Graduate School

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

The Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) of Maastricht University is integrated within The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Within UNU-MERIT, the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance covers all aspects of governance in domestic and global organisations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design and evaluation.

More specifically, the School prepares professionals and researchers for policy analysis, risk assessment, policy design, policy monitoring, policy evaluation and methods and techniques of policy research. MGSoG is the centre for the institute’s double degree Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development, which aims to train public policy professionals for the global community.

 The concept of 'good governance' refers to efficient and effective policies that reduce the risks for corruption and wastage. Experience shows that good governance is not something that can be implemented overnight. The development of a progressive, well-balanced policy requires independent professionals.   

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The Maastricht Graduate School of Governance joined the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in 2010. UNU-MERIT is a research and training institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University, based in the south of the Netherlands. The institute has been closely involved in research for a variety of UN agencies, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank.

Overall the UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance function as a unique research centre and graduate school for around 100 PhD fellows and 140 Master’s students. It is also a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation and democratic governance.



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      On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of #refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. #WorldRefugeeDay #Migration

      World Refugee Day, 20 June
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      Last Thursday the closing ceremony of our MPP programme took place. Congratulations to all students and enjoy your summer holiday!

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      On Wednesday 14 June, we organised a career event for our Master’s students in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP). The day ended with a special get together with five MPP alumni who accepted our invitation to come and share their tips and experiences not only with our soon-to-be graduates but also with students from the new cohort who will start the Master's programme at the end of August.

      The five alumni were:
      Milou Rietjens, who now works at Directorate General Human Resources, Business Partnering Division (DGHR/BPA), European Central Bank
      @Noemi Cascone, who now works as a Junior Policy Officer, Migration Programme of the European Centre for Development
      Fortune Chamba: volunteer at Smile To The Future (the Netherlands) and Board Secretary for Stichting Wewe (Africa)
      Juan Pablo del Valle: Career Development and Alumni Relations Manager at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg
      @Nathan Kably: Policy consultant, green economy, at Techopolis-group Brussels

      During the session, they talked about their lives "after the MPP" and addressed the following questions:

      1. How to write a good CV and cover letter.
      2. How and where to apply for a job
      3. How to prepare and handle a job interview
      4. How to express professional goals to potential employers
      5. What to take into account when you accepting a job
      6. Which advice would you give to your younger self?

      The alumni also elaborated on their current positions. They all had valuable tips to share and their honest and helpful insights were much appreciated.

      The lively and inspiring event was followed by drinks with all participants.

      Photos: Sueli Kyomi Brodin/UNU-MERIT

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