The Venlo Region has promised to invest another €15,000 in a study scholarship programme. The University Fund Limburg is grateful that the eight municipalities* wish to support ambitious and talented students from the region and in doing so contribute to the development of UM’s Venlo campus.

The Venlo Region has now funded eight scholarships to encourage young talent to study in the region and subsequently remain. ‘Instead of drawing people and businesses to this region, it would be far more plausible to allow those that grew up in this area to develop their talent here. However, should they decide to leave after completing their studies we hope that they will regard themselves as ambassadors of this region and promote it’, said the driving force behind this initiative, Mayor Van Rooij of the Municipality of Horst aan de Maas.

Within the context of the Quality for Life project, the study scholarships were an instrument to promote the study programmes** in the fields of health, nutrition and logistics.

Internships and applied research showed that students, regional businesses and the Venlo campus considered an intensive collaboration to be of great benefit. ‘Through these study scholarships we are actually building a bridge between SMEs and the Venlo Region. And this is only the beginning’, according to Van Rooij.

Brightbox in Villa Flora and Scelta Mushrooms are examples of initiatives and projects where a regional collaboration on research and education contributes greatly to the overall development. ‘We hope to have set a good example that others will follow’, said Kees van Rooij.

*(Venlo, Venray, Horst aan de Maas, Peel en Maas, Gennep, Beesel, Bergen and Mook en Middelaar)

** The studies that are currently offered by Maastricht University at the Campus Venlo are: Food Health and Innovation Management, Global Supply Chain Management and Change,
University College Venlo (bachelor’s programmes).