Professor Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink is one of the leading Dutch academics in the field of evidence-based education. “We provide evidence-based results and make these accessible to policymakers and teachers. We deliver proof of what works and what doesn’t.” In 2009 and 2010, she was proclaimed the ‘Most powerful woman in the Netherlands in the field of Education and Science’ by the Dutch magazine Opzij.


Natural sciences counterpart for UCM

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 10:57

September saw the launch of the Maastricht Science Programme, the natural sciences counterpart to the University College Maastricht (UCM). A unique bachelor’s programme, it allows students to compose their own curricula from courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. According to the proud dean of the programme, Professor Thomas Cleij, PhD, “Nowhere else in the world can students enjoy such enormous freedom of choice.


Publishing an article in an academic journal might be compared to climbing the Mount Everest. Only after a lot of training, does one stand a chance of success. In the world of academia, this usually comes down to at least having finished one’s master’s programme. Things are a bit different though for the eager beavers following the University College Maastricht programme or doing the European Studies programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Here, the best student papers are published in the Maastricht Journal of Liberal Arts (MJLA) and the Maastricht European Studies Papers (MESP). Call it ambitious or call it extraordinary; at Maastricht University they just call it education.


Problem-Based Learning (PBL) has stood at the core of Maastricht University ever since it was founded, and is applied in all programmes on offer here. For 35 years now, PBL has proven effective and successful. This 35th anniversary of PBL in Maastricht provides an excellent occasion to discuss PBL with one of our experts: Professor Wim Gijselaers, PhD, of the Department of Educational Research and Development.


More and more students from the UK are opting for Maastricht University (UM). Combined with the highly regarded international education on offer at UM, the lower tuition fees in the Netherlands mean that Dutch universities – and thus also Maastricht – are becoming increasingly popular among British students. 


Student-centred learning approaches are still a novelty to most higher education institutions in Mozambique. For Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), the time has come to embark on a large-scale project which will leave classical teaching methods behind. According to Herco Fonteijn and Annechien Deelman, who have recently come back from Maputo, this project is one of a kind.


Everyone is enthusiastic about ThinkTank: the students,the organisations and the project managers. The students find it exciting and interesting, after having practised for two years in tutor groups,to finally getthe chance to really put their knowledge and skills into practice in a real-life environment.The companies and organisations are very happy with the useful recommendations about issues thatreally needed to be looked into,but never received the necessary time and funding.


Online learning for dummies?

Thursday, 02 September 2010 10:52

On participation in online learning communities

Knowledge exchange in an online learning environment has been on the rise in recent years. The near future is expected to see traditional forms of education increasingly being combined with online teaching methods, directed at the individual as well as online groups. However, research has revealed that in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), a small core of people accounts for most of the contributions, while the majority simply sits by the sidelines. To date, little research has been undertaken into possible explanations for this. Economists from Maastricht University are now trying to unravel the mystery.


Page 3 of 5

Maastricht University Webmagazine

Marketing & Communications
Postbus 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Minderbroedersberg 4-6, 6211 KL  Maastricht
Tel: +31 43 388 5222
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download UM Magazine

Read a digital version of Maastricht University magazine,
or download the PDF.
UM Webmagazine June 2017

Connect with us