The University of Groningen in the World
The University of Groningen in the World
A Concise History
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Preface by Jouke de Vries, President of the Board of the University
1. Early heyday (1614-1714)
2. Enlightenment - but in moderation (1714-1814)
3. A century of extremes (1814-1914)
4. War and threats (1914-1945)
5. Growing pains and democratization (1945-1980)
6. Pragmatism with a touch of idealism (1980-2000)
7. The global university (2000-today)

Klaas van Berkel, Guus Termeer

The University of Groningen in the World

A Concise History

The University of Groningen has been an international university since its foundation in 1614. The first professors formed a rich international community, and many students came from outside the Netherlands, especially from areas now belonging to Germany. Internationalization, a popular slogan nowadays, is therefore nothing new, but its meaning has changed over time. How did the University of Groningen grow from a provincial institution established for religious reasons into a top-100 university with 36,000 students, of whom 25% come from abroad and almost half of the academic staff is of foreign descent? What is the identity of this four-century-old university that is still strongly anchored in the northern part of the Netherlands but that also has a mind that is open to the world? The history of the university, as told by Klaas van Berkel and Guus Termeer, ends with a short paragraph on the impact of the corona crisis.

Klaas van Berkel

Klaas van Berkel is Rudolph Agricola Professor of History of the University of Groningen. He published widely on cultural history and history of science and has a special interest in the history of early modern science and the history of scientific institutions. He is the author of Isaac Beeckman on Matter and Motion. Mechanical Philosophy in the Making (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Guus Termeer

Guus Termeer is a former chief editor of the Groningen university weekly UK and a retired program maker of Studium Generale Groningen.