 Pic by @sjengske_on_tour #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #vastelaovend2018 #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #vastelaovend #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Our spring student @nicole.marie.mitchell says that Carnival > Mardi Gras! What a call!

Venezuela in Equador

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 10/04/2018

A few weeks into my stay in Quito I find myself on a bus ride where a young man is holding a box of chocolate in one hand and in the other a big stack of bills. For every chocolate you buy, he gives you an additional Venezuelan bill of your choice. I choose the nice-looking 100 Bolivares note, which in 2017 has lost 96% of its value. Venezuela is experiencing a crisis on the economic, political and migration level. 95% of Venezuela’s exports depend on oil, thus as the world oil prices decreased significantly, so did the country’s income....

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Venezuela in Ecuador

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 10/04/2018

A few weeks into my stay in Quito I find myself on a bus ride where a young man is holding a box of chocolate in one hand and in the other a big stack of bills. For every chocolate you buy, he gives you an additional Venezuelan bill of your choice. I choose the nice-looking 100 Bolivares note, which in 2017 has lost 96% of its value. Venezuela is experiencing a crisis on the economic, political and migration level. 95% of Venezuela’s exports depend on oil, thus as the world oil prices decreased significantly, so did the country’s income....

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“Life seems very bleak and I don’t see the joy in anything”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 10/04/2018

Marta Rusakiewicz (20, Poland), second-year student of European Law, got a tattoo of a compass rose on her ribs when she was 18. It was something she felt she ‘had’ to do. “I’ve been a sad person my whole life; my brain doesn’t produce happy hormones. Life seems very bleak and I don’t see the joy in anything. It used to be worse than it is now. I was very shy and introverted and I found it hard to express myself or accept myself. How I move, speak, think and even breathe: everything irritated me. I often lost myself in...

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The Janus face of writing

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 29/03/2018

I'm supposed to be doing laundry, but I can't tear myself from my computer. I should be making the baby’s breakfast, but I'm writing. I ought to be heading out to vote – but I'm writing. For writers, writing is a necessity, like breathing or (in my case) eating double-caramel Magnums. And by writers I don’t mean published writers, Writers with a capital W. I mean anybody with the compulsion to write, poorly or otherwise. For them – for us – writing is not just a hobby. It’s an urge that lives under your skin, making your fingertips itch, but...

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XXL weeks at University Library

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. It is time for the XXL weeks at the University Library again. This means that the library is bursting at its seams with students studying. Elise Abraham, second-year student of Economics from Belgium and Mimi Ahlsrog, second-year student of International Business from Finland, can be found at the Inner-City University Library every day. “We live in the same house and we always study together. We usually arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 and work until six o'clock or so. But as the exams get closer, we may be here until 21:00hrs.” The so-called German Run – mostly Germans rushing into...

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Happy Carnival 🎉🎭🎊 Get your costumes out and enjoy the festive atmosphere! #makemaastrichtyours

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Carnaval🍺 How's yours so far?😄 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #vastelaovend2018 #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #vastelaovend #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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That's a wrap! Saying goodbye to Get Involved. See you at the next event in September.

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The Get Involved Information Market is ongoing at the Student Services Center until 16:00! Come visit us to learn more about the wonderful #student initiatives that make #Maastricht so special. Plus, you'll get to eat some freshly made #stroopwafels!

“What would put you on cloud nine when it comes to food at UM?”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. The contract with Maastricht University’s current caterer  Albron  will expire in 2020. A new tendering process would usually involve project teams and steering groups, but this time Facility Services want to take a different approach. The entire university community will get to have its say during ‘roadshows’, and Observant will be permitted to sit in on all meetings.

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Not one missed Dutch Springsteen concert since 1985

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 26/03/2018

Philip Kalisvaart (57) is process coordinator for collection management at the University Library and, in his own words, an “extreme fan” of Bruce Springsteen. In 2016 he had the words of two of Springsteen’s songs tattooed on his upper arms: ‘Thunder road’ on the right and ‘Two hearts’ on the left. “Everyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan. Colleagues often pass newspaper clippings on to me and nobody was surprised when I got the tattoos. I have a big Springsteen collection: more than two hundred CDs, books, DVDs of concerts, mini-guitars of band members and much more. I’ve...

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Why we still don’t have a cure for Alzheimer’s

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 26/03/2018

After oncology, most research money goes to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Among people over 80 years of age, dementia prevalence exceeds 20%. Paradoxically though, our knowledge of the brain has increased more than ever in the past decades, yet this is not yielding more new medicines. This is one of the challenges faced by students of the unique new UM research master specialization Drug Development and Neurohealth.

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New Party M:OED earns two seats in city council

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. M:OED (MAASTRICHT: Open Honest Democratic), the new party in Maastricht which mainly concentrates on the interests of students and entrepreneurs, has earned two seats in the city council in the local elections last Wednesday. The turnout in Maastricht was a little higher this year (48.1 per cent) than in 2014 (46.9 per cent).

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A letter

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/03/2018

Coming home after grocery shopping, I realize I haven’t opened my letterbox in a few days. I’m not expecting much, aside from some adverts, one or two bills maybe. With my groceries under my arms, I slowly open the box. But as I pull out a bunch of papers, I see I got lucky today. I’ve been sent a letter. From a friend, maybe, or a relative. A real letter – it’s a rare thing these days. As fast as I can I run up the two floors to my room, almost dropping my groceries, but I don’t care. I’m...

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“Vote, and don’t shut up”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/03/2018

MAASTRICHT “The name of the party tonight is ‘SHUT UP and VOTE’, but I prefer to say: ‘Vote, and don’t shut up’.” With these words, UM president Martin Paul opened Maastricht’s first polling station, on the first floor of the Muziekgieterij, shortly before midnight.

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The first fresh stroopwafels are being eaten at Get involved! Drop by between 1 and 4 today to join in!

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Quite a big difference to yesterday, see second picture❄️☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #dominicanenkerk #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

cesmaastricht

You can request a ceramic mug when you study and sip at the SSC! Let's cut down on waste by starting with this simple change today. Because we all know that on Monday morning you need a coffee ☕

Greener Maastricht

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. There should be more nature in Maastricht and the university could play a major role in this. Rob Jansen from Stadsnatuur Maastricht, a volunteer collective that dedicates itself to creating more green in the city, advocates this idea.

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"Thanks for having me Maastricht, you’re such an underrated city; dare I say maybe even better than Amsterdam!" We tend to agree with you @ammy.lt 😉 . . . . #deakinabroad #maastricht #thenetherlands #cestastic #cesaround #studyabroad #instatravel #instapassport #mytravelgram #mytraveldiary #instatravel #discovermaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtuniversity #mestreech

Library of Things wins Student Idea Competition

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. The Library of Things has won the Student Idea Competition 2018, the annual contest organised by the Student Project Team. Five teams pitched their ideas to improve student life at Maastricht University in the Student Service Centre (SSC) last Monday. A jury selected three winners. The Library of Things – where people can borrow tools they rarely use, such as a drill, instead of buying them – will use their 400 euros in prize money to expand their collection.

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SCRUM Club: use open source software for your research

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. When it comes to Open Access, most people’s minds go directly to the availability of research articles for everybody. But there’s more to it, for instance the software that researchers use to analyse their data. The Scientific Computing and Research @ UM Club (SCRUM Club) feels that using a licensed programme like SPSS always shuts out a group of people. That’s why they promote and teach openly and freely available software and tools for scientific computing and research at their biweekly meetings.

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“They thought it was a subcutaneous worm"

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/03/2018

Thomas Fuller (41), PhD candidate in the Department of Clinical Psychological Science at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, has on his side a tattoo of a bird’s-eye view of the River Thames and several London parks. It is done entirely in white ink. “I was a social worker in London from the age of 24 to 26. I’m from Australia so nature is very important to me; we’re outdoorsy people. The Thames and the city parks in London were my connection to nature. I’d take long walks along the river and go to beach parties; when it’s low tide,...

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UPDATE: Eleven Maastricht master's programmes in the top ranks

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 20/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. Eleven Maastricht master's courses are among the very best in the Netherlands, is the opinion of the Keuzegids Masters 2018, which took a close look at 43 UM master's. The research master's programme of European Studies with a grade of nine is the very best. At the very bottom are Movement Sciences and Epidemiology. Those curricula have been completely revised as of September 2017.

