Maastricht University

Maastricht University is the youngest and most international university in the Netherlands. The university is characterized by its innovative teaching model, its international character, and its multidisciplinary approach. The university was established in 1976 and has quickly become on the top young universities in the world. It has around 18,000 students and 4,400 staff.

Innovative education model

Maastricht is the European pioneer of problem-based learning, the educational model with which it has been working with ever since its foundation. Small-scale and personal, PBL challenges students not only to learn their subject matter, but also to develop their talents as well as skills such as self-reliance, assertiveness and problem-solving capacities. This, combined with a broad range of internationally oriented programmes, is what makes Maastricht University stand out. 

International orientation

Just over half of Maastricht’s students and a third of the academic staff come from outside the Netherlands. While most of Maastricht’s programmes are taught through English, the content of both education and research is deeply rooted in European and broader international themes. Research and education have a thematic, multidisciplinary nature, inspired by topical issues such as sustainability, European integration, healthy ageing, and the influence of technological developments on society.


Maastricht University is the sole Dutch member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN): 18 research universities across 6 continents, from Alberta, to Cape Town, Sydney, and Hong Kong. The network offers a platform for collaboration on education and transnational research projects. As one of the best young universities in the world, UM is also among the 18 highly-ranked founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN), which facilitates cooperation in scientific research, academic education and service to society. The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) aims to bring a radical change by becoming the leading model of a young, student-centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University based on the cooperation between higher education institutions, public and private sector, and citizens. The European Alliance for the Social Sciences and the Humanities (EASSH) is a membership organisation spanning all areas of the humanities and social sciences. EASSH is  working to promote these areas of knowledge and research and to engage with relevant policymakers and stakeholders. EASSH has over 65 member organisations including a wide range of disciplinary areas, stakeholders and universities from across Europe.

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