Students going the extra mile

Studying in Maastricht is more than learning, working and engaging in an active social life. Many students truly want to make a contribution or a change. And they don’t want to wait until after graduation to do so. Why would they? With the series 'Students going the extra mile' we proudly present these students’ stories. Students that take that extra step to make the most of themselves and their student years. Get inspired.

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  • Melanie Kersten

    How to fix ‘water rush hour’ in Limburg?

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Melanie Kersten, studying the master’s programme Sustainable Science & Policy, won the Water Innovation Challenge hosted by Limburg’s water utility company, WML.

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    There is such a thing as a free lunch – a sustainable student initiative

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Foodsharing Maastricht is a student initiative that collects leftover food from local supermarkets and hotels. The food can then be picked up by any comers in Building X, Tapijnkazerne.

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  • victoria en de koks

    Why there’s a mini-Victoria living in Tanzania

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    During her medical internship in Shirati, Tanzania, Victoria von Salmuth found out that a lot of patients, suffered from malnutrition. That's when she started the Shirati Food Programme

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  • koken voor thuislozen

    Cooking for the homeless

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    UM-studenten Carlotta, Emma, Julia en Alice cook for the addicted residents of the Domus houses managed by the Salvation Army.  

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  • lifeboat off lesbos

    Kofi Annan, water polo, and the depths of human cruelty

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    UM student Costas Georgiades on his efforts to help those who need it most - and on his experiences on Lesbos

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    UM students join Asia-Europe summer school

    Friday, December 15, 2017

    An interview with UM students who joined the Asia-Europe summer school about their experiences.

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  • Narcis in Asia

    7 weeks in Asia for bachelor’s students

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    As of 1 December, second- and third-year bachelor’s students can apply for the Netherlands Asia Honours Summer School. It's an experience you won't forget for the rest of your life. UM students Narcis and Oscar can attest to that, because they were among the 100 selected students who went to Asia last year.

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  • digital nomad Sabrina Bos

    Making money while travelling

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Now 29, when Sabrina Bos finished high school all she wanted was to go far, far away. Before starting the Bachelor in International Business in Maastricht, she spent a year travelling around Australia, Spain and France – a year in which she discovered her wanderlust. Currently the alum works out of her Renault Trafic van as a freelance project manager, blog writer and online business entrepreneur. Her income covers not only her travels, but also her startup accessART. She spoke about her experiences during the recent Global Entrepreneurship Week

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  • Nora Pankratz

    Hot topic: Nora Pankratz wins FIR-PRI grant to study financial impact of heat exposure

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    How serious are the negative effects of higher-than-average temperatures? Armed with some help from a prestigious FIR-PRI Awards PhD research grant, Nora Pankratz, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Finance, is determined to find out.

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  • Kafethea

    Students run successful vegan coffee bar

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    Do what you enjoy. This is the credo of law students Merel Godelieve Huysse and her partner Dario Mezini. They set up a vegan coffee bar, KAFETHÉA, in Maastricht.

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  • Conn@ct.us

    Students demystify computers for seniors

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    In the Conn[at]ct[dot]us initiative by Enactus Maastricht, students help seniors find their way around the multimedia world. In turn, the students get to practise their Dutch – a win-win situation.

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  • buurtbemiddelaars

    Law students employed as neighbourhood mediators

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Councillor Jack Gerats awarded the first certificates to 18 new youth neighbourhood mediators. Maastricht is the first city in the Netherlands where students go into neighbourhoods as youth neighbourhood mediators to bring students and local residents closer together. Two of them discuss their motivations.

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  • Taskforce QRS

    A skill for life

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Every year, between 7,000 and 8,000 people are resuscitated in the Netherlands after a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. The first six minutes are crucial. The sooner you start with heart massage the better, and the more people who learn this skill, the greater the chance of survival. With this in mind, Ton Gorgels, professor of Transmural Cardiology, together with Petra Schuffelen, founded the QRS Taskforce in Maastricht ten years ago. 

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  • INKOM 2017

    Why you should come to the INKOM!

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Nearly 3,000 new students will have the opportunity to get a glimpse at their new lives during INKOM, the general introduction week for Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, held this year from 21–25 August.

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  • MSP - Connor Deacon-Price

    UM student presents anti-cancer research at international conference

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Connor Deacon-Price is a recently graduated student at Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) and to be presenting his research in the battle against cancer at a mainstream high-level conference is extremely remarkable

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  • Urban Gardening

    The Garden of Eden is in Maastricht

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    The study association of the master's programme in Sustainability, Science and Policy, ASAP, has kept a community garden for about four years in Maastricht on the Mergelweg. Under the inspiring leadership of Colin Laviolette, around eight students maintain the garden. 

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  • Alessandra Silva

    Standing in defence of cultural heritage in armed conflicts

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    The destruction of cultural property by the Islamic State in Mosul and Palmyra: is International Law the answer?’, is the title of Alessandra Silva’s bachelor’s thesis. During the Dies celebration last February, the 23-year-old Italian received the thesis prize, as one of seventeen winners, for the best bachelor's thesis in 2016.

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  • Team Maastricht wins national medical contest

    Team Maastricht wins national medical contest

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    On Saturday 13 May, the sixth edition of the largest interfaculty medical contest in the Netherlands was being held: the RFC. Team Maastricht placed first, winning the title of best medical faculty.

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  • Students Going The Extra Mile

    'Nice to meet you, I’m the person behind the patient’

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    In 2016, Sjim Romme and Matthijs Bosveld received the UM Student Prize. They are taking a gap year from their studies in 2017/18 so they can get one step closer to their dream: people-focused healthcare in which the symptoms of patients play a central role through people-focused medical education.

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  • Thesis prize winner Sophie Joosten

    Doctor with research skills

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    In March 2016, now 25-year-old Sophie Joosten completed her master’s programme in Medicine with an exceptional thesis on renal cell carcinoma. During her research, she discovered biomarkers that can help predict the survival of patients with kidney cancer. She received this year's Thesis Prize for her master's thesis.

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  • Matthijs Korrevaar

    Research on rent prices

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    During the Dies, the winners of the thesis prizes were announced. The thesis prizes are awarded to master’s students who have written an outstanding master’s thesis. Alumnus Matthijs Korrevaar was among the winners. He investigated how rents in several European cities have developed over the last 500 years.

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