University of Groningen is a public research university and was established in the year 1614. The University is located in Groningen and for the third time in a row, was voted the best university of the Netherlands. The university is also a member of the distinguished Coimbra Group of European universities. The university has recently opened another campus in Leeuwarden, Friesland referred to as "Campus Fryslan" that offers multiple disciplines, in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university also has many Research Centres, Schools, and Institutes.
University of Groningen’s various faculties has been located in old and new buildings around the city. Faculties- including the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Philosophy are located in and around the city center. The university's original building, which acts are the main administrative building, lies exactly in the center of the city at Broerstraat. The faculty of medical sciences is located close-by at the UMCG. The Faculties of Economics and Business, Spatial Sciences, and Science and Engineering are housed in the northern outskirts of the city, at Zernike Campus. The university has libraries in three locations: the main one at the city center, one in the Duisenberg building in Zernike Campus, and one in the faculty of medicine, that includes a vast array of books and online material for students.
University of Groningen has more than 30,000 students. There are more than 3,800 International students from 120 different nationalities. There are 6,000 Ph.D. students, more than 1000 Graduate students. There more than 3,000 faculty members. The university's alumni and faculty include four Nobel Prize winners, five Spinoza Prize winners, and multiple mayors. The student to faculty ratio is 10.
University of Groningen provides scholarships and grants to the international students on the basis of academic excellence for all sorts of degree programmes. The University's Sports Centre, THE ACLO, is the biggest centre in the Netherlands. The ACLO offers more than 85 different sports and supports 49 sports clubs. In addition to their sports facilities, the University offers special arrangements for top athletes to adapt their study programme to their athletic programme.
Notable Alumni: Johann Bernoulli (Mathematician), Johann Heinrich Alting (Theologian), Johan Huizinga (Historian)
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