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.


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

Lif in Maastricht

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:

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

Cross border 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