Maastricht University and the Young European Research Universities Network

Maastricht University is one of the founding members of the network of Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN). YERUN comprises 18 highly-ranked young universities, all under 50 years of age, across Europe. The purpose of YERUN is to strengthen and develop cooperation in scientific research, academic education and service to society. YERUN member universities are characterized by their approach in innovative research and education based on triple and quadruple-helix collaborations with private partners, government, civil society organisations and citizens, at all levels, to achieve broad impact and timely knowledge dissemination. YERUN brings new insights and strength to European discussions and functions as a platform where universities work together to ensure that the perspective of YERUN members are taken into within the European agenda.

More information about the network and its members can be found here.

“We are proud to be a founding member”

 Maastricht University is a proud founding member of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN). YERUN gives us the opportunity to strengthen and develop cooperation with a number of highly-ranked young research universities in Europe, that share similar perspectives in the fields of research, academic education and impact on society.

YERUN strives to foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research, joint teaching initiatives and to maximise research capacities, increase mobility and employability of our graduates and staff alike. The YERUN priorities and strategic focus are therefore closely aligned with the strategy and vision of Maastricht University.   

Prof. Dr Martin Paul,
Maastricht University President


  • Legal Classroom

    More fun in the legal classroom

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    The work lawyers do, the way they do it – indeed, the entire labour market – is changing radically. This calls for new, ‘soft’ skills, which in turn requires an education revolution. And to this end innovative technology can make an important contribution, according to Bram Akkermans, Catalina Goanta and Gwen Noteborn from Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law. They are integrating simulations, virtual worlds and holograms into their teaching. “Innovative education is in our DNA.”

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  • Lisa Waddington Aned

    Presentations by Professor Lisa Waddington

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    MCEL member Professor Lisa Waddington made a number of presentations at the annual seminar of the Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) held in Brussels on 16 and 17 November. 

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  • Andre Ott China

    Dr. Andrea Ott in Beijing

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Dr. Andrea Ott, Associate professor in EU law and MCEL researcher, taught Chinese students at the master programme in EU and International Law of the China-EU School of Law in Beijing from 6 to 10 November 2017.

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  • IRSCL to issue statement defending academic freedom

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    On Universal Children’s Day, 20 November 2017, the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) will issue a Statement of Principles, because it is worried about the ways in which contemporary geopolitics curtail academic freedom.

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  • Sarah

    “There’s no right or wrong here”

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    During the Week of the International Student we present a new story each day. This one features Sarah Weingartz from Germany.

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  • UM presents first results of the Employability Programme

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    On Wednesday 8 November, Maastricht University (UM) organised the Employability Inspiration & Improvisation Day. During the event, the first results of the UM Employability Programme were presented.  The Employability Programme aims to prepare our students for their future careers.

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  • Young European Research Universities Network launched

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Read more
  • Findings Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health presented at UM Campus Brussels

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    On Thursday 26 October, a special press briefing on the Lancet report will be held at the UM Campus in Brussels. The briefing will also be available via a livestream.

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  • gravitational waves

    Astronomical dream becomes reality

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    His mouth fell open in surprise, when Gideon Koekoek heard the news two months ago that would proudly be presented to the whole world on Monday, 16 October. The detection of two merging neutron stars, first observed with two telescopes, according to the theoretical physicist, solves a whole range of astronomical, chemical and physical problems in one blow.

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  • Lies Wesseling

    Lies Wesseling re-elected President IRSCL

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    During the 25th biennial of the International Research Association for Children’s Literature, Lies Wesseling was re-elected as President of this scholarly society of 360 members from 46 countries worldwide

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  • Harro van Lente appointed Chairman NWO Advisory Committee

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    Harro van Lente has been appointed as Chairman of the NWO Advisory Committee Responsible Innovation.

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  • Dag van de Limburgse commissaris

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    Ook dit jaar organiseren Thuis & Partners, Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies van de Universiteit Maastricht en Delfin Executives de Dag van de Limburgse Commissaris. Een van de sprekers zal Maria van der Hoeven zijn, voormalig Minister van Economische Zaken en Toezichthouder bij o.a. RWE, het moederbedrijf van Essent.


