Together with its partners, Utrecht University has made plans to tackle fourteen key societal challenges, for which purpose it will allocate 26 million euros over the next four years.
Rector Magnificus Bert van der Zwaan describes it as a logical step. 'With regard to its four strategic research themes, Utrecht University has already made significant progress in applying expertise from various scientific disciplines to societally relevant topics such as health, governance, the environment and parenting. This has earned us quite a few plaudits. We are now working towards a more focused approach. Our aim is to increase our impact by tackling specific key challenges in a multidisciplinary way, together with our social partners. To this end, we have identified fourteen so-called hubs.'