UNLOCK THE FUTURE. TOGETHER.
Sessions Strategic Plan Sessions are presented in Dutch, English speaking participants are more than welcome to join our dialogue.
UNLOCK THE FUTURE. TOGETHER.
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
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
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: https://www.scienceguide.nl/media/945509/def_rath_feiten_en_ 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.