Healthy ageing is already one of the main themes of the University of Groningen, and now the city of Groningen has taken on the challenge to become the healthiest city in the Netherlands. The city is already well underway with its unique city plan, allowing no cars in the city center causes much room for cyclists and pedestrians. Furthermore the city has a lot parks and other green sceneries. Now the municipality board aims to take it to the next level. They want to the first smoke-free generation to grow up and make more space for pedestrians, cyclists, and exercise. In order to achieve this, six focus points have been appointed: active citizenship, accessible green areas, active relaxation, healthy mobility, healthy building, and healthy nutrition. Many institutions across the city all collaborate on different projects within these focus point to help achieve the goal. These institutions include the University of Groningen, Hanze school of applied sciences, the local football club FC Groningen, Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands, and the hospital UMCG. This is a nice example of a complex issue being solved by combining different disciplines over different projects, something UCG aims to teach its students.
De Rijksuniversiteit Groningen maakt een mooie sprong in de 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ook wel de ‘Shanghai-ranking’).
Internationale studenten kunnen vanaf juli 2017 terecht op At Home in Groningen, een nieuwe website voor volledige Engelstalige informatie over studentenhuisvesting in de stad Groningen.
Drie studenten van de mastertrack Applied Linguistics hebben in samenwerking met Syrische vluchtelingen onderzoek gedaan naar het leren van de Nederlandse taal.