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  1. 1. Joint PhD Programme Image by Preconscious EyeUNU Maastricht Economic and Social Reserach Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG)
  2. 2. Joint PhD Programme UNU-Merit and MGSoGThis joint PhD programme is a multidisciplinary course offered by the Maastricht Graduate School ofGovernance (MGSoG) and United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Instituteon Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), providing advanced training in the knowledge and skillsmost relevant to public policy analysis and the economics of technology and innovation.Built around core courses for all PhD fellows, the programme offers training in research skills andmethods, as well as specialized courses in governance and the economics of technology. The programmehas two specializations leading to the PPPA at MGSoG, or EPSTC at UNU-MERIT. In both cases the PhDis accredited by Maastricht University. During their first year, students complete a basic compulsorytraining programme conducted by leading scholars of the host and partner universities. These coursesare taught in Maastricht and spread across two semesters.The programme trains students to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governanceand the economics of technology. The focus of both the training and research aspects of the programmeis on making systems economically, financially and socially more sustainable. A core objective of theprogramme is to create a critical mass of researchers, specialized in governance, social protection andsocial policy, innovation, technology and development, who are able to become leading researchers inthe field and to provide advice based on sound results. The PhD programme is a three-year Maastricht-based programme taught in English. It starts on 1st September each year.DegreeAt the end of the programme, the doctoral degree will be awarded by Maastricht University uponsuccessful defence of the thesis.
  3. 3. The Host Institute UNU-MERIT and MGSoG together form a research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU). UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge aimed at resolving the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare. The centre is based in Maastricht in southeast Netherlands, and is part of the University of Maastricht. The institute’s research mission is to provide new insights into the economic, social and political aspects of growth and development in local and international contexts. Its research and training programmes address a broad range of questions including the economics of technology and innovation, national and international governance, intellectual property protection, social protection policy, knowledge creation and diffusion, and migration. We actively participate in research projects for international organizations, governments, businesses, and foundations throughout the world. UNU-MERIT plays a particular role in the United Nations as a research unit concerned with the analysis of technological change. The institute has a long history of conducting applied research for organizations such as the European Commission, the International Development Research Centre and various national governments. Researchers at UNU-MERIT are internationally recognized for their contributions to the understanding of the economic, political, social and philosophical foundations of the processes of technical change. MGSoG has a history of project implementation for various international institutions including the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and national governments, focusing in particular on social policy and migration developments.
  4. 4. Programme Information Our PhD programme is designed to provide advanced training in the knowledge and skills that are relevant not only to basic research in a variety of fields linked to economics, technologyand governance, but also to policy analysis including policy design, policy monitoring and policyevaluation. You will follow an individualized plan that outlines your requirements for completionof the programme. This plan takes into account your educational and professional background andresearch interests, and is agreed upon with the programme committee at the start of the courseprogramme as well as with your supervisory team in subsequent years of the programme.Training ProgrammeDuring the first year, you will complete a basic compulsory training programme conducted bymembers of our faculty and visitors from leading institutions in the field. The courses are offeredin Maastricht and divided into two semesters. Semester one contains a selection of courses to betaken by all fellows. In semester two, a selection of specialization courses is offered, and fellows willselect their individual course programme, based on background knowledge, need and interest.
  5. 5. Course Descriptions PhD Research MethodsThe course has three objectives. First, students will be acquainted with the broad range of researchmethods and learn the potential advantages and disadvantages of various methods. Second, thiscourse aims to familiarize students with the different phases of research and typical problems encountered in these phases, and offer an opportunity for learning the principles of researchdesign. Moreover, we will emphasise which issues on research design need to be dealt with inresearch proposals.The course is based on interactive lectures, information sessions and applied sessions, in whichthe students need to relate their current research ideas to the issues discussed. The textbook andarticles from the research literature will be used to confront students with typical problems ofresearch methods. Discussions allow students to gain insights into these problems and to identifypotential solutions. During discussions we point to the interdependences and trade-offs amongvarious options and help the student to learn how to make realistic choices. Ultimately the studentshould have sufficient knowledge and skills to understand what it takes to independently set up andconduct a research study.The emphasis of the course will be on the logic of research and the requirements of researchdesign. Most issues addressed are generic and appear throughout the field of social sciences. Theapplications used in this course are mainly studies conducted at MGSoG.Economics of NetworksThe goal of this course is to introduce students to the relatively new field of networks. Themodelling of economic activity using social network analysis tools can be very useful in furtheringunderstanding of a wide variety of phenomena. Our interest will focus in particular on hownetwork analysis can shed light on innovation and knowledge creation and diffusion.The course is taught simultaneously in two locations, Maastricht and Strasbourg, via a video link.Half the lectures will be given in Maastricht and half in Strasbourg, each time with a video link tothe other location. This has worked (surprisingly) well for the past two years, so we continue theexperiment.
