Maastricht University is one of the founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN): 17 highly-ranked European universities under 50. The purpose of YERUN is to facilitate cooperation in scientific research, academic education and service to society. Its member universities have an innovative approach to research and education based on triple and quadruple helix collaborations with private partners, government, civil society organisations and citizens. YERUN brings new impetus and insights to European discussions and the perspective and interests of YERUN members on a European level.

In its strategy “Enabling talent to grow 2021-2025", YERUN prioritises cooperation in the following focus areas:

  • Talent development
  • Open culture of excellence
  • Responsible and engaged universities

Our representatives

The UM representatives to YERUN’s Executive Board are:

  • YERUN Executive Board member: Hildegard Schneider, Professor of International and European Law
  • YERUN institutional coordinator: Jan Hupkens, 
    Senior Policy Advisor Internationalisation
    +31 43 388 3006

In order to stay updated on YERUN’s activities, you can subscribe to the YERUN newsletter.

YERUN Launch Event

More information about the network and its members can be found here.

“We are proud to be a founding member”

 Maastricht University is a proud founding member of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN). YERUN gives us the opportunity to strengthen and develop cooperation with a number of highly-ranked young research universities in Europe, that share similar perspectives in the fields of research, academic education and impact on society.

YERUN strives to foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research, joint teaching initiatives and to maximise research capacities, increase mobility and employability of our graduates and staff alike. The YERUN priorities and strategic focus are therefore closely aligned with the strategy and vision of Maastricht University.   

Prof. Dr Martin Paul,
Maastricht University President


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