Opening UM campus Venlo: first step towards an “urban campus”

The new building of UM Campus Venlo, located at  Deken van Oppensingel 23, celebrated its official opening on Tuesday 27 November.

Maastricht University started undertaking activities at Fontys Hogescholen in Venlo in 1999 and moved to its new premises at the beginning of the academic year 2012-2013.

In 2009 UM Campus Venlo launched two master’s programmes: Global Supply Management and Change and Health Food Innovation Management. These programmes, currently hosting 70 students, link up with the two most important regional spearheads: agrofood and logistics.

During the opening ceremony, Prof. dr. Martin Paul, President of the Maastricht University Executive Board, and Stephan Satijn, alderman for Economic affairs and Education of the Venlo city council, shared their vision for the future in terms of (Eu-)regional knowledge development.

The new UM location aims to become an academic urban campus for developing plans in the Venlo area and will operate on a triple-helix model of collaboration between the public, private and research/academic sectors.

Maastricht University, the city of Venlo, the Province of Limburg and (Eu-)regional entrepreneurs will explore possibilities to expand the current offer in terms of academic education.

Maastricht University has also been active in promoting important areas such as business services and sustainability, through for example the appointment of Prof. dr. Jos Lemmink to the Canon-Océ Endowed Chair in Business Services Innovation. This Chair has been set up to promote innovation and knowledge development in the Venlo area.

All of these activities are in keeping with the strategic programme of Maastricht University for the period 2012–2016, which includes a special focus for the Venlo region.

Source: Maastricht University

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