International staff & cross-border mobility
At Maastricht University, 40% of our academic staff and 10% of our support staff come from abroad. Many of our Dutch staff have international experience, and we actively encourage all of our staff to participate in international partnerships and exchanges abroad when they can. Combined with more than half of our students coming from abroad, this makes the atmosphere at the university truly international.
The mobility of our staff as well as our students is a key focus area of the university, in particular in collaboration with our international partner universities and networks. In our human resources policy, we strive to provide academic as well as support staff with ample opportunities for shorter or longer visits to international partner universities. In the coming year, more attention will also be paid to the concept of ‘virtual mobility’.
Knowledge Centre for International Staff
To help our international staff make the necessary arrangements to start working at the university and to feel at home in Maastricht, we’ve set up a Knowledge Centre for International Staff (KCIS). The KCIS also supports our employees when they’re posted abroad as well as when they live across the border in Belgium or Germany and work here in the Netherlands.
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- 40% of academic staff & 10% of support staff come from abroad
- UM teaching staff receives highest score in English proficiency (National Student Survey 2019)
- Knowledge Centre for International Staff assists new staff
- Meet & Greets to welcome new staff in the region
- training and mobility opportunities for staff
For incoming international staff and current international staff, KCIS offers support in areas such as:
- immigration procedures
- financial matters
- social security & health insurance
- providing further information on living in Maastricht
Staff going abroad
When it comes to staff who go abroad for teaching or research, KCIS can assist with:
- social security
- travel & health insurance
Since we are located so close to the borders of Belgium and Germany, many of our employees live in those countries while working in the Netherlands. Working in the Netherlands while living abroad affects taxes, social security, pensions, etc. KCIS helps our employees navigate all of these rules and regulations so they can get the most out of their employment.
Bringing together expats in the region
The KCIS also partners with the International Staff Society and the Maastricht municipality's International Service Desk to offer social activities for international workers in the region. International employees at the university and international workers from the region can get to know each other in an informal setting by attending Meet & Greets and other gatherings.
Maastricht International Centre
The province of Limburg and the city of Maastricht have long recognised the value of international residents. In addition to Maastricht University, Maastricht is home to more than 135 international institutes. And there are even more international companies and institutes in the wider Limburg region. A variety of groups have been formed within the region to support its international residents, and in 2016, the following groups joined forces to serve international residents:
- Province of Limburg
- Municipality of Maastricht
- Limburg Economic Development (LED)
- Holland Expat Center South (HECS)
- Cross-border Information Point (Grensinfopunt /GIP)
- Maastricht University’s Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM)
To increase cooperation, these groups have chosen to work from a single location on the first floor of Maastricht’s Centre Céramique, under the name of the Maastricht International Centre. The centre assists international workers by helping them to connect to the region and to tackle the bottlenecks related to cross-border mobility and cooperation.
Research on international mobility
Our mobility policy is research-based, informed by the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM). ITEM focuses on research, counselling, knowledge exchange and training activities in the domain of cross-border mobility and cooperation. A team of researchers carries out systematic research on cross-border issues and proposes practical and fundamental perspectives and potential solutions. ITEM is an interdisciplinary institute which was initiated by Maastricht University in cooperation with Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, NEIMED centre for expertise on demographic changes, the (Dutch) province of Limburg, the city of Maastricht and the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.
Looking to the future: investing in our staff
In our 2017-2021 Strategic Programme, we’ve identified a number of goals for the upcoming years with regard to the internationalisation of our staff:
- create more opportunities for international staff mobility, including virtual mobility
- conduct further research on internationalisation and create an internal measurement system
- develop and offer training in intercultural competencies for our staff (and our students)
- further professionalise services for our international staff and staff going abroad
"I am Peiran Jiao, Assistant Professor of Finance at the School of Business and Economics. My research focuses on behavioral and experimental economics and finance. I joined Maastricht University in October 2017. Before that, I grew up in China, did my PhD in the US, and worked in the University of Oxford in the UK for 3 years. Since the first time I visited Maastricht, I have been fascinated by this small but beautiful and lively city. Making the international move from the UK to the Netherlands as a Chinese citizen, it was not easy for me. KCIS provided excellent and timely assistance in this process for both my wife and I. Now we are adapting to life in the Netherlands very smoothly and are both grateful for the help from the fantastic staff at KCIS."
Peiran Jiao, Assistant Professor of Finance at SBE