MAASTRICHT. Surviving the global race is the theme of this year’s Maastricht Symposium, an annual event with lectures and workshops. Various speakers (including Sophie In ’t Veld, member of the European Parliament for D66, and Eric Koenen, author of management books) will talk about the subject in the Sint Janskerk on 2 May. Executive President Martin Paul will lead the discussion.
“The labour market is more mobile, more dynamic and more competitive than ever. The qualities that students must have in order to find their place in this climate, is also changing fast and constantly,” says chairman Ralph Stassar about the theme. In the afternoon, both commercial and social organisations offer workshops. “We wanted a positive line of approach, so we asked them: how do you keep going? How do you ensure that you always have new ideas?”
The Maastricht Symposium, which has been organised since 1999, is in English for the first time this year. “The UM and the Maastricht city council both focus their attention on internationalisation, so we can’t fall short,” says Stassar. The symposium is open to students from all faculties. Those who wish to register (before 1 April) must first write a column on the subject. “We want people to think about it beforehand. The idea is that the discussion also involves the audience and we want to achieve a certain level. A column is a fun way to deal with the theme, it need not be a very serious piece.”
For more information, visit www.maastricht-symposium.nl