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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1000 sick stuffed animals at the Teddy Bear Hospital

It must have been an endearing sight, last February at the MUMC+: hundreds of children walked through the halls of the hospital with their ‘sick’ stuffed animals, on their way to the Teddy Bear Hospital. After all, you cannot just let your favourite penguin, giraffe or tiger walk around with a broken leg or bruised…

Golden support for Annual Fund Campaign 23/24

In December 2023, we launched the Annual Fund Campaign: an initiative that the Fund has been proud to organise for 14 consecutive years. We joined forces for four unique projects we highly care about. This year, 572 people donated over 45.000 euros! The donations will benefit an art therapy for heart patients, energy poverty reduction…

Recap UM Dinner: the three pitches

From AI insect farming to censorship and disinformation by authoritarian states, to positive psychology for a fossil-free future: the diverse pitches at the UM Dinner 2024 were once again a great success. Mariëlle Wijermars, Nicole Geschwind & Marjolein Hanssen and Kamil Bujnarowksi presented their inspiring projects to an audience of over 190 renowned guests from…

Annual report 2023

We proudly present the annual report 2023! In this overview, we look back on the developments and accomplishments of the previous year and reflect on areas for improvement. We’d like to take you along our activities of 2023. ‘It was another exciting year with many internal and external developments. I am proud and grateful to…

Interactive Theatre Production ‘Safe Space’ – CooSa 2023

On Tuesday evening, 25th April 2023, an interactive production took place, providing an opportunity to engage in discussions about social safety and boundary-crossing behavior. This was one of the projects funded in 2023 by CooSa, the Committee for Supporting Student Activities. CooSa is an initiative of the University Fund Limburg that provides grants to student…

“It wasn’t my idea”

Interview with Emeritus Professor Nanne de Vries: Name Change of the Professor’s Fund On April 10, 2024, the Professor’s Fund was officially renamed the Nanne de Vries Professor’s Fund. In an exclusive interview with the UFL, Nanne de Vries shares insights into the history, future, and his personal motivations regarding the fund that now bears…

UM Dinner 2024: An evening of collaboration and innovation

The University Fund Limburg proudly hosted the UM Dinner 2024 on 17th April 2024, an exclusive event that brings together renowned regional companies, esteemed professors, and distinguished external guests. Held at the Provinciehuis Limburg, the evening served as a platform for over 190 participants to forge connections and strengthen bonds within the university community and…

A scholarship from the University Fund: from dreams to reality

Lillianne Evertsz was a student at a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) when the opportunity arose to further her studies at university with her propaedeutic diploma. She enrolled in the Global Studies program but reconsidered due to the high tuition fees. Then, a relieving email arrived, informing her about scholarships at Maastricht University. Could…

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…

News

1000 sick stuffed animals at the Teddy Bear Hospital

It must have been an endearing sight, last February at the MUMC+: hundreds of children walked through the halls of the hospital with their ‘sick’ stuffed animals, on their way to the Teddy Bear Hospital. After all, you cannot just let your favourite penguin, giraffe or tiger walk around with a broken leg or bruised…

Golden support for Annual Fund Campaign 23/24

In December 2023, we launched the Annual Fund Campaign: an initiative that the Fund has been proud to organise for 14 consecutive years. We joined forces for four unique projects we highly care about. This year, 572 people donated over 45.000 euros! The donations will benefit an art therapy for heart patients, energy poverty reduction…

Recap UM Dinner: the three pitches

From AI insect farming to censorship and disinformation by authoritarian states, to positive psychology for a fossil-free future: the diverse pitches at the UM Dinner 2024 were once again a great success. Mariëlle Wijermars, Nicole Geschwind & Marjolein Hanssen and Kamil Bujnarowksi presented their inspiring projects to an audience of over 190 renowned guests from…

Annual report 2023

We proudly present the annual report 2023! In this overview, we look back on the developments and accomplishments of the previous year and reflect on areas for improvement. We’d like to take you along our activities of 2023. ‘It was another exciting year with many internal and external developments. I am proud and grateful to…

Interactive Theatre Production ‘Safe Space’ – CooSa 2023

On Tuesday evening, 25th April 2023, an interactive production took place, providing an opportunity to engage in discussions about social safety and boundary-crossing behavior. This was one of the projects funded in 2023 by CooSa, the Committee for Supporting Student Activities. CooSa is an initiative of the University Fund Limburg that provides grants to student…

“It wasn’t my idea”

Interview with Emeritus Professor Nanne de Vries: Name Change of the Professor’s Fund On April 10, 2024, the Professor’s Fund was officially renamed the Nanne de Vries Professor’s Fund. In an exclusive interview with the UFL, Nanne de Vries shares insights into the history, future, and his personal motivations regarding the fund that now bears…

UM Dinner 2024: An evening of collaboration and innovation

The University Fund Limburg proudly hosted the UM Dinner 2024 on 17th April 2024, an exclusive event that brings together renowned regional companies, esteemed professors, and distinguished external guests. Held at the Provinciehuis Limburg, the evening served as a platform for over 190 participants to forge connections and strengthen bonds within the university community and…

A scholarship from the University Fund: from dreams to reality

Lillianne Evertsz was a student at a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) when the opportunity arose to further her studies at university with her propaedeutic diploma. She enrolled in the Global Studies program but reconsidered due to the high tuition fees. Then, a relieving email arrived, informing her about scholarships at Maastricht University. Could…

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…

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.