About the University

Maastricht University (officially abbreviated: UM[3]) is a public university in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Founded in 1976, the university is the second youngest of the 13 Dutch universities.

In 2013, nearly 16,000 students studied at Maastricht University, 47% of whom were foreign students, with over 3,200 employees employed.[2] About half of the bachelor's programmes are fully offered in English, while the other half is taught wholly or partly in Dutch. Most of the master's and doctoral programmes are in English. In 2013, Maastricht University was the second Dutch university to be rewarded the ‘Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation’ by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

Besides traditional programmes, Maastricht University also has an honours liberal arts college: University College Maastricht and a Maastricht Science Programme in the same liberal arts tradition. Its University College Venlo has been announced to open in September 2014.

Green Office

The Green Office was founded in 2010 and consists of students, volunteers and oikos members. Together with the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS) it is responsible for the implementation of the new sustainability policy, based on its Climate Action Report. For this report the Green Office gathered data on energy consumption, waste production, student travel and CO2 emissions. In 2012, the University of Maastricht was awarded with the Dutch "Sustainabul Award", for the Climate Action Report. This award is given out to the univerisity with the most transparent sustainability policy.

People behind Green Office


Other projects of Green Office

Ongoing projects of the Green Office are related to IT and technology, catering and buildings. As such the Green Office tries to create awareness about how i.e. printing affects the ecological footprint, think of what to do with electornic waste, created a tool to put the computer into sleep-mode, promote the use of virtual servers to reduce energy consumption, enhance recyclable waste and introduce a sustainability policy for real estate.