Founded in 1614, University of Groningen is considered to be one of the best three universities in The Netherlands. Due to its high international standard, the university is a member of the Coimbra Group of European universities which promote excellence in learning. Over time, the university managed to gain the people’s support and give them trust in the educational system – which financed in 1815 the construction of a new university building. The university shaped brilliant people, who had a successful careers as RUG graduates. Nobel Prize winners, royalty, mayors, and secretaries of NATO are just some of the few successful people who attended the institution.Show more
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The University of Groningen is a top 100 ranked university with high quality education and research in a broad range of studies. Personally I am studying at the faculty of science and engineering, So I Will focus mainly on this faculty.
Rewarded with many accreditations, the faculty of science and engineering is among the top faculties in its field. The facilities are top and since the faculty is relatively small. Professors are approachable. Teaching and examination methods are regulated by the university So you are Not delivered to the Gods with What to expect from a course.
Even Though the university is really good and the city itself is even more amazing, there is a negative note. The university is rapidly expanding and is taking in many many international students. However, the facilities in the city are reaching their limits. It proves very difficult for internationals to find housing for example.
Overall, I encourage everyone to come to Groningen and check it out, you will have the time of your life!
The University of Groningen is a place where you feel at home the minute you arrive. This is because of its open-mindedness, worldwide orientation and nice facilities. The quality of lectures is high, due to skilled professors and active work forms. Definitely a nice place to study!
I got my undergraduate degree here, including an Honours Programme. My classes of Ecology and Evolution were small, with passionate teachers. A lot of field work and lab projects, which was very enjoyable. I wish I had known my student association AEGEE(-Groningen) was already there though, which is where I became active in Amsterdam (AEGEE-Amsterdam).
The university is very diverse in its subjects, faculties and possible job opportunities. It strives to boost the talent of students coming from all over the world. The facilities are of a high quality and the classes given are well made and to the point. The potential one can get can be achieved by studying hard in this university.
As a third-year chemistry student I can say that my studies are of very good quality and that we have top-notch professors, though sometimes the system is rigid and you, as the student, will have to suffer through it. My studies aren’t flexible as someone that has a lot of stress with my studies easily I can’t afford to go to every single lecture anymore and thus I will have to study more at home, this is fine except when it’s not. A lot of times I find myself at odds with the university because some information that WILL be put in the exam can’t be found in the reading material or on the digital platform, instead it’s just something a lecturer vaguely explained in a lecture and you’re just supposed to have been there and not been half-asleep. I hold the opinion grades should be put in competence or amount of knowledge gained through studying and struggling with the material, not on cheap tricks to get you to attend all contact hours. The work-load is high and the environment is demanding, but you will find yourself succeeding and overcoming obstacles you’ve once found to be impossible to learn. Another downside however is the way in which practicals work in the Biology and Chemistry courses, master students will be guiding and grading you instead of a real professor. It’s understandable considering the quantity of students, but it poses way too many problems in my opinion. Students are less prone to be objective than professors, and I’ve been in a situation where the TA’s (teacher assistants) have greatly misinterpreted me, and nobody is able to help you then because nobody else has been paying attention to you and your work.
It’s a giant mess, but the professors are the real pro’s in their field, they’re all amazing!
I started my studies at the University of Groningen as a Master student in the Marketing Management track last September. The University of Groningen was one out of the three universities I really wanted to join in the Netherlands. In general, the institution is very well-known about its research orientation with a global outlook.
It combines the really high quality of education with affordable lifestyle and education expenses. The latter was one of the most important reasons I did select RUG.
More specific, it is much appreciated the fact that I had full support in all the different stages I had to go through since my selection until the final confirmation and registration to the institution. All the people behind the student services were and they still are very willing to help you with any problem you may face.
All around the faculty, there are many opportunities to expand your knowledge and to dive yourself into the future career path.
However, regarding my track, there are a few things to be developed. The research orientation of the university overweights the managerial aspect of Marketing. Although the power of research is really significant it should not be implemented in the degree it currently is. The courses should be modified that way in order to serve the needs of a future brand manager and not those of a data scientist.