City of Groningen
Groningen is a lively city in the Northern part of the Netherlands. The city has a long, turbulent history which is reflected in its historic city center.
Students from the University of Groningen and Hanze University make up about 50.000 out of a total of 250.000 inhabitants of the city of Groningen. The city boasts a vibrant nightlife and pubs and clubs can be found throughout the city. There are no regulated closing hours in Groningen, so clubbing is possible untill the early hours.
Groningen is an ultimate cycling city. In 2002, Groningen was elected the Best Biking city of the Netherlands, mainly because the city center is offlimits to most motor vehicles.
University of Groningen
The university of Groningen, or Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), is a public research university in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. The university was founded in 1614 and is the second oldest university in the Netherlands. The university has about 26,000 students, about 10% of them coming from abroad. The University of Groningen is housed in 150 buildings scattered throughout the city and surrounding area.
The topic of healthy ageing is a shared focus of research throughout the university.
The population is ageing with an increasing impact on society. At the same time there are fewer people available to provide care. This combination of demographic ageing and dejuvenation is putting our economy and society under pressure. Research into how people can live longer in a healthy, happy and active way will contribute to resolving this problem. New knowledge will lead to opportunities to improve the health, wellbeing and social participation of people. The research programme around Healthy Ageing combines research lines from medical sciences, cell biology, chemistry, physics, demographics, geography, economics, sociology and other academic disciplines. The subject of the BJ&TC summerschool ties in with this shared research focus.
University Medical Center Groningen
The University Medical Centre of Groningen (UMCG) is one of the biggest hospitals in the Netherlands with over 1300 patient beds and 10.000 employees.
The UMCG is specialised in various subjects within the medical field. To date the UMCG is the only hospital in the Netherlands (and one of the few in the world) to be certified to carry out all types of organ and tissue transplantations. Recently the UMC Groningen proton therapy centre (GPTC) was opened to provide advanced oncologic care. Furthermore, the UMCG is a level 1 trauma center providing tertiary trauma with a catcment area of over 1.5 million inhabitant in the Netherlands and Germany.
Research is one of the core principles of the hospital. The presence of unique bio-banks and state-of-the-art research facilities attracts scientists from all around the world.