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About the challenges of a young tutor

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/03/2018

Three actors play a short scene for the audience. We see a female student who is waiting for her friend in a pub. In the meantime, a young man offers her a drink. She declines. ‘Ah, don't be like that,’ he says, and before she knows it, a beer has been put in front of her. She takes it without looking at him. She goes onto the dance floor; he joins her and is becoming more and more pushy. When the friend arrives, she is ‘rescued’ from the young man. Then it's the next morning, the student and her friend...

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Advocating for Procrastination

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/03/2018

An old Army buddy of mine once joked that procrastination is like masturbation, it feels good until you realize you just screwed yourself. Rather than postponing things, just get it done. Action – as he would say – is the best cure for anxiety. But then there are those that believe that if you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute. Waiting until the night of the deadline, panicking about it, and throwing something together right at the end can – at times – yield surprisingly adequate results. In reality though, the former option is not always...

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Myth: It’s easy to change the behaviour of a group

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/03/2018

Making sure employees switch off the lights before they leave the office, convincing all youngsters to only have safe sex, and making people choose the healthiest products. Organisations and governments regularly feel that they should change the behaviour of a group. “They often approach this rather optimistically,” says Phil Brüll, applied social psychologist. “They reason: we’ve set up a nice programme to inform people, they will realise this is better and then do it. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as that.” The key to a good campaign is to know the people whose behaviour you want to change. “In the...

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“I hear there are some communists in the room”

4 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/03/2018

“Why did Napoleon never attack Geneva? Napoleon: ‘Geneva? Why would I attack Geneva? Everybody speaks English there.’”, according to ringmaster Teun Dekker, using these words to present the introductory video that accompanies the evening’s fourth proposition: ‘The city council should offer free Dutch courses to everyone.’ “I agree,” says Alex Meij from the Partij Veilig Maastricht (PVM). According to Kitty Nuyts of the Liberale Partij Maastricht (LPM) this is a task of the university. Nuyts had by far the greatest evening of all debaters present: with her (unauthorised) interruptions during other debates and her endearing Dunglish, she quickly had the...

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How was your weekend? Did you perhaps check out @boekhandel_dominicanen? Its highly recommended and definitely one of the most beautiful bookstores of the world! 🌎📚 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #coffeelovers #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #dominicanenkerk #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #dominicanen #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Today we celebrate our 42nd birthday! This year's topic is: "The Future of a Data-Driven Society". As is tradition, the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, the Student Prizes and the Dissertation Prize will be awarded during the ceremony. Link to more info about the Dies Natalis Celebration in bio. #diesnatalisum #maastrichtuniversity #celebration #university #maastricht #birthday #ai #umdatascience #

Age is often forgotten when we speak about diversity

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/03/2018

A student who is 48, a professor who is eighteen and someone defending his or her thesis at 70 years of age. Intuitively we know what ‘fits’ with what age. So age is much more than the actual years on a calendar, there are numerous cultural connotations attached. “It is not just what you are (four, sixteen, fifty or eighty), but also what you do,” says professor Aagje Swinnen at the beginning of the diversity afternoon on the age-friendly university, last Thursday at the Kumulus theatre.

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Alles is Drama tries its hand at musical theatre with Family Matters

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/03/2018

For their new production Family Matters, student theatre association Alles is Drama embarks on a new adventure: musical theatre. In addition to sketches that they wrote themselves, each player will also perform a song. The overarching theme is family – from the awkwardness of family gatherings to finding a new family far away from home. Director Merijn Krol was clear from the beginning: he prefers musical theatre to a musical – the idea Alles is Drama first approached him for. “A famous musical is already defined; the audience comes to see players perform something they already know. Now we can...

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Ten Maastricht master's programmes in the top ranks

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. Ten Maastricht master's courses are among the very best in the Netherlands, is the opinion of the Keuzegids Masters 2018, which took a close look at 43 UM master's. The research master's programme of European Studies with a grade of nine is the very best. At the very bottom are Movement Sciences and Epidemiology. Those curricula have been completely revised as of September 2017.

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Navigation tools and works of art

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. Throughout the centuries, atlases have been more than just navigation tools. They can also be works of art, tell a story about how the world was depicted at that time, and hint at the opinions of the cartographer. Jonathan Stockhorst, master’s student of Art, Literature and Society, spent the last few months researching the 96 atlases of the University Library, Centre Céramique and the Regional Historical Archive. This resulted in an exhibition at the Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair last weekend, to be followed up by a mini-exhibition in Centre Céramique. “It was a completely new field for me,”...

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“Good parents to me, but horrible to each other”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 12/03/2018

Greek-Italian Rita Platanos (19), a first-year student of International Business, always wanted a tattoo. She took the plunge when she moved out. On her left upper arm she has a traditional-style tattoo of an open hand encircled by a snake. “My parents divorced when I was less than a year old and have had a bad relationship for as long as I can remember. After the divorce my father went back to Greece and I stayed with my mother in Italy. I’d spend a couple of months with one and then some with the other. My father always badmouthed my...

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One city, two worlds

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/03/2018

Outside of the majestic walls of our faculties, there is a world that many of my UM peers are not fully aware of – a Maastricht outside Maastricht University. Some have a faint notion that it is out there. For instance, there is Zuyd, the regional university of applied sciences, and its students - a lot of them, around 13.000. Then again you probably do not know where the next Zuyd building is, what a Zuyd facility is and what is already another school. But as the municipal election might have made you realize – if you even know that...

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“Without the university we would still be a sleepy provincial town”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. Flags along the boulevard and along the Kennedy Bridge to welcome the new students during Inkom or Open Days? Just like with Tefaf. No, there won't be any flags. And the names ‘Maastricht University’ or ‘university city’ on the signs at the city borders? “I think that is a very creative idea, I'll think about that,” says alderman Bert Jongen (D66).

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We can see the headlines now: 'CES crew meet royalty' Here we are looking starstruck with the prince of carnival!

Martin Paul in bed with director of The Student Hotel

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/03/2018

 “It is an honour to wear them,” says president of Maastricht University Martin Paul, pointing to his new red Bed Talk socks. He is a fan of the Red Socks, Boston's baseball team. During the opening of The Student Hotel Maastricht last Friday he jumped into bed with Frank Uffen, one of the directors of The Student Hotel. “Maastricht is the oldest city in the Netherlands, but has the youngest university,” Uffen starts off in room 111. “That creates an interesting tension,” says Paul. People from Maastricht are still trying to get used to students and the university. He says...

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UM researcher had to choose: ERC grant or Vidi grant

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/03/2018

MAASTRICHT. Researcher Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling received two first prizes last year: a Vidi grant from NWO and an ERC grant from Brussels. She did so with similar research proposals. ERC and NWO do not agree with this. An attempt to give the Vidi project a different angle, did not work.

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‘No,’ my father answered, ‘I have a strong daughter’

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/03/2018

Annemarie Penn-te Strake (Helmond, 1953)/ mayor of Maastricht since 1 June 2015/ married to Olaf Penn, four sons (35, 33, 32, 30) from a previous marriage/ lives in Maastricht

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We are missing you guys too! It's making our hearts swell to see all of these nostalgic photos. "A year ago I started my adventure in Maastricht. Missing Maas more than ever." 📸 @audrey.liang

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Intro update! Lunch and ice -breakers at @lumieremaastricht Candid and not-so-candid shots of the CES staff and crew for Spring 2018

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#CEStastic intro talks being given by our coordinators. Is it bringing back fond Maastricht moments alumni?

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Today at @cesmaastricht we're welcoming our Spring 2018 students. Of course this involves some lekker vlaai, coffee and intro presentations. Stay tuned to our Instagram stories for live updates to see what else we have in store...

