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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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    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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    ITEM calls for participants of survey about international migrants in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Maastricht University researchers are currently calling for people to take part in a survey about the reasons for highly-skilled international migrants to come to live and/or work in Limburg (NL) or the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. By participating, you can help make internationals’ lives, like your own, in the region easier and increase the attractiveness of the region for internationals.

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    SURF subsidy for development open online services

    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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  • ICIS and UNU-MERIT World Leading Institutes

    What Next for ‘World Leading’ UNU-MERIT & ICIS?

    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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    • Photo by United Nations University-MERIT

      On Wednesday 22 November 2017, United Nations University-MERIT, UM Campus Brussels, and the city of Maastricht held a book launch event for the edited volume: A Second Chance for Europe, Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union, edited by Prof. Jo Ritzen.

      Guests speakers were Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission; Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University and Dean of University College Maastricht

      Book Summary

      A Second Chance for Europe -- Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union

      The book calls upon us to rethink and reboot the European Union. The discontents of globalisation threaten European values and call for a new economic order. EU Member States are backsliding on the rule of law and control of corruption. There is a need to rethink immigration policy. The debt overhang of some Euro countries is unsustainable.

      Given the sum total of these vulnerabilities, the book argues that the EU may not survive beyond 2025 in its present form. It puts forward a number of workable solutions: a European economic model to secure full employment, a stronger European Court of Human Rights, a points-based immigration system, clear exit options from the Eurozone, and an Open Education Area with a common second language. These solutions may reduce the number of EU countries in the core-EU, but would increase cohesion and overall sustainability.

      The editor, Jo Ritzen, is a professorial fellow in the International Economics of Science, Technology and Higher Education at United Nations University-MERIT and its School of Governance. He is a former Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands, a former Vice President of the World Bank, and former President of Maastricht University.

      Photos by Sueli Kyomi Brodin/UNU-MERIT and Melissa Beltgens/UM Campus Brussels

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      This week we hosted a conference of the UNU #Migration Network, a research platform across Institutes of UNU that shares expertise and collaborates on conducting #policy-relevant research. For more info on the network visit: https://t.co/939jcXJfnb #SDG16 #SDG17 https://t.co/pmckcYphvN

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      How can technology affect reconstruction and development, especially in terms of e-governance? A #Balkan case study by part-time PhD fellow Bernard Nikaj, Ambassador of #Kosovo in Brussels: https://t.co/DWLU33eGCA #SDG9 #SDG16 https://t.co/ToNu6O2uFF

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