Who are we?
The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.
... where education and research meet
The University provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines. We distinguish ourselves in the international market through a close link between education and research and by focusing on three key elements: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.
Not only are our education and research programmes socially relevant, but our researchers also collaborate with business partners, public institutions and the government. In addition, the University of Groningen stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues by providing convincing perspectives and fresh ideas, based on the latest scientific findings.
... as an international player
Education and research at our university are internationally oriented. Students from all over the world prepare themselves in Groningen for their international career paths. We have a strong international reputation and maintain a firm - rapidly increasing - position in the international rankings lists. Collaborations between researchers on the frontiers of knowledge take place within extensive networks, affirming our strong, world wide reputation.
... stimulating talent development for students
As a University, we take the personal ambitions and abilities of our students into account. We provide all students with a well-balanced, high quality curriculum across a multitude of disciplines. For students with strong ambitions and personal motivation we have more intensive programmes such as the University College, Honours College, Research Master and Topmaster programmes. In these programmes we stimulate our students to challenge themselves in terms of education and research. In this respect the University offers students a broad, high quality academic education and gives special talents an extra boost.
... stimulating talent development for staff
We dare to differentiate between the various talents of our staff members and pay extra attention to personal development. By focusing on the direct link between performance, career prospects and remuneration, we give our staff members the opportunity to fully develop their abilities. The University actively contributes to the establishment of an ambitious and inspiring working environment.
Introducing the Strategic plan
Research, education, societal impact and talent development are essential to achieving our mission and vision. Research and education have always been the University’s raison d’être; societal impact and talent development, although an inherent part of research and teaching, have recently been made a more explicit aspect of the University’s activities. If it is to fulfil its task here, the University needs to perform on regional, national and international levels. Although this presents opportunities, the competition is fierce, especially in the national and international fields. Furthermore, if we are to consolidate or preferably improve our position in the global academic world, we will need to perform and become even better in the four areas of research, education, societal impact and talent development. Our strategic objectives, as stated in the following sections, are therefore geared towards improvement in these areas. This is combined with global expansion in the shape of (inter)national branch campuses that should consolidate our education and research.
Achieving the strategic objectives will involve launching new initiatives and most likely revising, reducing or terminating existing ones.
As the University is intrinsically embedded in society as a whole, it cooperates with government, industry and society to share knowledge and generate new investment in research. This cooperation has a regional emphasis, as the University considers it very important to support and develop the area in which it has its roots. This cooperation takes shape as consultancy, public-private partnerships and a wide range of contracts and 9 activities that facilitate knowledge creation, the dissemination of results and societal impact (patenting and licensing). The University supports these activities with a knowledge and technology transfer infrastructure that operates at local, national and international levels.
As top research is increasingly applied to major questions in society, the University has formulated three research priorities that will help us make a significant contribution to these questions. They are: Energy, which means solving questions related to innovations in generation, distribution and use of energy; Healthy Ageing, which means focusing on innovation in prevention, care and treatment; and Sustainable Society, which means helping to create and sustain a balanced society.
Talent Development is a core theme at the University. Interested secondary schools can follow pre-university education at our School’s Academy. Our undergraduate students can choose to do a Minor, follow an Honours programme or enter our University College, depending on their interests and talents. Our Master’s students can choose between a regular and a Research Master’s programme and can follow an extra-curricular Honours Programme. Moreover, the faculty Graduate Schools give our Research Master’s students and PhD candidates various opportunities to develop professionally.
We have a tenure track system for talented researchers, and our Rosalind Franklin Fellowships are an extra initiative launched to attract talented female researchers. We also provide academic leadership training for our tenured staff, facilitate the further development of teaching quality by UTQ and STQ, and have a Dean of Talent Development, whose job is to scout and support talented researchers in their careers.
All our students, PhD candidates and staff can make use of various support facilities, which include an extensive range of courses and special programmes such as our Talent Travel programme. This helps them explore their interests and abilities and plan their next career move, be it inside academia or elsewhere.
With regard to teaching strategies and the teaching environment, continuous optimization and innovation are essential if we are to meet future demands in a rapidly changing global society. Building on its long tradition of high quality education and pioneering innovation, the University of Groningen has therefore revolutionized its teaching in recent years. We have successfully piloted state-of-the-art educational concepts such as research-driven education, communities of learners, the international classroom and e-learning, and these are now being implemented. This has significantly improved study results and increased student satisfaction.
The University of Groningen has a strong international reputation for its research. This is reflected in our position in international ranking lists. Our Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials is one of the top two research schools in the Netherlands and we participate in the other one, the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy. Our investment in international interdisciplinary research has resulted in highly esteemed research institutes and groups such as the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, the Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Willem Barentsz Polar Institute. Moreover, the University is home to many ERC laureates. Since 2007, over 25 Starting Grants, nine Advanced Grants and four Proof of Concept grants have been awarded to our academics. This places the University of Groningen at the top of the ERC funding list in the Netherlands and among the top universities in Europe.
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