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Both St. Jans and Servaas church are a pretty sight at the Vrijthof in @thecityofmaastricht. You can even visit the top of the St. Jans church😄 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #interclassics #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #interclassicsmaastricht #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #interclassics2017 #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Recognise this square, faithful followers? ✔ 💯 if you get it right... This one is grammed by our lovely January student @g.portelli

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Our @aimoverseas students explored the Netherlands on the weekend. Did it put on a show or what!? Here's the quintessential shot of @zaanseschans by @sammyb888 - "You can't go to the Netherlands without finding the windmills" • • • • • #netherlands #amsterdam #explore #europe #maastricht #adventure #travel #travelling #travelblogger #travelphotography #femaletraveler #solotravel #study #studyabroad #aimoverseas #cesaround #cestastic

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Luckily we had some nice weather last weekend😅 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #interclassics #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #interclassicsmaastricht #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #interclassics2017 #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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"I can't believe it's almost been a year since I started my 5 month adventure in Maastricht... Shout out to the CES staff for being one of the most caring people I met abroad. Thank you for the package and being my support system while I made amazing memories! Dank je wel!!" #missingmaastrichtmonday

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Have you checked out the new @thehoppybrothers store yet? Although it's already Sunday, you can still continue the party with some of their specialty beers🍺 Open till 17.00 today. #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #interclassics #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #hoppybrothers #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #interclassics2017 #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Finally some sunshine, beautiful day in @thecityofmaastricht☀️#thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #interclassics #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #interclassicsmaastricht #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #interclassics2017 #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

"I was surprised we were still alive"

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/03/2018

Johan Strijckers (48), project leader of programmes and new media at the Maastricht city council, got his first tattoo in 2001. Today, they cover a big part of his chest, back and both his arms. His right forearm, both top and bottom, is filled with the image of a broken hourglass, the Death card of the Tarot deck pierced by a dagger, a pair of wings and the text ‘Time is an illusion’. “In June 2011 I had a serious car accident. I was on an Autobahn in Germany, heading to Switzerland to check out a potential film location for...

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Nice Saturday morning breakfast @coffeelovers_nl. Enjoy your weekend! 🥐☕️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Had a great time @interclassics! You can still visit till this Sunday😄🏎 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #interclassics #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #interclassicsmaastricht #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #interclassics2017 #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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"The ducks here may not try to steal your food like at UOW, but they are much better models." 📸 @sammyb888 and yet we still don't have a sculpture to one like UOW does 🤔 • • • • • #uow #maastricht #university #universityofmaastricht #netherlands #europe #explore #tour #tourism #travel #duck #phonephotography #travel #travelling #travelblogger #travelphotography #adventure #view #winter #water #river #cestastic #aimoverseasphotocomp #aimoverseas #femaletraveler

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Half way...few more days to go till another awesome weekend✌🏼 Pic by @instatonsgram #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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"Maybe I should make my instagram "waffles of Maastricht". Don’t worry 📸 @sammyb888 we've all been there. • • • #maastricht #netherlands #travel #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelgram #travelling #europe #aimoverseas #cestastic #waffle #church #explore #adventure #studyabroad #university #universityofmaastricht #uow #femaletraveller #solotraveler #food #foodphotography #foodie

“I’d rather have been called Chief Happiness Officer”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 05/03/2018

She studied at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), completed her PhD there too, was a lecturer there and now, at 33, she has become Diversity Officer at Maastricht University. But Constance Sommerey would have preferred a different title. Something with happiness in it.

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Having a laugh

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 01/03/2018

I´ve been teaching since 1980. More than 35 years later, I completed my BKO (basic teaching qualification). That included preparing a personal SWOT analysis – identifying my strengths and weaknesses (in relation to teaching – it´s not a general exercise in personal reflection), and external opportunities and threats affecting my future as a teacher. To make life easier for myself, I decided to double-up, and included ´humour´ as both a strength and weakness. I like to think I can use humour effectively when teaching, to minimise the risk of boredom (for me and the students), and to break any tension...

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Lunch recommendation from the @cesmaastricht crew. @sap.bagel.juice is conveniently located near the train station for all of you who are hungry for a bagel! But it's not only the food that looks spectacular, their interior design is one point too! 📸 @fanny.gj

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Comment if you've found yourself in a similar situation in the Netherlands... "Being totally aware of our surroundings and certainly not forgetting that bikes have right of way 😬 ⛔ 🚴‍♂️🚴🏼‍♀️ Awesome shot @g.portelli

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Perfect night for some amazing tapas @labarracamaastricht🍴😁 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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This morning we welcomed the students from #aimoverseas for our programmes in Positive Psychology, International Environmental Law and International Relations and Politics in the EU

Heart for language

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/02/2018

In 1992, we moved to Spain. To Madrid, to be precise. I had taken a two-week crash course in Spanish at the Language Centre and felt reasonably equipped for a talk with the Spanish landlord and the grocer. They would appreciate my well-intended efforts in Spanish, help me when I stumbled or was lost for words. With hands (and even feet) we would make ourselves understood.  That worked out differently. Nobody, seriously nobody, spoke anything but Spanish or – especially in the suburb where we lived – ever came into contact with foreign language speakers. Before I went out to...

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New SBE dean: “I won't be a bull in a china shop”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/02/2018

MAASTRICHT. The 54-year-old Danish economist Peter Møllgaard is to become the new dean of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) on 1 April. For the past three years Møllgaard has been ‘research dean’ at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

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Open as of today: Underground bike parking in @thecityofmaastricht👌🏼😄 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Happy New Year all! My NY eve was pretty awesome, good company, delicious food/drinks and many fireworks! How was yours? Great year coming up, thanks for the support and stay tuned!🍾🥂 Picture by @christianjanssen #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It's time to eat oliebollen! Who's tasted this typical Dutch treat for New Year's Eve? Have a great night everyone and, of course, an amazing New Year! 🥂🎉

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Tonight is the big night, where are you going to? Many possibilities within @thecityofmaastricht, hope you will have a good one! 🍾🎇 Pic by @morgadophotography1987 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

SBE needs to find data scientists

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/02/2018

Professor Jos Lemmink thinks that the School of Business and Economics should appoint fifteen data scientists in the next two years. It is high time to make way for smart technology in the curriculum. He will give a presentation to the Faculty Board next week.

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A lounge for SBE lecturers

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/02/2018

The students have had one for quite some time. Then the lecturers from the School of Business and Economics thought: we want one too! Sometimes life is just that simple. By now the lecturers’ lounge - on the ground floor, near the restaurant - is a fact. Elegant sofas, stylish gold-coloured lamps and an enormous TV screen. Anyone who teaches, can have lunch here, drink coffee, have a meeting, (or watch the Olympic ice-skating, as was the case last week). Students are often only at the faculty two hours a day, whereas lecturers spend whole days there. So why shouldn't...

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Genetic editing: The principles of evolution, redefined

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 28/02/2018

The principle of evolution is a theory that justifies the diversity seen in this world, from unicellular organisms to plants, animals, and even humans. Evolution explains questions like how come apes are our closest relatives? Why do giraffes have long necks? It is true that living things change over time and that is due to several factors including environmental challenges and underlying genetic mechanisms. Charles Darwin was famous for his theory of evolution based on natural selection. This theory postulates that unfavourable traits and diseases caused by unfavourable mutations are not passed on to the subsequent generations, a process that...

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Only a few days left to visit Magisch Maastricht. We're going to miss this #cestastic view! 📸 @magischmaastrichtophetvrijthof

The modern hunt

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 27/02/2018

As I had a few days off for carnival, I decided to take a trip to the Amazon Forest, which is only four hours by bus from the city of Quito. I arrived at the city of Tena, which is right at the border with the Amazon forest. On the second day there, together with a friend, we decided to take one of the boats that ride you further down the forest, to visit a local community. We could not have picked a worse date. As it was Carnival, the river was full of canoes, and the village crowded with...

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“Getting high marks isn’t everything in life”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 26/02/2018

Erik Kikas, second-year student of Psychology and Neuroscience from Estonia, is just 21, but he already has an impressive collection of tattoos. The second one he had done runs from his shoulder halfway down his right arm: an owl with a clock and the words ‘Enjoy every moment’. “When I was thirteen and fourteen I was so stressed about school that my mother took me to see a psychologist. I was always one of the best pupils in my class, but I set the bar so high that I’d get panic attacks if I got a bad mark. There was...

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FHS faculty to split, the question is how

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/02/2018

MAASTRICHT. One thing is clear: The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) is going to be split up. The science side will form a new Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), the sections that cannot be included, will go their own way.

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Cold, rainy days such as these require hot cups of tea. @teazonemaastricht serves their delicious tea in these colourful teapots. 😍 You know where to find us! 😉 📸 @teazonemaastricht

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Yay, it's Thursday! That means it's time for a game of #cesaround! Where did @austinallaire take this gorgeous 📸? ✔💯 for the correct city or country!

