12 September 2018

Prof. dr. Martin Paul reappointed as President of Maastricht University

The Supervisory Board of Maastricht University has decided to reappoint prof. dr. Martin Paul as President of Maastricht University for a final term of four years as from 1 May 2019. The decision of the Supervisory board is based on the positive advice of the Appointment Advisory Committee (BAC) in July. This committee was installed in consultation with the University Council, the Board of Deans and the other two Executive Board members.

“Martin Paul, an open communicator with an international academic background as well as an extensive scientific and managerial track record fits Maastricht University’s current profile very well. He is also a true team player who, together with his colleagues on the Executive Board, provides positive leadership for Maastricht University”, states Annelies van der Pauw, chairperson of the Supervisory Board. “Martin Paul is open for discussion, supports short and open lines of communication and is transparent in his management style as well as in the interaction with internal and external stakeholders. To have a president with such communication skills is of great value to our university and the (Eu)region. The current Executive Board has chemistry. With this Board we have a team that is capable of sustainably further developing our innovative educational model and research, our role in the Brightlands campuses and our international position in accordance with our strategic programme “Community at the CORE”.”

In the current term Martin Paul has expanded UM’s international focus to the city of Maastricht and the province of Limburg. The Brightlands Campuses have grown, which has had a positive and economic impact on the region. Martin Paul intends to use his last term to strengthen the international position of UM, its position in the (Eu)region and its goal to become a truly European University in a global context. In addition he will carry out the strategic ambition of UM to broaden its academic profile.

“I am very honoured to have the opportunity to continue serving on the Executive Board of UM and am looking forward to maintaining and expanding interactions with my colleagues, the university community as well as with our external partners”, says Martin Paul.

The Executive Board consists of prof. dr. Martin Paul (President), prof. dr. Rianne Letschert (Rector Magnificus) and dr. Nick Bos (Vice President).

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Martin Paul was Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Freie Universität Berlin and from 2004 to 2008 Dean and Vice President of the Executive Board of the Medical Faculty of the Charité Medical Centre in Berlin. From 2008 to 2011, he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at UM and Vice President of the Maastricht University Medical Centre +. As from 2011, Martin Paul is President of Maastricht University where he holds a chair in Clinical Pharmacology.

After finishing medical school at the University of Heidelberg he has worked as an academic at Harvard University, the University of Heidelberg, the Freie Universität Berlin and Charité University Medical Centre Berlin. Next to his distinguished career as a researcher (with over 300 publications) and educator, professor Paul has become active in academic management.
In addition, Professor Paul has worked actively to improve academic leadership on an international level. In this context, he has served as Chair of DEAN, a European Network of deans and academic managers and has been a board member of the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities. He has also been on the board of the Association of Academic Health Centers and served as chair of its International Steering Group. Currently, he is a member of the steering group for Strategy and Governance of the Dutch Association of Research Universities (VSNU) and is an elected member of the Netherlands Academy for Technology and Innovation (AcTI). Professor Paul is currently the chairman of the Partnership Board of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Furthermore, he has been appointed as vice-president of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN). Professor Paul also serves as member of the National Science Council of Austria and as a fellow of the Free University Brussels. Apart from these roles he is active on several advisory and supervisory boards in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.