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PhD candidate piques professor’s curiosity

PhD candidate piques professor’s curiosity

As a researcher at the Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Margriet van der Sluis was fascinated by a recurring question: how to enhance quality control in secondary vocational education? She found her way to Professor Lex Borghans, education economist at Maastricht University (UM). Six years and one PhD later, some answers have come to light and a new Academic Collaborative Centre (ACC) for Education has been launched.

Retiring later? Think about it now!

Retiring later? Think about it now!

The scrapping of the favourable pension scheme for Dutch civil servants had hidden side effects, such as reduced motivation and productivity. This was Dr. Raymond Montizaan’s conclusion several years ago following a study by Maastricht Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), a research institute of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. Now he is leading a new study with much more alarming results: “We’re not well prepared for the consequences of the increased retirement age, and many people are finding themselves in financial difficulties.”