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“We must not stigmatise Chinese students and PhD candidates”

“We must not stigmatise Chinese students and PhD candidates”

MAASTRICHT. Even though there is more and more criticism from – among others – the academic world regarding collaboration with China, Maastricht University strengthens its bonds and welcomes about seventy Chinese doctoral students with grants, 50 per cent more than last year. “You must not stigmatise them; you must work with them ...
“Internationalisation should be about talent but is becoming politicised”

“Internationalisation should be about talent but is becoming politicised”

THE NETHERLANDS. Politics is threatening to deal a blow to the internationalisation of higher education and research. Don’t let this happen, warns Freddy Weima, outgoing director of the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education Nuffic.
“Working from home is not a right, nor is it compulsory”

“Working from home is not a right, nor is it compulsory”

MAASTRICHT. Are we going to return to our familiar work spaces at the university? Or will we continue to mainly work from home after COVID-19? It will most likely be a combination of both, the Taskforce The Future of Working at UM expects. Before we get that far, a lot has to be sorted.
Open letter: UM speed up your sustainability strategy

Open letter: UM speed up your sustainability strategy

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University must develop concrete plans to achieve its sustainability goals. So say the more than a thousand signatories of an open letter, which was handed over to the Executive Board on Tuesday afternoon. Vice-chairman Nick Bos received the letter on the steps of the administrative building on the Minderbroedersberg. When as...

No relaxation of measures, not at the UM either

MAASTRICHT. There is no official announcement yet, but the anticipated relaxation of the measures in higher education will not take place. The number of infections is too high. The doors of Maastricht University will therefore not be opened (further) next week. A great pity, rector Rianne Letschert feels, and “terrible” for the students...

Not everyone is happy with the rest and recovery plans

MAASTRICHT. The resolution by the Executive Board to fit in more rest and recovery time in an attempt to lower work pressure, has not been received well by everyone, rector Rianne Letschert said last week during a University Council committee meeting. She received reactions of approval but also some very unpleasant, “nasty” ones.

UM wants ABP to advance sustainability

MAASTRICHT. Sever the ties with sectors that “are related to fossil fuels” as quickly as possible. That is Maastricht University’s message to pension fund ABP in a letter that is now on the UM website. The university also wants to hear from the fund how it will ensure that investments become more sustainable in the future.

SBE: Too many holidays, period five extended by a week

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) wants to extend period five as of next year by one week. This is necessary, because due to all the holidays during that period, too much education is lost and the seven intensive contact hours per week are not feasible. The academic staff (academic staff) fear an increase of workpressure.
No more e-mails and WhatsApp messages at the weekend

No more e-mails and WhatsApp messages at the weekend

MAASTRICHT. No text messages and e-mails in the evenings and at the weekend. To lower work pressure Maastricht University (UM) wants to create more restful and recovery moments. It is also considering a shorter academic year and fewer exams.

KNAW stands up for academic freedom

THE NETHERLANDS. The fierce battle for research funds is having an impact on academic freedom, argues Dutch science association KNAW. Researchers are increasingly being constrained by a spectrum of requirements and conditions.
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