Maastricht University gives out awards to people from both within and outside of the organisation, who have directly or indirectly contributed to either the university or society-at-large. UM's awards include honorary doctorates, the Dr. J.G.H. Tans Medal, the UM medallion of honour, the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, the UM Award and the UM Student Award.

UM honorary doctor 2021 Jaap van Dissel

Honorary doctorates

UM bestows honorary doctorates upon people who have made an extraordinary contribution to science or society. The following people have received an honorary doctorate:

Year Honorary doctor Honorary supervisor
2023 Prof. Robert S. Langer Prof.dr. Clemens van Blitterswijk / Prof.dr. Thomas Cleij
2021 Prof. dr. Jaap van Dissel Prof. dr. Christian Hoebe
2020 Prof. dr. Kathryn Shaw Prof. dr. Gerard Pfann
  Prof. dr. José M. Peiró Prof. dr. Fred Zijlstra
2019 Prof. dr. Michael Ignatieff Prof. dr. Monica Claes
  Dr. Amitav Ghosh Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato
2018 Prof. dr. Carole Goble Prof. dr. Michel Dumontier
  Prof. dr. Lucy Suchman Prof. dr. Sally Wyatt
2017 Joachim Gauck Prof. dr. Martin Paul
2016 Prof. dr. med. Detlev Ganten Prof. dr. Martin Paul / Prof. dr. Thomas Unger
  Prof. dr. Susan-Rose Ackerman Prof. dr. Michael Faure
  Prof. dr. Paul de Grauwe Prof. dr. J. Muysken
2015 Jimmy Wales Prof. dr. Luc Soete
  Drs. Frans Timmermans Prof. dr. A.W. Heringa / Prof. dr. Sophie Vanhoonacker
  Prof. dr. Wolfgang Wahlster Prof. dr. Gerhard Weiss
  Prof. dr. Michelle Craske Prof. dr. Peter Muris
2014 Prof. dr. Peter J. Barnes Prof. dr. E. Wouters
  Prof. dr. P. Levitt Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato
  Prof. dr. Amy Edmondson Prof. dr. W. Gijselaers
  Prof. dr.Jürgen Hennig Prof. dr. R. Goebel
  Prof. dr. Paul Craig Prof. dr. B. de Witte
2013 Prof. dr. Fred H. Gage Prof. dr. Harry Steinbusch
  Prof. dr. Mohammad Hashem Pesaran Prof. dr. Franz Palm
  Prof. dr. Trevor Pinch Prof. dr. Wiebe Bijker
  Prof. dr. Paul Crutzen Prof. dr. Pim Martens
  Dr. Feike Sijbesma Prof. dr. Martin Paul
  Prof. dr. Christine van den Wyngaert Prof. dr. A. Klip
2012 Prof. dr. A.L. Goldberg Prof. dr. A. Schols
2011 Prof. dr. P. Alston Prof. mr. M. Kamminga
  Prof. dr. Parsu Parasuraman PhD Prof. dr. J. Lemmink
  Prof. em. dr. dr. H.C. B. Kohler Prof. dr. T. Blom
  Prof. dr. Kamil Urgurbil Prof. dr. R. Goebel
  Prof. dr. H.M. Levin Prof. dr. H. Maassen van den Brink
2009 Prof. dr. J. Campbell Prof. dr. P. Eicholz
2006 Prof. dr. J. Friedman Prof. dr. W. Saris
  Prof. dr. M. McKee Prof. dr. H. Maarse
  Prof. dr. R. Zimmerman Prof. mr. J. Smits
2005 Prof. dr. J. Drèze Prof. dr. J. Herings
2001 Prof. dr. H.S. Barrows, MD PhD Prof. dr. C.P.M. van der Vleuten
  Prof. dr. W.J.M. Levelt Prof. dr. G. Kok
  H.J.A. Hofland Prof. dr. J.H.W. Kusters
1996 H. Kotz  
  W.J. Baumol Prof. dr. H. Maks
  P.A. J. Janssen Prof. dr. R.S. Reneman
1993 Marc Lalonde P.C., O.C., Q.C.  
1991 Prof. dr. F.J.A. Huygen Prof. dr. A. Knottnerus
  T. Koopmans Prof. mr. C.F. Flinterman
  Prof. dr. R.R. Nelson  
1989  Dr. C.F. Beyers Naude Prof. mr. Th. van Boven
1986 Prof. dr. A. Fleckenstein  
  Prof. dr. J.D. Caen  
  Prof. dr. M.E. Josephson MD  
  Prof. dr. P.C. Johnson  
1981 Dr. J.G.H. Tans  
  Prof. dr. B.A. Smith  
  Prof. dr. J.R. Evans  
  Prof. dr. J.J. van Rood  

Dr. J.G.H. Tans Medal

The Dr. J.G.H. Tans Medal is the highest distinction at Maastricht University. It is given to people who have made a significant contribution towards the development of the university. Previous recipients of this medal include former Govenor Kremers and former Rector Magnificus Cohen.

