PREMIUM Covid-19 updates

Stay updated on how the current Covid-19 situation affects PREMIUM.

21.04.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

You have probably acquainted yourself already with the news from the Dutch Government, that a small relaxation of the current Covid-19 regulations is at hand.
For education, the most important thing is, that universities are allowed again to teach or host educational activities on site for their students, with a maximum of 1 day per week, as of April 26th.However, since PREMIUM is a programme that comes on top of your regular curricula, and has to work around 6 faculties’ schedules, we would like to specify further how this affects your PREMIUM experience.

Team Meetings/Meetings with Coach or Mentor/Meetings with Client
As of April 26th, you are allowed to schedule a team meeting at the EDLAB building (Mo-Fri, 09:00-17:00 hrs), only if you are meeting with a mentor or coach present. Team meetings without a mentor or a coach are seen as “self-study” by the UM Executive Board and are not yet allowed, and need to take place online. In case you wish to schedule a meeting at EDLAB, please send a request to premium@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

PREMIUM Pop-Up Events
The PREMIUM Pop-Up events that are scheduled to take place on location, can take place on location as planned, for which we are very grateful.
Please note however, that students that have that week already 1 day of obligations at UM planned, need to contact PREMIUM Central Management.
There are still slots free, if you would like to sign up:

28.04.21: Professional online presence (online);
03.05.21: Etiquette a la carte (online);
07.05.21: Active reviewing (Kasteel Vaeshartelt);
12.04.21: Walk of happiness (Tapijn X);
19.05.21: Vision Creation (Tapijn X).

PREMIUM Closing Event (May 27th)
The PREMIUM Closing Event on May 27th will take place online, starting after lunch, as of 13:00 hrs.
However, we are still exploring the option of an additional on-site component, during which you might be able to collect your certificates as a team in a festive manner. To be able to offer that extra “cherry on the cake”, regulations need to be relaxed just a bit further, and we’ll know more on May 3rd (on that day, the Dutch government announces potential new plans), after which you may expect the official invitation and instruction with regards to the Closing Event.

What we can already let you know is that even if it will remain a solely online event, we will be going out with a bang! It will be energizing, inspirational and uplifting.

  • We would like to send all of you (so coaches and mentors as well) a goodie-box filled with items to use during the online component of the PREMIUM Closing Event, and to serve as a memory of your PREMIUM experience. We can send you the goodie-box, or you can collect them at the EDLAB building on May 20th and 21st. Please send us your current address if you would like us to send you the box, or reply to us when you would like to pick it up.
  • PREMIUM will design a format for a sort of online yearbook, to give you a lasting reminder of your PREMIUM experience. In order to do so, we request that each team sends in max. 3 PowerPoint (no pdf) slides before May 21st representing your PREMIUM experience and hopes for the future (you may include images, quotes, personal messages, anything you like). These slides will be edited into one online yearbook and video so that all teams have a lasting memory of PREMIUM. This online yearbook will be made available to you all after the conclusion of PREMIUM and the video will be shown during the event.
  • In case there are students that already know now that they are NOT going to be in Maastricht on May 27th, please let us know.

 

24.03.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

You have probably acquainted yourself already with the news from the Dutch Government, that the current lockdown situation is prolonged at least until 20.04.2021. Besides that, the government decided that it is not yet possible to offer on-site education (even in small scale) again as of Easter. The earliest possible perspective that is offered for Universities is April 26th, if the situation improves. Needless to say, this also affects the rest of this year’s PREMIUM programme.

Team Meetings/Meetings with Coach or Mentor/Meetings with Client
Meetings will take place solely online.

Workshops
All PREMIUM workshops throughout the entire PREMIUM programme will take place online.

PREMIUM Closing Event (May 27th)
We may already assume that a plenary Closing Event, where we gather 200 people is not possible in May. However, we are aiming to end this 10th PREMIUM year with a bang, which is why we are exploring options with the municipality to have a “walk-through” Closing Event, where you can pass multiple PREMIUM stations in the Tapijn area, to experience certain parts of the Closing Event. The municipality is not sure yet what will be possible though, which is why we also have to explore the option of organizing the Closing Event in an entirely online setting. The final decision for either online or offline will be made on April 14th.

