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MAASTRICHT/BRUSSELS. Maastricht University’s campus in Brussel has been closed for the time being because of the attacks at Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek metro station, Tuesday 22 March. School children from the Montessori Lyceum in Zeist, who were to visit the premises tuesday, turned back while they were on their way, says Vivianne Heijnen, head of the campus.
Maastricht University is housed in a historical building on the Legerlaan, less than two kilometres from Maalbeek station that was hit. Heijnen: “We had agreed with the Executive Board that in case of terrorist threat level Four, all activities would be cancelled and the doors would be closed.” A Health Policy Conference, planned for Wednesday, has also been cancelled.
At the time of the attacks, there were two team members in the building, says Heijnen. She herself was not there because of a meeting in Maastricht with other board members from the campus (Sophie Vanhoonacker, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is chairperson). “Very fortunate, as we normally meet in Brussels.”
The Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a negative travel advisory for Brussels. In the city itself, there’s limited train and metro traffic. Zaventem Airport is closed. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) cancelled all lessons for the rest of the week.
The UM campus already closed its doors for a few days in November, when the Belgian government raised the threat level after Paris had been hit by a number of terrorist attacks.
The Maastricht University’s Executive Board asks students and staff members who experience any problems in connection with, or in the wake of the attacks in Brussels, to report to the Student Deans, +31 (0)43 3885212.