Maastricht University is one of the founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN): 18 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.

The YERUN Research Workshops are joint conferences for exchanging research ideas and bringing together complementary expertise in YERUN’s thematic research priorities (Health and Ageing, Big Data, Digital Humanities, Migration, and STEM). 

For current opportunities, requirements and deadlines, please contact the UM YERUN institutional coordinator, Jan Hupkens.

Our representatives

The UM representatives to YERUN’s Executive Board are:

  • YERUN Vice-President (VP): Professor dr. Martin Paul, President Maastricht University
  • YERUN institutional coordinator: Jan Hupkens, M.A., 
    Policy Advisor Internationalisation
    +31 43 388 3006

YERUN Launch Event

On 7 November 2017, YERUN organised its Launch Event at the European Parliament in Brussels. Hosted by MEP Soledad Cabezón, the event brought together YERUN members, the European Commission, members of the Parliament, Permanent Representations and numerous EU Stakeholders working on research and education.

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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