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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    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has selected the project ‘Leading to Success: SMART Choices and SMART Tools’, submitted by project leader Dr. Mindel van de Laar , for funding in a competitive selection process to encourage open and online education.

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    Monday, April 3, 2017

    A committee of four Dutch and German professors gave the institutes very high marks for societal relevance, research quality and viability during an independent assessment.

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      Developing countries need universal health coverage. But who will pay and how will it affect the labour market? Read the latest in our Policy Beyond Borders series: #APPAM2017

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      For those of you living in Latin America and interested in joining our one-year double-degree Master's programme in Public Policy and Human Development, feel free to ask all your questions during the special webinar offered by Maastricht University - Info Iberia and Latin America on Monday 22 May!

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      Prof. Turhan Canli, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the Mind/Brain Center on War and Humanity at Stony Brook University, NY, USA, gave a public talk today on recent discoveries from neuroscience and genetics that can help policymakers to better understand and develop better policies regarding mental health issues among refugee populations.

      His talk attracted a full house of students and researchers across all Maastricht University faculties.

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