Cooperation agreement between Radboud University and Maastricht University signed

Radboud University of Nijmegen and Maastricht University signed a collaboration agreement on 14 June 2022 for both education and research. For example, the universities want to jointly offer courses in biotechnology and applied physics, (in part) on campus in Venlo. Both universities already have joint development programs for health professionals. In addition, Limburg students can partially pursue academic teacher education from Radboud University at a location in Maastricht. In the context of lifelong development, both universities work together in postgraduate education; a first sustainable digital heritage module started earlier this year. The two universities will also collaborate closer to the research area to further increase the impact.

Han van Krieken, Rector Magnificus at Radboud University: ‘Thanks to this collaboration, both universities can be even more meaningful to our society’. Rianne Letschert, Chair of the Board of Maastricht University: ‘Both universities complement each other well, are at the same time related to each other and together they can respond even better to problems and needs that arise in their own (EU) region.’

With the closer collaboration, the universities want to grow into the strong academic tandem in the southeast of the Netherlands. In a tandem, you work together, you do both what you are good at, and you have a common goal in mind. You notice and complement each other because you may have a lot in common, but you also remain different. This makes the collaboration interesting and exciting for both organizations.

Straight partners

Radboud University is a broad university with humanities, natural sciences (including medicine) and social sciences. Maastricht University is the most international university in the country and is known for pedagogical innovations such as problem-based learning.

Both universities focus on quality education and research with a social impact. Many UM programs are linked to Brightlands, the campuses where entrepreneurs, researchers and students work together on cutting-edge research in areas such as new materials, circular chemistry, health, computer science and smart digital services. Radboud University also has an extensive network of partnerships, where knowledge and new technological applications are shared with the business community. The creation of start-ups and public-private partnerships is actively supported. The size of both universities is comparable and both are located in a border region with a comparable cultural and social context.

UMCs have been working together for some time

Both Nijmegen and Maastricht have a university medical center (Radboudumc and Maastricht UMC +), which connects international recognition with a regional function. Researchers from both institutions have known each other for a long time. For example, in genetics, imaging and neuroscience. In 2018, both UMCs entered into an Academic Alliance with the common mission: ‘Collaborate on a healthy life!’ Knowledge and infrastructure will be bundled with a focus on prevention and innovation (e-health) and the health of citizens, not just in the hospital phase. The benefits of economies of scale in terms of academic expertise, knowledge, skills and innovation at both UMCs are combined with the strength of everyone’s network. This is necessary because the health service is facing major challenges such as the tight labor market, increasing demand for care and questions about, for example, the concentration of care.

Earlier this month, both UMCs announced(refers to another website) also to intensify this cooperation with the aim of anchoring academic care in the south and east of the Netherlands even more firmly and further increasing the innovative strength. Thanks to a comprehensive range of academic care, the five million inhabitants of the total catchment area will directly benefit from this.

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