Due to Easter and Kingsday the editorial office of Observant is closed until Monday 1 May. The next issue will come out on Thursday 4 May. Happy Easter!
MAASTRICHT. The Lokaal Overleg (Local Negotiations between Maastricht representatives of the unions and the Executive Board) wants senior employees (60+) to be given the chance to work less for a slightly lower salary, without affecting the level of their retirement benefits. The hours that become available this way can be allocated to younger employees, who can then - with a permanent position - take the next step in their careers.
MAASTRICHT. There will be a tenure track policy throughout the UM that should give researchers a reasonable chance to get promotion and receive a permanent appointment, as long as certain well-defined conditions have been met. Women will receive extra encouragement.
MAASTRICHT. It is high time that all compulsory bachelor's lectures are recorded, say students in the University Council.
MAASTRICHT. Ladyfest is a festival to celebrate, empower and inspire women. This worldwide concept will come to Maastricht for the first time at the Mandril Cultural Centre on 6 and 7 May.
It’s a do-it-yourself festival, meaning that instead...
THE NETHERLANDS. Almost 100,000 former students failed to pay back their student loans within the allotted 15 years, according to preliminary figures from the education ministry’s payment agency DUO.
THE NETHERLANDS. Caretaker finance minister and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem has refused to apologise for his ‘drink and women’ comments that prompted angry calls for his resignation.
MAASTRICHT. No science no evidence, no truth, no democracy. That is the idea behind the March for Science, an initiative that has been embraced around the world. On Saturday 22 April, a march will be organised in about 430 cities, including Maas...
MAASTRICHT/BRISBANE. Maastricht University (UM) has dropped two places - from fourth to sixth - in the Young University Rankings for best young universities in the world. This has put the UM back in the same place as in 2015. The rankings were publis...
HUNGARY/MAASTRICHT. On Tuesday 4 April, the Hungarian parliament adopted a bill that jeopardises the future of the well-known Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Maastricht scientist Lutz Krebs has started a petition.
THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. It was not an easy task, but unions and universities have reached a new collective labour contract. One of the most important agreements is that the workload will be addressed. The UM has already invested millions, but the University Council thinks that this is not enough.