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UU 2009

  1. 1. Utrecht University The Netherlands
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Introduction Utrecht University at a glance • Outstanding international reputation as a leading European research university* • High-quality academic environment with a focus on excellence • Innovative approach to both research and teaching • High undergraduate success rate July 10, 2009
  4. 4. Introduction Utrecht University at a glance • Largest research university in the Netherlands with a broad range of academic disciplines • Close collaboration between disciplines • Comprehensive array of high quality English-taught degree programmes and courses • Focus on knowledge transfer: sharing knowledge adds value • Committed to nurturing talent July 10, 2009
  5. 5. Introduction Key figures 2009 • 7 Faculties • 6 Graduate Schools • 3 campuses in Utrecht and 1 campus in Middelburg • 29,306 enrolments; 5,890 first-year students • 8,321 staff (including Medicine) • 48 Bachelor’s degree programmes (3 of which are English-taught) • 197 Master’s degree programmes (89 of which are English-taught) • 443 PhDs granted July 10, 2009
  6. 6. Introduction Key figures 2009 • 7,163 scientific publications • 73% of research programmes rated good to excellent • Budget: € 725 million • Founded in 1636 July 10, 2009
  7. 7. Introduction Utrecht University: 7 faculties • Geosciences • Humanities • Law, Economics and Governance • Medicine / University Medical Center Utrecht • Science • Social and Behavioural Sciences • Veterinary Medicine July 10, 2009
  8. 8. Introduction Utrecht University: 6 Graduate Schools • Graduate School of Geosciences • Graduate School of Humanities • Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance • Graduate School of Life Sciences • Graduate School of Natural Sciences • Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences July 10, 2009
  9. 9. Research
  10. 10. Research Utrecht University’s rankings In the 2008 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Utrecht University is ranked: • No. 47 in the world • No. 9 in Europe • No. 1 in the Netherlands The University's research in the science disciplines ranks 4th in Europe, based on the prestigious ‘Excellence-ranking’ by the German based Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE). July 10, 2009
  11. 11. Research Interdisciplinary knowledge and research • Broad range of academic disciplines • Interdisciplinary collaboration • At the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary research • Strong relationship between research and teaching • Research alliances with business and industry July 10, 2009
  12. 12. Research 15 research focus areas • Brain, Cognition and Behaviour • Cardiovascular Research • Conflicts and Human Rights • Coordinating Societal Change • Cultures and Identities • Drug Innovation • Earth and Sustainability • Epidemiology • Foundations of Natural Science • Growth and Differentiation July 10, 2009
  13. 13. Research 15 research focus areas • History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities • Infection and Immunity • Information Technologies in Science and Society • Life Sciences and Biocomplexity: from Molecules to Organisms • Origins and Impact of Institutions July 10, 2009
  14. 14. Research Nobel Laureates Utrecht University has 11 Nobel Prize winners, including: • 1999 Gerard ’t Hooft (Physics) • 1999 Martinus J.G. Veltman (Physics) • 1995 Paul Crutzen (Chemistry) • 1981 Nicolaas Bloembergen (Physics) • 1975 Tjalling Koopmans (Economic Sciences) July 10, 2009
  15. 15. Research Spinoza laureates Utrecht University has 12 Spinoza Prize winners, including: • 2007 Prof. Deirdre Curtin (International and European Governance) • 2006 Prof. Jozien Bensing (Clinical Psychology) • 2006 Prof. Ben Scheres (Molecular Genetics) • 2005 Prof. René Bernards (Molecular Biology) • 2004 Prof. Jaap Sinninghe Damsté (Marine Biogeochemistry and Toxicology) • 2003 Prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden (Economic and Social History) The annual Spinoza Prize is awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) 2009 July 10,
  16. 16. Research 6 Academy Professors (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, KNAW) Utrecht University has 4 Academy Professors: • 2003 Prof.dr. Gün Semin (Psychology) • 2003 Prof. Gerard ‘t Hooft (Theoretical Physics) • 2004 Prof. Hans Duistermaat (Fundamental and Applied Mathematics) • 2005 Prof. Henk Lekkerkerker (Colloid Chemistry) • 2007 Prof. Hans Oerlemans (Meteorology) • 2009 Prof. Bert Brunekreef (Epidemiology) July 10, 2009
  17. 17. Research Committed to nurturing talent • High potentials scheme for academic staff • Talent development programme for non-academic staff • Center of Excellence in University Teaching • Academic Leadership programme • Honours programmes for students • Supporting academic staff in national competitions for prestigious individual grants July 10, 2009
  18. 18. Teaching
