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.

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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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. 

WUN and YERUN

WUN - YERUN

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

Match

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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Agenda

News

  • Wendy Smits

    Flex work for every type of labour

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Correlations can be found between the type of flex work and the nature of the activities carried out and between the type of flex work and the profession (Inaugural lecture Wendy Smit).

    Read more
  • Legal Classroom

    More fun in the legal classroom

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    The work lawyers do, the way they do it – indeed, the entire labour market – is changing radically. This calls for new, ‘soft’ skills, which in turn requires an education revolution. And to this end innovative technology can make an important contribution, according to Bram Akkermans, Catalina Goanta and Gwen Noteborn from Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law. They are integrating simulations, virtual worlds and holograms into their teaching. “Innovative education is in our DNA.”

    Read more
  • ROA report

    Weighing career prospects pays off for vocational education students

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Vocational education students who carefully weighed the associated career prospects when choosing a degree programme were more likely to succeed on the labour market.

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      Zuid-Limburg on the Move is challenging travelers to start moving.
      Both literally and figuratively. Travel smarter during rush hour and be rewarded for it! Individually and together!

      South Limburg inBeweging | Drive less and bike more
      2 hours 59 min ago
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      Vocational education students who carefully weighed the associated career prospects when choosing a degree programme were more likely to succeed in the labour market. They tend to find work more frequently, earn a higher hourly wage, are more likely to find higher-level work in their academic field, and they have greater job satisfaction. These were the results of a study conducted by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University, which was described in the report 'How career information influences programme selection among vocational education students' published today.

      Weighing career prospects pays off for vocational education students - news - Maastricht University
      23 hours 59 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University

      Lisette and Stefan were so looking forward to moving in. Late last year, they found a nice, affordable apartment in the centre of Maastricht. The leaky shower and broken window would be fixed in no time, the landlord promised. But when the couple moved in, the place turned out to have many other problems as well. They spoke to the landlord and sent him countless emails – all in vain. In a last-ditch effort, Lisette and Stefan turned to the Housing Help Desk.

      Helping hand with rental problems - news - Maastricht University
      1 day 21 hours ago