“Strive to excel at your strengths”

In Alumni
Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:53

During her ING days she was named in the Goudhaantjes 100*, a list of rising management stars. In 2012, at the age of just 36, she became CEO of Unigarant, the insurance arm of the roadside assistance agency ANWB. In this capacity she has sat on the board of directors of the ANWB since 2014. The roots of Lidwien Suur’s meteoric rise can be traced to Maastricht, where she studied International Business.

Four foxes on the future of economics education

In Money
Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:41

Economic developments can naturally be viewed from one, mainstream perspective, but that’s not what the more critical student at Maastricht University is looking for. On the back of the international initiative Pluralism in Economics (PINE), PINE UCM was established in October 2014, followed by a group at the School of Business and Economics. Here, three representatives and the acting UCM dean talk about the future of economics education and the difference between foxes and hedgehogs.

Maastricht University (UM) aims to be a place where talent can flourish. But with only 15.5 per cent of all professors being female, it seems there’s still a long way to go. Three young academics dove into the topic of female underrepresentation in the higher ranks of academia. Their conclusion? “This is not only a women’s problem.”

The power of logical thinking

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:53

The tidy room with its empty desk reflects the organised mind of its occupant. Professor of Econometrics Franz Palm talks about his field with infectious enthusiasm, though in carefully chosen words. “Econometrics combines ‘hard’ maths with the ‘softer’ social sciences. That’s why it appeals to me so much.” Here he looks back on a long and successful university career, for which he was honoured last summer with the title Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

Employability is also a matter of attitude

In Society
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:30

Employability is an important theme in higher education. Thorough knowledge of your subject is essential, but so too are practical skills, experience and attitude: knowing what you’re talking about, but also being able to anticipate change, take initiative and continue learning. For that you need good self-awareness, which is something you can and should work on even as a student, according to Professor Mariëlle Heijltjes of Maastricht University (UM) and Oscar van den Wijngaard, tutor and coordinator of academic advising at University College Maastricht (UCM).

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.

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.

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