  • In case there are students that already know now that they are NOT going to be in Maastricht on May 27th, please let us know, because we would like to know this when we organize events.

We need your help!
The Closing Event is for you, so it’s not more than fair that you have a say in this year’s setup, now that we have to look for a new format. Would you like to have a direct say in the setup of your PREMIUM Closing Event this year? Do you have the perfect idea of how to amp up engagement, fun and interactivity during an online event?
We could really use your help in finding original and creative solutions for the Closing Event, in case we cannot meet up in person. This event is meant to celebrate you, your growth and your achievements. Let’s put our minds together to make the 10th PREMIUM Closing Event the most awesome ever!

  • We have organized 4 online brainstorm sessions during which we hope to pick your bright minds and see what ideas come out of it. Feel free to sign up for any of them if you would like to be part of this process via this link.
    • Tuesday 30.03.21, 15:00-16:30 hrs;
    • Wednesday 31.03.21, 14:30-16:00 hrs;
    • Thursday 01.04.21, 14:00-15:30 hrs;
    • Monday 12.04.21, 15:00-16:30 hrs;
    • Wednesday 14.04.21, 14:00-15:30 hrs;
    • Thursday 15.04.2021, 10:00-11:30 hrs.


PREMIUM Pop-Up Events
The PREMIUM Pop-Up events that are to take place on location, are planned in May. We will therefore keep monitoring the situation and decide at a later stage whether or not they can proceed offline, or that we need to offer an online solution. There are still slots free, if you would like to sign up:

28.04.21: Professional online presence (online);
07.05.21: Active reviewing (Kasteel Vaeshartelt);
12.04.21: Walk of happiness (Tapijn);
19.05.21: Vision Creation (Tapijn).


PREMIUM, we’re in this together
Even though we might not be able to meet each other, it doesn’t mean we cannot support each other. In case you missed it, this is what PREMIUM has to offer extra this year:

  • Urban Jungle Challenge: the majority of you has received their plant seeds already. Send in pictures to PREMIUM to let us know how they are doing, or post them on Tumblr.
  • online Mystery Game: fun social events that you are free to attend with your team members, or on your own. We need at least 5 teams to participate in order for this event to take place, so sign up fast.
  • Walking buddies: Join our pool of walking buddies. It is a great way to meet other PREMIUM students and go on explorative tours throughout the region now that Spring is coming and setting our region in bloom.
  • Team building: Make sure that as a team you dedicate time towards team building, especially now that we are in the second half of the programme. Maintaining relationships on a professional level is important, but also on a personal level. Celebrate achieved milestones, whether in your personal life or in your project, together with your team members. Include some time for informal talk and connect before or after each meeting (avoid UM or PREMIUM topics), get to know each other and know what drives your team members. If you need extra budget for a team building activity that you would like to do, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do to facilitate you.


PREMIUM/CAMMIO pitching tool
Covid-19 has of course not just affected your PREMIUM and UM experience, but it also affects the current job market and your job search in general. In order to help you out, we have set up a collaboration with CAMMIO to design a free pitching tool that you may use to record a professional looking pitch to send out to future employers. Keep an eye on your student email for more information, which is coming soon.

As always, we are very sorry that we are not able to meet you more in person this year, because it’s the energy of both our students and staff that drives this programme. But so far, you have amazed us once more with your drive, motivation and potential and how you have put them to good use in your projects. Keep up the good work everyone, we are rooting for you!

08.03.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

The Dutch Government announced this evening to prolong the current lockdown until March 30th, with the aim to open up Universities for one day a week as of April 6th if the situation allows it.

For PREMIUM this means that we are also still aiming of facilitating certain parts of the programme on site:

  • Workshops after 06.04.21;
  • Team meetings after 06.04.21;
  • Coaching meetings after 06.04.21;

There is not much information yet about the rules and conditions of opening up Universities again (do we need tests etc), but as soon as they are, we will of course let you know.

In case there are students that already know now that they are NOT going to be in Maastricht in April-May, please let us know, because we would like to know this when we organize events.


