As the first of its kind in the Netherlands, UCU has come a long way in the last twenty years.
Colleges like UCU may now revel in a well-earned academic reputation, but back in 1998 - it seems like such a long time ago! - it was far from certain that the university college was such a good idea. Selective admissions, a broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum and a residential life concept - these were foreign ideas in every sense of the word. Founding dean Hans Adriaansens' vision and dogged determination, well as Utrecht University's willingness to take a chance on the college, paid off richly in the end, as pioneering students, staff and faculty made this college the great success it is today.