  6. 6. Innovation and Growth in the Global Economy This course covers topics including: the global economy, Basics of Economic Growth, Capital Flows, Knowledge and Uneven Development, Endogenous Growth, Growth in Asia and Latin-America, Endogenous and Divergent Growth, Globalization, Economic Crisis and Growth, Growth in an Open Economy, Perspectives on Dynamic Economic Theory, Alternative and Equivalent Growth Models.Basic EconometricsThe challenge of econometrics is to find out what everyday reality, properly recorded andinterpreted, can tell us about the relevance of economic and social theories. Governance theoriesoften concern the effects of economic and social policies, and it is the purpose of econometricmethods to measure the impact and assess the effectiveness of policy interventions.The drawback of econometric methods is that they depend on statistical induction. Besides beingfraught with technicalities, statistical induction is unavoidably subject to statistical error. Whereasa mathematical conclusion is arguably ‘exact’, a statistical conclusion is not – even though deepmathematical arguments may have been invoked in the process. Thus every decent statisticalestimate comes with a ‘standard error’ attached to it, revealing the scale of the sampling error itcontains. Furthermore, ordinary sampling error is insignificant compared to other kinds of statisticalerror, called (imaginatively) non-sampling errors. These are much harder to control and requiremore subtle methods of statistical analysis. Unfortunately non-sampling errors are conspicuouslypresent in economic and social policy research.The subject matter of this course is the use of (mainstream) econometric methods in economicand social policy research. Some prior exposure to econometrics at least at an introductory levelis assumed. This should include the mathematical formulation of economic theories as well asthe concept of a statistical model. The course explicitly aims to combine theoretical insight withempirical practice and group activity. Participants will study the theory, read about applications,process data using econometric software (Stata or EViews), prepare a presentation and conductdiscussions. Hence a lot of personal involvement and social commitment will be required. Awillingness to think formally and get one’s hands dirty is essential.Economics and Econometrics of InnovationThis module starts with an introduction and overview: goals and methodologies for empiricalmicro studies, connecting theory to empirical work. The module continues with productivitymeasurement and R&D; production functions and frontiers; measuring TFP correcting for scaleeffects and non-optimal input holding. Then we estimate the returns to R&D using productionfunctions, including R&D capital in production functions; estimation using static and dynamicpanel data models. Estimating R&D externalities, inter- and intra-industry spillovers; internationalspillovers; notions of rent and knowledge spillovers; measurements of proximity; geographicalspillovers. Measurement and estimation of determinants of innovation, Innovation survey data;qualitative indicators; accounting for innovation. Then we look at complementarities in innovationand the effectiveness of R&D tax incentives before estimating the returns to R&D using marketvalue. Intellectual property and incentives for innovation are also important in this course whichwe conclude with using patents as economic indicators hours.Economic Growth and Socio-economic DevelopmentThis course focuses on the empirical analysis of technological progress, economic growth andsocio-economic development in developing countries. The aim of the course is to analyse theposition of developing countries in the global economy, with regard to technology, industrialdevelopment and overall levels of socio-economic development. Thus, it brings into discussionsome critical issues such as international diffusion of technology, technology gaps, absorptivecapacities, catching up and leapfrogging and changes in developmental outcomes such as healthand education. The course opens with two sessions on long run-trends in economic developmentand industrialization as a (potential) engine of growth and the emergence of manufacturing indeveloping countries since 1950. This is followed by two sessions focusing on the measurementand analysis of productivity and technological change in manufacturing. We proceed with a sessionon country case studies of industrial development and sessions devoted to topics such as health,education and institutions.
