UM & COVID-19

On this page you will find all corona related information. From information about our (online) education to frequently asked questions. You can also read more about the extensive safety measures that have been taken to provide everyone with a safe learning and working environment.

It goes without saying that we will continue to closely follow the developments surrounding the coronavirus. We will keep everyone up to date, either here on this website, or via the UM newsletters directly in your mailbox.

 Lockdown information
You'll receive the most up to date information via email. We've repeated those messages for your convenience.

  For students. Your faculty will keep you posted on issues that apply to you specifically.
  For employees. Your unit will keep you posted on issues that apply to you specifically

Looking back—and forwards

From the very start of the coronacrisis in the Netherlands, UM students and staff were informed as much possible via periodical updates, first daily, then weekly and later on when required. The new academic year marks the end of our series of corona updates. From now on, corona-related information will be communicated by email, through the intranet, social media or UM News, or by your manager. You can find all these updates and overview of the measures and guidelines by clicking on the link below.  

  Read more about the updates and look back and forwards

Stories

  • Christian Hoebe

    “Why not move Carnival to summer?”

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Christian Hoebe, professor of Social Medicine and head of Infectious Disease Control at the GGD Zuid-Limburg, discusses his passion for social medicine, his childhood in Alkmaar and, of course, the fight against COVID-19.

    Read more
  • Collage 'Exquisitely quarantined corpse' by Anna Harris, Sally Wyatt, Andrea Wojcik and Harro van Lente

    Quatrains for a trying quarter

    Monday, September 14, 2020

    “Poetry can transform fear and sadness into something beautiful.” FASoS’s Sally Wyatt, Professor of Digital Cultures on her faculty’s poetry and art collection ‘Quarantine Spring’, produced between March and May 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

    Read more
  • coach

    Parenting in times of crisis

    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    “Be supportive and open.” This is Dr Anita Vreugdenhil’s advice to parents when it comes to communicating with their children about the corona crisis. Vreugdenhil is a paediatrician at the Maastricht UMC+ and founder and head of the Centre for Overweight Adolescent and Children’s Healthcare (COACH).

    Read more
  • veggies

    How are family businesses getting through the crisis?

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Do family businesses have greater resilience in times of crisis than non-family businesses? And why is that? Dr Anita Van Gils looked at existing research into these questions, which was primarily carried out after the previous (financial) crisis in 2008.

    Read more
  • Jiao peiran

    Post-COVID economic recovery – a question of confidence

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    How quickly do you think things will return to normal? How you feel about this is more important than you might think! Since it’s crucial for policy-makers addressing immediate problems to understand what people think might happen, Peiran Jiao has conducted an online survey experiment into how the pandemic shock has influenced economic preferences and beliefs.

    Read more
  • UM Career Services

    Here to stay!

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    When the lockdown was announced in March, UM Career Services immediately started thinking about offering their services online. In the meantime, they can hardly imagine that the online offer will ever disappear completely. And: they are open all summer.

    Read more
  • handen wassen

    Questionnaire: 60% of UM-students followed all corona guidelines

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Read more
  • mahler am tisch

    Etudes for a new classical music practice

    Monday, July 13, 2020

    The MCICM received funding from the NWO/SIA for research into ways in which symphony orchestras can involve their audiences more actively in concerts. And then the corona crisis hit. Peter Peters, director of the MCICM explains what this means for the research and talks about the insights thus far.

    Read more
  • Clemens Kool

    Will The Euro Survive The Corona Crisis?

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Studio Europa Maastricht spoke with Clemens Kool, professor of Monetary and Financial Economics, about a monetary union that continues drifting apart. His conclusion? “We haven’t developed sufficient mechanisms to absorb shocks together.”

    Read more
  • Redrawing borders

    Monday, July 6, 2020

    Professor of Philosophy of Public Health Klasien Horstman and Belgian artist Marlies Vermeulen have won this year’s Mingler Scholarship for their project Bacteria & Borders. Experimental cartography between art, lab & (daily) life. They plan to study and make tangible the realities of infectious diseases in border regions.

    Read more
  • europasterren

    How to make ethically responsible corona policy?

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Associate Professor in public health ethics Peter Schröder-Bäck studied the effects of the European debt crisis on health. He is now advising  policymakers across Europe on the ethics of responding to the corona crisis.

    Read more
  • Woman harvests roses at a flower farm in Ethiopia

    Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    The UM-initiated 3WE project (‘Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia’) studies how employment generated by foreign direct investment (FDI) is affecting the well-being of workers, and women in particular. Especially in Africa, where FDI is becoming one of the main sources of new employment opportunities and economic growth on the continent. Principal investigator Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito and Konjit Hailu Gudeta, explain the situation of women in Ethiopia, particularly in the light of the current pandemic.

    Read more
  • pim martens animal rights

    “We’ve been warning about this for decades”

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    COVID-19, the third outbreak of coronavirus in 20 years, wasn’t exactly unpredictable. Professor Pim Martens, who tries to integrate scientific knowledge and animal advocacy, talks about how zoonoses, infectious diseases that jump from animals to humans, foreground the complex interconnectedness of our wellbeing and our treatment of animals.

    Read more
  • Maurice Zeegers

    ‘This is a golden age for science’

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Maurice Zeegers is not only professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology, but also scientific director of the Maastricht research school CAPHRI (Care and Public Health Research Institute). And during these corona times, he also functions as research partner of the WHO Evidence Collaborative. A discussion about the delicate balance between scientific rigour and social impact.

