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Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands


Agricultural sciences, biology and arts, and humanities

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History, Affiliations, and Rankings

Utrecht University was founded on March 26, 1636, making it one of the Netherlands' oldest institutions. Its origins may be traced back to the Illustrious School of Utrecht, which was founded two years earlier in 1634 and promoted to university status in 1636. In the golden period of Dutch science, Utrecht University played a pivotal role. The Coimbra Group (CG), League of European Research Universities (LERU), Utrecht Network, European University Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (IAU), and McDonnell International Scholars Academy are all members of Utrecht University (MISA). The institution is placed 69th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022.

Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses

The Humanities and Law & Governance faculties are both located in the heart of Utrecht. The remaining five faculties, as well as the majority of administrative functions, are housed at Utrecht Science Park De Uithof, a campus site just on the city's outskirts. The old Kromhout Kazerne, formerly a Dutch military post, now houses University College Utrecht and the Utrecht School of Economics. University College Roosevelt is situated off-campus in Middelburg, in the Netherlands' southwest. It provides a wide range of British academic programs, including Bachelor's degrees, more than 80 master's degrees, and more than 200 exchange student courses. Students who are visiting Utrecht to learn about Dutch society and culture are welcome to participate.

Accomplishments and Alumni

The Utrecht Psychics Challenge was organized by nine students from the student's group A-Eskwadraat, who demonstrated various parts of physics at a live event just on Domplein in Utrecht. They also hosted a strong Student Challenge, which drew competitors from around the country and throughout the world. There are 12 Nobel Prize laureates and 13 Spinoza Prize laureates among Utrecht University's alumni and professors. Each year, more alumni assist students with their jobs, collaborate on educational and research projects, and contribute to academic ventures. The Utrecht University Fund has indeed been promoting and deepening the university's relationships with its alumni for over 130 years. Some of its most notable alumni include Rutger C. Bregman (a Dutch historian and author), Jan-Harm Pol (a Dutch-American veterinarian known for his starring role on the reality television show The Incredible Dr. Pol on Nat Geo Wild), and Tjalling Charles Koopmans (was a Dutch-American mathematician and economist).

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

Students at University College Utrecht come from all around the world. While around half the students are Dutch, the other side is from more than 50 other countries. The university provides several possibilities for cross-cultural interactions, intercultural understanding, and international friendships. According to statistics, 1,537 of the 5,712 first-year students are foreign students across 118 different countries. Utrecht University provides a variety of programs to assist students in developing academic abilities, dealing with personal issues, and more. Utrecht University has over 100 foreign partners and provides students with the option to engage in international exchanges and internships.

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