MUNDO is the Maastricht University Centre for International Cooperation in Academic Development. MUNDO aims to contribute to development through better (higher) education and research. MUNDO facilitates international partnerships between Maastricht University and institutions in low and medium income countries around the world. The principal objective of these partnerhips is to strengthen the educational and research capacity of our partners. In doing so we also contribute to the international profile and internationalization of Maastricht University.
In the cooperation with our partners MUNDO involves faculty and other staff and sometimes also students of Maastricht University.
Mundo has implemented projects in more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Most MUNDO projects aim at curriculum review and development. Maastricht University is a global leader in educational innovation, specifically in problem-based learning. Building on this experience, in many projects we introduce innovative student centered approaches to education. Other elements in many projects are skills training, staff training, PhD training and quality assurance.
Maastricht University is a globally connected university that contributes to the global development agenda in its education, (applied) research and problem solving on many issues crucial for global sustainable development. Mundo highlights and monitors these efforts by linking them explicitly to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Through Academic cooperation across the world, our purpose is to create an atmosphere which stimulates people to learn from each other for their individual benefit and for the benefit of the institutions and societies they represent.
Analysis of educational programmes and informed advice on their improvement
Develop skills training as an integral part of a curriculum
We partner with public and private universities, knowledge institutions, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in providing higher education, training and conducting research.
The goals our partners share with us include:
Maastricht University is a leader in student centred learning, including problem based learning, outcome based education, skills training as an integral part of curriculum and competence based learning.
If your institution is also dedicated to these concepts, we may be the partner you are looking for.
Two Indonesian PhD candidates are scheduled to defend their theses in the coming months. Both candidates are staff members of the international law department of the Faculty of Law of Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD), and the defence of their PhD research is the last in a chain of activities, stretched over a period of six years, aiming to build capacity in state-of-the-art knowledge in international law for Indonesia.
Through his research, Kwaku Oduro-Appiah, PhD candidate at Maastricht University, has succeeded in making a spectacular contribution to solving the problems of waste collection and processing in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
In the first week of March Mundo director Han Aarts visited Thailand for the kick-off of a new EU funded project. Led by the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) this project will focus on strengthening resilience for climate change among socio-economically vulnerable urban communities. Maastricht University will contribute with knowledge and training.