University of Groningen

founded in 1614

The University of Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.

The RUG 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 collaborate with a number of renowned, foreign universities, including Uppsala, Göttingen and Ghent. The University of Groningen is very popular with its 27,000 students and 5500 staff members from home and abroad. Talent is nurtured, enabling the University to bridge the gap between science and society.

History of the University

The University of Groningen has a long academic tradition extending back to 1614, which makes Groningen the oldest university in the Netherlands after Leiden. Many very talented people in a variety of disciplines have studied or worked at the university during the 400 years of its existence, including a Nobel Prize winner, the first female University student in the Netherlands and the first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank. They share their academic roots with more than 100,000 other people who have attended the University of Groningen as students, lecturers or research workers.

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Groningen: small city, full of life

As the economic and cultural capital of the region, Groningen enjoys a bustling reputation, while retaining the character of a safe community. Groningen is also known for its art galleries and cultural events, yet the city will never lose that homely disposition which attracts so many people.

What will probably strike you most when entering Groningen is its youthful population. Roughly a quarter of the city’s 200.000 inhabitants consists of students. You will find them everywhere: studying in the park, riding a bike, or having a drink with fellow students in one of the many pubs.
In some areas of Groningen you will still be able to feel that medieval atmosphere the city is known for, while in other parts you can admire groundbreaking modern architecture. The university itself has a very visible presence: the historic buildings in the city centre are evidence of a rich academic tradition, while the Infoversum is an example of contemporary architecture. The city parks allow you to see the signs of spring arriving, to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, or watch the first autumn leaves falling.
Lifestyle. With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and sports facilities, you will never get bored. If you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life however, the countryside is never far away. Take a breath of air and clear your head while enjoying the flat landscape and limitless view in all directions when you get nearer to the ‘Wadden Sea’.