PREMIUM, we’re in this together
Even though we might not be able to meet each other, it doesn’t mean we cannot support each other. In case you missed it, this is what PREMIUM has to offer extra this year:

  • Urban Jungle Challenge: make your world (even though the world now might just be a room) a greener place. Sow your plant seeds and watch herbs or flowers grow and develop under your care. Send us pictures of how your plants are doing, and we’ll gather them online to see who has the greenest thumbs.
  • online yoga session, online Mystery Game: fun social events that you are free to attend with your team members, or on your own.
  • Walking buddies: Join our pool of walking buddies. Walking is at the moment only possible for groups of 2 people from different households, but it is a great way to meet other PREMIUM students and go on explorative tours throughout the region.
  • Pop-Up events: Stay tuned, because in around 2 weeks, we will announce this years offer of Pop-Up events!

 

23.02.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

You have probably acquainted yourself already with the news from the Dutch Government, that the current lockdown situation is prolonged at least until 15.03.2021. Since PREMIUM already followed UM’s guidelines for online education until the end of the academic year, nothing will change with regards to the setup of PREMIUM since the last update. However, we will aim for organizing activities on campus in a small setting as soon as it is again allowed, such as a workshop or team/coach meetings.

In case there are students that already know now that they are NOT going to be in Maastricht in April-May, please let us know, because we would like to know this when we organize events.


PREMIUM, we’re in this together
Even though we might not be able to meet each other, it doesn’t mean we cannot support each other. In case you missed it, this is what PREMIUM has to offer extra this year:

 

12.02.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

You have probably acquainted yourself already with the news from the Dutch Government, that the current lockdown situation is prolonged at least until 02.03.2021. Based on that decision, the UM faculties decided to mainly offer all education online until the end of the academic year. They are looking into ways of hosting small scale activities on campus as soon as the lockdown is lifted, but that is all still very unsure.

Needless to say, this also affects the setup and execution of the rest of this year’s PREMIUM programme, not in the least by the fact that some of our students are not in Maastricht for this period, logically.

With this email, we would like to give you an overview of how this affects the different parts of the programme, and hope for your understanding and flexibility. We will do our utmost to facilitate you throughout the PREMIUM programme as much as possible. In general, not much has changed since our last email about how Covid affects PREMIUM. We are still hoping, trying and seeing if we can offer some small-scale parts of the programme on location as soon as the lockdown is lifted.

Team Meetings/Meetings with Coach or Mentor/Meetings with Client
Meetings will take place solely online, at least until the end of the lockdown period. When the Dutch government decides to lift the lockdown, then the Tapijn X building will be open again during office hours, for small scale team meetings, such as PREMIUM team meetings or coaching meetings. Whether or not teams are able to meet up with their clients, depends on the preferences of the respective client of course as well.

Workshops
All PREMIUM workshops until 09.04.2021 will take place online. We are hoping to be able to offer certain workshops at our Tapijn X building after 09.04.2021, but that depends as well on the Covid regulations at that stage. We will therefore carefully monitor the situation and you will be notified in due time.

PREMIUM Closing Event (May 27th)
For complete transparency, we have to inform you that we are seriously doubting that we would be able to meet up with 200 people for an event by the end of May. Looking at the roadmap for events that was published by the Dutch government, it seems rather unlikely that that would be allowed by then already.

However….even if that would be the case, we are preparing multiple scenarios that do justice to the celebration of your completion of this programme. Our main aim in those scenarios is that we are able to personally hand you your PREMIUM certificates and celebrate your achievements. If not with our entire community, then in a smaller set-up, but we guarantee you that we will go out with a bang!

In case there are students that already know now that they are NOT going to be in Maastricht in April-May, please let us know, because we would like to know this when we organize events.


PREMIUM Pop-Up Events
The PREMIUM Pop-Up events that PREMIUM organizes every year, are aimed towards facilitating students to meet fellow PREMIUM students, and learn a useful skill in the process. These events usually take place in the second half of April-beginning of May, and are small scale events, so we will have to see at a later stage in what setting they can take place and what these events will be. Rest assured, whether it will be online or offline, they are always a lot of fun and a great way to meet other PREMIUM students! Keep an eye on your email!


