Students of Europe

In the ‘Students of Europe’ video series, UM students share a short insight or story related to Europe.

This time, we meet Spriha from Mumbai, India, who is studying the master’s in Data Science for Decision Making at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She talks about the commonness between Europe and India. 


The UMagazine provides insight into the most important developments and achievements in education and research at Maastricht University. Three times a year, in February, June and October, a printed UMagazine is issued.

The June issue focuses on sustainability, one of UM's spearheads. Last September saw the start of the new bachelor's programme in Circular Engineering, which operates on the cutting edge of sustainability and technology. New programme director Gavin Phillips and first-year students Maria and Lea explain why this study helps students to meet current and future sustainability challenges. And the new and old director of the Maastricht Sustainable Institute: a trailblazer in sustainability science.

Further attention is paid to the shortage of GPs. Mathhijs Limpens, head of the GP programme, and Moniek Wouda, trainee GP, are confident that the tide will turn. Furthermore, a portrait of Mariëlle Wijermars, assistant professor in Cyber-Security and Politics. She knows better than anyone how the Russian propaganda machine works and makes selective use of history. She has been researching this for years. Here she discusses the importance of a free press, her first acquaintance with Russia, and the career she never had as a backup dancer for Britney Spears.
And an interview with the outgoing and incoming curators of UM's Art and Heritage Committee, Mieke Derickx and Barbara Strating.   

The Soulkitchen section offers a peek into the kitchen of Melline Somers, postdoc researcher at ROA. She is the only child of a Thai mother and a Dutch father and through her studies she also discovered Italian cuisine. A conversation about life between two, or even three cultures.

You will find this and more in the June issue of the UMagazine.

The next issue of the UMagazine will appear on 11 October 2022.

You can download the latest edition of the UMagazine (PDF) here.

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