New service for international employees

| Michaela Nesvarova

To better help international employees start their life in Twente, the UT is organizing a special program for them on the 3rd of September. For the first time, new foreign employees will be able to arrange all required formalities in one day and on one spot - directly on campus.

‘Every September there is a huge amount of new employees and guests starting their work at the university,’ explains Maureen Melisie from the HR International Service Team. ‘Normally, they all need to get individual appointments at the city hall, at the immigration office, at the Expat Center and so on. And because there is such a high demand, they often can’t get appointments until late September, which means they can’t get their health insurance or a bank account in the meantime. Now we will offer one service in one day, here on campus.’

The program will take place on the 3rd of September in the Ravelijn. It is organized by the HR International Service Team together with the Municipality Enschede and Expatcenter Twente. Moreover, a representative of the Menzis health insurance company will also be present. More than fifty new employees are currently expected to join.

‘People from within and outside of the EU will be invited to come,’ clarifies Melisie. ‘We hope to make their start in Twente easier for them. This is a pilot project, though, and we will evaluate afterwards to see if we will offer the same in the upcoming years. However, a similar service is provided to students every year, so we thought: why not employees?’