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Sessions Strategic Plan Sessions are presented in Dutch, English speaking participants are more than welcome to join our dialogue.


Theme 10: Creating profile Monday 10 December | 12:20 - 2:20 pm | Theatre hall C

Universities should choose a clear profile and then dispense with the less successful parts of it, at least in the opinion of many scientists and board members. This is because a strong focus allows a university to carry out its threefold role most effectively: (1) providing education, (2) executing scientific research, and (3) knowledge transfer and social service.1 Is specialisation the only way to be successful for “small” Dutch universities? Some scientists deny this. “No, it has been proven in practice that universities with a broad profile, but with a targeted policy of investments in top research, are starting to do even better.” Should we profile Radboud University as a comprehensive

sum, for all university activities regarding education and

university that is a leader in many fields? If so, what are those


fields, or is it the working method that is key? Excellent education

• Second-tier funding: resources that the universities receive

and research in that field; “social impact”; and the whole research

from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

chain, from outstanding fundamental research to the development

(NWO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and

and sometimes the implementation of interventions?

Sciences (KNAW) for research facilities and conducting research.

Some scientists agree with the above question. However, if we

• Third-tier funding: funding from third parties for education

create a profile for Radboud University based on top sectors, how

and research.

many should there be and which ones? Currently, the Dutch

• Tuition fees paid by students

educational landscape is characterised by:

As a non-specialised university, Radboud University attracts a lot

• Six comprehensive universities (in Leiden, Utrecht, Groningen,

of funding from the second and third tiers. These two combined

Nijmegen and two in Amsterdam), that provide education and

equal about twice as much as the first tier for research.

conduct research across the entire scientific spectrum. • Seven smaller universities that are limited to one or a few sectors (the technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, the university in Wageningen and the universities in Rotterdam, Tilburg, and Maastricht).

Should Radboud University profile itself more strongly Creating profile to aid funding?

with its top areas in research in order to increase the

A clear profile can also help attract funding for education and

chances of funding from the second and third flow of

research. Universities receive their financial resources from

funds? And what are the consequences of such profiling

several areas:

for the breadth of our education and research? Do you

• First-tier funding: government funding in the form of a lump

have ideas about how Radboud University can create a strong profile for itself in the future? Join the session on

1. Source: cijfers_wtlowres.pdf

Monday 10 December 12.20 pm - 2.20 pm.

Sessions are presented in Dutch, English speaking participants are more than welcome to join our dialogue.

Sessions Strategic Plan Theme 10  
Sessions Strategic Plan Theme 10