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Faculty of Spatial Sciences University of Groningen Groningen The Netherlands. Prof.dr. Jouke van Dijk Dean of Research Director Urban and Regional Studies Institute. Groningen. University of Groningen. Established in 1614 21.000 students, 1.200 from abroad 6.000 employees, 250 professors

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faculty of spatial sciences university of groningen groningen the netherlands

Faculty of Spatial SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Prof.dr. Jouke van Dijk

Dean of Research

Director Urban and Regional Studies Institute

university of groningen
University of Groningen
  • Established in 1614
  • 21.000 students, 1.200 from abroad
  • 6.000 employees, 250 professors
  • 650 PhD’s
  • 10 faculties
  • 60 International Masters programmes

taught in English

  • Budget € 500 mln Euro
  • First Dutch astronaut
  • First President European Central Bank
  • A Nobel Prize winner
university of groningen mission
University of Groningen: mission
  • The University of Groningen provides high quality research and education, is internationally oriented, respects differences in ambition and talent, works actively with business, the government and the public, and ranks among the best universities in Europe.
  • The University of Groningen wishes to realise three goals in the 2003-2010 period.
    • Investment in the highest quality
    • recognition of differences in talent and ambition
    • the stimulation of cross-border research and education.
the faculty of spatial sciences
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences
  • Staff 60; 45 Fulltime Equivalents
  • 15 professors
  • Four Departments
    • Cultural Geography
    • Economic Geography
    • Demography
    • Planning
  • 4-10 PhD’s per year (and growing)
  • About 700 students (and growing)
  • 2nd largest Faculty of Spatial Sciences in The Netherlands
education
Education
  • 2 three-year Bachelors:
    • Social Geography
    • Environmental and InfrastructurePlanning
  • 6 one-year Masters:
    • Cultural Geography
    • Economic Geography
    • Real Estate Studies
    • Demography (100% English)
    • Planning
    • Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (100% English)
  • 2 two-year Masters:
    • Top master “Regional Studies – Spaces and Places, Analysis and Intervention” (100 English, strong focus on research, PhD)
    • Geography and Education (strong orientation on teaching)
internationalisation
Internationalisation
  • 65% of our students go at least three months abroad
  • Excursions: Mexico, South-Africa, US, India
  • Double Degree Master Programme “Environmental and Infrastructure Management” met ITB Bandung, Indonesia
  • Participant of NEURUS: “Network for European and US Regional and Urban Studies
  • Participation in European Master in “Integrated Coastal Zone Management”, North Sea University?
  • English version of Real Estate Studies?
  • PhD’s from abroad: sandwhich construction
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Sarbani Banerjee

PhD student at the Population Research Center of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences

‘I will go back to India after I have completed my PhD. India needs young researchers. I want to establish a new research centre along the lines of the Population Research Center in Groningen.

research organisation
Research: organisation
  • Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI)
  • Part of the national Graduate School Nethur in which all Spatial Sciences Faculties in The Netherlands participate
  • Centre for Development Studies (CDS)
  • Population Research Centre (PRC)
  • Increasing focus on research, PhD’s
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URSI Research themes

Firm demography / regional labour markets

Economic

geography

Demography

Family formation / birth control

Complex decision making /

Governance

Regionale identities

Planning

Cultural Geography

Heritage planning

examples 1
Examples (1)
  • Firm migration patterns in the Netherlands, UK and Italy
  • Locational preferences of entrepreneurs
  • Regional labour market dynamics and the gender employment gap
  • Rural regions in the EU: exploring differences in economic development
  • City branding
  • The operationalisation of the concept of ‘world heritage’
  • Heritage management of public pasts in Africa
examples 2
Examples (2)
  • Environmental planning at the local, national and European level
  • Watermanagement
  • Households and their spatial-energetic practices: searching for sustainable urban forms
  • Reproductive health India, Bangladesh
  • Reproductive career, first birth, comparison Netherlands-Japan
  • Monitoring demographic change: migration, fertility and mortality in Europe
  • Demographic scenarios for Indonesia: a multiregional analysis
thank you
Thank you

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

P.O. Box 800

NL-9700 Groningen

The Netherlands

www.rug.nl/frw