Wellspring of talent
Sittard-Geleen lies at the heart of a region that is home to a large number of top academic programmes in a wide variety of fields. Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and many other secondary vocational education institutions andsecondary schools in the city are consistently rated high on the national and international rankings. And major universities like Maastricht, Liège, and RWTH Aachen University, one of the largest and best-performing universities in Europe, are just around the corner. Sittard-Geleen offers nationally recognized top quality in programs that are often international in nature and interesting even for native speakers of English. The presence of top-tier knowledge institutions makes Sittard-Geleen a magnet for aspiring knowledge workers in the Netherlands and abroad.
Brightlands Chemelot Campus is home to a number of knowledge institutions for teaching and research in the sciences, chemistry, and biobased materials.
Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL)
Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL) is a joint venture between SABIC, DSM, Leeuwenborgh, Arcus College, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and Maastricht University. CHILL's mission is clear: Creating an innovative learning, working, and research environment where educational institutions (from secondary vocational education to university) and industry (from SMEs to multinationals) work together towards the advancement of knowledge and the development of new products. CHILL is providing for the need for an adequate supply of excellently trained personnel in the chemical sector.
Maastricht Science Programme
On Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Maastricht University has set up a laboratory for use by the Maastricht Science Programme, where students in the programme are gaining practical knowledge in chemistry, biology, and the physical sciences. The Maastricht Science Programme is a liberal arts and science programme educating students in the natural sciences.
Aachen Maastricht Institute for biobased materials (AMIbm)
Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen have partnered in a European Cooperation of Excellence for Biobased Materials. This new institute for modern biomaterials research is housed on Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
Institute for Science and Technology (InSciTe)
Another development closely tied in with the Aachen Maastricht Institute for biobased materials (AMIbm) is the cooperation between the universities of Maastricht and Eindhoven with DSM in combining their knowledge and strengths in the field of biomedical and biological materials.