Utrecht is an epicenter of research and education in Life Sciences. The presence at one geographical location of top-quality research groups in for example Molecular Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Human Medicine (including Child Health), with direct access to human and animal patient cohorts and clinical infrastructure, is unique in the Netherlands. Within Utrecht Life Sciences ongoing collaborations have been further strengthened. UMC Utrecht is located at Utrecht Science Park, De Uithof.
Utrecht University (UU) was founded in 1636 and has a long history and rich tradition. Utrecht University is a modern and leading institution with a growing international reputation. The Shanghai Ranking has ranked Utrecht University on the 1st place in the Netherlands for over 10 years, currently on a shared 13th place in Europe and worldwide on a shared 52nd place (August 2013).
UU has seven faculties of which one is the Faculty of Medicine at UMC Utrecht. As of January 2000, the Faculty of Medicine and the former Hospital (AZU) have been integrated in the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). This is a unique collaboration. The Faculty of Medicine has remained part of UU in an administrative sense, and has become part of UMC Utrecht in an organizational sense.
Research always plays a fundamental role in the degree programs at UU. Course content is closely linked to top-class research.
With about 130 nationalities working and studying together, UU offers an international environment. Besides the large number of Bachelor degree programs, Master degree programs and various PhD programs, UU also offers certificate courses and summer school courses.
The university tasks of the Faculty of Medicine include the education of medicine and biomedical sciences, and fundamental (bio)medical research. The execution and organization of these tasks lies with UMC Utrecht. The UMC Utrecht education and research is closely tied to research projects of other UU faculties, such as the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. UMC Utrecht collaborates with these faculties in Utrecht Life Sciences and the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
Utrecht life sciences
Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS) is an open innovation network, which unites authorities, business and knowledge institutions. ULS works on intensifying collaboration in the areas of education, research and innovation for example by providing state of the art shared infrastructures, scouting and educating talented people, creating access to scarce expertise and databases, and increasing access to funds for its partners. ULS is an initiative of Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Danone Research and UMC Utrecht. ULS aims to become a leading Biomedical Center in Europe.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe. Preparatory courses, Bachelor and Master programs and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management are offered.
The UMC Utrecht and the HKU collaborate on themes of research, education and valorization. HKU approaches issues from new, interdisciplinary views. By uniting applied, creative, technological and clinical knowledge HKU and UMC Utrecht can contribute to societal issues.
Utrecht Science Park
The foundation Utrecht Science Park (USP) is an initiative of Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the City and Province of Utrecht and UMC Utrecht. Main objective of USP is to develop the region by boosting companies and spin-offs and to attract innovation and employment. The concentration of training, research and business in the area offers exciting opportunities for networking and exchanging knowledge. Utrecht Science Park attracts daily more than 20,000 employees and 50,000 students.
The Hubrecht Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2008 the KNAW and UMC Utrecht decided to join forces to develop the Hubrecht Institute into an internationally renowned institute in the area of biomedical research. Besides the funding from the KNAW, UMC Utrecht provides additional financial support. Research at the Hubrecht Institute focuses on developmental biology and stem cells at the organismal, cellular, genetic, genomic and proteomic level. Basic insight into development and into stem cells will provide insight into (human) disease, such as cancer.
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) works to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases. RIVM promotes public health and consumer safety, and helps to protect the quality of the environment. UMC Utrecht and RIVM are working together in the field of infectious diseases, toxicology, epidemiology and preventives. In 2010 a declaration was signed to further strengthen the ongoing collaboration in the field of human toxicology by transferring the National Poisons Information Center (Nationaal Vergiftigingen Informatie Centrum) to the UMC Utrecht. Graduate students who perform their research at the RIVM participate in the Graduate School of Life Sciences program Infection & Immunity.
Graduate School of Life Sciences
The Graduate School of Life Sciences organizes all Utrecht University Master and PhD programs focused on micro-organisms, plants, animals, humans, the molecules of life, health and disease. The Graduate School of Life Sciences combines training and education for Master students and PhD candidates, thus incorporating theory and practice at both levels and allowing overall quality control and consistency. The Graduate School of Life Sciences aims to train future scientists who, with their acquired knowledge, insight and skills, are able to independently perform top research in an international environment and hence contribute to the resolution of important societal issues.
Economic Board Utrecht
The Economic Board Utrecht (EBU) was founded on 31 October 2012. The EBU is a collaboration between business communities, authorities, knowledge and social institutes. UMC Utrecht is participating in the joint effort to further strengthen the regional economy and spur innovations that make people’s lives healthier and more sustainable. EBU focuses on three themes: Healthy living, Green economy, and Service innovation. EBU organizes network events on a regular basis.