The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.
The University of Groningen belongs to the top 100 universities in the world and the top 50 universities in Europe.
(in the world)
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Notable alumni of the University of Groningen include Klaas Knot (President of the Dutch central bank), Paul Polman (former CEO of Unilever), and Ben Feringa (chemist and Nobel laureate).