International student city
Maastricht is a vibrant international student city. Over 10% of its residents are students, almost half of whom are from outside the country. This international ambience is very much in line with the character and location of Maastricht in the heart of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. University students are an inseparable part of Maastricht life. In recent years, the city has grown into a thriving international university city. Students are part of what makes Maastricht so colorful, dynamic, and international.
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 programs 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.
Anchored in the Eu(region)
As internationally oriented as UM may be, it also places great value on its strong connection with Limburg and the Euregion. The university nurtures partnerships with many regional companies, knowledge institutes and government agencies. Together, they play a leading role in the sustainable economic development of the region.
In this context, UM and its partners have entered into an ambitious strategic program. This program will see the existing and Brightlands campuses merged into a single, international knowledge center specializing in the areas of biomaterials and innovative healthcare. The campuses serve as flywheels to attract knowledge workers, keep the population vital and fuel the growth engine of the Limburg economy.