Utrecht University has organised its top research into 15 focus areas and one research impulse. Within these areas, academics enter into multi-disciplinary partnerships with research organisations, businesses and public-service institutions. Drawing on the foundation of the focus areas, the University continues to build an integrated approach to addressing scientific and societal problems. This is why the University has opted to increase its research focus and to connect scientific excellence and fundamental research with a societal charge. Its choice of four strategic themes (sustainability, life sciences, institutions, and youth & identity) has enabled the bringing together of knowledge from different disciplines.