Maastricht University (UM) hosts nearly 17000 students in international BA, MA and graduate programs and 2000 academics. In the 2014 QS ranking of young research universities UM ranks 6th as best young university in Europe. Since 2012 UM has a research group specifically dedicated to “Biobased Materials. The group offers an international Master program on Biobased Materials since 2015. Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen University have established a European cross-border research institute focusing on the development of advanced biobased materials. The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is located on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands and strives for excellence in applied and translational research by creating synergies between academia and industry. This exciting collaboration will benefit both universities. The AMIBM mission is to replace traditional polymer building blocks with innovative and sustainable alternatives for the development of novel and environmentally-beneficial materials. The AMIBM vision is to provide the missing links between fundamental, applied and translational research in the field of biobased materials, by changing the relationship between the production of biobased materials and the value chain.
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