Rankings & recognition
NVAO Accreditation and Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation
The master’s programme in Global Health performed very well during the last re-accreditation and was assessed with a “good” by the NVAO (the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.) The panel was very enthusiastic about the profile of the Global Health programme and was impressed by its innovative character. The partnership with foreign universities contributes to the uniqueness of the programme, and through this partnership students have access to various international health organisations. In addition, the programme has an obvious professional as well as an academic orientation. Staff, originating from various countries, also received a compliment: “excellent, dedicated and innovative”. According to the panel, distance learning facilities are considered as superb and students receive good guidance during the course of study.
Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation
In addition to the NVAO accreditation, the Global Health programme also received the special quality mark/distinction of “internationalisation”. According to the NVAO, the programme can be seen as an example of international “best practice”, since graduates possess the competencies required to operate in international and multicultural environments. The panel also noted the programme's clear and explicit vision on internationalisation, in terms of the content and curriculum as well as in terms of the learning environment and student and staff mobility. The programme's links to recent international developments and ample opportunities for intercultural interaction and travelling abroad were also listed amongst the reasons for awarding this distinction.
Global Health has an innovative character
Dutch university programmes are assessed by the quality assurance agency QANU as part of their accreditation by the Accreditation Organisation for the Netherlands and Belgium (NVAO). Take a look at what they had to say about the Global Health programme:
“The panel is very enthusiastic about the profile of the programme and is impressed by its innovative character. The partnership with foreign universities contributes to the uniqueness of the programme, and through this partnership students have access to various international health organisations. In addition, the programme has an obvious professional as well as academic orientation, which the panel appreciates.”
“The curriculum of the master’s programme Global Health is diverse, comprehensive, multisided and adjustable to students’ preferences. The panel feels that it is very well developed and that there is a solid connection between the learning outcomes and the courses.”
Positive attitude of students
“The panel investigated the intake and considers it to be adequate. It agrees with the alumni that the programme is not easy, but that the workload is “doable”. It is particularly enthusiastic about the sponsored trip to Manipal, and impressed by the positive attitude of the students and their willingness to invest in their education.”
Dedicated teaching staff
“[The panel] feels that the programme has excellent, dedicated and innovative teaching staff. It appreciates their cultural sensitivity and is enthusiastic about the contact with partner universities.”
These quotes from the QANU quality assessment team were part of the latest NVAO assessment process, where the Global Health and Governance and Leadership in European Public Health programmes were assessed together.
UM is the fifth best young university in the world
Maastricht University is placed fifth place in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) '200 Under 50' ranking for best young universities in the world. UM is proud to have its continued efforts, for example toward internationalisation, affirmed in this THE ranking. UM also scores a top 10 position (with 7th place) in the 2016 QS ‘Top 50 under 50’; ranking highest of all European universities. These special rankings for young universities are published to give an indication as to which universities are expected in the future to become the top universities worldwide.