  7. 7. Public Policy Evaluation“A theory of policy politics must start with a model of political society, that is, a model of the simplest version of society that retains the essential elements of politics. Polis the Greek word for city-state, seems a fitting name for the essential political society because it conjures up an entity small enough to have very simple forms of organization yet large enough to embody the elements of politics. In searching for the elements of politics, it is helpful to use the market model as a foil because of its predominance in contemporary policy discussions. The contrast between models of political and market society will illuminate the ways the market model grossly distorts political life”. (Stone, Deborah 2002) One might argue that this is just one way of looking at policy politics and there potentially canbe other debates or perspectives to this. In addition, there is no doubt that we are regularlybombarded by conflicting views of public politics and problems. It can be difficult to sort out which(if any) of the solutions proffered by politicians, academics, civil society, pundits, and supra-statalorganizations will resolve various global problems in a way which is consistent with our values andwhich provide viable solutions or effective implementation. Understanding the nature of publicproblems and how they are (or are not) resolved is essential to informed participation in thesepolicy debates, especially when we are called to make choices (at the ballot box). At this point youmay be thinking: what exactly is public policy? Public policy is what state apparatuses (officials)within a government, and by extension citizens (for whom polices are made, implemented, andcarried out) represent, choose to do or not to do about public problems. Public problems includeaccess to healthcare, education, and other basic needs; environmental degradation; work-relatedproblems, etc; relating to conditions the people broadly perceived to be unacceptable/undesirableand therefore require intervention. Although people define their problems, the governmentdecides which problems to address based on the most immediate priorities. Then policy researchers, who aim to offer practical advice and solutions based on the bestevidence, try to convince policy makers to have the policies implemented, monitor if theyare carried out effectively, and if not suggest alternatives. Therefore having the right policyprescription is one of the key components of policy making and implementation. Also key is anunderstanding of the political environment of policy and policy research. So as policy researchers,like you, it is essential to know how policies are set, who are the actors, what roles they play andhow, understanding public policy politics, policy implementation, controversies of policies andalternatives or the key to success.
  8. 8. The DissertationAt the end of the first nine months, you will present a research proposal and a detailed researchplan for the remaining part of the fellowship. In defining your research topic, you will be guidedby the staff of the institute, the teaching staff and partners of the research network. Supervisionduring the entire project will be given by a specific team of senior researchers who can provide therequired expertise to guide and oversee your research. During the following years, you will researchand write your dissertation. The programme is full-time, based in Maastricht. As many students doempirical research based on other countries, students often spend time abroad doing field work.Teaching MethodsCourses are offered in a dynamic setting: the programme uses interactive learning includingworkshops, lectures and discussion sessions. Each teacher in the programme offers a mode ofinstruction suitable for the course, and each course is examined in an appropriate manner.Skills TrainingsDuring the programme, you can participate in skills trainings that build your research andanalytical skills. These include: research methodology and applications; technical skills needed forresearch (software skills); research project implementation and publication; communication andpresentation of findings; application of research findings to government policyResearch CommunityBalancing a career, family and academic studies is challenging. As a participant of the PhDprogramme you will be fully integrated into the research community of MGSoG / UNU-MERIT. Thecommunity includes in-house PhD fellows and academic staff and dual career PhD fellows.Key LecturersThe programme brings together scholars with various disciplinary backgrounds from leadinginstitutes across the world and practitioners from policy oriented organizations in order to initiatenew research, contribute to current research and train young researchers.The faculty of the PhD programme comprises:• Prof. Anthony Arundel, UNU-MERIT• Prof. Dr. Théophile Azomahou, Maastricht University• Dr. Boris Blumberg, Maastricht Univeristy• Dr. Victor Cebotari, Maastricht University• Dr. Sutapa Chattopadhyay, Maastricht University• Prof. Dr. Daniele Checchi, University of Milan, Italy• Prof. Dr. Robin Cowan, Maastricht University• Dr. Sebastian Dellepiane, Research Fellow, University College Dublin, Ireland• Dr. Arnaud Dupuy, Maastricht School of Management• Dr. Franziska Gassmann, Maastricht University• Dr. Mulu Gebreeyesus, UNU-MERIT• Prof. dr. Peter Heller, The Johns Hopkins University, USA• Alan Hirsch, Deputy Director General, The Presidency, South Africa• Dr. Jojo Jacob, UNU-MERIT• Dr. Lutz Krebs, Maastricht University• Dr. Mindel van de Laar, Maastricht University• Prof. Dr. Pierre Mohnen, Maastricht University.• Prof. Cathal O’ Donoghue, Teagasc Rural Economy Research Centre, Carlow, Ireland• Prof. Dr. Shyama Ramani, Maastricht University• Gerald Silverberg, UNU-MERIT• Dr. Tatiana Skripka, Maastricht University• Dr. Elspeth Slayter, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Salem State University• Prof. Dr. Luc Soete, UNU-MERIT• Prof. Dr. Adam Szirmai, Maastricht University• Prof. Dr. Bart Verspagen, Maastricht University• Dr. Adriaan van Zon, Maastricht University• Dr. Pascal Beckers, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
