Who we are

Our world is changing rapidly. The global issues we are facing are complex in nature. They are not restricted to one generation or continent and cannot be resolved based on a single perspective. It is time to issue an open invitation to all.

Participate. Contribute. You are welcome.

We are Utrecht University. The place for new collaborations and cross-pollination. Students, academic and administrative staff, policymakers, members of the public, professionals and business owners; you are invited to contribute to a better world.


Regenboogfietspad van Dick Boetekees op het Utrecht Science Park. .

Open mind, open attitude, open science

Utrecht University researches, educates and communicates the results across disciplines and shares knowledge and insights that lay the foundation for the future. Shared perspectives are the source of tomorrow’s solutions.


  • Molecuulstructuur

    Open attitude

    Experts answer all your questions on regenerative medicine (in Dutch)

  • Luchtbeeld van de wijk Cartesiusdriehoek in Utrecht

    Open science

    Building a new neighbourhood based on knowledge and data

  • Open meeting

    Professors meet primary school students

  • Open Science Dora

    Open view

    Open science asks for a new view on recognitizing academics

Studente slaat boek open in bibliotheek.

How open is Utrecht University?

Find out with these video's
  • "To me, cooperation, 'sharing science', is a very important theme for Utrecht University."



    José van Dijk
    Professor of Media and Digital Society

  • “An open attitude means to be perceptive to different perspectives, opinions, values and norms. But it is also about being open to possibilities of changing for the future.”

    Özge Bilgili
    Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science

  • “Having an open attitude means being open to the idea you might be wrong.”


    Seye Abimbola
    Prince Claus Chair 2020 - 2022

  • Truly different

    The university is engaged in studying and improving societies, and in solving problems. But it’s not the university’s task to merely bring good news. Sometimes something truly different is needed.



    Sicco de Knecht, Programme Coordinator Open Science

  • What role should a university have to fulfil within society?
  • Measure and check

    The role of a university is to measure and check what happens and what needs to happen. A university offers solutions, but also investigates the effect of existing solutions.


    Robin Berg, Director of We Drive Solar

Our strategy and guiding principles

We aim high at solving problems in the world. With open minds, open attitudes and open science, we join forces to create solutions that have a positive impact on us all. No matter what social challenges we might face.



Drie studenten aan het werk bij UU BioCliVE, het Experiment Biodiversiteit en Klimaatvariabiliteit van de Universiteit Utrecht

Connected tot our city, region and society

Ever since its establishment in 1636, our university has been encouraging and promoting dialogue. Deeply rooted in the city of Utrecht, we are connected in our communities locally, nationally and internationally.


Het centrum van Utrecht gezien vanuit vogelperspectief met daaroverheen tekstballonnetjes zonder tekst.
Large logo of Utrecht University with next to it the pay-off: Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.