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Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Radboud University Nijmegen
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Latin: Universitatis Radbodianae Noviomagensis
Motto In Dei nomine feliciter
Motto in English Happily in God's name
Established October 17th, 1923
Type Public
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic[1][2]
Rector Bas Kortmann[3]
Academic staff 1,577[4]
Students 19,137[4]
Location Netherlands Nijmegen, Netherlands
Campus Urban
Colors      Red
Affiliations IRUN, EUA, FIUC/FUCE

Radboud University Nijmegen (Dutch: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, formerly Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen) is a public university with a strong focus on research located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Established since 10-17-1923 and situated in the oldest city of the Netherlands, it has seven faculties and enrolls over 19,130 students. Radboud was internationally ranked by QS World University Rankings,[5] and placed at 136th.


The first Nijmegen University was founded in 1655 and terminated around 1680. The Radboud University Nijmegen was established in 1923 as the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, or Catholic University of Nijmegen, and started out with 27 professors and 189 students. The university was founded because the Roman Catholic community wanted its own university. At the time, Roman Catholics in the Netherlands were disadvantaged and occupied almost no higher posts in government. After fierce competition with the cities of Den Bosch, Tilburg, The Hague and Maastricht, Nijmegen was chosen as the city to house the university. The subsequent Second World War hit the university hard. Many prominent members were lost, among them professors Robert Regout and Titus Brandsma. They were deported to Dachau concentration camp. In 1943, rector Hermesdorf refused to cooperate with the Germans. On February 22, 1944, the university lost many buildings in a bombardment. Classes resumed in March 1945. Since then, student numbers rose steadily from 3,000 in 1960 to 15,000 in 1980.

In 2004, the university changed its name to Radboud University Nijmegen, after Saint Radboud, a bishop who lived around 900.[6]


The university's medical department is linked to the St Radboud University Medical Center, a large teaching hospital located on the Heyendaal campus along with the other university buildings such as the Huygensgebouw which contains the Natural Sciences. The Erasmus Tower and the Erasmusgebouw which contain the Faculty of Arts are situated at the south end of the campus next to the sportscenter (USC). Recent building projects included new on-campus residence halls, the sports center and several science buildings. The new Grotiusgebouw is recently built and will offer more room to the Faculty of Law.|thumbnail The university campus is located next to Heyendaal train station. Frequent shuttle buses connect the university to Nijmegen Central Station and the city centre.

Radboud University is noted for its green campus, often listed among the most attractive in the Netherlands.[7]



Radboud University Nijmegen has seven faculties and enrolls over 19.130 students in 107 study programs (40 Bachelor's and 67 Master's programs).[8]

The University offers 28 international Master’s programs taught in English within five different fields: Man & Society, Man & Health, Man & Culture, Policy & Organization and Nature & Science. All Bachelor's programs are in Dutch. All Master’s programs have been internationally accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

International Master's programs

All English-taught Master’s programmes are research-based programmes. They are taught within the Faculties of Arts, Law, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences, Sciences and Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, besides the Interfaculty Research school and the Nijmegen School of Management.[9]

(Master's in italic are specialisations)

  • Anthropology and Development Studies
    • Anthropology of mobility
    • Development Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Brain-Computer Interfacing
    • Cognitive Artificial Intelligence
  • Behavioural science (Research master)
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Biology
    • Adaptive Organisms
    • Communities and Ecosystems
    • Water and Environment
  • Business Administration
    • Business Analysis & Modelling
    • International Management
    • Marketing
    • Organisational Design & Development
    • Strategic Human Resource Management
    • Strategy
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (Research master
  • Comparative Public Administration (COMPASS
  • Computing science
  • Economics
    • Accounting and Control
    • Financial Economics
    • International Economics
    • International Economics & Business
  • European law
  • European Spatial and Environmental Planning
  • Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies
    • Historical studies
    • Literary studies
    • Art and Visual Culture
  • History
    • Present(ed) History
    • Roma Aeterna
  • Human Geography
    • Conflicts, territories and identities
    • Economic Geography
    • Europe: Borders, Identity and Governance
    • Globalisation, Migration and Development
    • Urban and Cultural Geography
  • Information science
  • International Business Communication
  • Language and Communication (Research master)
  • Linguistics
    • Dutch Linguistics
    • French Linguistics
    • Spanish Linguistics
    • German Linguistics
    • English Language and Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Biology
    • Cell Dynamics
    • Clinical Biology
    • Neurobiology
  • Molecular life sciences
  • Molecular mechanisms of disease (Research master)
  • Natural science
    • Physical and chemical
    • Biological and physical
    • Chemical and biological
  • Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an international perspective
  • North American studies
    • Literatures and Cultures of North America in an International Perspective
    • Transnational America: Politics, Culture and Society
  • Philosophy (Research master)
  • Physics and Astronomy
    • Astrophysics
    • Biophysics
    • High Energy Physics Molecules and Functional Materials
  • Political Science
    • International Relations
    • Comparative and European Politics
    • Political Theory: Recognition, Justice and Power
  • Social and Cultural science (Research master)
  • Theology


Radboud University Nijmegen is home to several research institutions, including Institute for Management Research (IMR), NanoLab Nijmegen, Donders Centre for Cognition and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Faculty members Anne Cutler (1999), Henk Barendregt (2002), Peter Hagoort (2005), and Theo Rasing (2008) won the Spinozapremie. Visiting professor Sir Andre Geim and former Ph.D. student Sir Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

University Ranking

The QS World University Rankings ranked the university 138th in the world in 2011.[10] The university scored 45th in a 2012 ranking of European research universities.[nb 1]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was designed at the time of the founding of the university by the goldsmith workshop of the Brom family in Utrecht. The lower part is the coat of arms of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. The dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The shield is surmounted by the crown of Charlemagne. Underneath is the motto "In Dei Nomine Feliciter."[12]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also



External links

    • English version
    • International Master's programmes

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