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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a thriving international research university where teaching and research are integrally connected. While we are passionate about the quality of education, as the essential role of a university, the quality of research sets our university apart from others. As a research university our real value not only lies in the proliferation of existing knowledge, but also in the freedom and support that researchers and students are given to develop new knowledge.​

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is one of the oldest research universities in Europe. Some 28.200 students are currently enrolled in more than 170 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. Every year, about 2,500 students graduate from the University, and some 300 PhD theses are defended. Our students and staff already come from at least 100 countries and by 2015, 20% of the academic staff should be from abroad.

The University of Groningen offers a Tenure-track system, a career path directed towards attracting talented researchers leading eventually to a professorship. The flourishing Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is also recruiting high-quality staff and places more women in top positions. The University of Groningen aims to increase the number of female professors, and by the time the University celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2014, the percentage should have risen to 25%.

With numerous groups of researchers, lecturers and students having proven their excellence, the University of Groningen has good reasons to be proud, but will continue to pursue its ambitions. Let’s move forward together, to 400 years of passion and performance!