About UM

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with more than 16,000 students and 4,000 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.

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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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. 


About UM - WUN

Maastricht University became a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) in 2013, as the network’s first and only Dutch university. WUN consists of 18 research universities in 11 countries on 6 continents, including renowned institutions such as the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Town, the University of Sydney and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Membership is by invitation only. The network offers a platform for collaboration on education and transnational research projects on varied themes of global importance.

  Read more on WUN 


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

First impressions​

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

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About UM - Corporate Video

Art and heritage

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  



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    New journal launched to remedy publication bias

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    As of Tuesday 28th February 2017, a new and innovative health psychology journal may change the landscape of publishing scientific results. This open access bulletin will aim to remedy the publication bias that troubles psychological science.

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  • Medical students of Taskforce QRS teach Dutch Members of Parliament to resuscitate

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    On 22 February, 15 medical students of Stichting Taskforce QRS Netherlands gave a major resuscitation training to pupils of the Den Hulster College (Venlo) and Members of the Dutch Parliament in the hall of the Parliament building in The Hague.  

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    Municipality and Maastricht University start the Match pilot

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Maastricht University (UM) and the municipality of Maastricht are starting a pilot project called Match to improve the connection between volunteer projects, students and residents.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University

      Maastricht University (UM) has been ranked as the country’s second best general university in the Keuzegids Masters 2017. Eight programmes – four more than last year – were designated ‘top study programmes'. This quality label is given only to those programmes that receive a score of 76 or higher in the Keuzegids assessment.


      More info about the Keuzegids (in Dutch): http://www.keuzegids.org/masters

      Keuzegids Masters 2017: UM second best general university
      3 hours 6 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University

      The Match project aims to increase social involvement and engagement of students within the city of Maastricht and its surroundings. At Match organisations are able to find assistance and support for their projects while students have the opportunity to take what they learned and put it to practice in real-life situations.

      One of the central goals of Match is to let the city and its inhabitants benefit more from the presence of students, who can contribute towards both the analysis of and the solutions for problems such as illiteracy, social deprivation, language difficulties, integration of refugees, desolation and much more.

      Match - Match - Maastricht University
      1 day 14 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University

      The signing of the Maastricht Treaty marked the first step towards the establishment of the European Union (EU) as we know it today. Now, 25 years later, it is time to take stock. Has the EU lived up to expectations? Is it up to the task of addressing the problems of our time – the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, Brexit and rising anti-European populism, with Trump as just the latest variation on this theme? Has the ideal of an integrated Europe become obsolete? We asked a number of Maastricht professors for their views on the institution under fire. Monica Claes, professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law, and Bruno de Witte, professor of European Law, set the ball rolling.

      25 years of the Maastricht Treaty: party or hangover?
      1 day 4 hours ago