Maastricht University is a public university in the Netherlands. Founded in 1976, the university is the second youngest of the 13 Dutch universities. About 50% of the students body are foreign students, thus, Maastricht University is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with more than 16,000 students and 4,000 employees, and it is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.
Maastricht University (UM) is known for its Problem-Based Learning system and international orientation. Our small ‘international classroom’ brings together people with different backgrounds and perspectives from all over the world. And it’s these very differences that make the UM learning experience unique.
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. According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/16, Maastricht University occupied 88th position in the world rank.
The first Maastricht University faculty was Medicine faculty. Nowadays the university's medical and health care faculties reached 45th place worldwide.
Most of the university's departments are on the west bank of the River Meuse, or Maas, that runs through central Maastricht, and a 20-minute walk from Maastricht Central Station. There are also faculties at Randwyck campus, a three-minute train journey from central Maastricht.
Maastricht can be reached from Amsterdam, Brussels, Charleroi, Düsseldorf and Cologne airports, and by train and bus. The public transport network across the Netherlands is quick, clean and efficient. Getting around by bus is easy but most students’ cycle.
The university’s arts, humanities and social sciences faculties are located in Maastricht’s city centre, west of the river Meuse. Most of the university’s inner city properties have official monumental status. As many of these buildings were facing abandonment at the time of their acquirement, the development of an urban university campus has contributed to the preservation and liveliness of Maastricht’s historic city centre.