    Read more
  • segers

    European cooperation in times of crisis

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    “What does the EU have to offer?” is the question the EU needs to answer now more than ever, according to professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration Mathieu Segers. 

    Read more
  • umio hearttalks

    A gentle heartbeat enters our being

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Damien Nunes’ concept Hearttalks tries to provide timely solutions and timeless food for thought around the process of losing a loved one. It allows family members to send verbal messages from a distance while intimately listening to the beating heart of (terminal) patients unable or struggling to speak.

    Read more
  • mody

    Science and the oil industry: an intimate relationship

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    The entanglement between science and the oil industry is also of the pillars of Mody’s research on how to deal with sustainability in times of scarcity, for which he recently received a Vici grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

    Read more
  • Facility Pathfinder

    The corona-effect on the ETpathfinder

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    “The preparations for the arrival of the ETpathfinder have not yet been hampered by the corona crisis. So far we seem to be still right on schedule”, says Prof. Stefan Hild.

    Read more
  • item

    Certain border workers may be ineligible for government support

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Researchers from ITEM, the Maastricht University institute that specialises in research on the effects of national and European legislation on the border region, compared the support offered to self-employed businesspeople by the Dutch, German and Belgian governments. They found that self-employed people who work in the Netherlands but live in Belgium or Germany are ineligible for support. Their advice: follow the Belgian model.

    Read more
  • donna yates

    The hunt for the dinosaur

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    In January, with Brexit looming, Donna Yates moved from Glasgow to Maastricht. The associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminology brought with her an ERC grant worth €1.5 million. Less than three months later, the world is in lockdown due to COVID-19. What does this mean for her research on the illicit trade of antiquities, fossils and wildlife?

    Read more
  • corona we're open de Rijk homeoffice

    Making work from home work for you

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Fatigue, headaches, irritability, or sleep problems? These might be symptoms of stress caused by the unfamiliar demands of working from home. Angelique de Rijk studies work stress in nurses – and worries about the current situation and the transition back to normal.

    Read more
  • ‘Every healthcare system is only as strong as its weakest link’

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    SHE Collaborates is part of the Maastricht School of Health Professions Education (SHE), and in simple terms you could describe it as the ‘development cooperation department’ of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. How is director Geraldine Beaujean coping now the corona crisis has brought international travel to a standstill?

    Read more
  • gideon koekoek

    One stayed in the Koekoek’s nest

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Gideon Koekoek teaches theoretical physics and researches gravitational waves from the comfort of his home – and is working his pecs in the process.

    Read more
  • Southern comfort

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Just over a month ago, they were celebrating that spring had finally arrived in Maastricht. The day after, they sat on a plane home – where they still are (home, that is, not the plane…). First-year UCM students Giulia Petrilli in Puglia, Italy and Max Griera in Catalonia, Spain share their experiences of the coronavirus crisis in Southern Europe.

    Read more
  • minor sustainability

    Sustainability goes beyond “the green stuff”

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    When it comes to teaching about sustainability, you need an interdisciplinary team of teachers on board. Sustainable UM2030 organised a meeting in which teachers from various faculties presented their ideas for sustainability courses to students.

    Read more
  • Piet Eichholtz

    We said, ‘Let them rot in hell’

    Thursday, April 16, 2020

    Piet Eichholtz was one of the co-signatories of an open letter criticising the Netherlands’ reluctance to help Southern Europe in its time of need. Here, he reflects on how the coronavirus crisis is ineluctably embedded in economic, political and ethical issues.

    Read more
  • Palliative care in times of the coronavirus

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Read more
  • ‘Loneliness is looming’

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    The coronavirus is hitting vulnerable elderly people the hardest in every respect, finds Maastricht University Professor Hilde Verbeek. Not only do they face the greatest risk of dying from the disease, but they are also particularly affected by the strict government measures to prevent the virus from spreading

    Read more
  • Patrick Bijsmans

    The new challenge: finding a routine in online education

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    Finding a new routine in education is the biggest challenge we face, says Patrick Bijsmans, assistant professor in European Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS).

    Read more
  • sanne en mirjam

    Selection predicts better performance

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    Before she began her PhD, Sanne Schreurs thought “important people” were standoffish. Then she met her supervisor, Professor Mirjam oude Egbrink. “I was surprised at how sweet and supportive she was.” According to the findings of their research, the selection procedure for Medicine predicts study success and results in better doctors.

    Read more
  • student wellbeing

    Your wellbeing is more important than ever

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    The team of UM Psychologists at SSC are there for you – whether you struggle with fear of failure, procrastination, stress, sadness or loneliness. Now you get to contact them even – only, come to think of it – from the comfort of your own home.

    Read more
  • Student babysitters unburden employees

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Two medical interns of Maastricht University (UM) seized the corona crisis for a special new initiative.

    Read more
  • Jochen Cals

    Report from the front lines by professor-general practitioner Jochen Cals

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Professor of General Practice Medicine Jochen Cals is also a practicing general practitioner in Sittard, a city that is suffering from a relatively high number of coronavirus infections. What is his experience during these unique times?

    Read more
  • "Everything is going ahead – just differently."

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Read more
  • Mark Levels and social order in times of corona

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    For Professor Mark Levels of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), it’s business as usual these days - although his alarm clock is going off earlier than usual, and after-work drinks are now held online.

    Read more
  • Let your dialect be heard!

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    Extended deadline

    Read more
  • Necessity as the mother of invention

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    UM’s buildings might be closed but its teaching is charging full steam ahead, evolving faster than ever. Professor Teun Dekker even has a giddy sense of excitement about all the innovation that this crisis will foster.

    Read more