Utrecht University is a broad international research university with strong ties to the city and the region. Our roots reach deep into the past (1636). The quality is visible in our high positions on international rankings such as the Shanghai Ranking and the Times Higher Education Ranking. Education and research are strongly tied at Utrecht University. Partly due to our investments in innovative education concepts, our students have a high student-pass rate.
Utrecht University is the alma mater of many academics who deliver important contributions to society, like co-discoverer of vitamins: Christiaan Eijkman. Academics from the distant past to the present make the university what it is now and together they ensure a better future for all of us.
From various perspectives, we globally collaborate in our research on key societal issues. We focus on four themes in which all academic fields meet: Life Sciences, Pathways to Sustainability, Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies.
We are leading in the field of educational innovation, with for instance our University College, the University Teaching Qualification for lecturers and professors and chairs focussing on education. The educational model at Utrecht University stands for personal and energising education, flexibility and freedom of choice for students, and continuous professional development for lecturers.
We believe that a diverse community contributes to an inspiring and challenging learning environment and to a powerful academic debate. This is why the university dedicates itself intensively to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities for everyone.