The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen has a rich academic tradition that goes back to 1614. This tradition produced the first female student and the first female lecturer in The Netherlands, as well as the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. The university has its roots in the north of The Netherlands and cherishes special ties with the region.

Mission and strategy
The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen supplies high quality education and research, is internationally orientated, recognises differences in ambition and talent, works actively together with the business world, governments and civilians, and belongs to the top of the European universities.


Research and education at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen are internationally orientated. Students from all parts of the world can prepare for an international career. In a wide network of cooperations, researchers work together at the borders of knowledge, with which they underline the worldwide reputation of the university.

City of Talent

Together with the Hanzehogeschool, the UMCG and the city council of Groningen, the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is leading a national campaign: City of Talent. This campaign shows that Groningen is leading in the areas of investigations, innovations and entrepreneurship. The motto of the campaign is: Here is space for talent. Space to learn. To work. To grow. To develop further. To get the best out of yourselves. Furthermore there is space to live, play sport and to enjoy. Groningen, City of Talent.