September 30, 2009 Leave a Comment
Buitenlandse studenten mijden traditionele kledij Zo'n tweehonderd buitenlandse studenten in Maastricht kwamen dinsdagmiddag bijeen in het universiteitsgebouw aan de Tongersestraat. Hen was gevraagd zich te hullen in de traditionele kledij van hun land van herkomst, maar op een paar rood-wit geschminkte Engelsen na verschenen ze in gewone kleren. (tags: Dutch) Hazeu: luchtkwaliteit is in orde [...]
September 29, 2009 2 Comments
“One of my goals when I arrived in Maastricht was to learn Dutch,” says Amandine de Rosnay. “So why the hell am I only able to say one sentence after three years?” she wonders.
September 28, 2009 Leave a Comment
The Darwin & Maastricht exhibition, one of the events organised by Maastricht University for Darwin Year 2009, highlights the links between Charles Darwin and a few scientists born in this region. Let’s follow Guest curator Ludo Hellemans on a tour of the exhibition…
September 28, 2009 Leave a Comment
An introduction to South Limburg Hills with marl stone quarries and the occasional vineyard, half-timbered houses and castles, ancient water mills and farmsteads: South Limburg’s countryside is a world apart from the sophisticated city of Maastricht with its museums, restaurants, and modern architecture. And yet the two are inextricably linked through history, shared customs, and [...]
English most studied language in EU schools English is the most studied language in schools in the European Union, but over 35 percent of adults only speak their mother tongue, especially in Hungary, where three in four grown-ups have no other language skills, fresh data released by Eurostat shows. (tags: English) Grenzen in je hoofd [...]
DutchNews.nl announcement: The International Herald Tribune, DutchNews.nl and The XPat Journal are proud to launch the Netherlands’ first Young Writers Competition – a chance for budding writers, journalists, poets and storytellers to showcase their talents to the world. The competition is aimed at the 20,000 children attending international schools in the Netherlands and bilingual streams [...]
Dutch can sound like a secret language… new book unravels the mysteries of 400 abbreviations, acronyms and weird words which can baffle not only foreigners but many Dutch people too “The Dutch are very keen that everyone who lives in the Netherlands learns the language. But it does not matter how good your Dutch is, [...]
September 25, 2009 1 Comment
A new book by Darwin scholars Adrian Desmond and James Moore suggests that Darwin’s unique approach to evolution – relating all races and species by “common descent” – could have been fostered by his anti-slavery beliefs. Author James Moore sheds some light on his views in an email interview with science writer Ludo Hellemans ahead of his upcoming lecture at Maastricht University on October 2.
‘Darwin & Maastricht’ exhibition 14 May – 20 November 2009 Maastricht University administration building Minderbroedersberg 4-6 Nearly every year the University Library and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) organise an exhibition on a science-related topic. This is usually done using books from the Jesuit collection. From 2009 onwards these activities will be [...]
September 24, 2009 Leave a Comment
Campus Maastricht tientallen miljoenen duurder De nieuwe studentencampus in Maastricht gaat tientallen miljoenen euro's meer kosten dan de 165 miljoen waarvoor het project was begroot. (tags: Dutch) UCI Road World Championship 2012 in Limburg, Holland Governor Frissen and councillor Wolfs are very happy with the award. “By capturing a major international event like the Road [...]
September 24, 2009 Leave a Comment
“Telling people that I was moving to Maastricht elicited a mixed bag of surprise (really?), questioning (is that in Belgium? No, Germany, right?) and, albeit a rarity, intrigue (why?),” remembers British newcomer Michael Wells-Greco, who now feels the need to put the record straight and describe his experience of the Maastricht he’s discovered so far, “his” Maastricht.
Friday 02 October, 16h00-18h00 • Aula Tongersestraat 53 • Free entrance • James Moore, historian of science, University of Cambridge, Open University, visiting scholar, Harvard University There has always been a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman come to embrace one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? [...]
Weblog van Gouverneur L.J.P.M. Frissen Op mijn weblog zal ik u regelmatig op de hoogte houden van mijn dagelijkse werkzaamheden, ontmoetingen, gebeurtenissen en activiteiten waar ik mee te maken heb. (tags: Dutch) Maastricht University: Honorary doctorate for prof. Geert Hofstede The University of Pécs, Hungary, has granted Professor Emeritus Geert Hofstede the title of Doctor [...]
September 23, 2009 1 Comment
“I have this rule, that if I am to undertake something, my goal is to always be the best!” says Marcel Mourmans (73), entrepreneur extraordinaire in Maastricht and founder of the famous Mora Snacks company. A man for whom the word ‘retirement’ simply doesn’t exist.
