About UM

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 20,000 students and 4,400 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.

We are 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.

We create a new balance in the recognition and rewards of academics

As part of an international and national scientific community, Maastricht University wholeheartedly joins the national programme to redefine the recognition and rewards of academics. We have developed a vision for a Recognition & Rewards system that encompasses education, research, impact, leadership, and when relevant, patient care. This programme builds on our existing practices of fostering academic citizenship, student-centred education, interdisciplinary research and a diverse and inclusive university with impact in the wider society. It is about fair and transparent guidelines that provide space for flexibility in academic careers, while at the same time supporting the university’s overall goals and ambitions.

 Learn more about the Recognition & Rewards programme

We invest in 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’

 More about
 our STEM activities 

We are anchored within 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. 

We coordinate the European university of the future


UM is the coordinator of Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE). This alliance of eight universities will develop a model for a ‘truly European university’ in the coming years. The idea is that prospective YUFE students will be able to compile their curricula, choosing from programmes offered at each of the eight partners. Their diploma will acknowledge a range of skills such as language learning and community volunteering. The courses will be open to as many people as possible. Young Universities for the Future of Europe is one of 17 alliances of European universities that were granted a subsidy by the European Commission in the summer of 2019 to flesh out their ideas. Read more in our press release.

We are the only Dutch university in WUN and 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

We encourage students to get involved in the city

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 this video to get a sense of the university and the city of Maastricht, or take our virtual campus tour.

Quick links

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 Participation and representation

About UM - Corporate Video



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