Maastricht University sets up Research Centre In Bangalore

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As India’s higher education segment grows, Universities from across the world are setting up in India. The latest University to come here is Maastricht University (UM), a research oriented public university of The Netherlands. It recently inaugurated its Maastricht Education and Research Centre (MERC), in Bangalore. It will promote academic collaboration with Indian institutes and conduct joint researches of local social relevance in India.

Apart from the above role MERC would also serve as a connection point for UM students,  academia, alumni, education and research institutions, medical centres and industries in India; and offer recruitment and admission consultancy including pre-departure training to the prospective students. It would also provide professional and academic support services ; and provide India centric certificate courses to the employees of Indian corporations, Government establishments etc.

The Maastricht University has pioneered innovation in education through highly interactive small group learning, known as ‘Problem Based Learning’ (PBL). The University excels in various research disciplines such as cardiology, neuroscience and European trade law. In the year 2009, it awarded around 200 PhDs, published 3000 high impact scientific papers, in addition to over 700 specialist publications.

Apart from MERC Maastricht University has also set up Maastricht University India Institute to develop a network to connect and develop knowledge on contemporary India; promote dialogue between the policy community and academia to enhance the impact of academic work and professional understanding of India; and contribute to bachelor and master education programmes on India for students at Maastricht University.

Due to the existing regulations, the Centre has been incorporated as a private limited company.

MERC also has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the National Law School, Bangalore, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and National Institute of Mental Health and  Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) to conduct joint research and also initiate student exchange programmes.

“UM strongly believes that great quality education without research lacks innovation and top research without education lacks inspiration. India, having evolved as the preferred destination for R&D due to a variety of well-known reasons, is of course the natural focus for UM to stretch its wings beyond Europe,” says Dr. Jo Ritzen, President, Maastricht University.

The MoU with National Law School will facilitate research collaboration and PhD supervision in the areas of international economic law, environment and climate change, food regulatory, corporate social responsibility and human rights law and European Union law.

And the MoU with NIMHANS will primarily facilitate educational cooperation for curriculum development, innovative methodological approaches, student assessment; academic and cultural exchange and joint research programmes. The agreement with Indian Statistical Institute will also focus on staff exchange programmes, apart from student exchange programmes.

“We want to foster academic collaboration with the very best in India and build on synergies in knowledge. The uniqueness in UM’s strategy is that the research that will be built in partnership are necessarily on themes which are of social relevance in this geography,” says Dr. VG Kumar, executive director, Maastricht Education and Research Centre.

Other UM Indian partner education and research institutes include the Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore; Aravind Eye Care Systems, Madurai; Anna University, Chennai; Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Law University of Delhi, Manipal University, Nalsar Law University, Hyderabad, Narayana Hrudayala, Bangalore and Symbiosis International University, Pune.