Maastricht University is working on a healthy work and study environment

How do you motivate those Maastricht University students and employees who do not enjoy sports to develop a healthy lifestyle? That is one of the questions we hope to answer with the Active Campus Europe project, in which UM and 15 other European higher education institutions are taking part. The EU has awarded a grant to fund the project for the next two years, and the official kick-off will take place on 24 January in Maastricht’s provincial government building.

Maastricht University/the UM Sports department is one of the 16 partners in Active Campus Europe, which is a ‘Collaborative Partnership in Health Enhancing Physical Activities’  project. In addition to UM Sports and the Student Sport Center Eindhoven (SSC) at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, the participating higher education institutions come from six other countries: Finland, Ireland, England, Germany, Spain and Portugal.


The goal of Active Campus Europe is, among other things, to create a collaboration between higher education institutions that promotes physical activity. To create a healthy work and study environment that encourages healthy behaviour, expertise from the partner institutions will be collected in a Best Practice Handbook that will be publicly available to consult later. In addition, there will be a three-month activation programme to mobilise non-sports-loving students and staff, and to raise awareness about the benefits of an active lifestyle and healthy behaviour. Researchers will analyse the impact and results of this intervention.


The project will run from January 2017 through December 2018. Its official kick-off will take place on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, at 4pm in Maastricht’s provincial government building in the presence of King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens under the name Europe Calling (to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty). The kick-off is part of the two-day milestone meeting on 24 and 25 January, at which all 16 partners will be present.

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