UNU - MERIT and Maastricht University

February 25th at UNU - MERIT and Maastricht University

Site Leaders

Angel Wright-Lanier

Angel Wright-Lanier

Site Logistics

Friday evening reception address: 

UNU Merit, Boschstraat 24, 6211 AX Maastricht

16h30 - 19h00 local time.

Saturday Competition address:

UNU Merit, Boschstraat 24  6211 AX Maastricht

8h00 - 16h00 local time.


Please visit the Visiting Maastricht page on the UNU-MERIT website (

Disclaimer: Please always check if regular booking via their website or a hotel booking website has cheaper rates and note that the prices indicated may change.

Hotel Recommendations:

Beez Hotel: a cosy hotel in the heart of Maastricht, next to the central market square.

Address: Boschstraat 104, 6211AZ

Walking Distance to UNU: 3 minutes Price: Comfort Single Room (85 euros per person) Website:

Bastion Hotel: 4-star hotel located right across UNU-MERIT. 

Address: Boschstraat 27, 6211AS

Walking Distance to UNU: 1 minute

Price*: Deluxe Room (110 euros non-refundable, 124 euros free cancellation)

*offers a discounted price of € 84,00 per room per night, with city tax: € 4,75 per person per night (excluded). You will need to mention the code “GPAC2-MGSoG rate” in your booking request, and the bill will be paid by you.


The Social Hub Maastricht (formerly the Student Hotel): Housed in a former ceramics factory, The Social Hub Maastricht (formerly The Student Hotel) is a community hub for travellers, locals and students.

Address: Sphinxcour 9A, 6211 XZ

Walking Distance to UNU: 2 minutes

Price: Deluxe King (Room only- Semi Flex: 132 euros, free cancellation before 17th of February)



EasyHotel Maastricht City Centre: budget hotel that is within 3 minutes walking distance of Vrijthof.

Walking Distance to UNU: 10 minutes 

Price: Small Double Room (70 euros per night per person/ non-refundable; 80 euros/ refundable)

Address: Het Bat 12, 6211 EX Maastricht



  • Arsh Ajmera - Maastricht University/UNU Merit
  • Adilkhan Bozhanov - Nazarbayev University
  • Carl Hurkmans - Ghent University
  • Ahmed Hussain - Maastricht University/UNU Merit
  • Natalie Perne - Maastricht University/UNU Merit
  • Pranav Shankar Kaundinya - Maastricht University/UNU Merit


A very big thank you to all of our volunteer judges. Without them, the simulation competition would not be possible.

  • Lutz

    Lutz Krebs

    (he/him) Program Director Global Studies; Maastricht University

    Lutz Krebs is a political scientist with a focus on international relations and conflict research. He has served as academic programme director for M.Sc. Public Policy and Human Development which were offered jointly by Maastricht University and United Nations University between 2010 and 2018. He currently serves as the founding program director of a new, highly interdisciplinary B.Sc. in Global Studies.

  • Elaine

    Dr. Elaine Lebon-McGregor

    (she/her) Researcher; UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University

    Dr. Elaine Lebon-McGregor is a researcher at UNU-MERIT, United Nations University and Maastricht University. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy (2007) and Masters in Urban Regeneration (2008) at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom and then went on to gain a further Masters in Public Policy and Human Development with a specialization in Migration Studies at UNU-MERIT/Maastricht University (2012). Her PhD research focused on the evolution of migration as a global policy issue (2020). Elaine's current research focuses on understanding the mechanics of governance, with a particular focus on the role of different actors (such as national governments, local municipalities, international organizations, civil society organizations). Other interests include policy coherence, the translation of norms across different governance levels (such as in the implementation of commitments made by States in the SDGs or the Global Compact for Migration), and the role of funding in these processes. Elaine is currently leading Work Package 9 of the MIGNEX project. She also coordinates and teaches courses in Public Policy Evaluation (UCM) and Comparative Migration Policy (MPP).

  • NvM

    (she/her) Noa van Mulken

    My name is Noa van Mulken. 22 years old and a graduate from the Msc Public Policy and Human Development. I chose the specialization in risks and vulnerabilities, and I am happy to participate as a judge in this simulation as I have worked on wildfire analysis through GIS myself. As a judge, I hope to give constructive feedback, which can help the students learn from this experience, especially in relation to providing good policy recommendations. 

COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Guidelines

The health and safety of all participants are a top priority. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks are not required for competition attendance, however, they are highly recommended. 

To protect not only the NASPAA community but the ones in which we live, let's work together to minimize the spread. Throughout the competition, please follow these safety tips:

  • Before leaving home:
    • Take a COVID test.
    • Consider getting vaccinated and boosted.
    • If you are not feeling well and are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, consider staying home.
    • Pack clean masks to wear indoors and during travel to the competition site.
  • While traveling:
    • Wear a mask in airports and while on public transportation.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
  • During the competition:
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • Wear well-fitted face masks
    • When possible during after-hour events, sit outside and/or practice social distancing.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (runny nose, body aches, loss of smell/taste, cough, chills, fever, etc) during your time at the competition, please isolate yourself and notify your site leaders.