Radboud University Nijmegen

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Radboud University Nijmegen
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Latin: Universitas Radbodiana Noviomagensis
MottoIn Dei nomine feliciter
Motto in English
Happily in God's name
Typeprivate (publicly funded)
Established17 October 1923
AffiliationRoman Catholic[1][2]
RectorHan van Krieken
Academic staff
LocationNijmegen, Netherlands
Colors     Carmine Red[4]
Radboud Universiteit.jpg

Radboud University Nijmegen (abbreviated as RU, Dutch: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, formerly Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen) is a public university with a strong focus on research located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. It was established on 17 October 1923 and is situated in the oldest city of the Netherlands. The RU has seven faculties and enrolls over 19,900 students. The university features many student associations which encourage participation in extracurricular activities.


Heyendaal castle (now serving as the Faculty Club of the university) is of old the center of Heyendaal estate, where later on most Radboud University buildings have been established.

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 (Catholic University of Nijmegen) and started out with 27 professors and 189 students. It 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 to house the university. The subsequent Second World War hit the university hard. Many prominent members were lost, among them professors Robert Regout [nl] and Titus Brandsma. They were deported to Dachau concentration camp. In 1943, rector Hermesdorf refused to cooperate with the Germans. On 22 February 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 of Utrecht, a bishop who lived around 900.[5]


The university's medical department is linked to the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, 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 sports centre (USC). Recent building projects included new on-campus residence halls, the sports centre and several science buildings. The new Grotiusgebouw is recently built and will offer more room to the Faculty of Law. At the beginning of 2018, preparations for the reconstruction of all buildings on the Thomas van Aquinostraat on campus have started. 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.[6] In 2017, a SPAR minimarket was opened which provides students with snacks and accessories. [7]



Contemporary Radboud University buildings

Radboud University has seven faculties and enrols over 19.900 students in 112 study programs (37 bachelor's and 75 master's programs).[8]

As of September 2013, the university offers 36 international master's programs taught in English and several more taught in Dutch. There are nine bachelor's programs taught fully in English: American Studies, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, International Economics & Business, International Business Administration, English Language and Culture, and Molecular Life Sciences. International Business Communication, Psychology and Arts and Culture Studies offer English-language tracks. All other bachelors are in Dutch, although most of the required literature is in English. Some exams, papers and even classes may be in English as well, despite the programs being Dutch-taught. All master's programs have been internationally accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

International Master's programs[edit]

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]


Radboud University is home to several research institutions, including the Institute for Management Research, NanoLab Nijmegen, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, the High Field Magnet Laboratory and the FELIX laboratory. Faculty members Anne Cutler (1999), Henk Barendregt (2002), Peter Hagoort (2005), Theo Rasing (2008), Heino Falcke (2011), Mike Jetten (2012), Ieke Moerdijk (2012), and Mikhail Katsnelson (2013) won the Spinoza Prize. Visiting professor Sir Andre Geim and former Ph.D. student Sir Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

University ranking[edit]

The QS World University Rankings ranked the university 177th in the world in 2015.[10] The university scored 45th in a 2012 ranking of European research universities.[nb 1]

In 2016, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings put the university in 125th place worldwide.[12]

University rankings
ARWU World[13] 115
Times World[15] 123
USNWR World[16] 101
QS World[14] 204

Radboud Excellence Initiative[edit]

The Radboud Excellence Initiative was created with the dual purposes of attracting talents from every academic field to Radboud University while strengthening international bonds between universities worldwide. The initiative is a joint enterprise of both Radboud University and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. It provides two routes by which a researcher may come to Radboud University. Promising researchers who have completed their doctorate between two and eight years earlier at the time of nomination may be nominated for a fellowship whereas those researchers who are more established in their discipline may be nominated for a professorship.[17]

Once selected, fellows may come to Radboud University to undertake research for a maximum of two years. Professors may come to Radboud University for a maximum period of six months.[17]

Coat of arms[edit]

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."[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

O'42 [nl] (after its address Oranjesingel 42) of old has played a significant role in the history of the Radboud University, especially of the social and administrative aspects of studying there.

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RU is cited as Stichting Katholieke Universiteit, the name of the not-for-profit management board for Radboud University and the University Medical Center (UMC) St. Radboud.[11]


  1. ^ "Een bijzondere universiteit". Archived from the original on 2013-02-22.
  2. ^ "Other networks - International Office English". ru.nl. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10.
  3. ^ a b "Topuniversities.com profile". Archived from the original on 13 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Colour". ru.nl.
  5. ^ "History of the Radboud University Nijmegen".
  6. ^ "Facilities on the campus - Working at Radboud University". Ru.nl. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  7. ^ "SPAR | SPAR University RU Nijmegen". www.spar.nl. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  8. ^ http://www.ru.nl/publish/pages/566471/ru_jaarverslag_2014_web_def.pdf[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Overview of Master's programmes and specialisations". Archived from the original on 2013-06-24.
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015 Results".
  11. ^ "European Research Ranking 2012". researchranking.org.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-2016". The Times Higher Education. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  13. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
  14. ^ QS World University Rankings 2018
  15. ^ World University Rankings 2018
  16. ^ U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2018
  17. ^ a b "What is the Radboud Excellence Initiative?". Radboud University Nijmegen. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Judith van Beukering (red.) 80 jaar KU Nijmegen - 80 objecten. Tachtig jaar Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen in voorwerpen van wetenschap, geschiedenis en kunst (Nijmegen 2003) 15.

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