Choose your f*cks wisely

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/02/2018

Recently, I read a book: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson. I strongly recommend it. Manson openly admits that there is no such thing as not giving a f*ck in life. However, in order to truly not give a f*ck about something, we need to give extreme f*ck for something else. And those “f*ck-worthy” things are those that are coherent with our values. In other words, to value something, we have to give a f*ck about it. But to value X, we have to decline things that are not X. For example, choosing to become...

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UM Sports cafe reopens at the beginning of March

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/02/2018

MAASTRICHT. At the beginning of March, the sport's cafe in the UM Sports complex will reopen its doors. Rivazza, which is the new name, will be the first tramezzini shop (small Italian rolls) in Maastricht. For the time being, it will be open every day from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.

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Customers hunting for a bargain are less friendly

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 21/02/2018

Customers are more likely to behave unseemly towards employees of low-budget companies than towards employees of reputable companies. This discovery was made by Alexander Henkel, researcher at the BISS institute in Heerlen.

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“My mom and I always fight, but when she’s not here, I miss her terribly.”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 19/02/2018

On the upper left arm of Elif Erkul (20), third-year Economics and Business Economics student from Turkey, is an image of a crescent moon with a pair of arrows pointing to two sets of coordinates: those of Maastricht and of Ankara. “When my mother and I are around one another, we always fight. But when she’s not here, I miss her terribly. We have the same personality – very stubborn. That’s why we clash so often. We’ll argue out of nowhere; always have done. As a kid I used to eat very slowly. She wanted me to eat faster, and...

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The dying language of the ancestors

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 09/02/2018

When a Spanish person wakes up with a hangover, he has la Resaca. But not Ecuadorians, they are Chuchaqui. This is only an example of the many words that make Ecuadorian slang so unique, differentiating it from the Spanish spoken in other Latin American countries. Ecuadorian Spanish is influenced by Quechua, a very old language, which used to be spoken by the natives before the arrival of the Spaniards. I find this mix quite chevere (cool). One of the many volcanoes surrounding the city of Quito is the Pichincha, of which the tallest peak is called Rucu (old person) Pichincha...

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We hope everyone's had a lovely Christmas surrounded by friends & family! Unfortunately we didn't get any snow here... Luckily we still have this beautiful shot from a few weeks ago to admire. 😍🌲❄ 📸@magischmaastrichtophetvrijthof

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Happy holidays everybody, few days left to enjoy magical moments in Maastricht ❄️🎅🏼 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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To the students who are flying home today: safe travels and we hope you'll come back to our beautiful city someday! ✈🌎 📸 @jillproppson

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On behalf of the entire CES team (a lot of whom are not pictured here because they are enjoying well-deserved vacations 😊): Merry Christmas!! 🎅🌲

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We would like to wish all of our students and staff a very happy and relaxing winter break! See you in 2018! (📷: @valentincalomme)

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Who's in for another game of #cesaround?! We've selected an easy one this time. 😉 Which city is pictured here? ✔💯 for the correct city or country! 📸 @pagecaught

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“Data science is…wondering whether you would trust a robot to take care of grandpa.” Every week a #quote for symposium ‘The Future of a Data-Driven Society’ 25 January 2018! More info on our homepage maastrichtuniversity.nl. #datascience #bigdata #health #MaastrichtUniversity #datadriven #Maastricht #instaquote

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We are in love with this beautiful pic from @mitchel_spann! Doesn't Maastricht look absolutely beautiful? 😍

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Anyone else craving some sunny winter days? Strolling around on #sintpietersberg on a cold but sunny day would be #cestastic right now! 📸 @naominijssen

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This week's #missingmaastrichtmonday is an example of true love ❤: "Missing Maastricht even on her worst rainy days. ☔️💕" 📸 @mary.takes.pics

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Just like that, my time in Europe is up (for now). I am spending my last night in Amsterdam checking out the Amsterdam Light Show! Today has been incredibly bittersweet. Thanks for following me during my last week abroad, and happy holidays to all! -Erin || Sunset captured by @sorinlauren

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My last sunset in Maastricht. This place has brought so much personal growth, laughter, and adventure into my life. I am so sad to leave, but I know that I will return in the future. Maastricht is truly magical. -Erin

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#tbt to one of my favorite trips of study abroad! Some friends and I traveled to a tiny, picturesque, Belgian town called Dinant. Dinant is a three-hour train ride from Maastricht, and well worth a day trip. It was one of the last sunny and warm days of the semester! Nothing remarkable happened on this day. We sat on a dock on the Meuse river and talked about life while drinking Belgian beer. Looking back, these are the moments I value the most. -Erin

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Sometimes you just gotta look at something from a different perspective 👌🏼😁 Awesome shot @mitchel_spann, thanks! #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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It's never too late to try new things right? As I wrap up my assignments, I am still exploring the city. One of my favorite things about Maastricht is the variety of cafés in the city. My favorite study spots this semester were Alley Cat and Koffie. Today I spent a couple of hours in Teazone working on a paper, and it was so lovely! I'm so glad that I got to check this place off of my list before leaving- only a little sad that I didn't do it sooner. -Erin

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Another instalment of a very CESsy winter wonderland from the CES staff @npolspilet

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Its cold outside, better visit some shops or bars☃️❄️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

OPINION: Fashion feminism

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/02/2018

“The future is female” and “Girls run the world” are current statements printed on shirts which are striking my eyes while walking through an H&M store. Songs are shouting that girls are fighters and Hollywood embodies the principle of feminism at its best at the moment: Stars and artists are setting a symbol with the #metoo and #timeisup movements. It is true, it has never been more sexy to fight sexism.

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Brothers on the karate mat

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 09/01/2018

Greed. Brian: “I’m not affected by it. I don’t care much about clothes or other things. If my phone’s worn out, I’ll buy a new one, but it doesn’t have to be the latest iPhone. I’m mainly focused on the sport. My karate things have to be in good order. Often you have to replace protective gear like shin guards and mouth guard after a year. A karate suit lasts a little longer. But there’s a clear difference in quality, you can tell by the fabric. I want the best.” Rob: “It has to be good and comfortable. Do we ever...

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Leçons 15- Il n´est jamais trop tard pour apprendre

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 18/12/2017

Grenoble- you have been good. But now it is time to leave behind the breathtaking Alpine scenery and return to my beloved, flat Maastricht which I have learned to appreciate in manners, I did not image I ever would. Four months, to the day, I have lived in Grenoble- a beautiful city in the heart of the Alps. Over the past 16 weeks, I have been able to discover a new country, visits various cities, improve my French (less than I anticipated because I spoke in English with all my international friends) and eat and drink myself through various local...

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Beethoven

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 14/12/2017

Sitting in the train, I listen calmly to the first tones of Beethoven’s 5th symphony: da-da-da-dum! Calm is not quite the right word though. It’s loud and very dramatic. As it should be. This symphony has helped me through the roughest times. I can get lost in the power of the first part, the softness of the second movement, the hope of the third and the triumph of the finale. Listening to the first tones, I’m already lost in the music. The first movement ends strongly, and I feel that I, too, am regaining my power after this long and...

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UM sixth on national ranking of female professors

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. A year ago, 19.3 per cent of all professors in the Netherlands was female. A rise of 1.2 per cent compared to 2015, according to the Female Professors Monitor that was presented last Tuesday. Conclusion: if developments continue at this pace, a balanced division between male and female professors will not be reached until 2051.

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Doubts about professor Frans Leeuw's scientific integrity

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. Professor Frans Leeuw's position at Maastricht University could probably come under pressure after reports that he is guilty of violating scientific integrity. This was in his position at the Ministry of Justice. Neither law faculty dean Smits, nor rector Letschert intend to undertake any steps at the moment: they are waiting for the outcome of an investigation by the ministry.

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‘German Run’ under control

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. The ‘German Run’ at the university library is under control. Where, in the past, people were squashed or trampled on, students are now given access in a controlled manner during the exam period. 

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EU agencies in the future Europe

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. Visitors to the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, should know exactly where they need to be, says director James Calleja, because taxi drivers won't be able to find it. This unfamiliarity of European agencies - independent institutes that do research, advise the European Union (EU), and monitor the implementation of European policies – with the citizen is regarded as one of the greatest challenges that they experience. Last Thursday, a few agency directors, representatives and members of the public discussed the development and future of European agencies during ‘Europe...

