Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture. As one of the most international universities in Europe, we are aware and proud that our strength lies in diversity. We strive to go well beyond quotas and compliance: we are determined to foster an environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued.
During the Diversity and Inclusivity Day, UM has discussed its policies aimed at creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to inspire and be inspired.
"A real ‘community’ will only come about when people who differ on many fronts don’t just tolerate each other, but work together and learn from each other."
Read an interview with Rianne Letschert: The first year of the 'Rector of Diversity'.
UM has decided to dedicate additional funds over the coming years to expand and intensify research on diversity across all our faculties.
Read our interview with Isabella Grabner, a member of the newly established UM Advisory Council on Diversity, about her research on performance measurement and implicit bias in academia.
A work group appointed by the UM Executive Board has produced advice which will influence, among other things, our HR policy.
We have a Diversity Officer and a Diversity & Inclusivity Advisory Council, which has recently held its inaugural meeting. Most importantly, all our staff and students share in our vision to make everyone feel welcome.
Marja van Dieijen, President of the Maastricht UMC+ Executive Board
Isabella Grabner, Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics
Didier Fouarge, Professor in Dynamics of Skills Allocation, School of Business and Economics
Cerien Streefland, Managing Director, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Fred Zijlstra, Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience
Lana Sirri, Assistant Professor in Gender and Religion, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vigjilenca Abazi, Assistant Professor International and European Law, Faculty of Law
Albertine Zanting, Senior Policy Advisor Internationalisation and Researcher of Cultural Diversity, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science