The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with a rich academic tradition. Since the establishment in 1614, the university has brought forward striving academics, like the first female student, the first Dutch astronaut and various Nobel prize winners.

Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. We connect education and research with sustainable and economic processes within society. This comes together in our three spearheads: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.

Key figures

  • Founded in 1614
  • 11 faculties (1 in the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden)
  • 6,250 fte staff (including University Medical Center Groningen, UMCG)
  • More than 120 nationalities
  • 140,000 alumni
  • 1,000 million EUR budget

Education (2020)

  • 34,000 students
  • 8,250 international students (24%)
  • > 120 English-taught Master’s degree programmes
  • > 45 Bachelor’s degree programmes, of which >35 taught in English

Research (2020)

  • 3,600 fte academic staff (39% international)
  • 425 full professors
  • 4,350 PhD candidates (51% international)
  • 591 PhD theses
  • 8,000 research publications (dissertations not included)
  • 18 patent applications

Excellent prizes and grants (2015-2020)

  • Nobel Prize for Ben Feringa
  • Spinoza Prizes for Pauline Kleingeld, Amina Helmi, Lodi Nauta, Bart van Wees, Cisca Wijmenga 
  • Stevin Prize for Linda Steg
  • national: 14 Veni, 5 Vidi and 4 Vici Grants awarded in 2020
  • European Research Council (ERC): 1 Starting Grant, 1 Consolidator Grant, 3 Advanced Grants and 1 Proof of Concept Grant awarded in 2020

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