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. Early on Thursday morning, two vans park in front of the administration building on the Minderbroedersberg. Brimming with (fake) pinewood branches, baubles and rope lights. First, a large frame comes out: green metal rings that form the basis of what will turn out to be an eight-metre-high Christmas tree in the hall. With a crew of five men and one woman, the team from 'Donkergroen Interieurbeplanting' dress the rings with branches and hang up baubles, Christmas bells and other ornaments. The job is completed in a couple of hour. Other locations in the city centre follow, the trees in...

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“I’m modest and quiet; I’m definitely no braggart”

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 12/12/2017

Greed. I have a shoe tic: I have twelve pairs of running shoes, three pairs of cycling shoes and another ten or so pairs of ‘normal’ shoes. Obviously you can only wear one pair at a time, but I change them depending on the type of training I’m doing: I have shoes for endurance running, shoes for speed training, race shoes. They’re not hugely conspicuous, and they don’t need to be. I’m modest and quiet; I’m definitely no braggart. If I put myself in the spotlight it’s a conscious choice. When it comes to racing I’m less modest; then I...

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Leçon 14- repousser vos limites

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 11/12/2017

A concept that is quite unfamiliar to me (and I assume to most other students in Maastricht) is that you receive study credits for participating in a university sports class. While I knew from the onset of my exchange that Maastricht University would not recognize the credits, I nevertheless wanted to make use of this unique offer. Grenoble is situated  at the heart of three mountain ranges of the French Alps, Belledonne, Vercors et Chatreuese. Due to its geographical versatility, it is well known for its countless opportunities to engage in outdoor activities. To profit the most from the beautiful...

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My indecisive decision

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/12/2017

"Sometimes changes in the lives of others can truly be made behind closed doors, in a lab, on a bench with just a pipet in hand and a revolutionary idea in head." The first decisions one takes when aiming for medical school, begin well before you get a white coat and stethoscope around the neck. For me, my passion developed during high school where biological sciences was my favorite subject, and working in a surgical room began to formulate itself as a dream come true. But that passion was also fed by my family's urging towards a career in medicine,...

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Creating a Culture of Service

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 07/12/2017

Whenever I draft recommendation letters and offer career advice to students asking for them, I am confronted by a sense of unease. This feeling emerges from the fact that as students prepare for the next stage of their lives (and the uncertainty that comes with it), too many of them fall into the trap of assessing their employability and self-worth by overemphasizing one factor above others: their grades. There is more to life than grades and employers that are worthwhile know this too.  They are increasingly seeking out candidates that have good character and competences like leadership, practical wisdom, civic...

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Good morning everybody, want to enjoy some real Limburgian vlaai? Check out the @debisschopsmolen, it's delicious😄 🍰Enjoy your weekend! Pic by @pinkladyphoenix #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #liege #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #köln #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Meet the newest addition to the CES team! @naominijssen is going to help us out during Nicole & Fabienne's maternity leave. Cheers to a #CEStastic time!

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Santa Claus is coming to town🎅🏼 Pic by @charlottedegreef #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Time for a game of ... Yes, you guessed it - #cesaround Where did our students travel to get their first taste of Christmas in Europe? ✔💯 for the correct city or country! 📷 @allisongayer

Top lawyer to chair UM Supervisory Board

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. With the arrival of Amsterdam lawyer Annelies van der Pauw (57) as the new chairperson of the Supervisory Board, another powerful woman has been appointed to the top of the Maastricht university board. 

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Celebrating Sinterklaas! Did Sint bring you a #cestastic chocolate letter? Or was it just us 😍🍫?

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How was your weekend? Checked out Magisch Maastricht?🎅🏼🎡🎁 Pic by @falco_teitsma #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #magischmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Maastricht on Christmas needs no filters 🎄💡🎊 Beautiful view of OLV at night! 🕯🌃 Keep exploring #maastrichtcity with us. Don't forget to share your favourite 📷 using the hashtag #mymaastricht and #discovermaastricht. We are here to help you make #maastricht yours!

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The first snow has arrived in Maastricht! Check out the iconic @kruisherenhotel in its winter coat. 📷 @kruisherenhotel

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A heartfelt final Dutch post from @alexandragpratt - "And just like that my time in Maastricht & the Netherlands has come to an end. I never thought that I would love this city and this country as much as I do but over the past 3 months this place has become my home. Even though I am headed back to Texas, this city, the people there & the memories made will always be in my heart." 🇳🇱

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Yesterday UMSPORTS turned pink during the recordings of Dutch TV show College Tour with special guest Tom Dumoulin. Watch this Friday on NTR. #dumoulin #giroditalia #pink #maastrichtuniversity #umsports #maastricht #sports #winner #interview

“I would never say I’m from Spain. I’m from Catalonia”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/12/2017

After the controversial referendum, the declaration of independence, the harsh reaction from the Spanish government, and the ‘flight’ of dismissed Catalan president Puigdemont to Belgium, the Catalans will return to the polling stations on 21 December to elect new regional representatives. How are Catalan students and staff at the UM viewing all this? Are they going to vote? Are they in favour of or against independence? Observant spoke with them.

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Eat a sandwich and donate to charity

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/12/2017

MAASTRICHT. Mozzarella, salami and pesto – this is what’s on the special Maastricht Science Programme sandwich (notice the similar abbreviation) for sale at Bread&More, a sandwich shop close to the MSP building at the Kapoenstraat. Customers pay the normal price of 4 euros for the sandwich; the MSP charity committee has arranged that for every one sold the shop will donate thirty cents to Shangilia Deutschland. This foundation supports a school focusing on the performing arts in Kenya. “Every semester we and the UCM charity committee, which we work closely with, choose a new charity”, says Caroline Stadler, who was...

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Beautiful autumn garden 🌲🍁🌼🦆Keep exploring #maastrichtcity with us. Don't forget to share your favourite 📷 using the hashtag #mymaastricht and #discovermaastricht. We are here to help you make #maastricht yours!

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#missingmaastrichtmonday brought to you by @shwetats "Corporate coffee ain't my cup of tea". What can we say, our students always miss @alleycatbc

OPINION: Internationalization: a matter of content rather than numbers

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/12/2017

Being an international university is not only about the number of foreign students. Research and education at UM need to be steeped in all things international as well. It is time for a viable internationalization strategy, writes Lies Wesseling, Director of the Centre for Gender and Diversity.

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Giving our students a home away from home on Thanksgiving. "An attitude of gratitude for my first Thanksgiving away from home 🦃These wonderful people make the whole semester worth it!! ❤️" 📷 @maggiekrebs To see us on the local news check out RTV Maastricht!

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Comment if you've taken a photo at this exact location! "When Maastricht meets Europe" - 📷 @vestige__

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Our last group shot with the @bearsabroad 😢😭 They flew out this morning at 3am. Miss you already and enjoy Thanksgiving back in Texas! @bayloruniversity

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Bus to the weekend? 🚌 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Missing October already? We are! "Happy 207th wedding anniversary to Ludwig & Therese! To everyone else, happy Oktoberfest!" 📷 @delusionallifestyle

“During the Limburg derby we fight tooth and nail”

4 min read ● By: Observant ● 05/12/2017

  Greed. I’m not greedy; I don’t need to have the best of the best. The only thing I can think of is my shoe addiction. I always want to wear sneakers in my free time. For a long time it was Adidas, but now I mainly buy Asics. As a keeper I wear normal handball shoes. You can buy special keeper’s shoes, but they’re not always that comfortable. Because of all the sideways movement, normal shoes tend to wear out quickly. Some people go through six pairs a year; for me it’s two. I always tape my heel in so...

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Leçon 13 - vive le vin

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 04/12/2017

When I told my friends that I joined Club Oeno - a wine association at Sciences Po Grenoble, I was accused of participating only for good-quality wine. Little did they know that, in reality, I joined for the cheese and the olives that are served with it. Club Oeno is a student association run by students for students. Members, as well as non-members, are invited to join a monthly wine tasting and expand their horizons of French wine while spending a lovely evening together. The first dégustation du vin of the academic year took place in a cozy, recently opened...

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Almost time for the most magical weeks of the year in @thecityofmaastricht⭐️ Pic by @stefaniavarvello #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Fridaaaaay, have a good start of the weekend! ✌🏼😁 Pic by @teddeei #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Enjoy travelling this weekend or enjoy the beautiful spots in our own lovely city! @meet_maastricht

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Did you check out the Vrijthof on Saturday? It was filled to the brim with colour and costumes because Caraval officially kicked off on 11-11. For all of our spring students don't worry - the biggest celebration for Carnaval happens in February! 🎉 📸 creds to @lepartdeux who took this awesome image to sum up the day.

