Maastricht University (UM) and our European partners are on the verge of creating something new and exciting; the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE), an idea of university that transcends geographical, political, social, linguistic, and disciplinary borders.
An open, inclusive European university across 10 countries that offers better opportunities for all: an entirely new study experience with personalised curricula, career development and mobility for staff and a learning ecosystem that will benefit citizens in all partner regions.
Students and staff will be able to move freely between different campuses and enjoy opportunities to learn, develop and volunteer in close contact with and to the benefit of local citizens.
The chance of a lifetime, at the European university.
Maastricht University has always been the European university of the Netherlands. At the periphery of the country, but only a bike ride away from Wallonia, Flanders and Germany, we had to cultivate an international outlook to attract the best talent.
We are the most international university in the Netherlands. In a little over 40 years, we have managed to build a reputation for teaching and research, rejuvenate the city and region, and translate innovation into economic and civic opportunities. All in large parts due to our open, innovative approach and talent from all over the world.
The theme Europe in a Globalising World - one of the pillars of our research agenda - and Maastricht, Working on Europe - our joint project with the city and province - show that Europe is more than theory here. It is a reality; an idea the citizens are refining as they live it. This is the home of the Maastricht Treaty, of citizens from all over Europe, of people commuting across borders daily.
YUFE is an alliance of 8 dynamic, innovative universities who are determined to become the first truly European university. We are dedicated to open access and feel a strong sense of social responsibility and service to the regional communities in which we are embedded.
Maastricht University and the other YUFE partners are dedicated to a challenge-based, student-focused approach to teaching. YUFE will empower students to create their own curriculum and offer plenty of opportunities for civic engagement, gaining professional experience, and developing interpersonal and intercultural skills. Students will be in the lead during the development and implementation of YUFE.
YUFE wants to expand European mobility and associated opportunities to everyone, independent of socioeconomic and cultural background or choice of degree. Eventually YUFE will be available at all degree levels, also to non-traditional and lifelong learners.
"It is interesting to see how YUFE is actually going to spread to the cities"...
"YUFE is an outstanding project with creative, committed and ambitious people at the core. From the beginning of the project, student representatives have been included as equal partners in creating all the policy and other activities of YUFE University. Working in such a supportive environment stimulates all YUFE members to be even more productive and directed towards a common aim"...
“Since the very beginning, students have had a central role in the development of YUFE. We all know the classic participation structures at our universities, but the involvement of students in the project went much further. Students were not merely participating in, but actually co-leading and –creating the proposal"...
In June 2019, YUFE was awarded European funding to help make our vision reality. The European Commission judged YUFE’s proposal to be the most promising of all, with 97 out of a 100 points. YUFE will officially be launched in December 2019. In September 2020, a pioneering cohort of 100 YUFE students will start studying for a YUFE diploma supplement.
After that, it is our vision to gradually extend the benefits to staff as well as citizens. Eventually, YUFE wants to be a non-elitist, open and inclusive European university based on the cooperation between higher education, institutions, public and private sector, as well as citizens.
This is a tremendously ambitious project without much precedent. There is a long way ahead but we can’t wait to tackle this colossal challenge. Join us on this exciting journey. Sign up and we’ll keep you up-to-date about our progress.