February 13, 2011 2 Comments
How can expatriates improve their education while living and working in the Netherlands? A testimonial by Claudia Costa.
June 30, 2010 Leave a Comment
The Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E) at Maastricht University is this summer providing all aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in two separate summer schools on commercial and social entrepreneurship. A report by Borut Vovsek, including an interview with Wynand Bodewes, coordinator of the two MC4E’s summer schools and senior lecturer on entrepreneurship at Maastricht University.
January 21, 2010 1 Comment
Maastricht’s Bonnefanten College, sector Bernard Lievegoed is one of 90 schools in the Netherlands that follow the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum and the teaching principles enunciated by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. A meeting with director Janny de Vries.
December 21, 2009 1 Comment
Crossroads writer Francis ten Broeke takes a closer look at the Maastricht University Language Centre.
July 27, 2009 Leave a Comment
Dutch Study Advisor Maarten van Kooij and Thai Bachelor student Saichon Kloyiam will be the two contestants representing Maastricht University’s Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the New York City Marathon next November. In running the marathon, Maarten and Saichon hope to raise money for the Faculty’s scholarship fund and raise awareness about personal health.
July 26, 2009 1 Comment
For many highschool graduates, the decision to pursue higher education means leaving their long time friends, family, even pets, and naturally one of the questions they ask themselves is: “How will I build myself a new social life?” In the Netherlands, just like in many others countries, student associations aim at helping students to do just that, and in the new academic year 2009-2010 student associations at Maastricht University are making it a point to embrace all new international students in their midst.
April 27, 2009 3 Comments
“There are many moot court competitions throughout the world and information is far from scarce, but factual descriptions do not do justice to the excitement that comes with the event,” says Maastricht University Law student Catalina Goanta. She recently participated in two recent moot court competitions, or trial simulations, in The Hague, the Netherlands, and Evian-les-Bains, France.
April 4, 2008 3 Comments
“I’ve been here two years already but never got to know as much about the city as during those four weeks,” says University College Maastricht student Ingrid Kylstad after concluding the Think Tank assignment commissioned by the city of Maastricht. Ingrid was one of the several UCM students who were recently asked to prepare a policy recommendation report about one of the city’s greatest challenges for the future: how to stop the demographic decline. Crossroads writer Hania Piotrowska takes a closer look at the students’ findings and suggestions. [continued...]
December 2, 2007 5 Comments
The international groups taking the Dutch course at Maastricht University’s Language Centre are “very enthusiastic and motivated,” say their teachers. What drives foreign students to study Dutch at the Language Centre and what challenges do they face? Crossroads’ writer Diana Berdun reports. [continued...]
November 6, 2007 2 Comments
In her search for the answer to why academia – and academia in Maastricht in particular – is appealing to some, Crossroads’ writer Rosanne Rademaker speaks with Polish-American assistant professor Tomek Grabowski, a Polish-American “rebel” in Maastricht. [continued...]
Academia in Maastricht (part 1): “A good quality of life and a university: the perfect combination of things”
October 23, 2007 1 Comment
An ex-lover once asked me why on earth I wanted to become a researcher. He scolded me for aspiring for a life in academia. According to him all academics are stuck spinning their wheels, writing papers that are only being read by fellow academics. Worse still, he believed none of this knowledge ever made it back into the real world.
Ulterior motives aside, his claim covers little ground. Surely advances in science continue to influence societies on a daily basis, in countless ways, both good and bad.
Nonetheless it touches upon an interesting question. What gears people towards a life in science?
Crossroads’ writer Rosanne Rademaker speaks with Marco Zinzani, an Italian researcher at Maastricht University to find out what drove him into the world of academia. [continued...]
October 11, 2007 Leave a Comment
Almost 500 professors, researchers and students gathered on 4-5 October 2007 in the area around Centre Céramique to examine the role of women in Science, Education and Research through debates, demonstrations, performances, workshops and more informal parties. A review of the WISER festival in Maastricht for Crossroads.
April 23, 2007 Leave a Comment
In preparation for the third annual Forum Maastricht conference: ‘Europe, the Big Absentee’ (9 – 11 May 2007), Crossroads’ writer Danya Chaikel meets with Dr Tannelie Blom, Professor of European Studies at the University of Maastricht and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to talk about his role as Academic Advisor of Forum Maastricht. [continued...]
January 15, 2007 Leave a Comment
Professor Ineke Boerefijn is an activist academic, a rare breed of scholar who refuses to stay up in the ivory tower built for people like her. In March 2006, she was appointed Extraordinary Professor as the new ‘Opzij’ Chair of ‘Power and Strategy’ at the Centre for Gender and Diversity at Maastricht University. A profile for Crossroads. [continued...]
