The University of Groningen (Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen or RUG) is a university in Groningen, Netherlands.
It is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, boasting more than 100,000 graduates since its inception in 1614.
More than 20,000 students are currently enrolled in more than 160 bachelor's degree and master's degree programmes, and some 775 students are studying for their PhD. Every year, about 2,500 students graduate from the university, and some 250 PhD students defend their doctorate thesis.
As the university's students and staff come from the Netherlands and from at least 90 other countries, the University of Groningen is truly international. The university has 5,000 employees and an annual budget of €445 million. It is one of the largest employers in the north of the Netherlands, generating 31,000 jobs in the region; 10.6% of the total of 12+ hours/week jobs
is generated by the university.
The large number of students reduces the average age of the population of the city of Groningen; partly for this reason the city has a lively and dynamic character.
Groningen University People
- Johann Heinrich Alting, theologist
- Johan van Benthem, computer scientist
- Bart Bok, astronomer
- James Burnett
- Job Cohen , mayor of Amsterdam
- Wim Duisenberg, the first president of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt studied here and obtained his PhD on the economics of disarmament
- Ubbo Emmius , founder of the university.
- Pim Fortuyn, lecturer, later politician (and assassinated)
- Willem Frederik Hermans, lecturer and writer
- Gerardus Heymans, philosopher and psychologist
- Johan Huizinga, historian
- Aletta Jacobs , first female student in the Netherlands
- Jacobus Kapteyn, astronomer
- Wubbo Ockels, the first Dutch astronaut, received a PhD degree in physics and mathematics, 1973
- Jan Oort, astronomer
- Maurits van Oranje Nassau
- Johannes Jacobus Poortman, philosopher, psychologist
- Willem de Sitter, astronomer
- Pieter Jelles Troelstra, lawyer, politician
- Wietse Venema, programmer and physicist
- Jacques Wallage , mayor of Groningen
- Paramanga Ernest Yonli, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso. Studied Economics.
- Frits Zernike, professor of theoretical physics, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the phase contrast optical microscope in 1953
Groningen University Theatre Society