Sisters doing what they love

In Culture
Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:00

Valentina and Mariana Mazzucato are both leading scholars in their fields of research: migration and the economics of innovation, respectively. Valentina, professor at Maastricht University, recently received the 500th prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), while Mariana, professor at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, gained worldwide acclaim with her latest book The Entrepreneurial State. Judging by these sisters, if there’s a key to success, it’s enthusiasm.


The EdLab institute is set to become the driving force behind educational innovation at Maastricht University. Having spent the past year making connections and charting the terrain at UM, the institute has, according to EdLab director and UM vice rector Harm Hospers, demonstrated its right to exist. “The number of ideas and proposals is overwhelming. EdLab is a hotbed of innovation. And innovation, as you know, is never done.”


Alum Naomi Neijhoft is a Child Protection Officer for UNICEF. She assists the Cambodian government in protecting children from violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse.


Lessons learnt from urban labs

In Society
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:19

Urban labs have much to teach us. About co-creation, for instance, and about new forms of local governance. And they might just help us to address big issues such as sustainability and citizen participation. Professor René Kemp and postdoctoral researcher Christian Scholl are studying various European urban labs in the international research project URB@Exp. The key question is: will the insights gained from these labs lead to institutional reforms?


It’s no modest mission: providing a platform for collaboration, fostering the exchange of ideas between researchers from different disciplines and facilitating research on European politics, law and history. The recently established Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) brings together researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) and the Faculty of Law (FL) to conduct collaborative research connected to recent global developments.


Alternatives to animal testing

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:37

Jos Kleinjans is, much to his own frustration, regarded as someone who lands grants by the dozen. The professor of Environmental Health Science is working to develop better, animal-free methods to test the toxicity of chemical substances such as medicines and cosmetics. He’s pessimistic about the prospects for rapid legal approval of his animal-friendly, toxicogenomic alternatives: “I won’t be around to see it happen.”  


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.”


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).


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