List with Dutch Research Universities (Universiteiten) in the Netherlands:
Originally founded in 1842 as a royal academy for civil engineers, TU Delft has grown into one of the Netherlands’ premier technological universities.
TU Delft places great emphasis on science and engineering, and its faculties include Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, and Maritime and Materials Engineering, among others.
TU Delft also works with Dutch and foreign educational and research institutions, government and industry.
Eindhoven University of Technology specialises in engineering science and technology, with an emphasis on translating results into real innovations that can be developed into new products, processes and businesses.
TU/e Bachelor's and Master's programmes are currently moving into a Bachelor College and a Graduate School respectively, to allow students to opt either for a highly-specialised science programme or a broader-based course with society-oriented subjects.
› Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Named after the famous Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian, Erasmus University Rotterdam began as a school of commerce in 1913, later incorporating Law, Social Sciences, Humanities and Business Administration faculties before finally merging with the Medical Faculty Rotterdam.
Erasmus University Rotterdam describes its core disciplines as health, wealth, governance and culture; and its principal task as "the generation and transfer of knowledge proceeding from a high degree of social engagement."
Leiden was the Netherlands’ first university, founded in 1575, and is one of Europe's leading research universities. Its faculties include Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine, Law, Social and Behavioural Science and Science.
Within and across these, Leiden University has six research themes that offer opportunities for high-level research while reflecting important social and global concerns.
Leiden University focuses on students undertaking a full academic programme of both Bachelor and Master qualifications.
› Maastricht University (UM)
Maastricht University, founded in 1976, has an international focus and specialises in three main areas: Life Sciences, Innovation and Governance. It also uses Problem-Based Learning, an education system focused on exchanging knowledge in a challenging and effective way.
Maastricht is probably the most international Dutch university, as almost 45 per cent of its students are from abroad and most of its programmes are taught in English.
The Open University offers bachelor and master programmes for distance learning, which is especially helpful for those who have trouble physically attending university, either through work or family responsibilities or disability.
Although a few courses are offered in English, the majority are still in Dutch, especially the professional or academic qualifications. For those with a good command of Dutch, however, the Open University offers many flexible study options.
› Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)
Radboud University is situated in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. It is an interdisciplinary research university with a focus on students as active participants in academic life and debate.
Radboud University has faculties in Law, Arts, Science, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences and Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, as well as the Nijmegen School of Management, and over 18.000 students.
› Tilburg University (UvT)
Tilburg University specialises in social sciences and humanities, with faculties in Law, Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Theology.
Its 12.500 students hail from 85 different countries and while it is known as a specialist university, it offers a wide programme of interdisciplinary research streams.
Tilburg University also houses one centre of the TiasNimbas Business School, a leading international institute for post-doctoral management programmes.
› University of Amsterdam (UvA)
The University of Amsterdam began in the Golden Age as a school to train students in trade and philosophy, the Netherlands’ great specialties of the time.
Now it is a large university with 30.000 students in seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry.
The University of Amsterdam offers 72 Master's programmes taught in English.
› University of Groningen (RUG)
As well as having the distinction of being 400 years old, Groningen University also produced the first female student and first female lecturer in the Netherlands.
Groningen Univeristy offers programmes in a full range of academic areas, including in specialist faculties for Philosophy, Medical Science and Spatial Sciences.
Groningen University offers 80 English-language Master’s programmes and PhD programmes, as well as 20 Bachelo'sr programmes.
› University of Twente (UT)
The University of Twente has a focus on technology and behavioural and social sciences, a multidisciplinary approach that is designed to create scientific and social innovations.
The University of Twente is also highly entrepreneurial: the university has generated more than 700 successful companies. Even the campus is full of businesses: 100 of them, including student-run ones.
The University of Twente also hosts the world’s largest student think tank, Create Tomorrow.
› Utrecht University (UU)
Utrecht University is the highest-ranked university in the Netherlands and is in the top 15 in Europe. A leading research institution, it also has the widest range of English-language programmes in the Netherlands (four Bachelor’s and 81 Master’s) and around 2.000 international students a year.
The large mix of nationalities also feeds into the university’s international perspective, also seen in its 12 Nobel Prize winners.
› Vrije University Amsterdam (VU)
The Free University Amsterdam, founded in 1880, was originally only for Reformed Christians, but is now known for its open organisation and its emphasis on social involvement.
Its streams include Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World (technological and digital innovations) and Professional Services, which are designed to help students look beyond the boundaries of specific disciplines and make use of their knowledge beyond academia.
Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands that specialises in researching the links between healthy food and the living environment. It does this by looking at climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, pressures on the natural environment and animal welfare.
A small but growing university, it offers programmes in Food, Earth and Environment, Technology, Health, Economics and Social Sciences, and Nature and Agriculture.