In 2009 Sulaiman Al Rajhi called in the help of Maastricht University (UM). The billionaire Saudi businessman dreamed of establishing a private university of medicine in his homeland. Now, his dream has become reality: the first doctors will graduate from the Sulaiman Al Rajhi Medical College this spring.


Pushing the boundaries in Venlo

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:18

The ‘father’ of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Maastricht, Louis Boon spearheaded the launch of University College Maastricht (UCM) and the Maastricht Science Programme (MSP). Now, as dean of Campus Venlo, he is gearing up to get University College Venlo (UCV) off the ground as of September. He is a keen proponent of the open curriculum model. "If it were up to me, this would be the model for the entire university."


UM students head to Japan for double degree

In Body
Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:15

Call it a kind of integration ritual. An extended introduction to Japanese traditions and customs, including soaking up culture in temples and shrines and attending a school festival in a kimono. This awaited the UM students of the European–Japan double master’s degree in Neuroscience (Edu-Neuro EU-JP) on their arrival in Japan.


PhD candidate piques professor’s curiosity

In Society
Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:07

As a researcher at the Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Margriet van der Sluis was fascinated by a recurring question: how to enhance quality control in secondary vocational education? She found her way to Professor Lex Borghans, education economist at Maastricht University (UM). Six years and one PhD later, some answers have come to light and a new Academic Collaborative Centre (ACC) for Education has been launched.


It’s a man’s world – but not for long

In Society
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:03

The fact that men and women differ in many ways should be taken into account in scientific research more often, according to the European Commission. Therefore, researchers applying for a grant from the new European framework programme Horizon 2020 must indicate how their study design addresses sex and gender differences. The Maastricht researcher Ineke Klinge led the EU project Gendered Innovations, which developed a checklist to help researchers meet this obligation. How do three UM professors view this development?


Two economics master’s in 18 months

In Money
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:27

Maastricht University has been offering a double degree programme since summer 2012. Students with a bachelor’s degree in economics can obtain two master’s degrees within 18 months: one in Maastricht and the other from one of five carefully selected partner universities. Joana Tremoceiro from Portugal and Matthijs Rameckers from the Netherlands were among the first graduates – and they are already nostalgic about the programme.


A job for everyone

In Money
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:21
“I’m irritated by colleagues who say things in the media about the current crisis with the greatest authority. It’s precisely a crisis like this that shows economists need to be more modest in their pretentions. We can explain with hindsight exactly what went wrong, but making even rough predictions? No, we need to be much more modest in this.” Joan Muysken, economics professor and co-founder of the economics faculty, will deliver his valedictory lecture at UM on 29 November. He looks back on his career.

Students make the university greener

In Society
Thursday, 26 September 2013 07:40
Make Maastricht University a sustainable university: that was the task at the founding of the Green Office.It marked the start of a unique project: a university department that is run entirely by students, and with unprecedented success.Universities from the Netherlands and abroad are knocking on the door of the ‘Bureau’.  On 27 September, the German state of Baden Württemberg will cite the Green Office as an example of ‘best practice’ at a sustainability conference. ‘The commitment is large; it is not just a job.’

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