Let Maastricht amaze you (again)

10.30 - 12.30 | 12.30 - 14.30 | 14.00 - 16.00 – Maastricht City Guided Walking Tour

Maastricht is an ancient town – you must have noticed during the years you spent here – which means there are countless stories to tell about the people who lived here and the buildings they left us. We will have a look at several of Maastricht University’s buildings and tell you about their history and their prior occupants. These stories fit into the larger picture of Maastricht, past and present, presenting itself to us along the way.

The session starts with coffee and cake.

16.30 - 19.30 – Maastricht City Guided Walking Tour + University Library Tour (Special Collections)

Please join us as well for UM’s Special Collections Tour. This magical evening takes place in the library’s closed stacks where curator Odin Essers will display rare books and tells you how the library increases the visibility, usability and sustainability of its Special Collections by raising the familiarity with these collections within the overall UM community and among interested parties from outside of the university, as well as to stimulate their use in teaching, research and public contexts. A fascinating look behind the scenes!

The session starts with bites and drinks.


Boost your professional knowledge and network

09.30 - 11.15 – Breakfast Booster ‘The Science of Performance Management’

An effective performance management system is the key to success for any organisation. Over the years, several scientists have thought about structures and ways to increase the likelihood that organisations achieve their strategic goals. This session by Prof. Dr. Harold Hassink provides an overview of a number of these theories and works towards a practical synthesis that can be used by organisations to critically analyse and improve their own performance management system. Provided by UMIO.

The session starts with a nice breakfast and informal networking (offline edition).

11.00 - 12.45 – Breakfast Booster ‘The Human Side of Business’

In this world, interconnectivity is in crisis. Functionality and financial rewards seemingly guide our working relations and they are affecting our ability to relate through others and ourselves. The human perspective seems to be lost, leading to divided and less productive teams and organisations. This session provides a framework that can help you as a professional to better deal with the “human side of business”. Workshop leader Marco Buschman will give you some practical insights that you can apply directly in your (professional) life. Provided by UMIO.

The session starts with a nice breakfast and informal networking (offline edition).


Discover the next step in your career

11.30 - 14.00 – (Young) UM alumni Coachcafé (FULL)

What are your talents? How can you employ them? And what makes you happy at work? If you are unsure about the answers, the Coachcafé is something for you. Fellow alumni coaches help you with the next step in your career!

The session starts with a lunch.


Do not miss the official keynote speech

14.00 - 15.00 – Word of welcome by Bouwien Janssen, director Development & Alumni Relations at Maastricht University, followed by the keynote speech of Donald Pols

Donald has a lifelong commitment to a society in harmony with nature – in the interest of nature, and of human society that is dependent on nature. In his capacity as Director of Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) he supports the global transition to sustainable energy.

As an expert on financing of the transition towards renewable energy, Donald has participated in both the delegations of WWF International and the Dutch government to the UNFCCC negotiations. He worked as Program Director for WWF International’s global natural resource program in Beijing; Director of WWF China's Climate and Energy program; Head of the WWF Netherlands Climate Program, and as senior advisor environment and nature in the Dutch parliament. 


Enjoy the PAS Festival and meet follow alumni

15.00 - 20.00PAS Festival

Enjoy a variety of arts, entertainment and science spread over Tapijn (under your own steam). More information via

17.30 - 18.30 – UM alumni PAS Festival Programme

Attend the perfomances of  MIKMAK, Rang Pang Circus (circus) and Barto (comic fool and contortionist). Your children are more than welcome either!

18.00 - 20.30 – Meet & Greet with fellow alumni

An informal get-together with fellow graduates from Maastricht University.

Bites and drinks included.

  • Let Maastricht amaze you (again)

  • Boost your professional knowledge and network

  • Discover the next step in your career

  • Do not miss the official keynote speech

  • Enjoy the PAS Festival and meet follow alumni