The University of Groningen (RuG) has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. Out of this tradition rose two Nobel prize-winners (Ben Feringa in 2016!), the first woman student and the first woman lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the university is rooted in the North of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.
The university provides high quality research and education in a broad and varied range of fields of study. It is distinguished by the close bond the University of Groningen creates between research and education, a bond that does justice to their mutual dependence.
As an institution of scientific research and education the university works at the forefront in its respective fields. The university undertakes its co-operative relations on the basis of openness and equality. In these relationships, the university is socially involved, purposeful and creative. The university stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues. The University of Groningen comes across as clear and convincing in such debates.
Research and education at the University of Groningen is internationally oriented. Students from every continent prepare themselves in Groningen for their international career paths. Researchers operating within an extensive network of cooperation contacts work at the threshold of knowledge, thus affirming the university’s worldwide renown and reputation.