samenwerking Radboud en Maastricht beeldmerk
samenwerking Radboud en Maastricht beeldmerk

Radboud University & Maastricht University

Radboud University and Maastricht University are to increase cooperation in education and research. Aim of the collaboration: to join forces to maximise the academic and social impact in the South-East region of the Netherlands.

Joint programmes in biotechnology and engineering physics are being developed, (partly) on the campus in Venlo. Both universities already have shared development programmes for healthcare professionals. Furthermore, the universities are also cooperating in the field of academic teacher training.

Impact in the region

Further collaboration will provide additional opportunities for students in the region (education), besides attracting and retaining knowledge through strong joint research ventures (research) and innovative spin-offs (impact). Venlo, with its central location, will form a hub for education, research and impact.

Working on this collaboration

Until 2027, the university administrations will provide an investment budget of 1 million (combined) per year. It may be invested in exploring or stimulating collaboration, e.g. as seed money, or spent on concrete projects.

Ambition document

The ambitions for 2023-2027 Radboud University and Maastricht University have worked out the ambitions for their collaboration. The ambition document 2023-2027 sets out the focus for the next few years and explains how the collaboration will be facilitated. What are the plans, in a nutshell?

Ambition document 2023-2027

Annual Plan 2024

Based on the goals named in the ambition document of Maastricht University and Radboud University, or for projects where a clear foundation has already been laid, we determined actions. We share these in the 2024 annual plan. What are we working towards and when will this be a success? 

Annual Plan 2024



Education, research, development - we are working on a number of projects.

Lifelong Learning

With an extensive range of postgraduate education, together with the Open University, we increase our impact in the region in developing innovative education for professionals that meets current training needs.

Academic teacher training programme

More first-grade, academically trained teachers in the classroom - that is the aim. One way to achieve this is to train teachers partly in Nijmegen, partly in Maastricht.

Development programmes for healthcare professionals

The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (UMIO) and Radboud Management Academy are working with the UMCs of Nijmegen and Maastricht to develop healthcare executives.

Master’s programmes in Biotechnology and Applied Physics

Two joint, two-year research master's programmes: one in biotechnology, and one in engineering physics. This is what the science faculties of Radboud University and Maastricht University are working on.

The National Education Lab AI (NOLAI)

At NOLAI, teachers, school leaders, school administrators, teacher trainers, business people and scientists work together to improve primary and secondary (special) education through AI (artificial intelligence).


For postgraduate heritage education, there are many opportunities for cooperation between Radboud University, Maastricht University and museums in the region.

Support services

The support services of Radboud University and Maastricht University want to act more jointly, share best practices and make use of each other's expertise and capacity.


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Who are the members of the steering committee?

The collaboration between Radboud University and Maastricht University is being accompanied by a steering committee. Its members are:


Lerarenopleiding Maastricht & Radboud

More teachers in Limburg: joint Maastricht-Radboud teacher training programme expands options

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Brightlands campus Venlo, foto Wim Vriezen

Radboud University and Maastricht University fund research into crop biotechnology and engineering

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samenwerking Radboud en Maastricht beeldmerk

Project with Maastricht University? There is now an application form for that

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Groeiende boom

Collaboration Radboud & Maastricht: ambitions are taking shape

This spring saw the publication of the ambition document 2023 – 2027 regarding the collaboration between Maastricht and Radboud University. Deans Mariëlle Heijltjes (Maastricht) and Sijbrand de Jong (Nijmegen) discuss their experiences.

Samenwerkingsovereenkomst Radboud Universiteit en Maastricht

Collaboration agreement between Radboud University and Maastricht University

On 14 June 2022, Radboud University in Nijmegen and Maastricht University signed a collaboration agreement for both education and research.