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Lifelong Learning

What are the drivers of lifelong learning and how do different groups in the Dutch population acquire their human capital during their life course?

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This project, funded by Horizon Europe, aims to bring together a diverse set of related skills mismatch issues in one comprehensive framework

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The National Education Cohort Study

To reduce research pressure and give useful results back to schools - that is what the National Cohort Study Education (NCO) stands for.

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Early Predictors of School Success

How lifestyle, different aspects of health and (un)healthy behaviour of primary and secondary school pupils affect their educational performance and educational career

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  • News

    NCO factsheets nov22

    New series of NCO factsheets about learning growth and basic skills

    The NCO has published six new factsheets, two about COVID-19 and learning growth, and four about basic skills. These factsheets describe the national trends in Dutch primary education.


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    “All together now! Positief gezond werken en leren”

     Inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Tim Huijts held on Friday, November 17, 2023

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    research memorandum

    Vmbo and havo graduates less likely to opt for further education: higher secondary education and gap year more popular

    New school-leaver factsheets on further education and transition to labor market

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    thesis maria polipciuc

    Maria-Eugenia Polipciuc successfully defends thesis

    On Wednesday 1 November, Maria-Eugenia Polipciuc successfully defended her PhD thesis on: “An exploration of trust, betrayal, & social identity”

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  • Events

    Learning and Work Hybrid Seminars, Maastricht University, SBE, Autumn 2023

    Our regular Tuesday hybrid seminar series (from 12:00 to 13:00, onsite and also via zoom) features researchers from different disciplines, with focuses on both academic and policy issues.

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    EALE conference 2024

    36th EALE Conference 2024

    The EALE Conference 2024 will take place in Bergen, Norway and is hosted by FAIR and NHH.


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  • ROA mission

    The Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) is a research institute of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, established in 1986. The overarching research theme of ROA is the acquisition and depreciation of human capital over the life course in relation to the dynamics of the labor market. ROA aims to do high level scientific research with a substantial policy impact. This dual mission is pursued in all research project, regardless of the type of funding (fundamental or commissioned research). ROA receives funding from scientific funds (e.g. NRO, NWO, NETSPAR, ORA, H2020), as well as from national and international authorities (Ministries, European Commission, OECD) and various other organizations such as training funds, educational institutes and regional governments. For more information, please click here