Maastricht University aims for a sustainable world through its research and education and leading by example in its operations. Its aim is to integrate sustainability in the DNA of the entire organisation by 2030.
UM believes a sustainable world can be achieved by using research to accelerate innovation, by focusing on education to share knowledge and change mindsets, and by leading by example. UM aims to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and making a true impact by university wide multi- and interdisciplinary expertise.
To reach that aim UM has created the Taskforce Sustainable UM2030 that will work on sustainability issues. The Taskforce consists of researchers, teachers, faculty liaisons and UM policy makers and works with students via the Green Office.
In order to be a sustainable university by 2030 the following ambitions have been formulated:
Academic staff will actively integrate sustainable development into our curriculum and additional programs. We will deliver research results that will boost the development of a sustainable society and alumni who are able to act as change agents, both within their professional life and as citizens of tomorrow’s society. We aim to create thought leaders, who will actively contribute to regional and global development for a sustainable world.
Community and co-creation
We believe in connection and partnerships to accelerate transition. Therefore, our research co-creates knowledge with societal stakeholders and partners that lead to impact and concrete solutions to the challenges of today’s society. We take our responsibility to the planet and people in our community by reducing our environmental emissions and promoting health & well-being. We focus on growing an active community (students, academic and non-academic staff) in which innovative ideas and initiatives are stimulated.
Anja van Bogaert (Overall Programme Coordinator)
Frank Boons (Chair)
Yvonne van der Meer
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