University Fund Limburg

The mission of University Fund Limburg/SWOL is to support scientific research and education at Maastricht University. As one of the cornerstones of a better future for generations to come, science deserves that support.

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Proceeds from UM Star Lectures for the Equity and Inclusion Programme

Last March, the UM Star Lectures took place, featuring engaging professors simultaneously giving lectures in 12 European cities for Maastricht University alumni. More than 700 alumni came together to learn, network, and reminisce with old classmates. This year, all registration fees for this event were donated to the Equity and Inclusion Programme of the University…

LKPU Consulting offers UM students a head start

University Fund Limburg and LKPU Consulting to Launch New Scholarship Programme. LKPU Consulting has initiated a scholarship programme with UFL, aimed at supporting aspiring German students. Jan Koppetsch, an alumnus of Maastricht University (UM) and Managing Partner at LKPU Consulting, was instrumental in facilitating this partnership, which emphasizes LKPU’s commitment to educational accessibility and talent…

Study story: Ylana Sour

Ylana Sour (19) from Maastricht already knew halfway through secondary school that she wanted to be a paediatrician when she grew up. “When I was three or four years old, I had a bad experience with a doctor myself. I hope that later on, when I’m a doctor, I can show that it can be…

Study story: Pavlos Liagkas

Trust in yourself and always think in terms of solutions. The principle of self-help is the most important lesson that Pavlos Liagkas learned during his studies. He is the first in his family to go to university, which was not a given. Pavlos obtained his Bachelor’s degree in his country of birth, Greece, after which…

Annual Fund Campaign For Each Other 23/24 is live!

The Annual Fund Campaign For Each Other 23/24: Durable innovations for a better society is live! The University Fund Limburg kindly asks the UM community for a financial contribution to four unique projects, all characterised by a desire for equal opportunities and a healthy future: • Vitality research programmes for seniors; • Scholarships for underprivileged…

Study story: Joy Osadebawem Daniel

What is it like, being the first generation to go to university? Joy Osadebawem Daniel from Luxembourg is one of them. Her parents, originally from Nigeria, didn’t always have an easy time after arriving in Luxembourg. But they taught Joy an important lesson: “The sky is the limit”. Encouraged by her parents and with a…

Study Story: Aylin Güney

Last July, the French-Turkish first generation student Aylin Güney finished her Bachelor’s in European Law. Due to a Jo Ritzen Scholarship, Aylin could go abroad to study at a university that offered a law degree in an international environment. After taking part in an experience day at Maastricht University, she was determined to make her…

Annual Report 2022

We proudly present the Annual Report 2022! The publication offers a glimpse of our programmes, activities and events, packed in an interactive online version and offline edition – which we gladly take with us when we visit our (future) partners. Amongst others, you can read about the UM Dinner with a wonderful new concept, the…

Looking back on a successful UM Dinner 2023

Yesterday, the exclusive UM dinner took place with the theme ‘Young Talent and Innovation’. Every year, UM invites renowned regional companies, professors and external guests to an exclusive dinner. Over 150 guests met to strengthen the ties with each other and the university during a special evening with inspiring guest speakers. The yearly event helps…

Unique Paris-Roubaix items auctioned for Brain Battle Fund

Anyone who watched the Paris-Roubaix cycling race last weekend could hardly have missed it: the black-pink-and-yellow ‘brain’ helmets of Team Jumbo-Visma. The cyclists wore the specially designed helmets by Lazer to draw attention to the use of a bike helmet, as part of the ‘Use your head’ awareness campaign. Because despite the fact that it has…

Study Story: Esther Adwoa Hoogeveen

Last September, Esther Adwoa Hoogeveen started the bachelor’s programme European Law School thanks to a UM First Generation Students (FGS) scholarship, aimed at students who are the first ones in their families to follow higher education. With the goal in mind to make education accessible to everyone. We asked Esther about her experiences at UM.…

New scholarship programme for the region Maastricht-Heuvelland

‘Education should be accessible for everyone’: with this in mind, Stichting De Ridder and the Limburg University Fund are joining forces. Together they have established the unique De Ridder Foundation Scholarship Programme. The new programme will fund scholarships at Maastricht University for the next three years to provide access to higher education to young people…

News

Proceeds from UM Star Lectures for the Equity and Inclusion Programme

Last March, the UM Star Lectures took place, featuring engaging professors simultaneously giving lectures in 12 European cities for Maastricht University alumni. More than 700 alumni came together to learn, network, and reminisce with old classmates. This year, all registration fees for this event were donated to the Equity and Inclusion Programme of the University…

LKPU Consulting offers UM students a head start

University Fund Limburg and LKPU Consulting to Launch New Scholarship Programme. LKPU Consulting has initiated a scholarship programme with UFL, aimed at supporting aspiring German students. Jan Koppetsch, an alumnus of Maastricht University (UM) and Managing Partner at LKPU Consulting, was instrumental in facilitating this partnership, which emphasizes LKPU’s commitment to educational accessibility and talent…

Study story: Ylana Sour

Ylana Sour (19) from Maastricht already knew halfway through secondary school that she wanted to be a paediatrician when she grew up. “When I was three or four years old, I had a bad experience with a doctor myself. I hope that later on, when I’m a doctor, I can show that it can be…

Study story: Pavlos Liagkas

Trust in yourself and always think in terms of solutions. The principle of self-help is the most important lesson that Pavlos Liagkas learned during his studies. He is the first in his family to go to university, which was not a given. Pavlos obtained his Bachelor’s degree in his country of birth, Greece, after which…

Annual Fund Campaign For Each Other 23/24 is live!

