It was founded together by the Universiteit Maastricht and the Limburgs Universitair Centrum, now Hasselt University. The number of students studying Computer Science/Knowledge Engineering before the official instantiation of the tUL had been rising every year. Transnational University Limburg offers master degree programs in cooperation with Maastricht University and Hasselt University in Belgium. This makes Transnational University Limburg a truly international university. Graduates will receive an official research university degree. Research: Artificial Intelligence Department, Computer Science Department, Molecular Life Sciences Department, Operations Research Department, Statistics Department.