Turn on your bicycle light!

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 30/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. No lighting on your bike? Very dangerous, say Maastricht Bereikbaar and Regionaal Orgaan Verkeersveiligheid Limburg (ROVL). Today, Thursday the 30th of November, they start the bicycle lighting campaign ‘Light it up!’.

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A little instability

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 30/11/2017

Mutti (Mommy in English) is a common nickname we Germans use for our chancellor. It incorporates this warm, soft feeling of security and that everything will be fine since Mutti knows what she is doing. You might not really understand her reasoning, but you know that she knows what she is doing. Why do we need a Mutti? Well, uncertainty is one of the buzzwords of our times. Globalization and new technologies, climate change and orange presidents all contribute to this constant feeling of nothing being too reliable. Hence, a strong leader heading decisively forward, seems like an all too...

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Record number of visitors at open day

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 29/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. The bachelor’s open day last Saturday saw more visitors than ever, with at least 3,600 school students – a new record – finding their way to Maastricht University. That figure was around 3,100 in November 2015 and 2016. Between them the visitors managed to drink some 1,540 litres of coffee and 345 litres of tea.

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What do mums and dads do at an Open Day?

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 29/11/2017

Last Saturday, the Maastricht faculties opened their doors to school students – and their mums and dads. There were special information sessions and parent cafes, and tips and tricks from a real parent information officer. Observant did the rounds and asked parents whether they were meddling or merely involved.  

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Erasmus Prize winner on diversity: “Universities should dare to make a statement”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 29/11/2017

“It's time for more flexibility in PhD and career tracks, taking into account that people have or want to start a family.” Only then can you achieve diversity at the university. This statement comes from Harvard professor Michèle Lamont, who carries out research into diversity in areas such as science. The King presented the Erasmus Prize to her this week.

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Rainy today, but some Reitz fries help to cheer up the day 🍟 Pic by @kerrisfrenchfries #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Not bad, not bad.. 😎🚗 Pic by @photographsivo #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Beautiful view of the #Mass 🦆Keep exploring #maastrichtcity with us. Don't forget to share your favourite 📷 using the hashtag #mymaastricht and #discovermaastricht. We are here to help you make #maastricht yours!

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"Wishing I could spend the day cycling around The Netherlands." - @kumimarybeth #MissingMaastrichtMonday

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Good morning Maastricht, enjoy your sunny Monday! 😄 Pic by @wirtz.bill #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

Thanksgiving in Maastricht

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 29/11/2017

Big turkeys, yams, pumpkin pies and pecan pies – all the traditional staples of a Thanksgiving dinner were present at the Tapijnkazerne last Thursday. Over a hundred American students gathered to spend this family holiday together. It was the first time that the Centre for European Studies organized a Thanksgiving get-together on such a large scale, last year’s dinner was a much smaller event. Originally, at Thanksgiving people gave thanks for a good autumn harvest, although nowadays they also include the foundation of the nation and personal things to be grateful for.

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“Nothing but football in your head is not good”

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 29/11/2017

Greed. During a match, you can show that you’re up to the task: coaching my defenders, giving them faith that they can play the ball back, stopping attackers. So I want to play as much as possible. When it comes to my outfit, I prefer not to have black boots. That used to be the norm, but brightly coloured shoes are much more noticeable. They make you stand out. I always wear a thermal top under my shirt, otherwise you rip your arms open on synthetic turf.   Gluttony. I eat two pieces of fruit and two to three hundred...

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Enjoy your Saturday night in @thecityofmaastricht✌🏼 Pic by @fl0rent_b #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Hey there mr. Blue Sky! ☀️🍺 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Good afternoon Maastricht, almost weekend 😄 Pic by @paqju #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Leçon 12: Car l'amour est partout

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 27/11/2017

One easily earns the impression that we live in a time of hostility, hate and indifference. In the news, we learn about yet another attack here, a violent crime there and overall acts of vulgarity. People are portrayed as egoistic utility maximizers that are indifferent to their surroundings and interpersonal encounters. But that is not true. Because if you are attentive, you will see that love actually is all around us (and not just in the four weeks running up to Christmas). Since August, I have been to four airports, nine train station and six bus depots. I am neither...

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Maastricht’s not-so-dead Poets Society

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 23/11/2017

As the meek face of morning Peered, winking generously Over the woken earth Came a lonely boat, Slaving to the tide Soothing solemnly by As a sailing thought  Slowly making its way  Across the pallid waters  Of my liquid mind. (Alfie Marsden-Smedley)

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Really nice atmosphere in the city yesterday 🛍 Pic by @rick_schild_rotterdam #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Another Halloween post? Nope, just some past students of ours embracing the Dutch culture 😉. 📷➡@shyellin #cestastic #cesaround #maastricht #mytraveldiary

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Studying abroad is not as scary as you think.... Happy Halloween from the CES crew!

“I eat around 4500 calories a day”

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 23/11/2017

  Greed. I’m not materialistic. I only need the essentials; a belt, knee sleeves, wrist wraps, weightlifting shoes for squats, and a singlet for competitions. In powerlifting there are two big brands; SBD and Titan, but with shoes I want Nike. They provide the most stability. I am greedy when it comes to making progress, though: I always want to do better than the previous time.   Gluttony. I eat around 4500 calories a day, spread over five to seven meals. Before I go to the gym I always want to have had at least two meals, otherwise I don’t...

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Can´t believe we´re still protesting this sh**

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 23/11/2017

The fact that sexual harassment and assault are features of many workplaces hit the headlines again recently. The reports were greeted with surprise, ´how did we not know?´ But it was in the news not so long ago, during the US presidential campaign when the winning candidate boasted about assaulting women and getting away with it. Maybe this time, there will be permanent change, but I fear we´ll be shocked the next time there is a high-profile incident. Older feminists will again think, ´can´t believe we´re still protesting this sh**´. I have the dubious distinction of being one of the...

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Nice day to check out the city. On this picture you can see the Sint Servaas church which is located at the Vrijthof☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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The Bassin, beautiful Harbour in the Centre of maastricht🚤 Pic by @pantopinik #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Students take to the Feesfebrik or stay at home

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. With the closure of Club Alla, Maastricht has lost a popular place of entertainment. The night pub was liked especially by students because of the very long opening hours. They now largely take to the Feesfebrik or stay at home. Observant carried out a small random check.

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“I still believe there’s room to get it right, a culture of law instead of revenge”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/11/2017

After studying law in England, Anuol Deng decided to return to his native soil in South Sudan. He was determined that, as a lawyer, he could make a contribution in his war-ravaged country. The Dutch sisters Femke and Ilse van Velzen trailed him for months, filming a documentary called A Haunting History. This Thursday afternoon, Deng will deliver the Theo van Boven lecture at the law faculty. The film will also be screened.

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Psychology students and board clash about switching tutorial groups

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. Psychology students do not agree with the measure taken by the Faculty Board to prohibit students from joining a different tutorial group. The student fraction brought the issue up during the latest faculty council meeting.

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PhD jams on the Minderbroedersberg

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 22/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. It is an impressive list; not as many as two years ago, says beadle Len Cuppens, but still, 61 researchers will defend their theses in December. “Sometimes, that is literally running from one hall to another, because we only have one official rod. One minute there is the ‘hora est’ in one hall, the next minute you enter another hall with the same rod. It's about time we bought a second one. After all, we do have several chains.”

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Leçon 11: La France- une nation en grève

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 20/11/2017

I always thought that Germans liked to go on strike, but being in France has proven me otherwise. Since my arrival in August, I have been victim to the French right to go on strike five times. I kicked my heels when waiting for the bus stop to go to class or did not know how to get home after dinner with friends because the trams simply stopped working after 8pm. For the longest time, I supposed that it is only a stereotype that France is “une nation en grève”, just like that Germans have no sense of humor and...

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Thanks so much for coming on Monday night! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Shout out to @moontapes and Bawrence of Aralia. Next up: http://bit.ly/2yHXfg5

“Sacrifice one submarine to move forward in regenerative medicine”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 16/11/2017

“He is not only an idol, he is my hero!”, were Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk’s words leaving the curious audience tempted to learn about the identity of this mystery man. His talk was one of the many that were given during TEDx Maastricht’s 5th anniversary, which took place this year at the MECC forum. This year’s theme ‘The process of inception’ was entertained by various speakers taking the stage, attempting to awe, inspire and motivate the public.

