Graduate School

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

The Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) of Maastricht University is integrated within United Nations University – MERIT (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.

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 United Nations University – MERIT (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 UNU-MERIT functions 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.


  • Instituto Terra

    Walking 4 SDGs: A virtual odyssey for climate action because we are all connected with nature

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

    Between 20 March and 8 May 2021, UNU-MERIT staff and students walked, ran and cycled in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13.

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  • MPP student presenting

    From study to simulation to public policy reality: Why communication is key

    Saturday, January 23, 2021

    This year’s International Education Day, 24 January, occurs in the wake of a global pandemic that closed schools and universities worldwide. We hear from course tutor Victor Osei Kwadwo, among others, on the value of training in public policy communication, especially in the context of an extended lockdown.

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  • Nepal

    'Thanks to my research, I'm finally empowered to speak out against menstrual stigmatisation'

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Thanks to her research, Master's student in Public Policy and Human Development Riesa van Doorn has felt empowered to speak out against menstrual stigmatisation in Nepal. In this blog post, Riesa shares her own experience, tying this to her research for her master's thesis, which focuses on shifting perceptions towards harmful menstrual practices in Nepal. 

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  • MPP alumnus Rodolpho Zannin Feijó during Alumni Week

    ‘This pandemic has shown us we have to think in integrated ways’

    Friday, October 23, 2020

    MPP alumnus Rodolpho Zannin Feijó joined the first online edition of the Maastricht University Alumni Week last month as a guest speaker from his home city of Curitiba in Brazil. Here are six highlights from the conversation.

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  • Public Policy student

    With the world at breaking point, let’s bring evidence to bear on policymaking

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    I am sitting at my desk at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a safety precaution for myself, of course, but also an act of solidarity. Solidarity with experts and solidarity with informed decision makers.

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  • NASPAA-Batten simulation competition

    How to make a city sustainable — in a single day?

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    “It was an exciting day and a great learning experience, especially given the time pressure, the intensity of the challenge and having to work with a new team,” said Apoorva Shankar, looking back on this year's NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition 2020.

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  • UNU-MERIT students visit UNOG, Geneva

    A time to talk and a time to act: When students meet policymakers in Geneva

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    In February 2020, some 50 students from our Master's programme joined a trip to the international institutions in Geneva.

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  • Presenting our latest batch of future policy makers

    Presenting our latest batch of future policy makers

    Monday, July 8, 2019

    Students from our Master's in Public Policy and Human Development (2018-19) marked the end of their course at a festive ceremony in Sint Janskerk, Maastricht.

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  • Food distibution

    Social safety net sorely needed

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Recent research by Professor Gassmann shows that investing in social protection systems has clear added value and a positive cost-benefit analysis in the long term. 

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    Positive view of the future prevents school dropout

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Read more