PREMIUM, we’re in this together
Even though we might not be able to meet each other, it doesn’t mean we cannot support each other. In case you missed it, this is what PREMIUM has to offer extra this year:

We hope this overview has given you a bit of clarity on how PREMIUM will proceed during the upcoming few months.
We are very sorry that we are not able to meet you more in person this year, but unfortunately it is a situation we all have to live with currently and make the best of it, and we are sure we can make this work together. As soon as we can meet up together, rest assured that we will arrange for it.

This is a situation that calls for flexibility, common sense and creativity from all of us. We hope that PREMIUM may rely on everyone’s efforts to make this year a success. Learning also comes from dealing with crisis situations and responding to unexpected roadblocks life throws at you, and learning we all shall, undoubtedly.  We are very proud to have such a great cohort of students this year, eager to learn on any occasion. We still need to bend a bit this year, but we will not break!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns, we are here to address them. Have a great week everyone and good luck on the starting phase of your projects.

 

18.01.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

UM’s Executive Board has decided to offer all education solely online until the end of period 4.

You have probably acquainted yourself already with the news from the Dutch Government, that the current lockdown situation is prolonged at least until 09.02.2021. Based on that decision, the UM Executive Board decided to transfer all UM’s education to an online environment, at least until the end of period 4 (09.04.2021).

Needless to say, this also affects the setup and execution of the PREMIUM programme, not in the least by the fact that some (if not most) of our students are not in Maastricht for this period, logically. We would like to give you an overview of how this regulation affects the different parts of the programme, and hope for your understanding and flexibility. We will do our utmost to facilitate you throughout the PREMIUM programme as much as possible.

Team Meetings/Meetings with Coach/Meetings with Client
Meetings will take place solely online, at least until the end of the lockdown period. When the Dutch government decids to lift the lockdown, then UM will be able to open up its buildings again, and team meetings will then also be possible on site.

Team Building Assignment
The PREMIUM Team Building assignment will take place solely online. That means that students can request the virtual version of the assignment via premium@maastrichtuniversity.nl, and do the assignment during one of their online meetings. You may also use one of the tables in the Virtual Common Room to do so (see below).

Workshops
All PREMIUM workshops until 09.04.2021 will take place online. The workshops that are scheduled after period 4 will be reviewed at a later stage to see whether or not they can take place on location.

PREMIUM Midterm Presentations (March 17th and 18th)
The first upcoming event in PREMIUM will be the Midterm Presentations where the teams present their findings thus far to the entire PREMIUM community. Although we thoroughly regret this, since we had hoped fiercely to be able to meet you all in person, we decided to transfer this event to an online environment. Given UM’s decision, and the current developments with regards to Covid-19, we don’t expect to be able to host events for around 75 people on location already in March. It just wouldn’t be sensible nor safe at this point in time, and the safety of our community comes first.The exact programme overview and the setup of this evening event will be shared with you in a couple of weeks, so please keep an eye on your email.

PREMIUM Closing Event (May 27th)
We will assess at a later stage if the PREMIUM Closing Event can proceed in an offline version. If not, we will look for suitable alternatives that do justice to the celebration of your completion of this programme. Let’s all hope that spring will bring us an opportunity to physically come together as a community.
In case there are students that already know now that they are not returning to Maastricht, please let us know, because we would like to know this when we organize events.

 PREMIUM Pop-Up Events
The PREMIUM Pop-Up events that PREMIUM organizes every year, are aimed towards facilitating students to meet fellow PREMIUM students, and learn a useful skill in the process. These events usually take place in the second half of April-beginning of May, so we will have to see at a later stage in what setting they can take place and what these events will be. Rest assured, whether it will be online or offline, they are always a lot of fun and a great way to meet other PREMIUM students! Keep an eye on your email!

Coaches and Mentors Training Programme
Our PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors are offered specific trainings that will allow them to guide our students to the best of their abilities. We will decide after 09.02 how the scheduled trainings will take place, if that will be online or offline. It will depend on the lockdown situation. We will keep you posted.

