International students less and less happy in the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS. International students in the Netherlands had already been faced with struggles and the coronavirus situation has not changed things for the better, according to a new survey. They more often feel lonely and stressed, have more money problems and struggle with online education.

FPN to start pilot with mentor for young researchers

MAASTRICHT. From career advice to support in finding the right balance between work and private life. From September, young post-doc researchers and assistant professors at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences can reach out to a mentor.  

“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 on the basis of mutual respect.”

“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.

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President Martin Paul leaves UM

President Martin Paul leaves UM

MAASTRICHT. President of the Executive Board professor Martin Paul is leaving Maastricht University after thirteen years. As of 1 November, he will become rector at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia. He will not complete his third term: I wasn’t planning on leaving, but this is a unique opportunity.”