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Need a break from studying? Already done with your exams and in need of a well-deserved beer? Then come to TRENCH tonight with @moontapes and Bawrence of Aralia!

Debate: Speed up diversity policy, please

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 16/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. Take the board of governors of Duke University, a top American university. It now includes women, but they are a minority. The point is that the conference table is too small, so a second row has been created, against the wall. That is where the women usually sit.

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Drugs and Ph.D.

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 16/11/2017

So I went to this talk of Marc Lewis, a now retired psychology professor. It was about why addiction is not a “brain disease”, even though many “healing-oriented” parties passionately claim it is. Their agenda is obvious: the “disease” part is crucial in the selling-a-cure schem. Lewis made some good points in his talk, referred to scientific evidence to back up these points, and provided reasonable arguments for his position. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, sex, chocolate, shopping even, overdoing any of these will stimulate the same zones in our brain. Like your lover, drugs can make you feel genuinely high...

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Myth: Investing in shares is a matter of buying cheaply and selling expensively

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 16/11/2017

At parties, people often ask professor Jean-Jacques Herings for investment advice. One tip that Herings will not give them is: you have to buy cheaply and sell expensively. In theory, this is the best strategy, but in practice it is impossible to execute, he says. “It is an illusion to think that you can predict share prices. It is worthless advice, comparable to the recommendation to throw a six when playing a game of ludo.”  “Experiments have proven that professional investors are no better at making predictions than a monkey throwing darts randomly at ‘rise’ or ‘drop’.” Still, there are...

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“I’ve had to learn to stand up for myself”

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/11/2017

Greed. I need my equipment to be in good order. I always want a new grip and the strings on my racket done before a match or a tournament. My shoes are always Nike, and I like having a Nike top, shorts and socks on as well. Outside the sport I’m not greedy at all; only when it comes to sneakers. People sometimes ask me if I have the whole Nike collection.   Gluttony. I don’t follow any special diet, but I do think about what I eat, especially during tournaments. I eat a lot of pasta before my matches,...

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“Try and take the stairs this week”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/11/2017

Of course, you should exercise regularly, but actually getting down to doing so, is another story. Within the framework of Active Campus Europe – a two-year collaboration project of sixteen European universities to stimulate sports among students and employees – UM Sports will motivate ‘inactive’ students until the beginning of December to start exercising. Halfway through the eight-week ‘Move more, feel better’ project, Observant went to take a look at the participants.

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The weather gets colder, but the colors get warmer🍁🍂 Pic by @mc_ruelas #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Happy Saturday everybody👌🏼 Pic by @heidihallq #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Sun or rain, just go for it! Decided to go for a quick run this morning. The streets were still peaceful and quiet, so my pace was pretty high🌧💪🏼🏃 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

Keuzegids 2018: University Colleges UM extraordinarily good

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. The real Maastricht toppers in the Keuzegids 2018 are the broad bachelor's programmes University College Maastricht, University College Venlo, and the Maastricht Science Programme. They may call themselves 2018 Top Programmes. There was also a lot of praise for the quality of the English used by the Maastricht lecturers. They received a 7.4 and score better than their colleagues in the rest of the country.

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Remember this Feel good moment at last month’s TRENCH with @ryanmcmullanmusic @lottewalda and @travis_isatourist? Next up: Monday’s TRENCH with @moontapes and Bawrence of Aralia!

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Almost weekend 😁👍🏼 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #mvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #roermond #igerslimburg #1limburg #düsseldorf

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Chill sessions at the riverside ☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

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Throwback to last weekend 😱☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

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Nighty night 📷 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #citymagazinemaastricht #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

Borrowing is the new buying

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 15/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. “See, this is a perfect example.” Elisa Etrary, second-year student of European Studies, picks up a crème brûlée burner. “Unless you make crème brûlée every Sunday, you’ll only need it once or twice a year.” So why spend money on it? This is the idea behind the Library of Things: reduce consumerism by lending you the things you only need every now and then.

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"Missing this beautiful city and these beautiful people on this" #missingmaastrichtmonday 📸➡️ @erinmaewalsh

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Let's keep it this way😎☀️ #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #liefdevoorlimburg #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

Leçon 10- Sometimes, you need to take a break from France

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 13/11/2017

Unlike most of my Erasmus friends, who spent our week off from university in the South of France or Paris, I decided to go north to visit my boyfriend who is currently doing his Erasmus in Helsinki. After all, love takes you places, right? As I have never been further north than Groningen or the North Sea Islands, I was very much looking forward to my week in Finland. And it surely was an experience of a kind in which I was able to gain a first (short) insight into the Finnish way of life.   To stop a bus...

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The biased shift: from bench to bedside

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 10/11/2017

The day I applied for my Research Master at Maastricht University, my hope was to get accepted into the Fundamental Neuroscience track. But what is Fundamental Neurosciences, and why was that the track of my choice amongst the other equally interesting tracks? By definition, fundamental or basic neuroscience is research looking into the underlying mechanisms governing psychological processes like memory, psychiatric diseases like depression and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, my fascination with miniaturism or the surprising power of small, encouraged me to pursue this specialisation. I was intrigued, I wanted to dig deep and discover answers, lots...

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Rolling Stones chillings 😎✌🏼 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #liefdevoorlimburg #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #gelredome #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #rollingstones #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

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Good night, sunny Sunday coming up in 3..2..1.. ✌🏼😄 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #liefdevoorlimburg #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

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Powerless

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 09/11/2017

“Please take a seat!” This is how we start the family meeting, my very first one with a doomsday scenario. We need to discuss the treatment options, although we do not foresee recovery; the patient’s health is worsening. The family wants answers that we cannot provide. They are desperate and shattered. Their father came in with a pain in the hip and ended up in the Intensive Care due to a stroke. The father is getting really sick and we cannot do anything to help him.  He is accumulating fluid in his lungs, we cannot prescribe diuretics (popularly: water pills)...

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Myth: Fascism ended in 1945 with the defeat of the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis in World War II

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/11/2017

This weekend, thousands of neo-fascists demonstrated in Rome to “take back the streets from the intruders”. Right hands were raised and slogans like “Italy for Italians; stop immigration, stop illegals, throw out all intruders” were shouted. Still, many people think that the fascist ideology ceased to exist after World War II, says historian Pablo del Hierro. “It was the end of fascist regimes, but the ideology lived on and evolved. It’s not immutable, it adapts to the new context.” Contrary to another popular belief, there wasn’t even a brief period in which fascism didn’t exist. “The late 1940s/early 1950s wasn’t...

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UM researcher secures both a Vidi and an EU grant

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. It has never happened before in Maastricht: a researcher who manages to obtain a Vidi grant from NWO and at the same time an ERC grant from Brussels, and that with a similar research proposal. It happened to Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling, researcher at Radiology and Human Biology. The question now is: will NWO withdraw the Vidi grant?

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Best views of the city at Fort Sint Pieter. Enjoy the weekend 🌞 @vandenboogert

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Beautiful evening today. Some sunny days ahead 😎🌅 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg #1limburg

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Tomorrow may be Friday the 13th, but today we definitely lucked out with the weather! #Maastricht #photo by @valentincalomme

"In my country everyone wants to be right; here we agree to disagree"

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/11/2017

More than fifteen nationalities in a single study programme? For a number of Maastricht master’s programmes, such as Media Culture, Public Policy & Human Development and International & European Tax Law, this has become the norm. Observant looks inside one of the ‘international classrooms’ that do justice to the name: the two-year master’s in Forensic Psychology.

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Trapped in a mind set

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. The idea was conceived seven years ago and has been popular at universities ever since: train alumni to prepare students for or assist them on the labour market. The alumni, themselves already well-established in their fields, receive a crash course on how to get students thinking about their talents, their dreams and how they can turn them into reality. And where better to do all this than at the pub? In the ‘underground’ cafe at the Lumière Cinema, thirty students and ten coaches gather on Tuesday evening. These alumni are more than willing to make their way down the...

