Universities of York (UK) and Maastricht (NL) strengthen partnership at Dutch Embassy UK

Dutch Ambassador to the UK Simon Smits hosted the Governance Board of the York-Maastricht Partnership at his residence in London last week. The University of York and the University of Maastricht have been collaborating for a number of years, however Brexit related uncertainties have further motivated the two institutions towards closer collaboration to strive towards some level of certainty regarding student and staff exchanges and research funding. Earlier this year, the two universities formalised their relationship in the form of the York-Maastricht Partnership.

York-Maastricht Partnership

The Universities of York and Maastricht had a fruitful meeting at the Dutch Embassy in the UK

Investing in research and teaching collaborations

The York-Maastricht Partnership is a € 3 million investment over the next three years to invest in new research and teaching collaborations. The Partnership will be investing in research and teaching collaborations across the academic themes of Data Science; Imaging (including neuroimaging and molecular imaging); Food and Health; The ‘Global South’; and The Future Of Europe. The Governance Board also spoke about possibilities of joint courses between the two institutions at both a Master’s and PhD level.

Outstanding example of NL-UK cooperation

The Board first had breakfast with the Dutch Ambassador at his Residence, followed by a meeting at the Dutch Embassy. For the Dutch Embassy the York-Maastricht Partnership is as an outstanding example of cooperation between universities in the two countries, so we were happy to facilitate this meeting, exchange information and help the partnership move forward.

The department for Culture, Education and Communications at the Dutch Embassy in London can be contacted on LON-PPC@minbuza.nl.