UM Campus Brussels: Taking things to the next level
Maastricht University’s (UM) Campus in Brussels is ‘taking things to the next level’. To realize this ambition, Professor Christine Neuhold has been appointed as Academic Director of the Campus as of 1 September 2017. It is planned that the Campus will also literally move to a new location in central Brussels in the beginning of 2018.
This will enable the Campus team to further expand its functions of ‘research community hub’ and ‘UM embassy’. Besides creating new opportunities for teaching and training, the new location will therefore also enable the Campus to increasingly host high-level workshops and to further fulfil its role as a ‘liaison office’ between UM staff and stakeholders in Brussels.
Since its establishment in 2010, Maastricht University’s Campus in Brussels has fulfilled three major functions. Besides providing teaching and training activities, it also serves as a ‘research community hub’ and a UM ‘embassy’ in the European capital. From 1 September 2017, under the strategic leadership of Professor Christine Neuhold, Academic Director of the Campus, the teaching and training pillar of the Campus will be further developed. For that purpose she will, in close cooperation with UM faculties (e.g. Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences) and a selection of external partners, coordinate the set-up of new teaching and training programmes for professionals and students.
Currently, the Campus primarily offers post-academic education to professionals working within- or around the European institutions. Educational offers range from part-time PhD programmes to summer schools and short (executive) trainings. Examples of programmes currently running successfully are the Data Protection Officer Certification training and Executive Privacy Management courses under the leadership of the UM Faculty of Law’s European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC). For the future, the expansion of the aforementioned programme into an Executive Master Degree on Privacy and Cybersecurity Management will be pursued. The set-up of interactive, interdisciplinary master’s programme also in cooperation with other Universities is moreover high on the agenda.
Christine Neuhold, Professor at the UM Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has ample managerial experience, both of teaching programmes and international research networks. She has been a member of the Campus Board since 2011 and is a member of the board of the part-time European Studies PhD programme for professionals in European Studies at the Campus.