  9. 9. International ProfileWe leverage the academic resources of Maastricht University and our strong international network.Experts from universities and international organizations come from around the world to sharetheir expertise with students by teaching courses and giving workshops and lectures. The institute’slarge international academic network is also used to provide internship possibilities for ourstudents.About 80 per cent of the fellows and researchers at UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School ofGovernance come from outside the Netherlands. They come from over 55 countries around theworld (as shown in the graph below). This diversity results in a stimulating blend of country-specificknowledge and individual experience. In seminars and in the classroom, fellows are exposed tomany different views and ways of approaching ideas and topics. Language The language of instruction for the programme is English. For students who are non-native English- speakers, the programme’s English curriculum will strengthen your command of the language and prepare you for a career in an international environment.
  10. 10. Research Activities at the InstituteSeminar SeriesUNU-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance organize a range of activities designedto stimulate academic debate, disseminate research findings, and facilitate knowledge sharingamong researchers and policymakers. The institutes host regular workshops and training courses aspart of their research and policy analysis programme. Visit our calendar of events.The institute hosts many occasional workshops, to which fellows are invited to attend.Metech is a seminar series where fellows from UNU-MERIT and MGSoG help other fellows in aninformal manner, sharing research-based software and particular research methodologies thatmight be useful in their academic lifeStudent ProfileWe welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to participate in theprogramme. We are looking for students with a Master’s degree and strong academic records,professional and/or volunteer experience, affiliation with academic research and a special interestin public policy, innovation and development. We welcome fellows from all over the world, with awide variety of cultures and disciplines.Career ProspectsThe programme brings together scholars with various disciplinary backgrounds from leadinginstitutes across the world and practitioners from policy oriented organizations in order to initiatenew research, contribute to current research and train young researchers.The programme gives graduates the skills to function as professionals in many challengingenvironments. Our PhD fellows go on to work as:• academics• government staff• policy specialists• political analysts• politiciansThey often work in EU and other international organizations and for NGOs.
  11. 11. Application & Admission Admission Requirements • a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field, including: - economics, - international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health • basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience • proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS (native speakers of English and students who received their Bachelor’s or Master’s education in English are exempt). Maastricht University’s TOEFL code is 7102. In addition to filling in the online application form, applicants must submit the following: Application Requirements • certified copies of your certificates and grades and an explanation of the grading system • proof of English proficiency • motivation letter of 400 – 500 words • two letters of recommendation (in English only) by current or former professors or employers • one-page essay indicating the topic of research interest • curriculum vitae • copy of your passport • passport size photo • full information about your present study and/or job We prefer to receive the documents as follows: • Essay, motivation letter and CV: by e-mail • Passport and picture: by e-mail (as scanned pictures) • Recommendation letters, directly from the reviewers to the programme • diplomas and transcripts: electronic copies initially and later on hard copies by postal mail Tuition & Scholarships For students who enrol in the PhD programme in the 2012-2013 academic year, the following tuition fees are applicable: Year 1 € 7,000 Subsequent years € 2,500 The tuition fees include all programme related costs. This excludes books, specific research costs, travel costs and accommodation and visa or residence permit costs. Scholarships Each year we will distribute a limited number of scholarships among the accepted fellows. However, due to limited funds, we encourage students to apply for a variety of other scholarships. For more information you can visit the scholarships pages of the university website. You can also check for grants and scholarships at If you do not receive a scholarship from UNU, or from another funding agency, we will ask for proof of sufficient funding before accepting you on to the programme. The basic cost of living in the table below is around 1000 euro per month. We will ask you to indicate to us how you will fund your 36 months of enrolment in the programme, as part of the acceptance requirement. You will not need to include this proof in your application; we will contact you in case we need the information.
