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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UNU-MERIT and MGSoG

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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      Introducing our new #SDGExplorer platform! Discover how our experts and research projects are taking action to achieve all 17 #SDGs: https://www.merit.unu.edu/new-campaign-highlights-unus-work-on-the-sustainable-development-goals/ #GlobalGoals Franziska Gassmann Melissa Siegel Ortrun Merkle Carlo Pietrobelli

      UNU Sustainable Development Explorer - United Nations University
      1 day 21 hours ago
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      SITE4Society: Meet the Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs of Maastricht who are contributing to the SDGs

      Governments worldwide have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are committed to attaining them by 2030. Moreover, they recognize that they cannot mobilize the necessary resources and capabilities for this purpose alone. Hence, they have called for cooperation from all societal stakeholders to assume responsibility and strive to contribute to the SDGs. This is leading to a new phenomenon whereby different kinds of non-governmental economic actors ranging from civil society, social enterprises, start-ups, firms and multinationals are aligning their strategies and reporting against the same objectives. In this regard, in the second SITE4Society workshop, we will explore what is happening in Maastricht.

      The objective is to gain a better understanding of answers to the following questions:

      · What kinds of efforts are being mobilized by organizations in Maastricht towards the SDGs?
      · Which of the SDGs are attracting major efforts?
      · Which are underserved?
      · Why?
      · How is the established institutional eco-system driving, helping or obstructing impact?
      · How can we contribute to their performance through our research?

      Seven entrepreneurs /intrapreneurs will present the work of their social or business enterprise while giving their perspectives on the following:

      1. What does your organization do?

      2. Which of the SDGs does it make a contribution to? How?

      3. Is SDG impact the primary focus of your operations or is it deemed a positive output that occurs in addition?

      4. How do you ensure maximum SDG impact?

      5. How do you ensure that the SDG impact benefits your organization’s operations?

      6. How is the established institutional eco-system of Maastricht or the Netherlands, driving, helping or obstructing impact?

      7. How can the academic community contribute to your impact through our research?

      8. Do you think the SDGs are feasible as a set of goals to attain globally by 2030? From your experience what do you see as the challenges?

      There will be five sessions.

      o Session 1 – 10.00-10.30 – Welcome, Introduction to the SDGs and the challenges of their attainment, European Grand Challenges, Some examples of how SDGs are being addressed in Maastricht, by Shyama V. Ramani and Serdar Turkeli.

      o Session 2 – 10.30-11.30 – Presentations by two guests of 20 minutes each followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

      Tea/Coffee Break

      o Session 3 – 11.45-12.45 – Presentations by two guests of 20 minutes each followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

      Lunch Break

      o Session 4 – 14.00-15.00 – Presentations by two guests of 20 minutes each followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

      Tea/Coffee Break

      o Session 5 – 15.15-15.45 – Presentation by a guest of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

      o 15.45 – 16.15 – Mapping of work on SDGs in Maastricht University by Jerôme Scheren

      o 16.15 – 17.00 – General Discussion with audience. If you have an idea on any of the SDGs – this will be your moment to speak up!

      Vote of thanks

      We hope to see you there on February 9 in the conference room at UNU-MERIT to make this event a successful learning experience!

      Organization Committee: Shyama V. Ramani and Serdar Turkeli of UNU-MERIT in partnership with The CSR+ Lab and Green Office Maastricht

      Contact for enquiries: serdar.turkeli[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

      Science, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship for Societal Welfare

      February 9, 2018, Conference Room UNU-MERIT Boschstraat 24 6211 AX Maastricht, 10.00-17.00​​

      4 days 10 hours ago
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