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Economists earn most

The national WO Monitor 2009 has been published, which draws a picture of the employment situation of alumni and their satisfaction with the studies they did. The UM’s report looks good, with an average of a 7.2 on a 10-point scale. The highest appreciation was for the subject-specific expertise of lecturers (8.0). With a mark of 5.7, providing information about studies and career options is an item that can be improved. The faculty of Arts and Social Sciences scored worst in this field (4.9). For international orientation, the UM received 7.4. A whole point above the national average. In particular the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Humanities and Sciences did well, with 8 and 8.1, respectively.

Another section of the WO monitor concerns the labour market performance. 

About 90 per cent of all Maastricht alumni has a paid job, although more than one third of the graduates from Arts and Social Sciences and from Humanities and Sciences are looking for paid work or want to switch. Maastricht alumni earn well, with an average gross income of 2,671 euros; a few dozen euros more than their colleagues from the rest of the country. Graduates from the School of Business and Economics are at the top, with 3,132 euros.

The WO Monitor 2009 was carried out by IVA, a policy survey and consultancy agency from Tilburg. Approximately 30 per cent of the graduates from the 2007-2008 academic year who were asked to participate, completed the questionnaire. This corresponds to 7,800 Dutch alumni, 400 of whom were former UM students.

 

 

Wendy Degens

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