Maastricht University (UM) was founded in 1976 , and is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with nearly 19,000 students and 4,400 employees, it is still growing. The university stands out for its international character, innovative education model, 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.
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.
School of Business and Economics
You will find the same characteristics in its School of Business and Economics, which is your virtual host for ICC@M: Given that its study programmes, except Fiscal Economics, are taught entirely in English, you will find that 40% of SBE’s bachelor’s and master’s students have a foreign background. Currently, about a third of its employees is non-Dutch. Through the years, the School has established an extensive network of over 160 excellent partner universities all over the world, exchanging between 650 and 700 students each year. Pre-Covid, that is.
At SBE, we take a highly personal and resourceful approach to learning by adopting Maastricht University’s renowned PBL as our leading philosophy. We create dynamic, small-scale learning environments that ensure invigorating insights and practical outcomes for the challenges at hand.
The School of Business and Economics has been triple accredited since 2012.
Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands, is quintessentially European, and extremely international. You can hear it, see it, taste it. The city gained international fame as the ‘birthplace of the European Union’ by hosting of the European Summit in 1991, and as the city where the Treaty of Maastricht was signed in 1992. Remnants of the city’s old defensive walls can be found dotted around the inner city, and the cobblestone streets are a testament to its ancient culture and history.
While strolling through the medieval centre, observant people will spot numerous references to the city’s coat of arms, which is a red shield with a five-pointed white star, held by an angelic figure. Both star and angel hold a special place in the inhabitants’ heart, and are not to be trifled with.
Located in the southernmost tip of the country, it has a reputation for feeling rather non-Dutch. To many Dutch people it actually even feels as if they are abroad and no longer in the Netherlands. These “Dutchies” join the flocks of countless other visitors from all over the world, who come to check out one of its 1,660 monumental buildings, go shopping, sample the many different cuisines on offer, or do business with its many international corporations and institutions. Add to that the voices of thousands of international students, and it becomes very hard to resist the pull of this amazing place.