The mission of UNU-MERIT's School of Governance is to train specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organizations.

UNU-MERIT's School of Governance prepares professionals and researchers for policy analysis, risk assessment, policy design, policy monitoring, policy evaluation and methods and techniques of policy research. Given the growing complexity of the issues at hand, there is a growing need for specialists in policy analysis and hence also a growing need for education programs which provide scholars with a comprehensive combination of theoretical background, technical skills, and specific area knowledge to put theory into reality.

The School of Governance was founded in September 2004 at Maastricht University. The fact the School was set up at Maastricht University is not surprising. In many ways, the School is the expression of Maastricht University’s identity: “Where research and teaching are complementary. Where innovation is our focus. Where talent can flourish.”

The institute provides multi-disciplinary top-academic training in the heart of Europe. In doing so, it builds on the academic resources of the different faculties at Maastricht University as well as those of several foreign partners. In January 2011, the School became part of the United Nations University, strengthening further its international training and research network while building on the expertise of UNU-MERIT, the Maastricht-based research institute of the UNU.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With 14,500 students and 3,500 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic programmes, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students.

Maastricht University has used Problem-Based Learning (PBL) ever since it was founded and has been an expert in this field for over 35 years. PBL is more than just acquiring knowledge; it’s about exchanging knowledge in a challenging and effective way. Maastricht University makes the difference. With unique Europe-focused and internationally-oriented programmes.

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This Master's programme will enable you to work as a policy designer or policy analyst within the public and private institutions at local, national and international lev ... [+]

Why study Public Policy at UNU-MERIT's School of Governance

• Double-degree diploma (UNU & UM)

• Intensive, multi-disciplinary one-year programme

• Problem-based learning in small groups

• Students from dozens of countries

• Guest lecturers from international organisations

• Career opportunities in multiple sectors

Study global topics and challenges

Public policy issues are growing in complexity and there’s an increasing interconnectedness between local, national and international levels of decision making and implementation. This can be seen in current public policy concerns such as:

• the impact of immigration policies... [-]

Netherlands Maastricht
September 2019
12 months
Location address
Boschstraat 24
Maastricht, Limburg, 6211 AX NL