2 April 2020

Update #26 COVID-19

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Update #26, 2 April 2020: 15:00 uur

In this update, we provide you with information on the upcoming elections for the student representatives of the Faculty and University Councils and for the Service Councils of the service centres and MUO. We also cover MUMC+'s call for volunteers to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus. Furthermore, we share with you some of the initial reactions to the crowdfunding campaign of the University Fund - SWOL.

We’re open! Elections continue

In consultation with the University Council, it has been decided that the elections for the student representatives of the Faculty Councils, the University Council and the Service Councils of the service centres and MUO will continue as planned. Both the nomination of candidates and the voting will take place online and participating candidates and parties will be given the opportunity to present themselves on the website and through other communication channels. By allowing the elections to go forward, we ensure that the new councils can start from the beginning of the new academic year. Do you want to be a candidate for a council? It is possible to submit a list of candidates for nomination from 6 to 14 April via: https://elections.maastrichtuniversity.nl/ Voting will take place from 25 to 28 May. More information about the elections can be found here.

Volunteering at MUMC+

Maastricht University has been approached by Maastricht UMC+ with the request to give UM employees the opportunity to help combat the coronavirus on a voluntary basis. UM is, of course, happy to comply with this request.

MUMC+ is particularly looking for people with training and experience in healthcare. If you would like to do your bit, please — again, on a voluntary basis — first contact your manager. You can discuss together whether you have room to help within you existing working hours or outside of working hours. Do you have a part-time contract, or would you like to do the work outside your working hours? In that case, too, it is important that you discuss this with your manager beforehand.

If it is possible for you to help, we ask you to contact the ‘UM task board’ at staffcareercentre[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl Through the UM task board, matters such as contracts, secondment or voluntary agreements are arranged. During the time that you are contributing at the hospital, your UM manager will evaluate with you periodically whether the tasks at MUMC+ will continue to be combined with your work at UM.

More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

Positive responses to the crowdfunding campaign

So far, over 10,000 euros has been donated by almost 200 donors for students in financial distress. The crowdfunding campaign of the University Fund-SWOL and UM was launched this week. You can find more information and positive feedback on the campaign's webpage. This is what donors let us know:

"Maastricht owes a lot to the university. Now, it's time to do something in return and make sure the international students stay. They make this a lively and liveable city!”


"If we all contribute something, it’s going to be a big amount. Students are the lifeblood of the university and I feel it's my duty to assist my 'clients' right now."

In a video, UM President Martin Paul calls on everyone to participate (for Dutch subtitles, click on the gear icon in the lower right corner). Feel free to share this video!