Whether it concerns teaching robots to play foot ball, or the influence of European regulations on the citizen, third-year bachelor's students at Maastricht University can pursue this kind of research. The projects noted are two of the 25 projects that have been developed in the last year and a half within the sphere of MARBLE (Maastricht Research Based Learning). This is the result of Maastricht's participation in the Sirius programme, which the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science established to advance excellence in higher education. At the end of 2008 Maastricht University received a Sirius grant of €2 million, which the university matched out of their own coffers.

Intense. This is what sociologist Jaap Dronkers calls the transition from Florence to Maastricht. He worked in Florence at the European University Institute, a postgraduate and research institute of the European Union, for eight years. Since 1 December 2009, he has been working as a professor at Maastricht University’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). Focus of research: education and inequality.

E-learning for boundless education

Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

Study in Maastricht, using a laptop in North Korea

Education is no longer defined by borders of place, time or age. During the last decades, higher education has come to encompass the globe and is available almost anywhere. E-learning supports independent studying in any place and at any time in the world, as long as the internet is accessible. What are the benefits of e-learning? What are the barriers? Bart Rienties, Bas Giesbers and Dirk Tempelaar, researchers at the Department of Educational Development and Research at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) are searching for the answers.

Wim Gijselaers: “Back to the roots of Maastricht University”

A practicing doctor who wants some specific training, a lawyer who wants to obtain a doctorate, a foreign student who has to eliminate a deficiency in his educational package to be admitted to the university - all of these prospective students have one thing in common. They cannot be physically present to participate in a fulltime academic programme. The Learning and Working project of Maastricht University offers a solution for these people. Problem-Based Learning at a distance, with the help of the newest technology.

Harald Merckelbach and Corine de Ruiter: “An important link between forensic assessment and science”

In 2008, the brand new Maastricht Forensic Institute (TMFI) joined forces with the UM Forensic Psychology section of the Department of Clinical Psychological Science to provide the Dutch legal system with a broad range of high quality forensic research. By this partnership, TMFI is able to offer expertise in forensic and legal psychology as well as technical research. Professor Corine de Ruiter, who leads the Forensic Psychology section, and Professor Harald Merckelbach are both involved in TMFI.

“TMFI is here to stay!”

Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

The Maastricht Forensic Institute, a unique combination of forensic expertise

In May 2008 The Maastricht Forensic Institute (TMFI) was established as a result of close cooperation between Maastricht University and DSM Resolve. The primary goal is to improve the quality of forensic expertise. In the near future, TMFI will grow into a top quality forensic institute providing expertise on forensic psychology and psychiatry, legal psychology, DNA-analysis, chemical and material analyses, digital technology and forensic speech research. Ton Broeders, Professor of Criminalistics at Maastricht University Faculty of Law, and Director of TMFI, is proud to talk about “his” unique institute.

Progressive research into information-rich testing programmes

How do you judge whether a medical student is or is going to be a good doctor? This question will be explored by Professor Lambert Schuwirth, who was appointed chair of ‘Education and research into innovative forms of testing’ at the Education Development and Research Department of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences on 1 March 2007. Current testing methods often fall short when this consideration is made. New testing programmes and models will therefore have to be developed. Schuwirth hopes to build these in the coming years. If he succeeds, this will have far-reaching consequences, not only for the way in which medicine is taught, but for education in general.

UM scientists participate in European project with education portfolios

Being able to prove your capacities without formal education. Easily explaining your educational past to an educational institution. That is all possible with an education portfolio. Universiteit Maastricht (UM) works together with several partners in a European electronic portfolio project, called the European Portfolio initiatives Co-ordination Committee (EPICC). The aim of the project is to coordinate the various electronic portfolio initiatives and to make these portfolios interchangeable. The EPICC project works in two ways. Besides the educational component that is guarded by the UM team under the coordination of Erik Driessen, the committee also works on the technological element of electronic portfolios.

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