The Utrecht University (UU) was founded in 1636, and it is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. The school is known as Universiteit Utrecht in Dutch, and it was formerly known as the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht.
The Utrecht University offers 6 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 90+ English-taught Master's programmes. The Utrecht University counts some distinguished scholars among its alumni and faculty, including 12 Nobel Prize laureates, like G. 't Hooft awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1999, and 13 Spinoza Prize laureates.
The Utrecht University ranks in the 109th position in the latest QS World University Ranking, and it was placed in the 9th spot the ranking by subject in the field of Veterinary Science. The university is seemed by students as an innovative and internationally oriented academic community with a high engagement in cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary teaching and research.
The Utrecht University research focuses in 12 main areas:
- Applied Data Science
- Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights
- Education for Learning Societies (ELS, in Dutch)
- Foundations of Complex Systems
- Future Delta's
- Future Food Utrecht
- Game Research
- History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities
- Integrative Bioinformatics for Life Sciences and Sustainability
- Neuroscience and Cognition Utrecht (NCU)
- Professional Performance
- Sport and Society
Utrecht University is working to develop an integrated approach to scientific and social questions. The university is aiming for a more focused research that will help students to link their research profiles and their academic excellence into a social mission.
The Utrecht University counts with a high volume of international students that opt to enroll in the variety of postgraduate degrees that the university offers. In the other hand, the national students choose to join in undergraduate degrees with a high 61% compared to the 30% in the international students' case.
The Utrecht University offers nine undergraduate courses, and a total of 956 postgraduate degrees both taught primary in English.