EDLAB: Mission, Vision and Strategic Goals 2020

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EDLAB: Mission, Vision and Strategic Goals 2020

Ever wondered what we do? We recently developed and updated the institute’s mission, vision and strategic goals.

Have a look at the excerpt below:

We are the Maastricht University institute for education innovation and promote an optimal learning experience for students of Maastricht University, by advancing the field of teaching and learning for both students and staff.

We define innovation as the process of creating new ideas and practices to address educational needs – to do different things, and doing things differently. Innovation is not necessarily radical or disruptive, but also exists in improving what is there and repairing what is broken. Innovation can be about educational methods and processes, about technology, or about spaces. It requires critical review of issues and potential solutions; it is an incremental process and a means to an end.

EDLAB plays a vital role in ensuring momentum in education innovation for UM. Great ideas may come up in isolation, but they grow and prosper through collaboration, and they generate impact through sustainable implementation.

EDLAB 2020: 5 strategic goals

  • Amplify the role of EDLAB as a hub for education innovation and community development;
  • Design and coordinate staff education programmes;
  • Provide an up-to-date educational framework for UM;
  • Improve retention and student persistence;
  • Develop, improve and consolidate the PREMIUM, Honours+ and MaRBLe excellence programmes.

In the full mission & vision document below you can read more about our view on education innovation, the way we work and what we intend to achieve by 2020.


  1. Brian Backman says:

    As a U.S. Army Solider in 1984-5, I was stationed at Tapijn. I worked in the building that is now the EDLAB headquarters. I am now a high school English teacher working in Anacortes, Washington, USA. It was fascinating to learn that the military kaserne where I worked has been beautifully transformed into a place that promotes education. I hope to visit someday!

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