Nyckle Swierstra - Deputy Director of Communications University of Groningen

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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.

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A global outlook,deeply rooted in Groningen

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
  • APAIE
  • EUA

Mission and vision

  • To address fundamental and challenging questions in the fields of functional materials that are relevant to societal problems.
  • To facilitate the transfer of knowledge and overall synergy between physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • To train new generations of researchers in cross-disciplinary approaches to research and to equip them with the diverse skills required by modern (and future) science.
  • To maintain and strengthen our position as an internationally recognized, leading materials research and training institute

Distinguished reputation for 400 years

9,000

Research publications

3,400

FTE academic staff

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


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