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Core qualities, core values, corporate story

The qualities and values listed below have been chosen as concise expressions of what the University of Groningen stands for. Core qualities are an answer to the 'what' questions: what qualities characterize the University and what do we excel at? Core values ('softer' values that govern behaviour) provide an answer to the 'how' questions. The corporate story places them in the perspective of the present, past and future. The qualities, values and corporate story form the basis of all communications and as such are also the building blocks of the image plan.

Core qualities

  • Top research university
  • Innovation & tradition (1614)
  • Talent & excellence
  • Social entrepreneurship

Core values

  • Internationally oriented
  • Community-building
  • Think outside the box
  • Proud & committed

University of Groningen: the corporate story

In 1614 an Academy was founded in the province of Groningen, which had joined the Republic of the Seven United Provinces. Unlike elsewhere in Europe, the founder was not the Pope, an emperor, a king or some other ruler, but the people themselves. They wanted a university, which they saw as essential for the development of the city and its surroundings, as beneficial for society.

Their wish came true, more so than they could possibly have hoped. The University of Groningen has evolved to become a research and teaching institution with an international reputation - a world top 100 university. It operates across the full academic spectrum, with experts in a wide range of specialisms exploring the major scholarly and scientific issues of our time. They work in close collaboration to achieve the best possible results.

Pioneering research occupies a central position in teaching at the University of Groningen. The University encourages students to develop their talents and allows plenty of scope for excellence. It ensures that students are well prepared for life and a career in a globalizing world.

The University attracts students and teaching staff from all over the world. They come in search of knowledge, which they wish to create and share - Non scholae sed vitae. In this respect they are just as determined and passionate as the University's founders four centuries ago.

The University of Groningen seeks to put knowledge and innovation at the service of a stable and sustainable society - a society that will soon have access to the energy sources of the future, and above all a society where people can live together in harmony and enjoy a healthy old age.

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The University of Groningen (1614) is a research and teaching institution with an international reputation, a top 100 university located in the northern Netherlands. It operates across the full academic spectrum. Pioneering research occupies a central position in teaching, where the focus is on developing talent and excellence. The University of Groningen puts knowledge and innovation at the service of a stable and sustainable society - a society that will soon have access to the energy of the future, and above all a society where people can live together in harmony and enjoy a healthy old age.

Last modified:26 June 2015 2.26 p.m.
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