Maastricht University & the Worldwide Universities Network
Since 2013, Maastricht University is an official member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). WUN comprises 23 research-intensive institutions spanning 6 continents. In short, WUN is a global network driving international research collaboration and developing research talent. As a leading international higher education and research network, WUN is a force in developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most significant challenges that societies, governments, corporations and education are facing.
Our main challenge
UM aims to be an ‘international network university’. The membership of the WUN takes UM’s international collaboration focus to a higher level, promotes its international visibility and can support the acquisition of external (research) funding. The main challenge of UM is to continuously engage key academics in joint research teams and create mobility opportunities for early and mid-career researchers in setting up new networks in some or all of the Global Challenges.
You can download the 2016 institutional impact report here , and find out more about UM's activities in WUN so far.
The UM representatives to WUN’s boards of governance are:
- WUN President: Professor Dr. Martin Paul, President Maastricht University
- WUN Academic Advisory Group (AAG): Prof. dr. Tom van Veen, Professor in Economics (School of Business and Economics)
- WUN Coordinators Group & institutional WUN Coordinator:
Aisling Tiernan, M.A.,
+31 43 388 2603
International Search for Executive Director
The Worldwide Universities Network is searching for an Executive Director who can continue strong and inspiring leadership and management of the Network. The Executive Director is a member of the WUN Partnership Board, reporting to the Chair, Professor Martin Paul (Maastricht University) with the WUN global steering group. Please read more on this vacancy.
WUN in short
The WUN has identified four major Global Challenges :
- Adapting to Climate Change
- Understanding Cultures
- Global Higher Education
- Research and Public Health and Non-Communicable Disease
Each Global Challenge has networks of researchers working on a number of topics and sub-themes. WUN members can also bring in a topic themselves and create a network of WUN researchers. For more information on its existing research projects, please visit the WUN website
WUN Research Mobility Programme
Call for applications
The WUN Research Mobility Programme (RMP) is an opportunity for Maastricht University PhD students or research staff in any academic discipline - in existing WUN research areas and new areas with the potential to develop a sustainable WUN collaboration - to apply for funding to visit any Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) partner university. The award aims to help facilitate research collaboration of early and mid-term career researchers leading to increased publishing, grant acquisition and training opportunities for all UM researchers
The RMP provides a great opportunity to:
- Advance your research by accessing research groups with expertise, rare facilities and data sets;
- Widen the scope of research by establishing new and deepening existing links with your global peers;
- Gain experience of new cultures by emerging yourself with new research environments;
- Further your career development by strengthening your international profile.
Eligibility and Assessment criteria:
- Be a UM PhD student or academic staff member
- The research mobility should last a minimum of 4 weeks
- Provide a support letter from a dean or scientific director on the importance of the project in relation to the existing research priorities of the university, faculty and department/school.
- Provide a support letter from the host supervisor which confirms the approval of the host university to welcome the researcher should be attached to the application (The relevant contact person for WUN in each partner university can be found here.)
- Fill in the WUN RMP application form
- Should the applicant be awarded the grant he/she has to make use of it within 12 months from the date of receiving the award.
The programme is co-funded by the University Fund Limburg. The mission of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is to support scientific research and education at Maastricht University.
- for the year 2018 four proposals will be awarded the grant
- the grant will cover an international economy airfare and a contribution towards a subsistence cost (a maximum of 1.000 euros a month) for visits up to 3 months
- the deadline to submit the proposal is 4 February 2018 at noon, the application needs to be complete with all relevant documentation attached
- decisions are made by the WUN RMP Selection Committee
- successful awardees are invited to a pre-departure meeting and required to submit a post-visit report within one month of return.
Research Development Fund
WUN re-invests a significant proportion of its membership fees to encourage international collaborative research. The Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses the four WUN global challenges:
- Responding to Climate Change
- Public Health (Non-Communicable Disease)
- Global Higher Education and Research
- Understanding Cultures
In 2016, Maastricht University was rewarded RDF funding for a project on Mobility and Higher Education. Other projects that the university has been involved in through the RDF funding the past years include Community of Learning for African PhD fellows (2015) and Recommender Systems in Academia (2014).
Other activities Maastricht University participates in include:
- Data Analysis with Privacy Protection for Epidemiological Research (DAPPER)
- Healthy-Polis – Developing Urban Lifecourse Approaches in response to Climate Change
- Migration, Development and Global Transformations (MDGT)
- Migration Policy, Welfare Boundary, Social Integration & Health-related Quality of Life of Children from Immigrant Families
- A MOOC for WUN: Enabling collaborative education for heterogeneous groups around open research data and popular media
- Web Observatory Project
Maastricht University is very pleased to have joined the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). It gives us a unique opportunity to connect with a selected number of international network universities who share our vision on research and education, while at the same time staying connected to their own region.
The research focus of WUN matches very well with the strategic themes of Maastricht University enhancing a content-guided cooperation with our network partners.
Prof. Dr Martin Paul,
Maastricht University President
WUN event: Effects of Brexit on higher educationFriday, February 17, 2017
On the 9th of February Maastricht University’s Campus Brussels hosted a workshop of the Worldwide Univerisities Network (WUN) on Brexit.
Worldwide Universities Network Conference brings five continents to Maastricht UniversityFriday, April 1, 2016
Next week almost 400 academics from five different continents will descend on Maastricht for the annual conference of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), hosted by Maastricht University from 2 to 7 April.
COLA project receives financial support from WUN Research Development Fund 2015Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Dr Mindel van de Laar (UNU-MERIT) received a financial contribution from the WUN Research Development Fund for the Community of Learning for Africa (COLA) project.