From village girl to globetrotter

In Alumni
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:59

Born and raised in one of Limburg’s smallest villages, UM graduate Judith van Doorn  has long been a woman of the world. As a microcredit specialist at the United Nations (UN), she is abroad more often than not. Having lived in the Caribbean, Switzerland and Ethiopia, she is now on her fourth adventure abroad with her husband and children, in Pretoria in South Africa.


"Maastricht is a great student city"

In Alumni
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:47

Institutional investors are the key shareholders for companies like KPN. Maastricht University alum Wouter Stammeijer has been Head of Investor Relations at the telecom company since February, and as such is responsible for maintaining relationships with the investors. "Dialogue is essential", he says.


The voice of the European Commission

In Culture
Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:33

She was born in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, grew up in Cologne, did European Studies at Maastricht University (UM) and obtained her LLM in Edinburgh. Mina Andreeva has now spent six years in Brussels, where she works as a spokesperson for the European Commission (EC). It would be hard for someone to feel more European. “Even as a young girl, I dreamt of life in the European political arena.”


One-eyed man in the land of the blind

In Society
Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:09

From his humble beginnings as a medical student and later a radiologist, Loek Winter is now the largest private healthcare operator in the Netherlands. “My goal is to be to healthcare what Joop van den Ende is to the Dutch media.” He sowed the seeds of his career at the fledgling Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, the predecessor of Maastricht University (UM).


Advocate of tea

In Alumni
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:05
Maastricht University graduate Mirjam Lommel worked in corporate law, advising on mergers, acquisitions and the formation of limited companies. After suffering a burnout – "I missed the contact with people" – she took a surprising turn in her career. She now runs the teahouse 't Bluk in Laren.

The real recovery is still coming

In Alumni
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:30
In 1994, Coen Weddepohl from Apeldoorn made a point of choosing the fledgling programme in International Management at Maastricht University. “I was attracted to Problem-Based Learning and the international character of the university. I knew I wanted to go abroad since I was 15.” Twenty years later, Weddepohl is a partner in a hedge fund in the heart of New York.

In April, Maastricht University alum An Jacobs started a fascinating new career, teaching at the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. “When I saw the job vacancy for a senior lecturer, I thought, ‘This is the job for me’. I figured it was a long shot because of the competition, but I applied anyway”, Jacobs reflects. “I was over the moon when I was offered the position.”

Life as a UM student, 40 years ago

In Alumni
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:02
In 1974 – forty years ago, and two years before Maastricht University was even recognised as an institution – the first medical students started their studies at what was then the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg. These 49 adventurous scholars were the first to set foot in the new establishment and take part in its ground-breaking learning system, Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

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