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  

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    The hybrid researcher

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Research that transcends individual disciplines is highly regarded in academia, yet known to be incredibly challenging. Matthijs Cluitmans demonstrates that it is not only possible, but also of great added value. He obtained a joint PhD in 2016 from the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) and the School for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARIM). Before that, he studied both disciplines in Maastricht, and he now works for both institutes as well as at Philips Research.

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  • Measurable health risks after brief exposure to exhaust fumes

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    Epigenetic changes can be detected in the blood of test subjects within two hours of exposure to exhaust fumes. Each of the observed changes are associated with diseases known to be caused by long-term exposure to air pollutants. These were the results of a study conducted by Maastricht University (UM) in collaboration with Imperial College and King's College in London.

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  • Lies Wesseling

    Lies Wesseling interviewed in Dutch newspaper NRC

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    NRC newspaper interview with Lies Wesseling on raising kids gender neutral

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      Make sure to register for the Master's Open Day. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th of March!

      The registration form can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yctnwxj4

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      Epigenetic changes can be detected in the blood of test subjects within two hours of exposure to exhaust fumes. Each of the observed changes are associated with diseases known to be caused by long-term exposure to air pollutants. These were the results of a study conducted by Maastricht University (UM) in collaboration with Imperial College and King's College in London. The international research team recently published its findings in the scientific journal Environment International.

      Measurable health risks after brief exposure to exhaust fumes
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      Join the Bachelor's Open Day and fall in love with Maastricht!

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      On 1 February, 13 UM professors gave a lecture to alumni on their area of expertise, in 13 cities across four countries. Which city would you like to see a UM Star Lecture in? Let us know!

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      The Get Involved Information Market is ongoing at the Student Services Center until 16:00! Come visit us to learn more about the wonderful #student initiatives that make #Maastricht so special.

      Plus, you'll get to eat some freshly made #stroopwafels!

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      Taskforce QRS (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students) started in 2006 with ten students from the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences at Maastricht University. "The idea of training medical students as resuscitation instructors comes from health lawyer Petra Schuffelen and cardiologist Ton Gorgels," explains vice-president and second year medical student Nedim Tabakovic. "In the meantime Taskforce QRS has grown into one of the largest organisations in the Netherlands when it comes to providing resuscitation education in secondary schools. From Maastricht we give resuscitation lessons at schools throughout Limburg. We have 100 instructors, who train around 10,000 students per year.” #qrs #resuscitation #reanimatie #education #university #universitylife #medical #science #teaching

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      On 1 February, 13 UM professors gave a lecture to alumni on their area of expertise, in 13 cities across four countries. Which city would you like to see a UM Star Lecture in? Let us know!

      2 days 17 hours ago
    • Photo by maastrichtuniversity

      The Get Involved Information Market is ongoing at the Student Services Center until 16:00! Come visit us to learn more about the wonderful #student initiatives that make #Maastricht so special.

      Plus, you'll get to eat some freshly made #stroopwafels!

      1 week 2 days ago
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      Taskforce QRS (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students) started in 2006 with ten students from the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences at Maastricht University. "The idea of training medical students as resuscitation instructors comes from health lawyer Petra Schuffelen and cardiologist Ton Gorgels," explains vice-president and second year medical student Nedim Tabakovic. "In the meantime Taskforce QRS has grown into one of the largest organisations in the Netherlands when it comes to providing resuscitation education in secondary schools. From Maastricht we give resuscitation lessons at schools throughout Limburg. We have 100 instructors, who train around 10,000 students per year.” #qrs #resuscitation #reanimatie #education #university #universitylife #medical #science #teaching

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