In 2006, health care costs constituted 8.9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), positioning the Netherlands just below the European Union (EU) average of 9.0 percent. France, Germany and Austria were the biggest spenders. They committed more than 10 percent of their GDPs to health care. In the new EU member states, the proportion [...]
A birthday apple for the world: Reflections of a Maastricht Jewish American on Rosh Hashanah and “The Days of Awe”
September 20, 2009 1 Comment
The festival of Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays, is an invitation for Susan Schaefer to reflect on the practice of her faith as a reform Jewish American living in Maastricht.
September 20, 2009 2 Comments
British expat in Maastricht Michael Wells-Greco wonders “why we spend an increasing amount of time with other humans but ignore these real individuals by tapping away online or on some other aesthetically pleasing gadget.”
September 18, 2009 2 Comments
The director of the LIOF (Limburg Investment Bank) and two members of the Provincial Executive share their thoughts on the opportunities offered by the application of the Cradle to Cradle model in Limburg businesses.
Related article on Crossroads: Limburg goes Cradle to Cradle, January 2009
The Netherlands: Sweet little ally or weird, depraved country? What is the image that Americans have of the Netherlands? (tags: English) Stimuleringsfonds kiest WijLimburg als pilot Regionale Mediacentra Het Stimuleringsfonds voor de Pers heeft het media-initiatief ‘WijLimburg’ uitgekozen tot pilotproject. (tags: Dutch) Met vanAnaarBeter-treinkaartjes voor €2 van en naar Roermond Door onderhoud aan spoor en [...]
Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands are more intolerant of ‘white’ Dutch than white Dutch are of them, says Radboud University Nijmegen sociologist Jochem Tolsma. He will receive his doctorate with research on ethnic tolerance on 28 September. One yardstick Tolsma used for measuring tolerance is how people view an inter-ethnic marriage. Among the white [...]
The importance of the high-tech services sector as an employment generator in the Netherlands has grown in recent years, also in comparison to other EU countries. In the medium and high-tech industry, on the other hand, the role of the Netherlands has diminished. Altogether, the share of these two sectors as employment generators has decreased [...]
September 17, 2009 1 Comment
Musica Sacra Maastricht Vrijdag 18 tot en met zondag 20 september 2009 vindt de 27e editie plaats van Musica Sacra in Maastricht: concerten en voorstellingen in historische kerken en andere gebouwen in de ‘meest Bourgondische stad van Nederland’. I (tags: Dutch)
EU regulator extends probe of Dutch aid to ING The European Commission announced Tuesday that it was broadening its probe into state aid given to Dutch bank and insurance group ING to confront the financial crisis. (tags: English) Crisis makes Europe richest reagion in the world, study says Europe has emerged as the richest region [...]
This 5.5 minute video provides you with information about education and research at Maastricht University, the city of Maastricht, and student life. Source: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (abbreviated as FEBA) at Maastricht University
More enterprise, and fewer barriers to enterprise’ is the key idea underlying the proposals in the 2010 Tax Plan. ‘Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy. They are the engine that powers job creation, productivity and growth. That’s why my proposals are all about making enterprise simpler and more attractive,’ explained State Secretary for Finance [...]
The Speech from the Throne that Queen Beatrix gives annually on the third Tuesday of September was noticeably shorter than in previous years yesterday. With a lack of concrete policy proposals, the monarch had to restrict herself more than usual to a general assessment of the Dutch situation, in which she spoke almost exclusively of [...]
International education in the Netherlands is much more expensive than regular education and is largely funded with parental contributions. In 2008, there were 18 private schools for international education in the Netherlands and 21 Dutch schools with an international division. 120 million euro worth of parental contributions Last year, nearly 12.5 thousand pupils attended an international school in [...]
24 Sept: Autumn Open House – Art (paintings and sketches), Pottery, Silk & Jewelry on display for sale
Art (paintings and sketches), Pottery, Silk & Jewelry will be on display for sale Featuring Linda Arnold, Corrie Saris, Molly de Coster, Sarah Spruce & Johanna Martinez on 24 September 2009 from 2:00 pm till 8:00 pm At Corrie Saris Groenerein 18 6267 BL Cadir en Keer tel: 043-407 1953 Refreshments will be served
Student exchange programme outdated, says founder The EU needs to upgrade its 22-year old student exchange programme and move towards more cutting-edge educational policies, one of its founders told this website. Established in the late 1980s, the Erasmus programme has seen some two million students spend a semester in another European country and get their [...]
As happens every year, the budget for the coming year has been leaked to various media. A summary follows below of Chapter 1, which was obtained by TV broadcaster RTL4. The cabinet opens with the conclusion that its motto (working together, living together) and the ambitions that it expressed on coming into office in 2007 [...]