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Maastricht University

Maastricht University

Maastricht University

Based in Europe, focused on the world. Maastricht University is a stimulating environment. Where research and teaching are complementary. Where innovation is our focus. Where talent can flourish. A truly student oriented research university.

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With 14,500 students and 3,500 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic programs, all of which are designed to bring out the best in their students. Maastricht University is a prominent research university located in the Netherlands and has a strong European and international orientation. Our core values are:

•           cherishing and stimulating talented people

•           creating opportunities for innovative education

•           research relevant to society’s needs

Maastricht University is the initiator of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), and has acquired a global reputation with this unique teaching method. We educate students to be independent, enterprising problem-solvers. Problem-Based Learning guarantees a personalized learning environment and intensive contacts with teaching and research staff at all levels

Group processes play a major part in Problem Based Learning (PBL). The aim of the tutorial groups, which change every block (approximately every eight weeks), is to encourage you and your fellow students to solve or explain problems, to specialise in a discipline and to develop skills. You will receive excellent guidance from qualified tutors, who point you and your fellow students in the right direction. Your tutor will inspire you, encourage you and help you make the decisions that suit you best.

Our small tutorial groups ensure that everyone can get involved. These groups change regularly, giving you the chance to work alongside different people with all sorts of different backgrounds. This fuels discussions and helps broaden your horizons. Working on specific problems in small groups also helps prepare you for similar situations in your future career. You gain experience in giving presentations, offering feedback, and discussing and analysing problems.