Maastricht University

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

The World100 Representative

Denis Ancion - Director of Marketing & Communications

Denis Ancion is Director of Marketing & Communications at Maastricht University.
A history graduate, he started working at Maastricht University in 1997. Before working at the university, Denis produced radio programmes and worked as a spokesman at DSM, a Dutch chemical multinational. Since 2000, Denis has been active in national and international associations. For more than five years, he chaired DCM (the Dutch consultative body of directors of Marketing and Communications at the Dutch Research Universities) and is a former president of EUPRIO.

Key Facts about Maastricht University

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European pioneer of Problem Based Learning (PBL), an innovative education model

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Ranked 6th in Times Higher Education 200 under 50 (2017)

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The most international university in the Netherlands

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Member of the World Universities Network (WUN)

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About Maastricht University

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. UM was founded in 1976, making it less than 50 years old and therefore falling into the category of Young Universities, where is currently resides in the top 50 for both THE and QS Young University Rankings.

The university has experienced high growth thanks to its international outlook and focus on European programmes, such as International Business, European Law School, European Studies and European Public Health, plus its high-quality research which has built UM's solid reputation.

UM has high foreign student rates, with 51% of its entire student population in 2016 being international. 

International Partnerships

Maastricht University collaborates with many institutes globally for the purposes of research and student education. UM has over 90 partnerships with whom they work with regularly in terms of research and funded projects, but also more informally by, for example, organising workshops or preparing edited collections or writing reports. These groups include Cambridge University, University of Copenhagen, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Tate London and Centraal Museum Utrecht.

As well as these, UM has international partnerships in relation to student exchanges with numerous countries from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and both North and South America.

Maastricht University is a member of the World Universities Network (WUN), a network dedicated to offering a platform for collaboration on education and transnational research projects on varied themes of global importance. The network consists of 18 research universities in 11 countries on 6 continents, along with fellow W100 members: the University of Cape Town, the University of Sydney and the University of Hong Kong.

Notable Research Areas

Maastricht University's research focus is organised into three university-wide theme: Europe and a Globalising World, Learning and Innovation, and Quality of Life. Some of the issues that fall under these themes are healthy ageing, climate change, demographic changes, sustainability, the impact of technological developments, population ageing, healthy and affordable food, and the European integration process.

Researchers conduct curiosity-driven and applied research across the six UM faculties and various interdisciplinary institutes. UM participates in centres of excellence, both technological and social, to allow scientific discoveries to be swiftly converted into practical applications. What is more, research is integrated into education at every level. Maastricht University's educational method, Problem-Based Learning, lays the groundwork for students to embrace research and the scientific method from the very first day of their studies.