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Social Involvement

Current Issues

The University of Groningen is a socially involved university, whose academics contribute to the debate on current issues in society. This is reflected in the University’s three research spearheads:

The University contributes to resolving current issues in society by studying these three themes from the perspective of a variety of disciplines.


The University of Groningen is the most sustainable university in the Netherlands. It has reached place 53 of the worldwide UI Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities 2012. Sustainability is emphasized in the University’s teaching and research, as well as in its business operations and in the construction of new buildings. Read more about sustainability.


The University also demonstrates its social involvement in other ways, for example by offering apprenticeships to students in senior secondary vocational education (MBO) and universities of applied science (HBO). In November 2010 the ECABO knowledge centre held a satisfaction survey among the 28 MBO students who were following a professional training course in the field of administration via a University of Groningen apprenticeship. On a scale of 1 to 10, as an employer they gave the University an 8+ mark. Read more about apprenticeships.

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