Imagine finding yourself in a city with 200,000 inhabitants, half of whom are younger than 35, one of the youngest cities, with all the innovation, creativity, talent and bustle it entails. No less than 44% of all inhabitants have a higher education, which is 10% more than the national average.
The smart start
A city that is large enough to - just about - not get lost in and small enough for close relationships, quick communication and friendly faces. Important ingredients of this innovative city are its cooperative companies and broad knowledge centres; leading to the presence of highly and broadly skilled human capital. A total student population of around 60,000 students and roughly 11.000 graduates every year. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, UMCG and RUG all ensure that Groningen is the city with in proportion the largest population of young people in the Netherlands.
No other Campus in the Netherlands can combine technological knowledge with the societal element as well as we do. Next to the pure science & engineering our broad university also focuses on social sciences, humanities, medicine, business and law. Using this multidisciplinary knowledge we are able to bridge the gap between fundamental technical sciences and the needs of society. A unique combination in the Netherlands.
In short: knowledge and demands from society and corporate life are approached from different viewpoints, so that a better-founded response can be formulated. Combining and giving space to this broad knowledge means that we can make the smart start here in Groningen. Pioneering is part of the Groningen mentality. We offer room for living labs and facilitate experiments – with the goal to give the start of innovation and the first pilot the platform they deserve. From beer coaster to lab table, from proof of concept to start-up.
Excellence in Advanced Materials and Smart Data
The available human capital, with broad knowledge, the focus on wanting to learn and experiment, suitable facilities and infrastructure, all join to take on global challenges. This cooperative attitude makes the municipality of Groningen and the province of Groningen, the knowledge centres and the (resulting) companies work together on the three spearheads in which they want to make a diff erence: Healthy Ageing, Sustainable Society and Energy. If you peel away the layers and take a closer look at the innovations that originate in Groningen, it shows that Groningen holds a unique position, with impact on all three spearheads. Groningen excels in the fi eld of Advanced Materials and Smart Data.