Maastricht University Medallion of Honour awarded to Professor Louis Boon

On Thursday 15 December, Professor Martin Paul, chair of the UM Executive Board, awarded the UM Medallion of Honour to Professor Louis Boon for his contribution to the development and reputation of Maastricht University. The Executive Board views the conferral of this award to Louis Boon as a suitable display of appreciation.

Louis Boon has made a considerable contribution to expanding Maastricht University over the past thirty years. He served as dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, initiated the establishment of the Faculty of Psychology and served as one of its first deans. Special mention should be made of his role as dean of University College Maastricht. He stood at the helm of this programme, which was entirely unique in the Netherlands at the time. UCM has a diverse, international and highly-motivated student body. The fact that a large percentage of UCM students were admitted to prestigious foreign universities after graduating demonstrates the outstanding quality of this programme. UCM is one of the few Dutch programmes to receive the certificate of exceptional quality from the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). Moreover, Dutch students voted UCM as the best programme in the Netherlands in the 2017 Keuzegids Universiteiten (Dutch annual publication ranking universities).

Inspiring leader
Boon was also one of the founding fathers of the Maastricht Science Programme and a founding dean of University College Venlo. This initiative was extremely successful under his inspiring leadership. By developing and implementing innovative academic concepts, he made an important contribution to the international profile of the university and the South Limburg region. The university is known worldwide for the quality of its education, which also has a positive impact on the region's business climate.

Strong links
Boon established strong links between the university and international education in Maastricht, such as the United World College. He is a much sought-after guest lecturer at foreign universities and was actively involved in university activities in China. As a director and a driving force, he enriched our university with an exceptional faculty and unique lectures, and passionately advocated for further internationalisation. He was an excellent educator and a true inspiration for generations of students. Professor Louis Boon will bid farewell to UM on 1 January 2017.

The UM Medallion is an honour bestowed upon UM employees who distinguished themselves in their daily work by making a significant contribution to the reputation and development of the university. The UM Medallion is only awarded upon retirement.

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