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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    • Thank you to all participants #NASPAASim17 & fingers crossed for the World 1 winning team at @UNUMERIT! Photos:…

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      Every year, NASPAA conducts a global simulation competition for graduate students in public policy and administration.

      This year, NASPAA hosted the competition at five simulation sites in the United States and three sites internationally — Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia; United Nations University-MERIT in Maastricht, Netherlands; and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

      FOOD SECURITY was this year’s global simulation competition theme — a fundamental aspect of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.”

      Through using the simulation on February 25/26, students were challenged to take on the roles of Food Security experts to address the critical and complex problems associated with hunger, malnutrition and food security. They presented their findings to a panel of judges who are experts on the topic.

      For the second year running, United Nations University-MERIT was the host site for Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

      Many congratulations to all participants for a stimulating day at UNU-MERIT!

      Photos by Sueli Kyomi Brodin | UNU-MERIT

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    • We were happy to host @ChaseSova from the @WFPUSA ! We hope to continue to work together and achieve #SDG2 !

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      Congratulations to all the participants of #NASPAASim17 at @UNUMERIT for their great work today! @naspaa

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      UNU Action Debate: ‘High Time for UN Reform?’

      High-Level Reflections Ahead of the
      ‘Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape’

      “Today's risks are so dangerous and so global in their nature they've outrun the international system's ability to deal with them. We're trying to solve today's problems with yesterday's tools. We believe a new shape of collaboration is needed to address the most critical challenges in our globalized world.”
      Laszlo Szombatfalvy, Founder, Global Challenges Foundation

      The UN Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious and complex in equal measure. A kaleidoscope of grand visions, the 2030 Agenda aims to rebuild our world from the ground up – through a ‘future-proof’ work plan covering everything from the environment to education to healthcare.

      The question is: do we really have the foundations, the architecture, and the craftsmen to achieve this massive task? Is the UN, now in its 70s, up to leading this challenge? If not, does it have the time and capacity to reform itself while ‘on the job’?

      In this context, UNU-MERIT and the Global Challenges Foundation are hosting an ‘action debate’: a panel discussion to thrash out practical routes to reform. Featuring high-level speakers from the worlds of academia and diplomacy, the debate will map out the future of global governance, probing the following lines in particular:

      1. What lessons, if any, has the UN system learned from the Millennium Development Goals?
      2. Should the new UN Secretary-General seek a root-and-branch reform of UN structures and governance?
      3. How can UN member states, like the Netherlands, help to solve global challenges?
      4. What are possible new forms of global governance?
      5. How can existing or new structures engage citizens in governance and help them to feel better represented?


      Prof. Dr. Folke Tersman
      Head of the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden, Member of the Board of the Global Challenges Foundation;

      Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner
      Vice-Rector for United Nations University (UNU) in Europe and Director of UNU-EHS;

      Mr. Anthony Antoine
      Director (ad interim), UNU-CRIS

      Dr. Maty Konte
      Researcher, UNU-MERIT

      Mr. Selahattin Topal, Master's student in Public Policy and Human Development, UNU-MERIT


      Mr. Diego Salama
      Communications Officer, UNU-MERIT


      Ultimately, the event aims to:

      - Provide an open and frank debate on the capacities of present structures, especially the UN, for tackling global threats;

      - Help the audience to grasp the issues at stake in terms of complexity, importance and urgency;

      - Plan for the future while learning from the past, e.g. from the MDGs;

      - Identify new ways of looking at structures and responsibilities: i.e. who are the most important actors, what are the mechanisms for checks and balances, what structures are accountable, and what is the role of non-state actors?

      - Leave both speakers and audience with a heightened sense of commitment, empowerment and responsibility.

      The debate will take place at Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, on Monday 6 March, from 18.30-20.00. The event will be followed by a small reception until 21.00.

      Everyone is welcome to attend.

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      Yesterday, Julieta Marotta, UNU-MERIT's Deputy Academic Programme Director for the MPP Master's programme, successfully defended her thesis 'Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of Victims of Domestic Violence through Legal Organisations in the City of Buenos Aires: A Qualitative Empirical Legal Study'. Many congratulations!
      Photography: H. Pijpers / UNU-MERIT

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