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Maastricht 6th Best Young University in Times Higher Education rankings, May 2015

Maastricht Again Ranked 6th Best Young University

Maastricht University (UM) has ranked among the top 10 in the Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 ranking for the third year running, making it the sixth best young university in the world. The list was revealed at the Young Universities Summit in Dublin, where Rector Magnificus Prof. Luc Soet...
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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Special Envoy for Yemen

Alumnus Named New UN Special Envoy for Yemen

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania was appointed UN Special Envoy for Yemen on 25 April 2015. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance — a course run by Dr. Franziska Gassmann. In a statement, a UN spokespers...
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Migrants, sea, smugglers

Let Their People Drown: The EU’s Self-inflicted Migration Drama

Twenty-five years of European border restrictions have not only failed to curb immigration but have actually had counterproductive results — through an increase in irregular migration and an increasing dependence of migrants on smugglers, argues Prof. Hein de Haas. In recent months, a record n...
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Nigerian Elections 2015: What Should Be on Buhari’s Agenda?

Political history was made in Nigeria exactly a month ago. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lost to former military leader Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC). No incumbent president has ever lost an election in Nigeria since independenc...
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World Intellectual Property: Stifling the South?

Each year, 26 April, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) marks World IP Day. The day helps showcase how intellectual property inspires innovation and creativity — yet recent research gives another perspective. For example, how TRIPs type agreements may be stifling ‘develo...
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Alumnus Wins ‘Future Sustainability Leader’ Award

Described as “an astonishing inspiration for leaders around the world for how to mobilise people, create change in your local community and see the international effects,” PhD alumnus and affiliated researcher Dr. Carlos Cadena Gaitan has won the 2015 Future Sustainability Leader award. ...
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New Views on Official Development Assistance

The essay competition ‘Inside the Black Box‘ asked students to join the debate on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and to come up with ideas on how to improve it. Pushing further, it was a campaign to reach policymakers who may be able to restructure ODA. We spoke with Education Dir...
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From Bishkek to Washington: Dr. Aziz Atamanov

Dr. Aziz Atamanov graduated September 2011 from the PhD programme in Public Policy and Policy Analysis here at the School of Governance. He soon joined the World Bank, first as a consultant on the Central Asian region and, since 2012, on data management, poverty and shared prosperity analysis on the...
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Time to Rethink Development Goals on Extreme Poverty?

The World Bank’s goal of cutting extreme poverty to less than 3% by 2030 is not achievable, says poverty expert Dr. Richard Bluhm. Development goals should be more realistic and policies should aim to build up institutions that promote inter-ethnic trust and long-term economic growth. World Bank Pre...
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Maastricht: 2nd Fastest-rising Young University

Maastricht University has been ranked the second fastest-rising young university in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The study highlighted seven universities under the age of 50, drawing on data from the last four years of the World University Rankings. Only institutions ...
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Targeting Entrepreneurship & Inclusive Development

“Policies to promote entrepreneurship among poor and marginalised groups are politically appealing but generally not the most effective… increased efforts should be made to help promising and established enterprises expand, produce higher quality goods and connect to global markets,̶...
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Interview with Andrés Mideros Mora, Vice-Minister of Ecuador

Ecuador’s new ‘Vice-Minister, Technical Secretary for the Eradication of Poverty’, Andrés Mideros Mora, is an MPP alumnus and current PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT. In this brief interview, we ask how his studies in Maastricht helped his career, about the background to his role, and what...
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New Class of 2015: Part-time PhD Programme

On 1 March 2015, 15 mid-career professionals started the GPAC2 programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis. This year’s group is made up of eight women and seven men, representing all continents: four European, two Asian, two African, three North American, three South American ...
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Challenges for International Cooperation & Development

“We need to be more transparent and clear about what development money is used for and that it actually goes into development work.” Dr. Melissa Siegel Gender, inequalities, security and migration are the guiding themes of the EU ‘Brainstorming on Challenges for International Coope...
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Khalid Koser Leads New Global Fund vs. Violent Extremism

Dr. Khalid Koser has been appointed Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. Dr. Koser, also extraordinary Professor in...
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Inclusive Innovation for Emerging Economies: MEIDE8

“We are here because we are interested in the issue of innovation and development, innovation and productivity, and to what extent innovation can help countries like India to get out of their underdevelopment… to catch up with the richer countries.” Prof. Pierre Mohnen The 8th Conference...
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Skills, Stability and Conflict: New Research Project

Providing jobs may increase stability and avoid future violence, especially in low and middle-income countries. But do employment programmes really have this impact? We will study this question for a set of post-conflict countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. A new project co-run by UN...
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Economists Facing Climate Change: The New Poverty Trap

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris (COP21) set for December 2015, Prof. Shyama V. Ramani was asked to give a lecture as part of the “Economists Facing Climate Change” series. Here she explains the links between poverty and climate change: what the problems are and how we — globally —...
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MPP Graduates Honoured at Maastricht Ceremony

Two graduates from our Master’s programme in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) were honoured at Maastricht University’s 39th anniversary ceremony on Friday 16 January 2015. Here they share their background stories and hopes for the future. Best Master’s thesis 2014 Lorraine Wong ...
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Innovation & Development: Going to Mars and More

Last week NASA tested its latest spacecraft, the Orion, at a cost of US$370m. The perfect test flight brought the USA one step closer to a manned mission to Mars, now scheduled for 2030. Conquering this new ‘frontier’ says a lot about a country, yet this and other kinds of innovation are...
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