Ambitions and actions towards diversity and inclusion

Utrecht University aims to become a truly diverse and inclusive university.

In this light, the university has four basic principles:

  1. Students, employees and guests from a wide range of backgrounds feel at home at Utrecht University.
  2. Students and employees have every opportunity to develop their talents.
  3. A diverse staff population provides the diverse student population with recognisable role models.
  4. Students, employees and guests engage with one another without resorting to prejudice or exclusion.
    Diversity and inclusion in the Strategic Plan 2016-2020

    Utrecht University has incorporated its plans for achieving a more diverse and inclusive community in the Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.

    The Strategic Plan states:

    • The university invests in intercultural skills for employees and students.
    • The university supports and assists international staff and students to help them feel at home.
    • Recruitment and selection procedures are open and transparent.
    • Faculties and service departments develop and achieve objectives which are consistent with the university’s overall aims in the field of diversity and inclusion.
    • The university intensifies the internationalisation programme and deploys additional capacity to reinforce its international position.
    • The university invests in bilingual services and facilities.
    • The university organises, promotes and rewards activities which strive to reach a broader public.
    • The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force as a University-wide committee drives progress.


    The University has formulated three priority areas for the present year: 'Equal treatment and inclusion', 'Broadening participation and social commitment' and 'Intake and selection'.

    • The University is adapting its policies, regulations and instruments to ensure equal opportunities for all employees and students, regardless of their backgrounds.
    • The University promotes a culture of inclusion where all employees and students feel at home.

    Recruiting students and staff

    Through existing and novel initiatives, the University seeks to recruit students and staff from under-represented segments of society. Examples: Summerschool Junior (Dutch), Meet the Professor (Dutch) and the Weekend School. Another existing initiative is InclUUsion, which provides education for refugees.

    Internships for refugees

    To make it easier for highly qualified refugees to enter the labour market, the University can provide them with internships.

    • The University seeks to attract more foreign students and students from under-represented segments of society to its Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes.
    • The University is evaluating current procedures for admission and diploma recognition to identify any (unconscious) mechanisms of exclusion.


    If you have any concrete ideas for further action or activities, you are more than welcome to share them via or directly with one of the members of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Furthermore, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force provides a Stimulation Fund to encourage initiatives improving diversity and inclusion. Starting from 2019, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force also presents the annual Diversity & Inclusion Award.