  12. 12. Code of Conduct For the Recruitment of Researcher The code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements should ensure observance of values such as transparency of the recruitment process and equal treatment of all applicants, in particular with regard to the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers, and are complementary to those outlined in the European Charter for Researchers. Institutions and employers adhering to the Code of Conduct will openly demonstrate their commitment to act in a responsible and respectable way and to provide fair framework conditions to researchers, with a clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area. Residence Permit PhD fellows coming from countries other than those in Western Europe, and Japan, and staying for more than 90 days in the Netherlands are required before they come to the Netherlands to obtain authorization for temporary residence (“MVV”). Should a visa be required, the visa office of Maastricht University will submit a request for authorization to the Ministry of Justice as soon as possible upon acceptance to the programme. Note that a residence permit will be issued only if the correct procedure was followed in the home country. All PhD fellows coming from abroad and staying for more than 90 days in the Netherlands are required to report upon arrival to the municipality of Maastricht (‘aliens department’) in order to obtain a residence permit and for registration. The Knowledge Centre for International Staff (KCIS) will help you with these issues once you are registered at Maastricht University. Insurance According to Dutch law, all foreign PhD fellows must have health and liability insurance. PhD fellows may make their own arrangements (coverage by your home insurance) or opt to take insurance offered through UNU-MERIT/MGSoG, at a cost of 36.50 euro per month. This insurance covers, among other things, medical and dental expenses and liability. If you have private healthcare insurance in your home country, you might want to find out whether your policy also covers your medical bills in the Netherlands. If not, you will need to take out Dutch insurance. Average Living Costs (in Euro)
  13. 13. Life in MaastrichtMaastricht is considered one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the Netherlands. It’s alsocompact, lively and very international, which makes it a fantastic place for students.AccommodationIt can be difficult to find suitable accommodation in Maastricht. Although the Housing Office ofMaastricht University will assist in finding a room or apartment, PhD fellows are advised to cometo Maastricht prior to the start of the course (sometime during August) to look into the possibilitiesfor housing themselves. All PhD fellows must finance their own living costs. The average monthlyrent for a modest student room (in a student house) in the Maastricht area is approximately 300-400 euros. One-bedroom apartments are between 350-450 euros. Unlike many other Dutch cities,Maastricht does not have a long waiting list for student housing, but still we advise you to startlooking for accommodation before the beginning of the academic year.Your search for suitable student housing in Maastricht starts at Maastrichthousing.comMaastrichthousing is a cooperation between two student housing organizations: Guesthouse UMand Kamerburo. Their goal is to find accommodation for students, employees and guests fromMaastricht University, Hogeschool Zuyd and Jan van Eyck Academie.Short Stay AccommodationGuesthouse UM offers furnished rooms and studios especially suited for exchange students and/orMaster students doing a one-year programme. No registration fee is required.Long Stay AccommodationKamerburo offers mainly unfurnished rooms and studios/apartments, mostly with shared facilities(kitchen and/or bathroom). The studios and apartments in student houses have their own facilities.Kamerburo requires a registration fee of 30 euros. Image by Jeroen Moes
  14. 14. University RestaurantsMaastricht University has two restaurants, called mensa, where students and staff can eat at anaffordable price. They serve hot and cold meals, snacks, salads and more. One is located in thecity centre, and the other is on the Randwyck campus. A hot meal costs around 4 euros. Themeweeks are organized on a regular basis, for example devoted to Italian, Greek, Chinese or even ‘art’cooking.University LibraryThe Maastricht University Library offers students more than just a collection of books. Beyond itsoutstanding collection, it is also a place for students to come together and make use of its Learningand Resource Centres, either individually or in groups. Because the university campuses are locatedin two parts of the city, there are two libraries: one in the inner city and one in Randwyck. Theseare open every day including on weekends until late in the evening.Learning and Resource CentresThe University Library fulfils the requirements of our time. The Learning and Resource Centres –one at each library location – play an