Maastricht University Opening of the Academic Year 2014/15 – Women in academia: change ahead?


Maastricht University will open the academic year 2014/15 on Monday 1 September 2014. The theme of the event is ‘ Women in academia: change ahead?’

The higher up the career ladder you look, the fewer women you see in universities in the Netherlands. Twenty percent of Maastricht University professors are women – not bad compared to other Dutch universities, but this can and must be improved.

Dr. Elisabeth Brüggen, Associate Professor of Marketing at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics & research fellow at Netspar,  will participate in the (morning) academic symposium that will focus on how to promote the flow of women through the ranks in academia. Dr. Brüggen will share her ideas on how to inspire an active policy that encourages more female academics to climb the career ladder.

The official opening of the academic year will take place at the Theater aan het Vrijthof. The keynote speaker during this opening ceremony at the Theater aan het Vrijthof is Dr. Jennifer Barnes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy at the University of Cambridge. Barnes has had an impressive career, from opera singer to president of an all-female college in Cambridge to her present executive role. She has extensive experience in higher education and has advised peers in more than 25 countries on partnerships between the business sector, government and universities.

More information and programme can be found here.

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