UM staff trips to Brussels
Maastricht University Campus Brussels supports UM staff (departments, associations, platforms) in organising field trips to Brussels. Over the past 10 years, the Campus has developed an extensive network of partners both professional and cultural that you can benefit from.
The Campus team can assist you in putting together a progamme depending on the type of trip you would like to go on.
Depending on your field of interest, the UM Campus Brussels team can support in designing a fitting programme that meets the objectives of your field trip.
Contact the team and find out more on how you and your colleagues can organise a day in Brussels!
'Away days' or 'heidagen'
Follow a tailor made progamme arranged by Campus Brussels. The day-programme can consist of a content morning, such as a presentation by an EU policy-maker or a university network, followed by a cultural afternoon with a visit to one of the EU institutions, a museum, or a walking tour through the historical city. Catering can be arranged either at the Campus or in town.
Taking advantage of UM Campus Brussels’ interfaculty hub, the Campus can arrange a get-together of different faculty staff with similar functions, for example for secretaries, communications officers, teaching assistants, managers, etc. Colleagues can interact with peers from other faculties to exchange thoughts and ideas as well as for social activities. The goal of this type of format is to foster interfaculty synergies amongst UM staff, to design new initiatives and working methods as well as to strengthen the bonds among UM’s community.
Pressure cooker meetings
Organise a pressure cooker meeting for your team. These meetings focus on concrete outcome; these could be in the form of an academic paper, a proposal, a strategic plan, a work plan. By taking part in a ‘pressure cooker’ meeting, the team could be encouraged to step out of the usual workflow and therefore benefit from the change of scenery leading to new ideas. The afternoon could focus on a more informal programme creating a well-balanced day away.
"In order to get better acquainted with the ‘Brussels scene’ in terms of funding opportunities, a 24 person delegation of the SBE management and board visited Brussels, incl. the UM Brussels Campus and the European Parliament. In the morning, the Campus provided excellent facilities to host speakers from DG RTD and EASSH. Additionally, lunch was provided at the Campus, followed by a brainstorming session in several small groups. In the afternoon, the group strolled to the European Parliament for a guided tour and the -very successful- day ended with dinner at a nice Brussels restaurant."
Raymunde Neven, Senior Consultant EU Grants, School of Business and Economics
“We organised our yearly 'heidag' to the Campus. We arrived at the campus and enjoyed a warm welcome. Following a tour of the building, we had a productive discussion with the Campus event coordinators on best practices regarding the organisation of high-level academic events. Sharing experiences with other colleagues in the same field proved very useful as we were able to share ideas for improvement and learned a lot from each other's expertise. We then had lunch in the city and absorbed the historical atmosphere of the Grand Place."
Chantal Kuipers, Team leader Research Support Office, Faculty of Law UM