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York Teams up With Maastricht University

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The University of York has finalised a £3m investment deal with Maastricht University to position their partnership as a strategic response to Brexit and to deliver a suite of joint initiatives.

The alliance will deliver joint PhDs in public health, major research collaborations, executive education programmes and student exchanges.

The joint research and education programmes will be established in the York Maastricht Partnership, a new virtual institute, funded by the £3m investment.

Both York and Maastricht are committed to providing a vibrant and sustainable partnership in the face of UK universities losing access to EU research funding and student mobility.

A goal of the partnership is to ensure both institutions can benefit from enhanced access to UK and EU funding.

Commenting on the announcement, York's acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Saul Tendler, said: "York and Maastricht already enjoy strong ties, but this enhanced strategic partnership comes at a particularly crucial and relevant time."

"Brexit will have an impact for UK universities and this partnership ensures that York is prepared, resilient and able to respond to the changing environment we face."

"European research collaborations, and the exchange of students and staff, will continue - benefiting some of our global challenges, and the careers of current and future researchers."

The two universities are already members of the Worldwide Universities Network and already have student and staff exchanges in place through the Erasmus scheme, as well as several research connections.