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  Worldwide Newsletter Winter 2016

Nobel Prize in pictures

On December 10th Professor Ben Feringa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Together, let's look back at the best moments. Read more » 
Website Ben Feringa. Read more »


University of Groningen strengthens technological profile with new center

The Groningen Engineering Center (GEC) will operate within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and concentrate all of the applied research at the UG. Read more »


Best traditional, general university

Nine of the Bachelor’s degree programmes of the UG have been awarded the ‘Top Degree Programme’ quality label in this year’s Keuzegids Universiteiten (Guide to Dutch Universities). Read more »


Christmas and the meaning of church music

Church music has always played an important role around Christmas. Hymnologist Jan Luth studies how church music touches the listeners, and what role it plays. Read more »


People and Perspectives

Alumni in Germany: Xiaoyan Zhang and Lili Hou

‘I was actually watching the Nobel Prize for Chemistry announcement live when it was revealed that my supervisor was one of the winners’, says Xiaoyan Zhang enthusiastically. ‘I immediately called over all of my colleagues, and we watched the rest of the broadcast together. I was so happy!’ Read more »


Best of Broerstraat 5

‘This award is so special, almost magical’

Since the news broke on October 5th, there has been a storm of public and media interest. All eyes are now on Ben Feringa as the hero of the University, and even beyond it. Here is the scientist’s story in his own words. He describes his career so far, the amazing events of the last few weeks and where he would like to go afterwards. Read more »

Broerstraat 5 is the University's Dutch alumni magazine. From every edition the Worldwide Newsletter translates an article for our international relations. Read more »


Did you know?

Student Roel Boomstra has won the title of world champion in draughts. Read more »

A new European university network  ‘The Guild’ is established. Read more »

The number of international students rises again. Read more »

Fifteen new international alumni ambassadors are installed. Read more »





Meet the UG in your country

The University of Groningen is traveling and would like to connect with alumni abroad.

5 January -
Washington DC

Visit the UMD Observatory »

18 April - London
Alumni reception with Paul Polman and Marc Bolland »

More alumni events »


EBF scholar Samiksha Ghimire

Nepalese-born Samiksha Ghimire was close to exhaustion when she heard that she had been awarded a grant by the Eric Bleumink Fund. By that time, the PhD student of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology had been combining her Master’s programme with a cleaning job for a whole year. Read more »



The UG offers the opportunity to participate in a number of free online courses. Upcoming:

Why Do We Age? The Molecular Mechanisms of Ageing »
Launch date: 16 January

Introduction to Dutch »
Launch date: 27 February

Religion and Conflict »
Launch date: 6 March


Looking for female talent

The University has 13 tenure track positions available in the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme. We invite ambitious female academics to apply for these positions. Read more »


Prizes and Awards

Professor Franjo Weissing to receive Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship. Read more »

Research grant from the World Anti-Doping Agency for professor Hidde Haisma. Read more »

Professor Sabeth Verpoorte awarded. Read more »

The University of Groningen likes to stay in touch with alumni and other relations all over the world. For this reason the Worldwide Newsletter is sent quarterly to international alumni, partners and friends. Send your comments, news and suggestions to
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