  19. 19. Teaching Key figures 2009 • 29,306 enrollments • 125 nationalities • 3 campuses in Utrecht and 1 campus in Middelburg • 45 Bachelor's degree programmes, 3 of which are English-taught • 182 Master's degree programmes, 89 of which are English-taught • Some 200 certificate courses • More than 50 Summer School courses July 10, 2009
  20. 20. Teaching What Utrecht University has to offer • Wide array of English-taught degree programmes and courses • Best undergraduate success rate • Honours programmes and Prestige Master’s programmes for talented students • Inspiring, ambitious, and international academic environment • Strong link between research and teaching • Small teaching groups and Colleges • Broad range of student facilities July 10, 2009
  21. 21. Teaching Support services for international students • Scholarships for excellent students • Guaranteed accommodation • Priority visa processing arrangements • International student orientation events • Dutch mentor programme • Erasmus Student Network activities • Dutch Society and Culture course • Dutch or English language courses July 10, 2009
  22. 22. Teaching Support services for international students • State-of-the-art study facilities • Wide variety of cultural courses and excellent sports facilities July 10, 2009
  23. 23. Bachelor’s & Master’s programmes
  24. 24. Teaching English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes www.uu.nl/internationalbachelors • University College Utrecht (Liberal Arts and Sciences) • Roosevelt Academy Middelburg (Liberal Arts and Sciences) • BSc in Economics July 10, 2009
  25. 25. Teaching English-taught Master’s degree programmes www.uu.nl/internationalmasters • 182 Master’s programmes, 89 of which are English- taught • 59 English-taught research degree programmes preparing students for a research / PhD career • 21 English-taught degree programmes, preparing students for a professional career July 10, 2009
  26. 26. Teaching Exchange programmes www.uu.nl/exchange • 200 English-taught courses for short-stay students • Exchange agreements with partner universities across the world July 10, 2009
  27. 27. Teaching Summer School courses www.utrechtsummerschool.nl • More than 50 academic courses at various levels and in various disciplines • One of the largest summer schools in Europe • Full and varied social programme • Housing included July 10, 2009
  28. 28. Knowledge transfer: sharing knowledge adds value
  29. 29. Strategic partners Knowledge transfer Three imperatives, namely boosting, supporting and facilitating successful: • science-based entrepreneurship • knowledge transfer between Utrecht University, government and industry • strategic collaboration with regional players to create an internationally competitive region July 10, 2009
  30. 30. Strategic partners Entrepreneurship • Utrecht Science Park • UtrechtInc. • One-stop shop for small and medium-sized businesses • Utrecht University Holding Ltd and Incubator • Entrepreneurship education • Utrecht Centre for Education in Management and Entrepreneurship (UCEME) July 10, 2009
  31. 31. Strategic partners Entrepreneurship • ICT Incubator Netherware for entrepreneurial students • Utrecht School of Applied Sciences • Centre of Entrepreneurship July 10, 2009
  32. 32. Strategic partners Knowledge transfer • Utrecht University Holding Ltd. (patents; spin-offs) • One-stop shop for small and medium-sized businesses (access point) • Faculty-based science shops • UniPartners student initiative July 10, 2009
  33. 33. Strategic partners Collaboration • Utrecht region • Utrecht Innovation Taskforce • Science Park • Randstad North Wing region • Peaks in the Delta (Immuno Valley en Game Factory) • European Structural Funds (EFRO) • EU • League of European Research Universities (LERU) • Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) • Utrecht Network July 10, 2009
  34. 34. Strategic partners Examples of major consortia and projects • TI Pharma (FES, M€ 160) • Knowledge for Climate (M€ 50) • Aviaire Influenza – bird flu (FES, M€ 15) • Gate – serious gaming (FES, M€ 10) • CatchBio – Catalysis (Smart Mix, M€ 28) • Nanomedicine (KP6, M€ 16,3) • Video Active – creating access to Europe’s television heritage (EU, M€ 2,7) • 7-Tesla MRI – brain imaging (NWO-BIG, M€ 20) July 10, 2009
  35. 35. Strategic partners Membership of university networks • League of European Research Universities (LERU) • Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) • Utrecht Network July 10, 2009
  36. 36. Utrecht – city of culture
  37. 37. The Netherlands & Utrecht city Utrecht City at a glance • Lively student city located in the heart of the Netherlands and gateway to Europe • Rich history going back almost 2000 years • 300000 inhabitants • 70000 higher education students • Old city centre with picturesque canals, canal-side cellars, ancient churches and impressive Dom tower • Festival and cultural city • Close relationship between Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht July 10, 2009
  38. 38. Utrecht University www.uu.nl

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