About UM

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.

Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.

Working towards employability

Maastricht University is dedicated to preparing its students for the world of work with the knowledge, skills and qualities that employers are looking for. Our students and graduates have a real-world mind-set, a hands-on mentality and practical skills, enabling a smooth transition from their studies to work. Our Problem-Based Learning method gives our students ample experience working in teams and focusing on practical application of theory. It encourages them to develop skills that are essential for the labour market in the 21st century. Read more.

STEM research and education

For several years, Maastricht University, together with partners such as the Province of Limburg, has been investing in scientific research and education in the STEM* disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Our researchers typically look for where the disciplines intersect. At UM, STEM is an inter-faculty focus area, where the starting point is always: How can we maximise the synergies? Where are the best opportunities to make a difference in the future?

*In Dutch this is known as ‘bèta’

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 our STEM activities 

Anchored in the Eu(region)

About UM - Verankerd in de EU(regio)

As internationally oriented as UM may be, it also places great value on its strong connection with Limburg and the Euregion. The university nurtures partnerships with many regional companies, knowledge institutes and government agencies. Together, we aim to play a leading role in the sustainable economic development of the region.

In this context, UM and its partners have entered into the ambitious strategic programme Kennis-As Limburg. This programme will see the existing and new campuses in Maastricht, Geleen, Venlo and Parkstad merged into a single, international knowledge centre specialising in the areas of biomaterials and innovative healthcare. The campuses serve as flywheels to attract knowledge workers, keep the population vital and fuel the growth engine of the Limburg economy. 



Maastricht University is the sole Dutch member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN): 18 research universities across 6 continents, from Alberta, to Cape Town, Sydney, and Hong Kong. The network offers a platform for collaboration on education and transnational research projects.

As one of the best young universities in the world, UM is also among the 18 highly-ranked founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN), which facilitates cooperation in scientific research, academic education and service to society.

  Read more on WUN and YERUN


With the Match project, Maastricht University aims to increase social involvement and engagement of students within the city of Maastricht and its region.Through Match, students and social organisations are able to create a platform to match students and social organisations. At Match organisations are able to find assistance and support for their projects within the vibrant and variant student community while students have the opportunity to take what they learned and put it to practice in real-life and relevant situations.

  Learn more about Match

Art and Heritage Committee (KEC)

Dutch Light

Maastricht University pays close attention to the visual arts, architecture and the interiors of its buildings. Pleasing aesthetics, after all, contribute to the quality of our work and study environment. The Art and Heritage Committee (KEC) is responsible for UM’s art policy. The KEC draws attention to the special architecture of the historical buildings in the city centre as well as the new buildings in Randwyck and improves the work and study environment in university buildings through the placement of artworks. It initiates and supervises art projects. Every six months, the KEC organises an exhibition in UM’s main administration building (Minderbroedersberg 4–6).For more information, visit the KEC-website  

First impressions​

Watch the video to get a sense of the university and the city of Maastricht.

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  • The influence of endocrine disruptors on the male and female thyroid gland

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    The new European collaborative project SCREENED, coordinated by Maastricht University, aims to develop three-dimensional (3D) cellbased in vitro tests to better characterize the effects of endocrine disruptors on thyroid gland function.

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  • ITEM commits to reducing administrative burden for pensioners abroad

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Pensioners who emigrate within the EU and wish to continue to receive their pension must periodically send in a life certificate to various institutions. In practice, this means that a pensioner has to travel to competent authorities several times a year at their own expense in order to have the correct documents authenticated. ITEM commits to reduce this administrative hassle.

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  • Dalena

    Does a good night's rest help solve psychological problems?

    Monday, January 14, 2019
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    • Today I was in @MaastrichtU to give a meet-the-expert session on pain and attention for research master students psychology. Stimulating discussions and challenging questions, really enjoyed it!

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      RT @AJPEndoMetab: Dietary feeding pattern does not modulate the loss of muscle mass or the decline in metabolic health during one week of b…

      8 min 2 sec ago
    • RT @ITEM_UM: Moeten we naar een Statuut van Limburg voor het aanpakken van juridische grensobstakels? https://t.co/vFWBKzUoL9 @lawinmaastri

      26 min 20 sec ago
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      3D printing tissues?
      No, not to blow your nose, we mean human tissue!

      (MERLN) at Maastricht University will collaborate with Aspect Biosystems, a leading biotechnology company in the field of 3D bioprinting and tissue engineering.

      This collaboration includes the placement of an RX1™ Bioprinting Platform in Professor Lorenzo Moroni’s Lab, where it will be used to develop kidney tissue by head of bioprinting research, Dr. Carlos Mota.

      Read more here: https://bit.ly/2CZriBe

      UM-institute MERLN will develop kidney tissue using 3D-bioprinting
      4 hours 27 min ago
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      Think you're getting enough vitamin B12 from dairy products?
      Think again.

      Dairy products like milk and cheese contribute to vitamin B12 intake. However, the research conducted at UM established that the amount of vitamin in dairy product is not enough to prevent deficiency in people who do not eat meat or fish.

      Read more here: https://bit.ly/2CcsXlC

      Milk and cheese are a limited source of vitamin B12
      1 day 4 hours ago
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      Do you know what the circular economy means?

      In the SITE4Society event, which will take place this Thursday at UNU-MERIT, entrepreneurs who are active in this new terrain will answer questions about the field and share the story of their success, but also tell about challenges and failures they have faced along the route.
      Participation is limited to 50 participants. Please register to secure a seat! https://www.facebook.com/events/329441411243329/

      2 days 2 hours ago