MUNDO - Knowledge for Development

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's mission


  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.  


What we do

  • Analysis of educational programmes and informed advice on their improvement

  • Introduce interactive student-centred ways of teaching/learning
  • Curriculum development

  • Curriculum improvement

  • Develop skills training as an integral part of a curriculum

  • Improve quality assurance
  • Education change management
  • Internationalisation and developing the international classrooom
  • Developing the research agenda, the research environment and research cooperation
  • Staff training
  • PhD training


MUNDO - Goals

For whom?

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:

  • Making educational programmes more interesting, challenging and relevant for students.
  • Making graduates better prepared and equipped to serve their societies.
  • Conducting innovative research to address challenges our societies are facing.
  • Liaise with society and to contribute to its development by extending and sharing knowledge.

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.


  • Mundo project in Indonesia

    Mundo projects in Indonesia will be completed next year

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Mundo director Han Aarts visited the Faculty of Law of Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) in Bandung, Indonesia and with Lemdiklat, the training institute of the Indonesian police in Jakarta in June to discuss the planning of the final year.

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  • Mundo at the Thammasat University

    Mundo signs MoU with Thai Thammasat University

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    In June a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Maastricht University and Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. Mundo director Han Aarts met with Thammasat rector ms. Gasinee Witoonchart at the Rangchit campus of Thammasat University to celebrate the occasion.

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  • Maastricht University partner in Erasmus+ project led by NOVA

    Monday, February 5, 2018

    A project intitiated by WUN partner, the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA), in the framework of the Erasmus+ CBHE programme has been awarded a grant of 1 million Euro.  The project titled University Development and Innovation – Africa (UDI-A) aims to support four African Universities in the Lusophone countries, Angola and Mozambique, in developing their capacities to contribute to sustainable and inclusive development

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