Every year UM conducts alumni research among three cohorts of alumni. Alumni are invited to complete a questionnaire about 1.5, 5 and 10 years after their graduation from a UM master programme. UM’s alumni research provides insights into the (labour market) position of its alumni, and shows the extent to which its master programmes prepare students for the labour market. This research yields rich and valuable data, revealing for example how alumni look back on their studies, what their employment prospects are, which jobs they obtain, which knowledge and skills they possess and what they value and aim for in their labour market career.
Collection of important data
UM’s alumni research provides information that is useful for a range of stakeholders. It can help prospective students with their study choice: what are the employment prospects of various master programmes, and what occupations can one expect to enter after graduating from these programmes? With this in mind, results from UM’s alumni research is used twice a year to inform prospective students attending the UM Master Open Days. Additionally, it provides the UM and its faculties with information on their graduates: how are they doing, and how they look back on their studies? The alumni research also provides important policy information. Partly based on the findings of UM’s alumni research, employability has become one of UM’s three strategic focal points.
UM’s alumni research consists of two related projects. As part of the National Alumni Survey (NAE) conducted under the auspices of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), alumni from several Dutch universities are asked to fill in a questionnaire about 1.5 years after graduation. VSNU works together on this survey with DESAN Research Solutions, which carries out the data collection. Additionally, alumni from UM are followed up later in their career, and asked to fill in questionnaires about 5 and 10 years after graduation. This research is conducted jointly by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) and DESAN Research Solutions.
Content of UM’s alumni research
The questionnaires deal with the following main topics:
- Transition and preparation of the master programme for the labour market.
- Success in the labour market, in terms of employment, salary and occupation, as well as job satisfaction and the degree to which one contributes to society.
- Acquired knowledge and skills.
- Satisfaction with the master programme, in terms of content and preparation for the labour market (in NAE).
UM Alumni: attention please
If you graduated in the years 2009-2010, 2014-2015 or 2018-2019, you can expect an invitation letter and/or e-mail, which asks you to participate in the UM survey on alumni and the labour market. You can also join directly via this link.
Your input is used to inform prospective students correctly. Moreover, all answers provide UM and its faculties with various information on their graduates, which may lead to new policy decisions. Maastricht University is raffling UM sweaters among all participants.