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Building interdisciplinary schools

Why Schools?

With the Schools, we want to provide a place where the various academic disciplines can meet and join forces to conduct research projects, teach, and generally smooth the way for dialogue with and about society. We believe that by creating an interdisciplinary innovation platform we can boost the societal impact of the UG.

Four interdisciplinary Schools

The Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development is dedicated to governance, politics, and sustainable processes.  Sustainable society has been an interdisciplinary research theme since 2011.

The Wubbo Ockels School for Energy and Climate focuses on the energy transition and climate change, including research topics with a longer history, inter alia in collaboration with the New Energy Coalition.

The Jantina Tammes School for Digital Society, Technology, and Artificial Intelligence contributes to digitization, digital technology, and artificial intelligence, building on recent inter faculty partnerships.

The Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health has been the flag bearer of healthy ageing in the Northern Netherlands since 2018. The Aletta Jacobs School is a network comprising the University of Groningen, the University Medical Center Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and NHL Stenden.

'Making Connections' with society

The UG strategy 2021-2026 is named ‘Making Connections’. The schools are a special part of it, almost impersonating the motto. Not only are they connecting different disciplines within the societal themes, they also collaborate with societal stakeholders such as other knowledge institutions, businesses, government, cultural organizations and citizens on a local, regional, national and a global level: in and beyond the North of the Netherlands. The Universiteit van het Noorden deserves a special mention; in this knowledge and innovation network the University of Groningen works together with five Northern knowledge institutions on a shared regional agenda.

Impact makers under one roof in city centre of Groningen

The ‘Groot Handelshuis’ (the former V&D department store location) right in the centre of Groningen is the perfect place for making connections with internal parties and external knowledge institutions and parties. The new housing  is perfectly suitable for innovative teaching and research and for public activities such as presentations by regional employers for students or lectures on research into regional societal issues.

In the new premises, currently being dubbed the ‘House of Connections, the UG will soon bring together staff from its so-called ‘vanguard of connections’ – the four interdisciplinary Schools (in the fields of health, energy, sustainable development, and digitization and artificial intelligence), the networking organization the University of the North, the talented young researchers of the Young Academy Groningen, the innovative teaching platform Teaching Academy Groningen, the partnership of European universities ENLIGHT, and University Services’ impact organization.

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