Faculty of Humanities and Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) is the incubator and home of several outstanding departments and prestigious institutions in education and research. Our scientists and scholars contribute to international education programmes at the bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and take part in innovative research in the fields of humanities, education, governance, sustainability, data science and natural science.


  • Global Supply Chain Management and Change - Air Cargo

    Maastricht University - Campus Venlo students win FACE-UP Air Cargo Competition 2018

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Caroline Larisch alumna (graduated in 2018) and Danny Jonker are both among the three winners of the FACE-UP Air Cargo Competition 2018, a competition for recent graduates to present their thesis at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Dallas, United States.

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  • MSP - UM visits CERN

    Delegation UM and the province of Limburg visit CERN.

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    UM, the province of Limburg and Nikhef - the National institute for subatomic physics - have visited CERN in light of their collaboration.

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  • AMIBM Logo

    AMIBM researcher selected for YERUN Researcher Mobility Awards

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) has announced the final selection for the first Researcher Mobility Awards (RMA)

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  • cluitmans 1

    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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  • Discovering new species, just like Darwin

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    At the occasion of Darwin Day (12 February) evolutionary biologist Roy Erkens tells about his research on new plant species.

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  • alie de boer

    “Do you believe Rens Kroes?”

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Mayonnaise with a blue check mark on the label. Light potato chips. Diet margarine that helps prevent heart attacks. Are these claims even true? And why do people trust Rens Kroes’s lifestyle advice, but don’t trust E-numbers? These are the types of questions that intrigue researcher Alie de Boer.

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  • GDPR

    The value of data

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect. Applicable to the entire EU, its aim is to protect the individual rights of citizens while guaranteeing free and secure movement of personal data within the EU. According to André Dekker, professor of Clinical Data Science we are so concerned about privacy protection that we’ve lost sight of the value of the data. “We need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

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  • Innovative Data Science research project wins award

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    A research project titled 'Intelligent games for assessing cognitive, social and physical capacities of elderly and children' was awarded a prize at the Pre-Dies Natalis symposium 'The Future of a Data-Driven Society'.

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  • dumontier en wyatt

    The future of data in academia

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    From Apple's personal assistant Siri helping you out to Netflix recommending content for you, artificial intelligence and big-data technologies are increasingly affecting our daily lives. Is society prepared for the data revolution we are experiencing? And what will the data-filled world of the future look like? These questions are being explored on 26 January during Maastricht University’s 42nd Dies Natalis. Keynote speakers Sally Wyatt and Michel Dumontier share their thoughts on data in academia.  


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  • ijskast datascience

    The risks of convenience

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will oblige companies to have a data protection officer, to inform authorities and affected individuals of security breaches, and to invest in data encryption and intrusion prevention and detection systems. This should improve the security of sensitive personal data – but it is important to remember that there’s no such thing as a perfectly secure system, according to Apostolis Zarras, cybersecurity expert.

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  • infinity games

    Computer game researches compositions and harmony in the arts

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Maastricht researchers are bridging the gap between art, data and computer science

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  • tree house

    European project ENLEB approved

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    In ENLEB, Flemish and Dutch partners work together on the development of an integrated concept for making residential private homes more sustainable on the basis of co-creation, with the focus on self-sufficiency, so that homes remain energy-neutral even if the residents’ energy profile changes.

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  • DKE - Ancient games and Artificial Intelligence

    Ancient games and Artificial Intelligence

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    Dr Cameron Browne comes from a game-playing family: ‘My mother valued the developmental potential of games, and my grandmother was the meanest Scrabble player I’ve ever encountered’. It is therefore not a coincidence that Browne has spent a large portion of his academic life researching games and has been awarded an ERC consolidator grant of €2 million to start up a five-year research project called the ‘Digital Ludeme Project’.

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  • Keuzegids 2017

    Keuzegids Bachelors 2018: seal of quality for three UM colleges

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The ‘Keuzegids Bachelors 2018’, released today, shows a continued increase in our university’s scores. Our students’ positive evaluation has seen many programmes rise in the national rankings. All three UM colleges have been awarded a seal of quality, which distinguishes them as top programmes. Remarkably, University College Venlo, participating for the first time, leads the field; University College Maastricht and the Maastricht Science Programme also remain at the top of the Keuzegids.

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  • Kick-off SMULLN project at City-makers Congress

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    On Friday, the 10th of November, ICIS presented and tested the LABkit with ca 50 participants of the “City-makers Congress” in Rotterdam.

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  • UCM creates

    UCM takes part in EU-project to promote Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Monday, October 30, 2017 Read more
  • gravitational waves

    Astronomical dream becomes reality

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    His mouth fell open in surprise, when Gideon Koekoek heard the news two months ago that would proudly be presented to the whole world on Monday, 16 October. The detection of two merging neutron stars, first observed with two telescopes, according to the theoretical physicist, solves a whole range of astronomical, chemical and physical problems in one blow.

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  • Klokhuis Science Award

    UM research nominated for Klokhuis Science Award

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Read more
  • PopPeas

    Taste bud challenge - Food innovation in Venlo

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Report about the Dutch Agri Food Week dinner on the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo.

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  • UCM - Teun Dekker

    University College Maastricht’s Teun Dekker first European Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education!

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    On 1 July 2017, Prof. Teun Dekker became the first Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe.

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