SIGN OUR PETITION!

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We are in an energy crisis! Almost all of us will notice this winter the soaring prices of keeping our homes warm enough. Did you know that currently all low-income households are able to receive financial support for the Dutch government- except students? Did you also know that a recent court case ruled that EU students should not be excluded, but the government has yet to roll out the energy subsidy to students? Therefore, NovUM and Volt Maastricht have started a petition to the Dutch government to act quickly and provide financial support to students struggling to pay their energy bills due to the energy prices. If you agree and want to assert your right to receive the energietoeslag, sign the petition HERE!
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Housing News!

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STATISTICS: 100 new housing units will become available in Randwyck every week until November; 120 housing units in Sittard were also made available to UM students unable to find housing in Maastricht; 400-500 new housing units were delivered in time for the beginning of this academic year; 500 more new units will be added before the end of the year; 1000 new rooms will also be completed by September 2023, if no housing projects are delayed. IMPORTANT! Students can still register to rent the new units in Randwyck at: https://www.hureninsorbonnelaanmaastricht.nl The rent is between €427 (unfurnished) and a maximum of €485 (furnished). All units are self-contained, making them eligible for rent allowance for 18 to 22-year-olds. UPDATES: The municipality is piloting a policy of allowing locals to take in students…
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The Bridge – February 2022

The Bridge
The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Ukraine, from mother to brother of Russia Far from being a precise recapitulation of Ukraine’s history in relations to Russia, this article aims at providing a general historical introduction to the complex Ukraine-Russia relationship. It ideally invites the reader to deepen their critical thinking regarding the current dispute in eastern Europe. In light…
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Our Housing event: Some food for thought, but no clear solution in sight.

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On February 8th, NovUM had the pleasure and honor to invite representatives from the university, the municipality and the student body to shed light on the housing issue in Maastricht. The panel debate was informative and allowed for students to ask questions to the correct bodies and decision-makers. Present were the Head Department of Student Housing, Maurice Evers; Thomas Gardien, councilor 'Burgerraadslid' in the municipality; Student Housing Now, established in Maastricht a few months back; and the Director of the SSC, Margriet Schreuders. Representing the students, the newly founded Student Housing Now explained how this issue is an issue not limited to Maastricht, but a nation-wide issue due to failed policies that have festered in Maastricht; few regulations for purchases, population growth,  and limited land have left Maastricht with way…
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The Bridge – January 2022

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The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Sustainability- An unsustainable concept for students?  When thinking about sustainability as a student, many feasible options quickly come to mind. First of all, it is possible to change your lifestyle, as it all comes down to the ethical choices one makes when consuming, whether it be food or other goods. From secondhand clothing…
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The Bridge – November 2021

The Bridge
The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Home is Where the Heart is: Thoughts of a Conflicted International Student One thing I have learnt from my experience of being an international student is that the concept of ‘home’ is a more complicated one than I initially gave it credit for, and anecdotal evidence suggests this is not an uncommon feeling…
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The Bridge – October 2021

The Bridge
The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Introducing 89 Netherlands Hi, we’re 89 Netherlands and we’d love to meet you! It's not easy being the new organisation on campus but fortunately NOVUM has welcomed us to the table. By the end of this article we hope to introduce ourselves and of course, extend the invitation to get to know more…
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The Bridge – September 2021

The Bridge – September 2021

The Bridge
The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Technology and Governance As technology changes, so are the ways countries are governed. In recent years, we can observe how, both, democracies and autocracies have started to embrace this new way of government. At the global forefront of this shift lay both Taiwan and China as they stand as two great examples of…
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The Bridge – May 2021

The Bridge – May 2021

The Bridge
The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us ;)All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. The end is in sight- but this phase of the pandemic brings new challenges, especially for students Without wanting to sound self-pitying, the academic year 2020-2021 has probably been one of the hardest years to be a student in Europe in modern times. I do not need to tell you how much…
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The Bridge – April 2021

The Bridge – April 2021

The Bridge
The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us ;)All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Socializing during the pandemic As a follow-up to my article from last month, this month I wanted to look at the impact of Covid-19 on the way we socialize. We have experienced major changes throughout the last year. In pursuit of controlling the spread of Covid, face-to-face conversations have been replaced by…
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