It is the only master’s programme in the world where graduates receive a degree from both the United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University (UM): Public Policy and Human Development (MPP). The programme was awarded the top position in this year’s guide to master’s programmes in the Netherlands, the Keuzegids Masters 2014, in the category Political Science and Public Administration. Director Lutz Krebs explains the success of ‘his’ programme.

The balance at universities is out of kilter and it is teaching that ends up paying for it. This is the conclusion of a comparative international study by Hubert Coonen, professor at Maastricht University’s Teachers Academy. The culprit: the ‘reputation mechanism’ of research. Teaching must be valued more highly, according to Coonen. To this end, he recommends the introduction of a professorship for excellent teachers.

The Dutch labour market does not look particularly rosy for graduates in the coming years. According to a recent report by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), not even one in ten graduates seems to have particularly good prospects. The economic crisis is partly to blame, but universities would do well to consider whether their graduates meet the demands of the market. How are we doing in terms of employability? The researchers and professors Jeroen van Merriënboer and Rolf van der Velden are not in complete agreement.

The Maastricht Science Programme is now in its third year. The fledgling bachelor’s degree is generating interest from all over the world, and the lecturers and researchers Ariane Perez-Gavilan and Roy Erkens know why. “It has great interaction between students and tutors, freedom of choice in subjects, and crossovers between different fields and disciplines.”

As indicated in its proposed performance agreements (‘Voorstel prestatieafspraken 2013-2016’), Maastricht University (UM) aims to be able to give targeted advice to all prospective students by 2015. This is because choosing a study programme that suits you and meets your expectations is not always easy, but it is important – not just for you but also for the faculty. Already, the faculties of Law and Arts & Social Sciences are using a ‘traffic light’ system for prospective students. A questionnaire on their study skills and motivation indicates whether their choice of programme is a sensible one, and issues a greenlight (go ahead!), or a yellow or red one (needs attention!). The advice is not binding. The two faculties each have their own approach to the ‘Matching & Binding’ programme, but are in complete agreement on the preliminary results. 

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From 1 September, Professor Dr Luc Soete succeeded Professor Dr Gerard Mols as rector of Maastricht University (UM). And he’s excited – because in these times of economic crisis, UM is facing a great many challenges. Soete, professor of International Economic Relations, has definite ideas about the contribution that UM could make.

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.

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.

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