University of Groningen

Posted on Feb 5, 2015

The World100 Representative

Paul Bolt - Head of International Strategy and Relations

An Australian working in the Netherlands, Paul has extensive expertise in international education and has worked across both the institutional and commercial arms of the sector. After beginning his international education career as an English Language teacher in Japan, he returned to Australia and took up a position with the RMIT English Worldwide (REW) and taught English preparatory classes for international students as well as English for Specific Purposes programs in the UAE and Oman. Moving from teaching to the marketing side of the business, he managed recruitment from the Middle East and East Asia for REW before accepting a position at RMIT University and managing the Americas, Europe and Study Abroad for the wider university, followed by the broader recruitment operation in the role of Assistant Director, International Marketing & Recruitment.

Paul then took up the role of General Manager at the German based higher education agency GOstralia!-GOzealand! an organisation promoting, recruiting for and representing over 35 Australian and New Zealand universities in the German, Swiss and Austrian markets. More recently, he accepted the role of Head of International Strategy & Relations at the University of Groningen, a role focusing on driving the strategic goals of the university in all aspects of the internationalisation process.

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Key facts about Groningen University

3,750 international students and PhD students

7 Erasmus Mundus programmes

1,055 outbound exchange students

3,286 of 27,511 Bachelor and Master students are international students

466 of 1,133 are international PhD students

35.7 % of the academic staff is international

More than 120 nationalities currently study or work at the University

107 English-taught Master's degree programmes, of which 11 are Double Degree/Joint Degree programmes

21 English-taught Bachelor's degree programmes, of which 3 are Double Degree/Joint Degree programmes

About University of Groningen

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.

The University of Groningen offers research-driven education in a wide range of disciplines. We generate and share knowledge, contributing to the innovative development of society and to “grand societal challenges”, while preparing students for a life and career in a globalized world.

Building on our traditional foundations, we highly value our cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial character, producing work that contributes to international developments. We work in a context of academic excellence, autonomous thinking and integrity, and embrace diversity.

UoG strives to be a truly international university3 and a major global player. This is reflected in:

  • an inclusive environment with equal rights and access for all staff and students
  • an international perspective throughout research disciplines and degree programmes
  • an international perspective at the institutional level, reflected in all policies and regulations
  • a continuous development process for staff and students (life-long learning)

International Partnerships

The University maintains long-term partnerships with international universities with similar high standards, participates in international networks and incorporates international themes in its programmes.

Our strategic partners

Europe: Upsalla University (Sweden), Ghent University (Belgium), Göttingen University (Germany)

Indonesia: Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology

China: University of Beijing, Tsinghua University, Fudan University

Japan:  Osaka University

Latin America: National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM (Mexico), University of Sao Paolo, USP (Brasil)

USA: UCLA, University of Pennsylvania

Our strategic networks

-The Coimbra Group

-Asea Uninet



Notable Research Areas

The University of Groningen focuses on three socially relevant research areas that form the core of its scientific profiling: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.

Top research within these three areas provide an indispensable basis for new insights and applications in these areas now and in the future, thereby contributing to a more sustainable society. In addition to the three areas, the University has many other excellent research groups and upholds fruitful collaborations with various partners ranging from business partners, to public and government organizations, both inside and outside its own region.