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Winter 2011

Coffee with a story - meet alumna Vava  

Vava
Vava

“Every bean, a story.” With this slogan Kenyan Vava Angwenyi shows the world the power of small-scale, fair-trade entrepreneurship. With her company Vava Coffee she is one of the twelve finalists in the BBC World Challenge 2011. > read more

Synergy for energy -  the Energy Academy

Anne Beaulieu
Anne Beaulieu

In early October this year, the Energy Academy received its initial funding of 6 million euros from the Ministry of Economic Affairs as part of the so called Green Deal - a governmental program promoting green growth and a sustainable society in the Netherlands. The Academy is an ambitious ten year plan to expand the role of Northern Netherlands as a prominent centre for knowledge, technology and innovation about energy. The existing extensive expertise in the area of energy sustainability, spread over a number of departments at the University of Groningen, will be a major component in fueling the engine of the Energy Academy. > read more

Robert Lensink (on the right) and Erwin Bulte (from Wageningen University)
Robert Lensink (on the right) and Erwin Bulte (from Wageningen University)

Microfinance, it's all in the game

Many people adhere to the slogan ‘Nothing exceeds Groningen.’, yet Prof Dr Robert Lensink, Professor in Finance and Financial Markets isn’t one of them. For many years now he has been conducting research in Africa and Asia. For this interview we will focus on a recently started research on microfinance in North Vietnam. >  read more

Greenland
image credit: Beluga Adventures

Alumni Trip 2012

The Alumni Relations Office organizes two beautiful alumni trips to Greenland and Easter Islands. Read more in this newsletter and draw your own conclusions. What could possibly hold you back? > read more

Observing the early history of the Universe  

The core station of the LOFAR telescope near Exloo, Netherlands
The core station of the LOFAR telescope near Exloo, Netherlands

LOFAR (Low-Frequency Array) - a pioneering European radio astronomy project for the development of a highly advanced and versatile radio telescope is finally delivering valuable data to set the astronomers in motion. Researchers at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, a key collaborator in the project, have announced that LOFAR has achieved the expected high-performance and sensitivity, making it our most powerful eye to look as far back as 13 billion years into the history of the Universe. > read more

Lighting up for life - successful use of fluorescence dye in the fight against cancer

Prof. Gooitzen M van Dam, a leading surgeon at the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at RUG, and his team performed the first ever fluorescence-guided surgery on a patient with ovarian cancer. This surgery demonstrated the feasibility and potential of the innovative flourescence-imaging technique for removing cancerous cells through surgery. The results, published recently in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine reveal that the new technique is a huge step forward in providing surgeons with an effective tool in their fight against cancer. > read more

Ubbo Emmius
Ubbo Emmius

Holiday cheer - a festive dinner for our international students

On 15 December the Alumni Relations Office and Fundraising Office together with ESN Groningen welcomed over 100 international students to the first ever International Students Holiday Dinner. As befits such a historic occasion, the dinner took place in the Academy Building. The students, representing over 44 different nationalities, formed a true representation of the international institute the University of Groningen prides itself in being. > read more  

Upcoming Alumni events in January 2012

Read what the Alumni network has in store for you this January. > read more

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