The Annual Fund Campaign For Each Other 23/24: Durable innovations for a better society is live! The University Fund Limburg kindly asks the UM community for a financial contribution to four unique projects, all characterised by a desire for equal opportunities and a healthy future: • Vitality research programmes for seniors; • Scholarships for underprivileged…

Study story: Joy Osadebawem Daniel

What is it like, being the first generation to go to university? Joy Osadebawem Daniel from Luxembourg is one of them. Her parents, originally from Nigeria, didn’t always have an easy time after arriving in Luxembourg. But they taught Joy an important lesson: “The sky is the limit”. Encouraged by her parents and with a…

Study Story: Aylin Güney

Last July, the French-Turkish first generation student Aylin Güney finished her Bachelor’s in European Law. Due to a Jo Ritzen Scholarship, Aylin could go abroad to study at a university that offered a law degree in an international environment. After taking part in an experience day at Maastricht University, she was determined to make her…

Annual Report 2022

We proudly present the Annual Report 2022! The publication offers a glimpse of our programmes, activities and events, packed in an interactive online version and offline edition – which we gladly take with us when we visit our (future) partners. Amongst others, you can read about the UM Dinner with a wonderful new concept, the…

Looking back on a successful UM Dinner 2023

Yesterday, the exclusive UM dinner took place with the theme ‘Young Talent and Innovation’. Every year, UM invites renowned regional companies, professors and external guests to an exclusive dinner. Over 150 guests met to strengthen the ties with each other and the university during a special evening with inspiring guest speakers. The yearly event helps…

Unique Paris-Roubaix items auctioned for Brain Battle Fund

Anyone who watched the Paris-Roubaix cycling race last weekend could hardly have missed it: the black-pink-and-yellow ‘brain’ helmets of Team Jumbo-Visma. The cyclists wore the specially designed helmets by Lazer to draw attention to the use of a bike helmet, as part of the ‘Use your head’ awareness campaign. Because despite the fact that it has…

Study Story: Esther Adwoa Hoogeveen

Last September, Esther Adwoa Hoogeveen started the bachelor’s programme European Law School thanks to a UM First Generation Students (FGS) scholarship, aimed at students who are the first ones in their families to follow higher education. With the goal in mind to make education accessible to everyone. We asked Esther about her experiences at UM.…

New scholarship programme for the region Maastricht-Heuvelland

‘Education should be accessible for everyone’: with this in mind, Stichting De Ridder and the Limburg University Fund are joining forces. Together they have established the unique De Ridder Foundation Scholarship Programme. The new programme will fund scholarships at Maastricht University for the next three years to provide access to higher education to young people…

Giving

Science and education are inextricably linked to universities, but also to progress and sustainable developments. From the discovery of DNA and antibiotics to the development of new energy sources and the finding of solutions for the world food problem, science and education provide the building blocks for a better world in the future.

Maastricht University is one of the world’s best universities, and our scientists, researchers and students work on the further and sustainable development of our society for future generations every day.

 

We undertake these endeavours on your behalf, though we would rather work on them together with you. A gift to Maastricht University is a way to personally contribute to the funding of ground-breaking research, allow UM to attract the best scientists to Maastricht and give students, regardless of their background and origin, an opportunity to study. Your gift, however small, will make a large difference.

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Young scientists

The Alumni Fund supports scientific research at UM and focuses mainly on projects with a positive social impact that bring together science and tomorrow’s entrepreneurship.

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Scientific projects

About to start with a particular research project? Are you setting up a special, enduring cooperation between with foreign sister institutions or are you organizing a conference? The fund may help you realize your ambitions!

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Studentactivities

Do you have an idea that is beneficial to the student community of Maastricht University? The fund supports activities organized by students for students who are new or special and of lasting significance.

Equity and Inclusion Programme

Access to education should be possible for everyone: in the coming years, the Fund aims to embrace the theme of equal educational opportunities more broadly. After all, it is not a given for everyone to obtain a degree and due to current crises, the inequality gap seems to get bigger. A degree largely determines one’s chances on the labour market and often affects one’s health and housing. In order to study, some youngsters run into financial and social barriers. The new Equity and Inclusion Programme facilitates scholarships for underprivileged youth from the Limburg region and supports projects focused on equality at UM.
‘Worldwide, we are working towards a sustainable world. In this, we have an eye for inclusiveness and diversity, in our workplace but also in society. Supporting the Fund’s Equity and Inclusion Programme fits well with our social focus to contribute to equal educational opportunities for young people.’ – Equans South Netherlands | Burney Kreugel, managing director

About us

The University Fund Limburg/SWOL originated from the Foundation for Higher Education in Limburg (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs Limburg, abbreviated to SWOL). This foundation stood at the basis of Maastricht University (UM), which developed from the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg.

The University Fund has contributed to Maastricht University as it is now; the most international university in the Netherlands, standing out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. Next to building bridges between academia and industry, the University Fund has continuously played a pivotal role in the realisation of the ambitions of students, researchers and teachers.