Academic institutes: 11 September: International Graduation Ceremony at Maastricht School of Management
September 7, 2006 Leave a Comment
On September 11, the Maastricht School of Management annual Graduation Ceremony will take place. Over 120 graduates, originating from 37 countries and territories are expected in Maastricht to receive their degree of Master of Management in International Business (MM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Philosophy (Mphil) or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). [read press release]
May 28, 2006 Leave a Comment
Foreign students at the University of Maastricht (UM) currently represent more than 30 per cent of the total student population. Although this might appear as a positive sign, the university’s true commitment to internationalisation and to making its foreign guests feel welcome is increasingly being questioned. International students find it hard to interact with the Dutch and do not feel at home in our little country. Will a debate about the integration of international students and the foundation of an international student association make a difference? [continued...]
May 8, 2006 Leave a Comment
The Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University Netherlands, based in Heerlen, is to develop a virtual course for the International Master on Sustainable Development and Governance. The course, entitled International Dialogue on Sustainable Development, aims at teaching students how to define, analyse and solve issues in the field of Global Change and Sustainability [...]
UNU-MERIT director, Luc Soete and three professorial fellows – John Hagedoorn, Enrico Perotti and Robin Cowan – are ranked among the top Dutch-based international economists in an annual ranking published by Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB), a Dutch economic journal. Professors Soete and Hagedoorn are ranked 11th and 12th respectively in international citations for the period [...]
In February 2007, the law faculty will start a 1-year master course Forensics, Criminology and Legal Practice. The course will have a multidisciplinary approach of crime and criminal legal practice. The course aims at students with an interest in philosophy of law and legal theory and forensic aspects of criminal law. Source: University of Maastricht, [...]
In September 2006, the Law faculty will start a new English version of the bachelor studies European Law School (ELS). Contrary to the existing ELS, these studies will concentrate almost entirely on European law. More information: European Law School English Track Source: Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, 4 May 2006
May 2, 2006 Leave a Comment
From September 2006, the University of Maastricht’s Faculty of Economics will offer a brand-new Master of Science specialization: the MSc in International Business/Strategic Marketing. Professor Dr. Ko de Ruyter, chairman of the Marketing Department and initiator of the specialization, says that national and international benchmarks were important for the development of the programme. “On the [...]
May 1, 2006 Leave a Comment
The Euro*MBA executive programme will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a two-day event in Barcelona on 12 and 13 May, 2006. Around 150 guests are expected to take part in the programme which will include sessions on multicultural management and corporate responsibility. The Euro*MBA executive degree is offered by a pan-European consortium of schools – [...]
April 27, 2006 Leave a Comment
On Monday 15 May, Hogeschool Zuyd will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. The theme we have chosen for this occasion is “Higher Education in Europe”. There will be no classes that day; instead, each of the three branches of Hogeschool Zuyd will be offering an interesting programme of events. The morning session includes a symposium [...]
September 16, 2004 Leave a Comment
Market demand matched with unique expertise is a tested formula for success, and the Dutch have a good nose for that. The Centre for Active Learning (ECAL), a small Maastricht-based, university-related institute was created to accommodate external demand in educational matters. For the last 5 years, it has specialised in knowledge about learning and instruction [...]
March 16, 2003 Leave a Comment
Maastricht is thriving as a student city but when it comes to finding a job after graduation, is the knowledge of the labour market given by the education institutes really relevant or is it a case of pot luck? An institution has been aiming to come up with answers to this question since 1986: ROA [...]
March 16, 2003 Leave a Comment
Conceiving big training projects, from Kenya, Nicaragua and Mozambique to Vietnam, El Salvador and Uganda in a small room in Maastricht is all in a day’s work for MUNDO. Founded in 1997, its mission is “to create an atmosphere where people can learn from each other through academic co-operation across the world”. MUNDO (Maastricht University [...]
December 15, 2002 Leave a Comment
What do a Dutch TV cook, a 40-year-old Turkish student and a 17th century castle have in common? They all make up part of one of the fastest growing industries in the world, in which Maastricht is a forerunner – hotel and tourism. In 2000, the Student’s Guide for Higher Education, the national board of Higher Vocational Education and the European Foundation for the Accreditation of Hotel School Programmes found the Management Hotel School Maastricht to be the best in the field nationwide. [continued...]
March 16, 2002 Leave a Comment
Europeans living in border regions rarely limit themselves to their own country: Belgians work in The Netherlands, Germans go shopping in Belgium. Open borders, and now, the euro, all make it easier. However, people still have difficulty understanding each other. That’s why CICERO (Coordinatie en Informatie Centrum voor EuRegional Onderwijs) was started in March 2001. [...]
December 16, 2001 Leave a Comment
As globalisation increases, so does the need for people to express themselves in foreign languages. Today, for example, China’s borders are more open than ever before, and more and more Westerners conduct business in Japan. The evolution of the Hogeschool Zuyd of Maastricht is a reflection of this ever-changing landscape. The school consists of two [...]