PREMIUM students present findings UM-MACIMIDE PREMIUM project
At the beginning of July an interdisciplinary team of PREMIUM students organised a workshop to present the findings of their UM-MACIMIDE PREMIUM project to a group of stakeholders, including housing corporations, VluchtelingenWerk Nederland, and the municipality of Maastricht.
The project was carried out by Vienna Kooijman (FPN), Mercedes Quammie (FPN), Sarai Suarez Louzao (UNU-Merit) and Harres Yakubi (UNU-Merit), supervised by Natasja Reslow (Law).
The students wrote a report about the implementation of national refugee integration policy, focusing on education and housing for refugees in Maastricht. The report shows that:
- refugees are not included in discussions about how to improve integration strategies
- the refugees’ progress in learning the Dutch language is not monitored due to the privatisation of language courses
- teachers are not trained in dealing with cultural differences
Several best practices were identified within the municipality of Maastricht. For example the Match project which seeks to increase the social involvement of students at Maastricht University. The presentation of the project report was followed by an interactive workshop during which participants discussed the findings and best possible ways forward.
PREMIUM is an honours programme for master’s students that will help them gain the experience and develop the skills employers are looking for.
As part of a team of students and under the guidance of our academic staff, PREMIUM students spend about three months working on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO or educational institution. They also work on a personal development plan, receive intensive individual coaching and attend master classes and workshops.