19 Jun 21 Jun

International Staff Week

Maastricht University (UM) proudly presents its 1st  International Staff Week (ISW). This ISW is aimed at international colleagues from our partner universities in the YERUN and WUN networks, as well as at colleagues from other partner universities. We also welcome participants with ERASMUS+ grants.

The programme deals with a wide range of current developments and strategic issues that most employees working at a higher education institution experience.  You will participate in a number of sessions with presentations about how we at Maastricht deal with topics such as alumni relations, gender issues, educational innovation, relationships with local and regional authorities and employability.

Have a look at the:

We look forward to exchanging our views and experiences with you in an interactive setting. For further information, questions or help with your arrangements please contact Nicole Kusters at isw@maastrichtuniversity.nl.


Wednesday 19 June
Day 1

Day 2

Thursday 20 June
Time Activity
09.30 - 10.30 Workshop on employability at UM by Dr. Ellen Bastiaens & Mr. Perry Heymann, Programme Manager Student Employability
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 11.30

Diversity & Inclusivity at UM: Female Empowerment Maastricht University (FEM) by Dr. Aurélie Carlier, vice-chair and Assistant Professor faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

11.30 - 12.00 Global Engagement at UM by Mr. Han Aarts, Director of MUNDO (Maastricht University Centre for International Cooperation in Academic Development)
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.00 Introduction to Maastricht Working on Europe project by Dr. Gonny Willems, Managing Director
14.00 - 14.30 Services for International Staff by Knowledge Centre for International Staff – TBC
14.30 - 15.00 Introduction to Maastricht Summer School and Centre for European Studies by Mr. Raimond Coumans, Head of Department & Ms. Laura Byrd & Ms. Aude Frost, International Relations Officers
15.00 - 15.30 Introduction to the YERUN network: the added value of inter-university cooperation by Ms. Silvia Gomez Recio, YERUN Secretary General
16.00 - 18.00 City Tour - joint departure from conference room
18.00 - 21.00 Dinner (on boat  the “Maasvallei”) - departure from Maaspromenade dock
Vrijthof Maastricht

Day 3

Friday 21 June
Time Activity
09.00 - 10.00

Introduction to the UM alumni office by Ms. Bo Pirovano, Policy Officer Development & Alumni Relations

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 - 11.00

Introduction to UM Student Services by Ms. Lisette Hegge, Head International Services Desk

11.00 - 12.00

Keynote lecture: The first lab grown burger by Prof. dr. Mark Post, Professor of Vascular Physiology

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 14.00 Presentation of UM Brightlands campuses by Ms.Karin Dijkman, Strategy and Policy Advisor
14.00 - 14.30 Closing ceremony and handing out certificates by Prof. dr. Martin Paul, President of Maastricht University
14.30 - 15.00 Filling out of feedback surveys and group picture – in atrium
15.00 End of the International Staff Week
Maastricht by night

Practical information

How to get there:

  1. By plane: you can fly to Amsterdam (Schiphol) or Eindhoven. Both cities have a direct train connection with Maastricht.
  2. But you could also fly to the airports of our neighboring countries. Most are closer to Maastricht than Amsterdam. If you would choose to fly to Düsseldorf or Cologne in Germany, then you can reach Maastricht by train via Aachen. If you would fly in through Brussels Zaventem or Charleroi (‘Brussels South’), then you can reach Maastricht by train via Liège.
  3. By train (see above). Our national railway company (NS) offers an english version of their route planner https://www.ns.nl/en/journeyplanner#/  .
  4. By bus. Maastricht is reachable with the Flixbus network.
  5. By car. Please take into account that you will have to pay for parking your car. Maastricht is a relatively small historical city with limited space. Free parking in or close to the city centre is almost impossible.

If you have any questions about travelling do not hesitate to contact us at isw@maastrichtuniversity.nl.


Maastricht has for years been welcoming many visitors, so you will have a wide choice of hotels and hostels. Since budgets and preferences of people differ, and since many participants are used to make bookings themselves, we have not made any agreements with hotels for our event. But of course we can always advise you or answer your questions. Also in this case do not hesitate to contact us at isw@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Conference venue

Our conference venues will be in one of our university premises in the city centre: Kapoenstraat   (Faculty of Sciece and Engineering). Any hotel in and around the city centre will be at walking distance from this venue. Those who will find accommodation in the outer parts of the city can reach us by city bus.

About Maastricht

Maastricht is a beautiful city with a history that dates back to the roman times. Its historical center offers beautiful little streets, monuments and ample restaurants that are waiting to be discovered. Maastricht is located in the most southern part of the Netherlands countryside and is surrounded by Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia) and Germany. See the following pages if you want to learn more about our city:

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