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“Before I go to bed I always have a nice sandwich”

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 08/11/2017

  Greed. Greed is important in football. It’s a team sport, but you definitely have to think of yourself. You’re assessed on your own merits. If you want to reach the top, you have to stand out. That’s especially hard for defenders. You can’t always just pass the ball on; you have to take the initiative yourself now and then or give a long-range assist.   Gluttony. Once every two weeks I eat some fries or pizza, but the usual menu is just pasta or potatoes with meat and vegetables. As long as we’re not too heavy, we can eat...

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Another fantastic one tonight: TRENCH with @rhinosarepeopletoo and @quinnband come by for delicious food, tasty beer and lovely live music!

Leçon 9: Faire la bise – n´est pas si simple comme bonjour

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 06/11/2017

Whereas people in Germany (or the Netherlands) shake hands, wave hello or hug (depending on the level of intimacy), French people kiss. La bise is the French way to say hello, to say goodbye, to say thank you. In France, the handshake as a greeting, is seemingly reserved for formal encounters. It comes as no surprise then, that people your age will look at you funnily if you reach out to shake hands or wave insecurely. As it is such a central part of French culture, it is time to look into more detail into how to do la bise...

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"Missing cobblestone streets and stroopwafels a little extra today. So thankful for my amazing experience with CES this summer💕 #missingmaastrichtmonday - @eliseohman

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Have a good evening! 🍷🍻 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

Connecting through mistakes

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 02/11/2017

Being the new kid in school is often a challenge. At 10 years old, with little to no English vocabulary, I fully came to grips with that challenge when my family moved from Germany to the US. In the first weeks of school I not only had a lot of practice in keeping a straight face amidst a complete lack of understanding, but I also learned most things by first doing them the wrong way. For instance, it was only after I had completely diminished my team’s chances of winning a lunchtime football match that I finally understood the rules...

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Autumn has arrived 🍁🍂🌲Keep exploring #maastrichtcity with us. Don't forget to share your favourite 📷 using the hashtag #mymaastricht and #discovermaastricht. We are here to help you make #maastricht yours!

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A Saturday in autumn☁️ Pic by @oli.wade #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

Myth: Evidence-based healthcare treatments are automatically transferable to specific situations

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 02/11/2017

How to decide which treatment, prevention programme or health policy to choose? For many doctors and policymakers the answer seems simple. You look at high-quality scientific studies and take the intervention that has proven to be the most effective. “This has its origins in medicine”, says Tamara Schloemer, researcher at the Department of International Health. “But when it comes to more complex healthcare interventions, there are many factors that may influence their effectiveness. Every experiment has its own design and participants – it’s been run in a very specific context. People’s belief in evidence-based interventions sometimes makes them forget they...

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Having some good burgers at Burgerlijk🍔 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

UM starts a physics group with a view to the Einstein Telescope

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 01/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. A year or two ago, the Executive Board was hardly interested in the idea, but that has changed. There are no doubts anymore about the usefulness of a Maastricht Physics Group, studying gravitational waves. Moreover, it increases the chances of the Einstein Telescope coming to the South of Limburg in 2020.

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"Made some new friends on my run this morning :~) " - @madelinemaria Think we should name them?

"The best innovation is to stop all innovation"

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 01/11/2017

MAASTRICHT. “You're a rebel. You argue against innovation, but we can't just leave everything as it was in education. It is all about holding on to what is good and getting rid of the ‘trendy stuff’, as you call it.”

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Tiptuesday: make sure to treat yourself and your team to nice nights out once in a while. Yesterday we went to @agogovalkenburg for laser tag and had a lovely dinner at @restaurant_lacasa afterwards! A strong and happy team is the key to success!

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Beautiful evening yesterday, but let's try to keep the city clean🚯 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

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Sushi Sunday🍣😍 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

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Enjoy your Saturday night in @thecityof.maastricht ✌🏼🍻 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #tedxmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

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“If I notice I’ve lost weight, it’s party time”

3 min read ● By: Observant ● 31/10/2017

Greed. I always want the puck. If you’ve got possession, you can leave your mark on the match. I’ve got a pretty decent trophy collection at home. But success always leaves you wanting more. The ones I cherish most are the medals for the (youth) world cups in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016, and the watch I was given for most valuable player at the under-20 World Cup in 2013. I’m not high maintenance in a material way. I just want my things to be red – that makes you think of speed. I used to be a fan of...

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“The real heroes of war are women”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 31/10/2017

MAASTRICHT. She has been ambushed by the Taliban, abducted by Pakistan’s ISI, narrowly escaped the suicide bombing of a hotel and was on Benazir Bhutto’s bus when it was blown up. In the Tans lecture, bestselling author Christina Lamb will talk about her work as a female war correspondent.

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Leçon 8- Le bonheur, c’est une bonne marche au milieu de belles montagnes inconnues

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 30/10/2017

Who doesn´t recognize this feeling of being caught up in our everyday responsibilities? Too often, we are occupied with ticking off our to-do list or busy running from one appointment to another. In the haste of moments like this, we too easily oversee the beauty of life that hides behind the most mundane and quotidian things. I had initially planned to go over the incomplete lecture notes I had attempted to take when following Droit International Public. But after pondering, opting for a hike to le Lac du Crozet instead seemed more rational. It was a beautiful day: 25C and...

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Housing crisis seems to be averted

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 26/10/2017

MAASTRICHT. Where a handful of ‘homeless’ students were protesting in front of the Student Services Centre in Maastricht at the beginning of September, under the heading #MaastrichtHousingCrisis, there has been no activity for weeks on the Facebook page of the same name. Maurice Evers, managing director of Student & Staff Housing at Maastricht University, has not had any new complaints about a shortage of accommodation for foreign students either and assumes that the problem has been solved. The National Student Union sounded the alarm bell at the beginning of September: there was a huge accommodation shortage in Dutch university cities....

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The Members Only Club for Privileged Migrants

2 min read ● By: Observant ● 26/10/2017

The other day I found myself correcting a friend of mine who referred to himself as a member of the ‘expat community’ (he has been working in Rwanda for several months). I explained that what he should be saying was ‘migrant community’, but the trouble with this term is it rarely resonates with white Europeans – you only need to look at the huge numbers of Britons in the south of Spain. These long-term implants would never dream of referring to themselves as migrants, no, no, no, they are ‘expats’: a sort of heightened evolved version of a migrant where...

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Sunny morning/afternoon ahead in @thecityof.maastricht😎 Pic by @mr_fogg74 #thecityofmaastricht #maastricht #maastrichtcity #parcoursmaastricht #preuvenemint #maastrichtuniversity #limburg #ditislimburg #thecityofmaastricht #wyckmaastricht #visitmaastricht #vvvmaastricht #Vrijthof #mecc #meccmaastricht #inkom #maas #köln #aachen #mestreech #mvvmaastricht #inkommaastricht #mestreech #valkenburg #andrerieu #inkom2017 #wyck #igerslimburg

Well-being Week: Yoga in between classes

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/10/2017

MAASTRICHT. Student life involves a lot of changes: a university study, living by yourself, and new friends. During the Well-being Week by University College Maastricht (UCM), the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) and the Student Service Centre (SSC), students will get tips to become healthier and more resilient.

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Food Truck as temporary help for UM Sports

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/10/2017

MAASTRICHT. Sports cafe Time Out having gone bankrupt, Food Truck Formidable is temporarily going to do the catering for UM Sports. From Monday onwards, the old Citroen bus, which will be parked outside the sports complex, will be available for coffee, tea, rolls, soup, pancakes and other snacks.

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“Learn to forgive yourself”

1 min read ● By: Observant ● 25/10/2017

Marihuana, LSD, heroin. Ex-junkie Marc Lewis devoured it all, preferably in high doses. He stole medicine from medical practices, was arrested on several occasions, and received a suspended prison sentence. Later on, Lewis - by now a professor of Neurosciences - wrote a book about his former life as an addict. He will give a lecture, organised by Studium Generale and the students of the Public Health Organisation, on 8 November.

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Fake it till you make it

4 min read ● By: Observant ● 24/10/2017

Greed. To be quite clear: Latin dance is not ballroom dancing [just so that we know what we are talking about, Zef Orbons laughs. He dances the rumba, samba, jive, cha-cha and paso doble]. I have always wanted to look beautiful and I love stylishness. So, if you were to explain greed in terms of clothing, as more beautiful than beautiful, then I would say yes. Fortunately, I have a sponsor, Rumoer, who also does the styling for the television programme Dance Dance Dance. A shirt and trousers easily costs 200 euro a piece. The shoes are 150 euro; I...

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