Maastricht University 

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About the University 

Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With almost 16,000 students and 4,000 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic programmes, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students.

Challenging education
Maastricht University has used Problem-Based Learning (PBL) ever since it was founded and has been an expert in this field for over 35 years. PBL is more than just acquiring knowledge; it’s about exchanging knowledge in a challenging and effective way. Maastricht University makes the difference with unique Europe-focused and international-oriented programmes. After all, UM is “Leading in Learning”.

Multidisciplinary research
Researchers at UM work in multidisciplinary teams and in close cooperation with international institutes, business and industry. Our high-quality researchers have attracted international attention by taking the lead in several large European research projects. However, we’re not stopping there. Maastricht University’s research portfolio continues to attract national and international top researchers but we also believe in young talent. That’s why UM integrates research into every level of our education.

European and international while maintaining ties to the region
UM can easily call itself the most international university in the Netherlands, almost 45% of our students and more than 30% of our teaching staff come from abroad. Most of our programmes are taught in English and European and international themes are deeply rooted in research and education. That creates an international atmosphere that’s attractive to Dutch as well as international students and employees.

Though Maastricht University is internationally oriented, it maintains strong ties to the region. Initiatives such as the ‘Kennis-As Limburg’, the Transnational University Limburg, as well as the activities of various departments such as UM Holding and Studium Generale testify to this solidarity.

The team. 

Jong-NynkeNynke de Jong studied Health Sciences at Maastricht University. In 2007 she finished her dissertation ‘Fatigue in breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy’. The article ‘Course of mental fatigue and motivation in breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy’ (Annals of Oncology 16: 372-382, 2005) was awarded the CAPHRI 2007 Philipsen Award for best publication 2005/2006. CAPHRI is the School for Public Health and Primary Care of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Since 2004 she has started her ‘blended learning’ career. In 2012 she finished the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) and was awarded the education prize ‘best teacher’ in the domain ‘Health’ of the Faculty Health, Medicine and Life Science. At the moment she is teaching in different Health Bachelor and Master Programmes of the faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and is involved in several international projects. Her research topic is blended learning in problem-based learning (PBL).

vugtMarjolein de Vugt is a health care psychologist at the memory clinic of the Maastricht University Medical Center+ and associate professor at the research school Mental Health and Neurosciences at Maastricht University. She has a research line into psychosocial aspects of dementia and she is project coordinator of several cohort studies (‘MAAstricht Study of Behaviour in Dementia’, ‘NEEDs in Young Onset Dementia’ study, “Choosing in Dementia Care”, Nursing home Environment Study of Behaviour in Dementia) and several intervention studies (Prep-AD; e-monitor intervention in dementia). She is an active member of the European network on research into early detection and timely intervention in dementia (INTERDEM).

Marjolein E. de Vugt, PhD
Associate Professor
Alzheimer Center Limburg | School for Mental Health and Neuroscience | Maastricht University
Visiting address: Dr. Tanslaan 12, 6229 ET Maastricht, the Netherlands (level 4 | room 4G3.068) | Postal address: P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands | T +31 (0)43 3877445 | F +31 (0)43 3875444 m.devugt at
Steun het Alzheimer Centrum Limburg

danielleDaniëlle Verstegen studied Cognitive Science (Radboud University Nijmegen, 1992) and has a PhD in Educational Sciences (Utrecht University, 2004). From 1994 to 2005 she worked for TNO, a Dutch research institute, combining research and advisory work in instructional design projects involving e-learning, simulations and simulators. Between 2005 and 2008 she worked at RISBO (Erasmus University Rotterdam) in research projects for vocational schools. Daniëlle Verstegen joined the FHML Department of Educational Research and Development at Maastricht University in 2008. Her area of expertise lies in instructional design and in the use of e-learning in the context of Problem-Based Learning.




Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6211 LK Maastricht
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 43 388 2222