Nurture and Grow, well-being benefits of plants
Studies show that people who spend time cultivating plants have less stress in their lives. Plants soothe human beings and provide a positive way for people to channel their stress into nurturing.
It provides people with a positive way to channel their stress and frustration into something beautiful that provides them with comfort and joy. Part of the effects of caring for plants come from the satisfaction people get from nurturing and helping a living thing grow. Plants and gardening soothe people because they help them turn their stressful feelings into something positive which gives them pleasure. By helping them transform their stress into a more positive emotion, gardening also gives people an excellent coping mechanism for their daily frustrations.
To those of you that would like to embark with us on this green experience, we would like to send a special package of plant seeds. Plant them, nurture them and watch a beautiful plant or flower develop under your care. We can even update each other in a special part of the Common Room with pictures of the progress etc.
–> If you would like to send us a special plant seeds package (we can send it abroad as well), please send us an email with your address where to send it, preferably before 07.02.2021.

PREMIUM Virtual Common Room
As a pilot, we have scheduled certain dates where a PREMIUM Virtual Common Room will be open (via REMO). Feel free to use the Common Room for discussions with fellow students, to have an informal get together, study together, play games together, or even have your online team meetings here. At certain set times, you can also meet members from PREMIUM Central Management here, in case you would like to have a 1-on-1 conversation etc.
You will find the REMO platform an almost actual floorplan of a Common Room, where you can join different tables with different purposes. Try it out, use all the available options, and share your experiences with us. If the pilot is successful, the Common Room will be open on more occasions.

PREMIUM, let’s support each other during the lockdown
We can understand that the current lockdown might weigh on your mind a lot and some of you might feel isolated. Please feel free to reach out to other PREMIUM students (via the Virtual Common Room, Facebook page, Tumblr or set up a Facebook group for this year’s cohort) or Central Management and let’s help each other through this. We can schedule a (coffee) walk through the city or St. Pietersberg. Walks in large groups are not allowed, but walks in pairs is possible in a safe manner. We are a community, so your input on how to come together is also very helpful here. Let’s come together and support one another.

We hope this overview has given you a bit of clarity on how PREMIUM will proceed during the upcoming few months.
We are very sorry that we are not able to meet you more in person this year, but unfortunately it is a situation we all have to live with currently and make the best of it, and we are sure we can make this work together. As soon as we can meet up together, rest assured that we will arrange for it.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns, we are here to address them. Have a great week everyone and good luck on the starting phase of your projects.

12.01.2021: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

Netherlands in lockdown at least until 09.02.2021

This means for PREMIUM:

  • all mandatory workshops (Discover your competences, Teamwork, Project Based Working) will be offered only online;
  • all optional workshops that take place in February, will take place online;
  • all UM buildings are closed until at least 09.02.2021, so will be EDLAB’s TAPX building;
  • Team meetings, client meetings and coaching meetings will be conducted solely online, at least until 09.02.2021;
  • PREMIUM Team Building assignment can only be done in the online version, at least until 09.02.2021. Students can request the online version of the assignment via premium@maastrichtuniversity.nl;
  • We will need to await further developments in the upcoming weeks, before we can see if we may organize the Midterm Events as an offline event.

We will monitor the situation, and see if it is possible to offer certain activities again on site, as soon as the situation allows for it.

14.12.2020: PREMIUM Covid-19 update

Netherlands in lockdown at least until 19.01.2021

This means for PREMIUM:

  • all mandatory workshops (Discover your competences, Teamwork, Project Based Working) will be offered only online;
  • all UM buildings are closed until at least 19.01.2021, so will be EDLAB’s TAPX building;
  • Team meetings, client meetings and coaching meetings will be conducted solely online, at least until 29.01.2021 (end of period 3);
  • PREMIUM Team Building assignment can only be done in the online version, at least until 29.01.2021 (end of period 3). Students can request the online version of the assignment via premium@maastrichtuniversity.nl;

We will monitor the situation, and see if it is possible to offer certain activities again on site, as soon as the situation allows for it.