Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with more than 16,000 students and 4,000 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.
UM multidisciplinary collaborations contribute to solving major societal issues within our primary research themes. Whenever possible, UM research is translated into economic, financial, or social value. UM participates in centres of excellence, both technological and social, to allow scientific discoveries to be swiftly converted into practical applications. What is more, research is integrated into education at every level.
Some of the issues currently being researched include healthy ageing, climate change, demographic changes, sustainability, the impact of technological developments, population ageing, healthy and affordable food, and the European integration process.
UM hosts several graduate schools including the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, which covers all aspects of governance in domestic and global organizations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design and evaluation, and the Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science & Policy, which onducts research into sustainable development and integrated assessment at the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS).