Chimney for every home project

Maastricht University professor Onno van Schayck, professor of Preventive Medicine, noticed on a trip to India that in many slums there poor women cook inside their houses, using mostly wood as fuel. As a result, many women and children are exposed to soot and toxic gases that directly affect their lungs. Complications possibly related to this exposure include pneumonia, COPD and lung cancer.

The “Chimney for every family” project was created to develop of chimneys and stoves that can provide a ventilation system within the houses and consequently improve the air quality of the slums. These chimneys and stoves will be designed in a way that they will fit the budget of the average slum dweller.

UM breaks into top 100 of prestigious THE World University Rankings

Maastricht University (UM) has broken into the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings 2013/14, rising from 115th to 98th place. Earlier this year UM also shot into the top 10 in the THE’s second ever ‘100 under 50’ ranking, which identifies the best universities established within the last half century. UM’s rise in the world rankings is mainly due to its improved scores for research quality (citations) and international outlook (e.g. percentage of international staff and students). Last year UM climbed a spectacular 82 places, from 197th to 115th.

The Executive Board congratulates all employees with this achievement.

In the words of THE editor Phil Baty, UM’s place in the top 100 is well deserved: “Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings use a trusted range of 13 rigorous performance indicators and are the only global rankings to judge world-class research institutions against all of their core activities – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. So Maastricht’s continued rise up the rankings is particularly impressive, demonstrating strength right across the board on a wide range of metrics. That Maastricht has continued to rise while other institutions in the Netherlands have been less successful this year is particularly impressive. Through a strong commitment to internationalization, cleverly focused research activity and an outstanding score for industrial engagement, Maastricht has earned its place this year in the elite world top 100 group.” The Executive Board sees these results – especially the high score in the area of knowledge transfer – as an important confirmation of the university’s strategic direction. “Within the ‘Kennis-As Limburg’ initiative, UM, the Maastricht UMC+ and Zuyd Hogeschool, together with the Province and the business sector, will invest more than half a billion euros in innovations in Limburg’s knowledge infrastructure in the coming 10 years. To this end we expressly seek collaboration with the business world”, Paul explains. “This is a prime example of our industrial engagement, which the THE spoke of so highly.” The THE World University Rankings revolve around 13 strict and comprehensive performance indicators for education, research, knowledge transfer and internationalisation. The rankings are powered by Thomson Reuters, which independently collects, analyses and verifies the data. After the United States and Great Britain, the Netherlands is the best represented country in the overall ranking, with 12 institutions. See the full ranking at www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings.