Maastricht University (UM) is the youngest and most international university in the Netherlands, and has been recognized as one of the best young universities in the world. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. UM is the European pioneer of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), the education model it has been working with ever since the university was founded. Small-scale and personal, PBL challenges students not only to learn their subject matter, but also to actively develop their talents and interests as well as skills such as self-reliance, assertiveness and problem-solving capacities.
Almost half of our students and one third of our academic staff come from abroad, together representing over 100 different nationalities. Most of UM’s study programmes are taught in English, and the content of both education and research is deeply rooted in European and broader international themes.
Research and education at UM have a thematic, multidisciplinary nature, inspired by topical issues such as sustainability, European integration, healthy ageing and the influence of technological developments on society. Researchers work in multidisciplinary teams, in close collaboration with national and international institutions, companies and industry. The university nurtures partnerships with many regional companies, knowledge institutes and government agencies. Together, we aim to play a leading role in the sustainable economic development of the region.