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Region for growth

Brightlands is part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial, international region that shares borders and ties with Germany (Aachen en Düsseldorf metropolitan area), Belgium (Liège and Leuven metropolitan area) and the Eindhoven area in the Netherlands. Top ranked academic centers as Maastricht University, KU Leuven, RWTH Aachen University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fraunhofer and University de Liège are part of the ecosystem.

Brightlands continues the tradition of transition of this cross border region and is the answer to grand challenges of our time. By combining excellent expertise and reputations of world leading companies and institutions, the next step in the economic development of this innovation hot spot has been set.

The Brightlands region—encompassing the Dutch Province of Limburg with Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo as main cities —offers beautiful places featuring a wealth of culture, nature and history.

The region comprises about four million people. The main local languages are Dutch, German, and French, while the academic, scientific, and commercial communities speak English widely spoken as well.

The people of this region are often characterized as industrious as the Germans, personal as the Dutch and tasteful as the French. It makes this region a unique European cross border region.