Prof. dr. Martin Paul

President of Maastricht University

Professor Martin Paul has been President of Maastricht University (UM) since 2011. After obtaining a medical degree and a doctorate from Heidelberg University, he has held several academic positions in Germany, the United States and the Netherlands.​

In addition to his distinguished career as a researcher (with more than 300 publications) in the field of hypertension as well as an educator, Professor Paul has become active in academic management. He has been Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Freie Universität and Vice President of the Executive Board of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin. Furthermore, he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at UM and as Vice President of Maastricht University Medical Centre+, where he holds a chair in Clinical Pharmacology.

Professor Paul has worked actively to professionalise academic leadership on the international level. In this context, he has served as Chair of DEAN, a European network of deans and academic managers. He has also been a board member of the Association of Academic Health Centers and served as chair of its International Steering Group. More recently, he has been appointed as a member of the committee of experts of the National Science Council Germany for universities.

He is an elected member of the Netherlands Academy for Technology and Innovation and of the Austrian Science Council. In addition, he serves as a UMC fellow of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Furthermore, Professor Paul is active as Vice President of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) and Vice-chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). In 2019, he has been elected as Chair of the YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) alliance, which has been the top ranked proposal in the recent European Commission call to create true European universities. In addition, he serves on several advisory and supervisory boards in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. He is the recipient of numerous prizes as well as two honorary doctorates from the University of Würzburg (Germany) and Lobachevsky State University (Russia).


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Additional positions prof. dr. Martin Paul

Related to the position as President Maastricht University:

  • Head European Office, Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI)
  • Member Supervisory Board, Maastricht Health Campus B.V.
  • Member Supervisory Board, Campus Heerlen Management & Development B.V.
  • Member Advisory Board, NUFFIC
  • Vice-chair, University Fund Limburg/SWOL
  • Board member and Vice President SSPG, Vereniging van Universiteiten (VSNU)
  • Vice-chair of the Board, Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
  • Vice President, Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN)
  • Chair, Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE)

Related to the position of professorship and as expert in the field of medical Research/Education and Valorisation:​

  • Member and Chairman Medical Commission, Austrian Science Council
  • Columnist, Dagblad De Limburger
  • Member, Int. Advisory Board for the Health Cluster, Qatar University
  • Head of the UNN International Council, Lobachevsky State University
  • Member Committee of Experts, National Science Council Germany
  • Member Steering Committee, Topsector Life Sciences and Health (LSH)
  • Member Supervisory Board, Universitätsklinikum Münster

Scientific publications

Scientific publications by
Prof. dr. Martin Paul.

Publications & speeches

  The social university
Speech Opening Academic Year 2019-2020
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, 2 September 2019

  UK universities must not turn away from Europe
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, 13 August 2019

  Waar zijn mijn data gebleven?
Column De Limburger (only in Dutch)
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, 12 January 2019

  Einde van het elitarisme
Column De Limburger (only in Dutch)
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, 25 August 2018

  Taal is altijd context gebonden
Contribution to Science Guide (only in Dutch)
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, 27 November 2017

  Internationale studenten: een 'slechte zaak' voor Nederland?
Column De Limburger (only in Dutch)
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, 25 November 2017

  The best of two worlds
Contribution to Thema, 26 October 2017
Prof. dr. Martin Paul

  Internationalisation starts close to home
Contribution to THE, 18 March 2016
Prof. dr. Martin Paul 

Speech opening academic year 2015-2016,
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, September 2015, Pdf.


 'The Quest for Quality'
Speech opening academic year 2014-2015,
Prof.dr. Martin Paul, September 2014, Pdf.

 'Is Humbold dead?'
Speech opening academic year 2013-2014,
Prof.dr. Martin Paul, September 2013, Pdf.

 'The value(s) of Knowledge'
Speech opening academic year 2012/2013,
Prof.dr Martin Paul, September 2012, Pdf.

 New Year's speech 
Thursday 5 January 2012, Pdf.