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Research at the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG) is listed in the top 100 of universities worldwide and enjoys an international reputation as leading research university. The UG is unique in the Netherlands due to its combination of the technical science & engineering disciplines with classical disciplines such as law, the social sciences and business administration. Top-level researchers carry out both fundamental and applied research at the frontiers of knowledge. This presents unique opportunities for collaboration, innovation and improvement of the competitive position.

Groningen researchers at the Zernike Campus work together with colleagues from all around the world. Research within the UG focuses on three points: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. With these themes, the university forms a bridge between science and society. RUG scientists work on a large scale with partners from business and government.


The University of Groningen has various departments, institutes and partnerships for research. Some examples of these top institutes:

  • Energy Academy Europe
  • Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Kapteyn Institute

Research at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences

As a 220-year old institution, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen has ensured that applied research and education are well-rooted in the Northern Netherlands. As a University of Applied Sciences, the institute focuses on applied research. Together with companies the institute works on issues that demand new solutions and innovations. This way, the research contributes to knowledge development and new applications in both the professional sector and society.

Do you want to carry out research by entrepreneurs of the Hanze University of Applied Science, or in collaboration with them? Then read about the possibilities at Zernike Campus Groningen.


Hanze Knowledge Centers
Knowledge centers are multidisciplinary partnerships that connect the forces of education and lectorates. Lectorates consist of lecturers and knowledge circles. A knowledge circle consists of researchers from different courses and external experts, such as business people. Students are involved in the studies, for example, through graduation assignments or studies that they carry out in the context of the education program. Each knowledge center does research that is important for the region and beyond. 


The Hanze University and the business community work closely together to find new solutions for energy and sustainability issues. A good example of this collaboration is EnTranCe, the hotspot of applied science in energy and energy transition. Researchers, entrepreneurs and students work together with outstanding modern technologies to find solutions in the field of energy and sustainability. Zernike Advanced Processing (ZAP), the trial industry for new developments in the process industry, brings together researchers, entrepreneurs and students to come up with creative solutions to energy and residual issues.