Education minister focuses on internationalisation at UM
Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven visited Maastricht on Monday 16 April to find out more about internationalisation and language policy at UM and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. She will use the input in a vision document she is working on. It will touch on several issues, including the use of English in higher education, a topic which has been in the news a lot lately and has led to strong debates in the Lower House of Parliament.
During her working visit to the ‘most international university in the Netherlands and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Van Engelshoven first met with a delegation of students and lecturers, as well as members of the University Council. Next, she spoke with administrators, including UM President Martin Paul, his counterpart at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences Luc Verburgh and government representatives including the King's Commissioner Theo Bovens and Maastricht alderman Bert Jongen. The discussions focused on the international classroom and the labour market, as well as the importance of internationalisation for the region and the country.
The minister indicated that internationalisation can have added value for higher education, but that educational quality, accessibility and diversity are paramount. To further develop her vision, the minister will speak with the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (VH), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the student unions and Nuffic. She will also await the results of several ongoing studies, including those being carried out by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research, before drafting her vision document.
As a UM community, we are deeply saddened by the devastating earthquake that struck Morocco. We sympathise with everyone affected in any way by this disaster.
This spring saw the publication of the ambition document 2023 – 2027 regarding the collaboration between Maastricht University and Radboud University. That document describes the focal points for the coming years. Meanwhile, projects in the workplace are becoming increasingly more concrete, and some...
The beginning of the new academic year at Maastricht University (UM) also marks the introduction of the new UM Sexual Safety Programme. Information, classes, and training events will be offered in a variety of different formats and on multiple occasions with the aim of increasing sexual safety among...