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York-Maastricht Partnership

A major strategic investment between the universities of York and Maastricht, intended to develop a deep and lasting relationship and built around excellent research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

The University of York and Maastricht University have invested €3m over three years to support dynamic research collaborations between the two institutions, and to create innovative education opportunities for students.

Our mission

Our mission is to encourage and facilitate innovative joint York-Maastricht research and education programmes to tackle challenges to developing a more sustainable future.

Why York and Maastricht?

Young universities

founded in living memory on the basis of academic excellence and increasing access to higher education.

In the top 150

of universities and within just one place of each other in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Passionately international

institutions with a commitment to social responsibility and to the power of universities to have a positive impact at a local, national and global level.

About us

The Partnership was formally launched in November 2017, with the University of York and Maastricht University agreeing to develop a major partnership in which to establish joint research projects, teaching collaborations, knowledge exchange, student exchanges, and to share best practice among their staff. These joint research and education programmes are supported by a €3m joint investment, which provides seed funding for research and enables the development of new joint education programmes, among other collaborative activities. The Partnership’s initial focus areas included data science, imaging, food and health, the ‘Global South’ and the future of Europe, and our first funding call led to the launch of nine new research projects on these topics between researchers at York and Maastricht.

Building on the success of the Partnership’s initial joint programmes, we are now developing a new set of focus areas under the broad umbrella of ‘Sustainability’, which will include research, teaching, and knowledge exchange collaborations across a range of topics on sustainability and the transition to a circular economy. A new joint education programme, the MSc in Sustainable Business: Leadership, Innovation, and Management, launches in Autumn 2021, and a new set of sustainability-focused research projects and knowledge exchange activities will be developed over 2021-22.

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What we do

  • Work to identify research synergies and potential new York-Maastricht collaborative research projects, and host networking and research development workshops.
  • Identify and share research opportunities and funding in the UK, EU, and internationally with colleagues across York and Maastricht.
  • Provide advice on applications for YMP seed funding and travel and workshop funding.
  • Encourage the development of collaboration in education across York and Maastricht, whether for formal joint programmes or informal activities.
  • Encourage virtual and in-person staff and student mobility between York and Maastricht.
  • Support the sharing of best practice in teaching, research, and higher education administration through organising workshops and other events.
  • Work to develop links with industry partners and civil society for knowledge exchange.
  • Organise and host YMP seminars and events for colleagues and partners.