Year Winner
2023 Mr. A. Penn-te Strake
2023 Prof. dr. C.P.M. van der Vleuten
2022  Prof. dr. H.E.G.S. Schneider
2021 Prof. dr. M.A. Paul
2020 Prof. dr. A. Scherpbier
2019 Prof. dr. C. Hemker
2018 Prof. dr. J.A. Knottnerus
2012 Prof. mr. G.P.M.F. Mols
2011 Dhr. L.J.P.M. Frissen
2011 Prof. dr. ir. J.M.M. Ritzen
2009 Mr. P.A.F.W. Elverding
2005 Mr. B.J.M. baron van Voorst tot Voorst
2004 Prof. dr. H.J. Martens
2004 Prof. dr. A.C. Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman
2002  Dr. K.L.L.M Dittrich
2002 Mr. Ph. J.I.M. Houben
1998 Prof. dr. R.S. Reneman
1997 Prof. mr. M.J. Cohen
1995 Prof. dr. W.H.F.W. Wijnen
1995 Drs. L.E.H. Vredevoogd
1990 Dr. J. Kremers
1989 Drs. J.B.M. Verhey
1987 Mr. R.B. van den Biggelaar
1986 Prof. dr. J.M. Greep
1984 Dr. J.Ph. van Campen
1982 Dr. P. Thung
1982 Prof. dr. H. Philipsen
1978 Dr. J.G.H. Tans
Len Cuppens recieves the Medallion of Honour - photo Philip Driessen

UM Medallion of Honour

The UM Medaillion of Honour is presented to UM staff members who have made an exceptional contribution towards the brand awareness, reputation and development of the university. Recipients receive this medallion upon their departure. 

The first UM Medallion of Honour was awareded to drs. André Postema, former Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. He received the medallion during the Dies Natalis in 2014. Postema was recognised for the extraordinary way in which he contributed towards improving operational management, sustainability and valorisation at Maastricht University.

More information:

  Regulations on Awarding the Maastricht University Medallion of Honour

2024Winnie Bosch
2023Bart van den Heuvel
2022Rense Hoekstra
2022Jos Kleinjans
2022 Ineke Wolfhagen
2021Len Cuppens
2018Wammes Bos
2018Jacques Reiners
2018Jos Kievits
2017Jan Muijtjens
2017Jos Smits
2016Louis Boon
2015Laurent Louwies
2015Herman Kingma
2014André Postema

Wynand Wijnen Education Prize

The Wynand Wijnen Education Prize is an annual prize awarded to members of the UM teaching staff who have made an exceptional contribution to education at Maastricht University. This prize is awarded during the Dies Natalis.

The Wynand Wijnen Education Prize is presented as a tribute to Wynand Wijnen, a professor of didactics who passed away in 2012. In addition to considerable national achievements in the field of education reform, he helped lay the foundations of Problem-based Learning at Maastricht University.

Year Winner
2019 Dr. Leo Köhler, FHML
2018 Fabienne Crombach, EDLAB
2017 Dr. Nynke de Jong, FHML
2016 Dr. Jeanette Hommes, SBE
2015 Dr. Anja Krumeich
2014 Catalina Goanta, FL
2013 Jaap Bos, Gwen Noteborn and Sjoke Merk, SBE
2012 Dr. Jan de Roder, FASoS
2011 Dr. B. van Diepen en dr. C. Kerckhofs, SBE
2010 Dr. Dirk Tempelaar, SBE
2009 Gwen Noteborn, Kelly Guyskens, Nina Belei en Claudia Jabmad, SBE
2008 Gerard Maijoor en Ton de Goeij, FHML
2007 Rob de Vries, FPN
2006 Louis Boon, Gerard Korsten, Anouk Cuijpers, Ans Netjes, Pascal Suppens, UCM
2005 Herco Fonteijn, FPN
2004 Bob Wilkinson, Language centre
2003 Prof.dr. Eric Heineman, FHML
2002 André Meijer, FHML
2001 Prof.dr. Anita Jansen, FPN
2000 Oefenrechtbank, Law
1999 Dr. A. Paulus, FHML
1998 Staf Multimedialab, FASoS
1997 H. Schneider, FL
1996 Dr S. Romme, SBE
1995 Mevr. H. Snellen - Balendong, FHML O&O

UM Award

The UM Award is an annual award given to staff members who have served the university with special merit, be it on an academic, managerial or service level. The UM Award is presented at the New Year's reception.