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  • European Commission classifies ITEM as good practice

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    In an official document of the Commission’s Regional Policy titled Communication “Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions”, the Cross-border Impact Assessment of the ITEM Expertise centre of Maastricht University was put forward as a good practice by the European Commission in order to facilitate the improvement of the legislative process within the European Union.

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  • Asylum procedure: the art of asking questions

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    To get a residence permit in the Netherlands, or elsewhere in Europe, asylum seekers need to tell a credible story about their identity, their country of origin and the reason they fled. Yet the way in which asylum officials ask questions does not always make for a good test of reality. This is the conclusion of Tanja van Veldhuizen’s PhD dissertation, which she will defend at Maastricht University on 22 September.

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  • IJHS

    Maisons Tropicales/Maisons Coloniales

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Maisons Tropicales/Maisons Coloniales: contesting technologies of authenticity and value in Niamey, Brazzaville, Paris, New York and Venice - Article publication by Christoph Rausch in the International Journal of Heritage Studies

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  • Vink en Peters

    APSA Best Chapter Award for Floris Peters and Maarten Vink

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    The migration and citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded the ‘2016 Best Chapter Award’ to a book chapter by Floris Peters and Maarten Vink. 

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  • Aline Sierp

    Aline Sierp wins Europe for Citizens Grant

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Aline Sierp, together with colleagues from the University of Siena, Sibiu and Krakow, has won a Europe for Citizen Grant funded by the European Commission.

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  • ITEM Brochures  Vera van Vliet

    ITEM calls for participants of survey about international migrants in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Maastricht University researchers are currently calling for people to take part in a survey about the reasons for highly-skilled international migrants to come to live and/or work in Limburg (NL) or the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. By participating, you can help make internationals’ lives, like your own, in the region easier and increase the attractiveness of the region for internationals.

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  • Biker gangs & borders

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    PhD candidate Kim Geurtjens conducts research into the cross-border nature of criminal motorcycle gangs.

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  • TOMA

    First graduates of Biomedicine and Biophysics double degree programme

    Friday, June 30, 2017 Read more
  • Maarten Vink appointed Willy Brandt Guest Professor in Malmö, Sweden

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Maarten Vink has been appointed Guest Professor at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) for the academic year 2017-2018.

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  • Maastricht University ranks 200th in QS World University Rankings

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Maastricht University (UM) ranked 200th in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, which was published today. UM’s ranking was lower this year compared to last year, when it placed 173rd out of 965 universities worldwide.

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  • Food Innovation Awards Campus Venlo

    Campus Venlo students win preliminary round European food innovation competition

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Friday 19 May, three teams of the Health Food Innovation Management master’s programme (UM’s Campus Venlo) took first, second and third place in the preliminary round of the Ecothophelia competition: a Europe-wide competition between student teams of both universities and colleges.

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  • AMIBM - Prof. Schilberg

    AMIBM hosts 2nd annual Applied Biobased Materials Conference

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    On the 12th of May, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) hosted the 2nd annual Applied Biobased materials Conference (ABC) in the inspiring surroundings of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.

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  • Karin Bijsterveld

    Karin Bijsterveld joins KNAW Council for the Humanities

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Karin Bijsterveld appointed as a member of the KNAW Council for the Humanities

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  • AMIBM - Richard Ramakers reveives the Ralf Raue award

    AMIBM wins Ralf Raue Innovation Award 2017

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    During the BIOMEDICA Life Sciences Summit, which took place on 9-10 May in Eindhoven (NL), the Ralf Raue Innovation Award for Life Sciences 2017 was awarded to the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMBIM).

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  • Good NVAO accreditation for Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) was accredited and received an exceptional score of ‘good’.

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  • Pulse of Europe - Maastricht

    First Pulse of Europe gathering in Maastricht

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    On Sunday 23 April, the first Pulse of Europe gathering in Maastricht took place. This independent pro-European citizens’ initiative aims to counteract populism, and support Europe against disintegration.

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  • THE Young Universities Ranking

    UM ranked as world’s sixth best young university

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Maastricht University is the sixth best young university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 200 under 50 ranking, which was published during the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane, Australia on April 5th.

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  • Universiteit van Nederland - Ron Heeren

    How can you tell within 30 minutes that a tumor is completely removed?

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Lecture Ron Heeren Universiteit van Nederland

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