MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht city council aims to invest €300,000 in the Student and City programme, focused on improving the integration of students in the city. The plan is outlined in the Kaderbrief, a memo setting out the key points of the council’s financial plans.
The Student and City programme is a partnership between Maastricht University, Hogeschool Zuyd and various student organisations. It was given the green light in December 2013, but has so far not had its own dedicated budget.
The council plans to give the programme an extra boost by way of investments worth €150,000 each in 2016 and 2017. The funding is to be put towards events such as the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Maastricht University in 2016, the annual open days, the Week of Entrepreneurship and the INKOM (the introduction week for new students, held each year in August). According to the council, the funding should allow new projects to be developed quickly and flexibly. The investment plan will be submitted to the councillors for approval.
Various initiatives have already been launched within the Student and City programme. A special Student and City councillor has been installed. MyMaastricht.nl, an English-language portal for international students with information on transport, healthcare, finances and housing, is now online. Workplaces for student organisations have been created on the Gebroeders Hermansstraat, and in 2017 an International Students Club will kick off in the Timmerfabriek.