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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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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News

  • General practice has changed

    “General practice has changed a lot in recent years”

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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  • Childcare allowance for each PhD candidate

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    It has appeared in several cases already: PhD candidates with a scholarship who do not receive childcare allowance. Recently, Minister Van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science answered parliamentary questions about the right to childcare allowance for PhD candidates. The answers she gives are in line with the well-known arguments of the Dutch Tax Administration. Expertise centre ITEM questions these arguments on the basis of European law.

    Read more
  • Biobased sock

    Biobased socks from Sustainable Polymer

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Aim in their study was to develop biobased compostable socks from Polylactic acid (PLA), acknowledged as sustainable and eco-friendly is a biodegradable and compostable polymer obtained from annually renewable resources.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University

      The Maastricht University team gets second place at the regional final of the prestigious European Law Moot Court Competition.

      Maastricht scores high again in European Law Moot Court Competition
      8 hours 1 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University

      Mathilde Kennis discusses her research on adult trans persons.
      "It has finally become acceptable to research this question and we have the chance to take this subject seriously”.

      Mathilde Kennis (FPN): Trans persons and their sexual well-being
      1 day 9 hours ago
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      Introducing our new weekly segment 'U&UM', where we highlight students and staff at UM and their vision on a variety of topics. ⁣

      Charlotte & Manon │Green Impact Maastricht University⁣

      Green Impact will be organising a Clothing Swap & DIY Organic Dish Soap Workshop on the 22nd of March from 15:00-17:30 at the Turnzaal at Fasos. Bring some clothes to swap and/or participate to our dish soap workshop!

      "We realised that many students are already aware of the negative impact our consumption habits have on the environment. Nevertheless, it is hard to take meaningful and feasible actions to reduce our ecological footprint. This is why our team wanted to take an afternoon to encourage students AND staff members to adopt simple habits such as swapping clothes or making our own environmental friendly dish soap. In this way we are not only encouraging ecological transition but we are making space for it. Swapping is a meaningful way to acquire new clothes without taking part to the fast fashion industry that is using natural resources, exploiting workers and polluting rivers."⁣

      2 days 1 min ago