important role in this. In close consultation with the facultiesthis student environment is especially designed to support the university’s prized educationalsystem: Problem-Based Learning.In the Learning and Resource Centres you will find:• a variety of rooms for individual and group work, with or without computers• more than 1300 ergonomically designed study areas, many of them equipped with computers• a wireless network and laptop outlets• a collection of course books put together by tutors (these are not on loan, but are permanentlyavailable as a reference collection)• special collections such as audiovisual material and anatomical modelsAn extensive course package is offered to help you search for, process and apply information.Student DesktopThe Student Desktop enables you to access the library software from home or anywhere else in theworld via an internet connection. All programmes and files are available on a central server, so itdoes not matter where you are or when you log on: your own virtual study environment is availableanywhere, anytime.eLibraryThe library’s eLibrary makes electronic sources of information available for education and researchpurposes. Some of these quality sources would otherwise require a fee, so you would not be ableto access them via for instance Google. eLibrary, however, provides speedy access not just to allavailable electronic files and journals, but also to catalogues of books and hardcopy journals. TheeLibrary is available 24/7 from any location.SportsGiven the landscape in Maastricht and its surrounding region – the Limburg hills, the river Maas,the Zuid-Willemsvaart, and the Belgian Ardennes – sports are an important part of life here.Maastricht University (UM) offers its students numerous opportunities to keep fit. These includesports for teams or individuals, recreational sports or sports at a more professional level. Evenprofessional athletes are offered every opportunity to combine their passion for sports with theirstudies at UM.Based on the training facilities available, the high level of performance of students and researchpossibilities, UM in cooperation with the exercise science department decided to support thefollowing five sport activities: climbing, cycling, field hockey, rowing and running.
  15. 15. UM SPORTMaastricht University’s sports organization, UM SPORT, offers a broad sports programme tostudents. Students paying a small annual contribution can take part in numerous activities rangingfrom yoga to basketball, and from rowing to dancing. Activities take place on several locationsin Maastricht and a lot of them can be practised at Sports Centre Randwyck, a temporary sportscomplex including a modern gym, an indoor cycling room, a dojo and two major sports halls.MUSST Sports CouncilIf you wish to participate in group sports, you can join one of the 23 student sports associations inMaastricht. As a member of such an association, you’ll find it easy to meet people and to becomeinvolved in sports in a different way. All the student sports associations are supported by theumbrella organization UM Student Sports Council (MUSST). Its activities include the coordination ofmajor sporting events such as the Dutch national student championships and the Batavierenrace,the largest student relay race in the Netherlands.Cultural ActivitiesThere are several organisations active in the area of art and culture at Maastricht University:• Studium Generale• Art and Heritage Commission• Student Theatre Association ‘Alles is Drama’• Let’s Dance• Tafelstraat 13• University Choir• University Orchestra• Cultural commission of Studentassociation KoKo• Tuna de Maastricht• Pass in Maastricht
  16. 16. Check the Maastrichtnet website for more information. See also activities for non-Dutch speakers.Of course there is more to do for students and staff in Maastricht. Most activities are in Dutch, butmany other events are in English, such as musical events and films. Check the programmes of:• Studium Generale• Vrijthof Theatre• Lumière Cinema• Bonnefantenmuseum Students paying a small annual contribution can take part in numerous activities ranging from yogato basketball, and from rowing to dancing. Activities take place on several locations in Maastrichtand a lot of them can be practiced at Sports Centre Randwyck, a temporary sports complexincluding a modern gym, an indoor cycling room, a dojo an two major sports halls.More InformationFor more information on studying at Maastricht University, such as available facilities, getting avisa, etc, please go to the general information for PhDs.BrochuresYou can request our brochure to be sent by post, email or direct download by filling in the requestform or send an e-mail to PhDprogramme@merit.unu.eduContactPh.D. Programme Directors: Professor Dr. Robin Cowan and Dr. Mindel van de LaarPh.D. Programme Coordinator:Eveline in de BraekPhone: (+31 43) 388 4449email: PhDprogramme@merit.unu.eduAddress:Keizer Karelplein 196211 TC MaastrichtThe NetherlandsTel:+ 31 (0)43 388 4400Fax: +31 (0)43 388 4499Directions to the Institute: