Emese Szikszai, (Hungaria), Biobased Materials
I think the most struggling part of the journey is housing. Therefore, I would definitely advise others to start early on their search for an accommodation.

I think the most struggling part of the journey is housing. Therefore, I would definitely advise others to start early with their search for an accommodation. The university is now also offering its own housing. Thus, there will be more options to choose from. I personally found my studio in Sittard, through a housing company (Holland2Stay), however there are other options that can be found in the website of Maastricht University

What do you think of Maastricht as a city?

It is a beautiful city, I love to be a tourist there, my favourite place is the Bisschopsmolen. Maastricht offers a lot of possibilities if you are looking for a job as an expat or for shopping.

How would you describe Problem-Based and Project-Centred Learning?

It is best described by: being a small educational setting, working together with other students on solving problems, a lot of questions and answers, learning how to apply your knowledge to research projects, and hands on approach. Tutorials start with a pre-discussion of an actual issue that is related to our topic of study. Here we create learning goals that we research after the tutorial. The next tutorial is the post discussion, the questions and answers are shared. Also, with help of the tutor, the right direction of answering questions is outlined.

How is the contact between you, your lecturers and fellow students?

I chose this programme, among other reasons, because of the small-scale education, the problem oriented educational method, great teacher student contact and the presence of the scientific area. My experience is that thanks to all of this, we receive a lot of attention from the professors, and really learn how to solve problems while working on research projects.

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    Megan Borg, (Malta), Biobased Materials
    I was drawn to this master’s program as it entailed tackling very urgent environmental and economic matters in a practical way.
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    In Problem-Based Learning, we start with real-life problems, we ask ourselves what exactly the problems are, what we need to know before we can solve the problems, and finally, how we solve them.
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    Elias Francisco Garcia Verstraete (Spain), Biobased Materials
    The teaching and visiting staff are full of knowledge, expertise and willingness to help. Try asking them about their research
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    Chemistry is often associated with pollutants, but what if we can make things better?