Year Winner
2022 Judith Kamalski, BISS, Chris Pawley, FSE, 
Antoinette Stöcker, MUO
2020 Anja Ronken and Tineke Beaumont
2019 Mieke Jansen, SSC, Pierre Schröder, HRM
2018 Rogier Gerardu, Venlo, Ineke Wolfhagen, FHML
2017 Jan Vijge, MUO
2016 Len Cuppens, MUO, Bakir Bulić, FHML
2015 Brigitte Caenen-Alblas, Birgitte Hendrickx
2014 Roel Spätjens, René Gabriels
2013 Chantal Kuijpers, FL, Ali Jahanshahianvar, FHML
2012 Alejandro Lavopa, Chair PhD Academy
2011 Erie van den Heuvel, CAPHRI, Martin Tossings, CARIM (passed away in 2012)
2010 Prof.dr. Corine de Ruiter, FPN, Ingrid Wijk, Denise Vilerius and Margot Krijnen, Kids College
2009 Ien van de Leur, FASOS, Lou Quaden, FD
2008 Tiny Simon, MUO, Dr Ton. de Goeij, FHML
2007 Ine Kuppen, Alumni Officer, Prof.dr. Arnoud Arntz, FPN

More information

  UM Award - Regulations

De vier UM-studenten die de Studentenprijs 2023 ontvangen hebben.
Rector Magnificus Pamela Habibović with the winners of the UM Student Award 2023 Maaike van Uum, Helena Sanvicente, Serena Boukelmoun and Anna-Maria Lipolit - photo: Philip Driessen

UM Student Award 2023

During the Opening of the Academic Year on 4 September 2023, it has been announced that Maaike van Uum, Helena Sanvicente, Serena Boukelmoun and Anna-Maria Lipolit from the Diversity, Inclusivity, Accessibility and Sustainability (DIAS) working group 2022-2023 of the Student Representatives of FASoS, are the winners of the UM Student Award 2023.

As part of the 'Are you okay?' campaign, a student-initiative project concerning student wellbeing, the DIAS working group developed and implemented QR code stickers that were placed on the inside of UM’s bathrooms. By scanning the QR code students will be directed to an interactive infographic outlining currently available help-services.

This QR code is meant to support students in times of struggle and uncertainty. If someone is feeling anxious, uncomfortable or in need of help, the infographic is there to direct them to the right person or institution.

The QR code addresses mental health, promotes inclusivity and cultivates a feeling of safety and security on university grounds. The QR codes can stay in the bathrooms of the UM for an indefinite time and the link can be adapted, if needed.

Are you ok?
A QR code sticker on the inside of a UM bathroom

Overview of UM Student Award winners:

2023Maaike van Uum, Helena Sanvicente, Serena Boukelmoun and Anna-Maria Lipolit - 'Are you okay?' campaign
2022Marts Ivaskis, Moritz Takacs and Friederike Leppert - Shelter Our Students Maastricht
2021Vera Karagiannidou
2020Arthur Bribosia
2019Kyran Kuijpers, Davide Muraro, Gina van Rossum and Nina van Santvoort - UM Pride
2018Julie Ann Garcia Goodfellow
2017Victoria von Salmuth
2016Matthijs Bosveld and Sjim Romme
2015Aurelia Streit - Student and Society Initiative
2014Board of the 'Gezondheidsuniversiteit' (Health University)
2013Foundation BONT and Maastricht Eco-Map
2012Taskforce Qualitative Resuscitation by Students
2011Mpower Foundation
2009Anna Theuvenet
2008Marjolein Buss and Lennard Duijvestijn
2007KALEIDOSCOPE Maastricht
2006MUSTANGH Foundation
2005Navtej Talwar
2004Evelien van der Zon
2003Werkgroep Allochtone Studenten
2002Michael Hoeck
2001Independent Fraternity Que Pasa
2000Jasper Grosskurth and Bas de Zwaan

UM Student Award 2024
Do you want to recommend someone for the Student Award 2024? Download the regulations (Dutch) and the recommendation form.