I've always had very broad interests, ranging from economics to philosophy and psychology. I did not want to limit myself to only studying one discipline, and when I heard that at University College Groningen (UCG) I did not have to, I was sold. Studying at UCG means frequently working together in interdisciplinary group-projects, an element that I really enjoy.
"I like the diversity of the environment and community. It is a small faculty that contains all disciplines, so it is a like a micro-university: you get to know every staff member, top to bottom, administrative and academic. And you are exposed to different disciplines and way of thinking. It is inspiring and challenging. I also like to be closer to students and share common spaces" Dr. Wilbert Rossi - Read more
"My 3rd year project is called “Notes on Synchrony”, and we are investigating the inter-brain synchrony between contemporary dancers by using EEG. The idea is that the Arts and Sciences are actually collaborating and doing research together which means that the perspectives from scientists and artists are included by conducting this research. That is a new approach! And in my opinion, it is super interesting to be part of that process and observe the dynamics which are present" Johanna Paschen - read more
"Never have I felt so at home in a place, than at UCG. Everyone is warm and easy to connect to. There’s a general family-feel to the faculty, and a deep sense of trust towards everyone" Greg Charitonos - read more
"In my courses I have students majoring in different disciplines, with different interests and different cultural backgrounds that all share the same classroom. At UCG we work with small seminar groups, so there is plenty of opportunity for discussion. Through these discussions students can learn a lot from each other, they learn to form their opinions and in the process I learn from them. Mostly on how young(er) people perceive the world and their position in it" Dr. Marline Lisette Wilders - read more
"The experiences and skills I got through project work are the most useful and valuable to me because I like to be practical. Solving a concrete problem, approaching it from an academic perspective and working together with other ambitious students really made me see the importance of project based learning" Nienke van Delden - read more
"What I really like about UCG is being at the forefront of both education and research. My scientific work focusses on computer simulations of social dynamics, such as communities improving their own neighborhood, and the challenges of migration and acculturation. I like to play together with the students with these computer simulations, and in projects we often explore new ideas, e.g. on conflicts between tribes. The best are the deep discussions we have on problems for which no instant solutions are available. When research and education come together in such a personal environment, then I’m happy to be part of such a vibrant academic community" Dr. Wander Jager
"When I look back at my time at UCG, one of the biggest advantages for me personally was that I started thinking more in possibilities. A lot of people in my year became more assertive and were a part of many extra-curricular activities. Every single one of us followed his or her own path, which were all different and unique. UCG facilitated this process, giving us the freedom that we would not find at a different faculty".
“One unique thing about UCG is that for students the professors are not just talking books, but rather they can be friends with which you have a chat at the end of the week. I think this is essential to UCG's community.”
“My own growth has developed from interaction within this diverse community of friends I have here. If I were studying in a normal institution I would have never met or worked with people from this many different cultures. I have been exposed to many different regional and cultural perspectives.”
“Through active and small-scale education you are able to build upon the student-staff relationship, and students are able to engage further with the research that a professor is developing. In large scale teaching this intimate approach can be lost, but it is what a lot of students value.”
“Students develop their own curriculum and degree, and having responsibility for their education is a big aspect of UCG. This leads to high quality engagement and a better form of education.”
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