Academiegebouw Berchmanianum
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Radboud University is a special university born out of the Catholic emancipation movement of the early twentieth century. In line with this tradition, staff and students feel committed to each other, to society and to the world. We focus on caring for each other and the world around us and remain committed to the emancipation of social and cultural minorities. We want to make a significant impact. We are guided by scientific questions as well as social challenges.

Portretfoto van rector Han van Krieken

Emancipation university

Radboud University was established nearly 100 years ago to dispel the disadvantages faced by Catholics through university education. In this, we succeeded. Today, however, there are many other groups that experience a disadvantage. For them, too, the university remains a way to achieve a good position in society.

For example, Radboud University attracts a relatively large percentage of first-generation students: students whose parents did not complete a university degree. For these students, it is often not logical at all to enrol at a university. I know this from experience, being a first-generation student myself. 

However, these students have traditionally been associated with Radboud University. You see a lot of them here, which may go some way towards explaining the exceptional character of Nijmegen student organisations, with their positive atmosphere of equality, and their will to contribute to society. I think that this is part of our identity. You have a part to play. It is something we can be proud of. 

And every year, we find new ways of expressing it. On 15 May, the day of the canonisation of my predecessor Titus Brandsma, we will ask all our students and staff members, in his spirit: What will you do today to make someone happy?

“Let us not egocentrically lock ourselves up in our own world and stare ourselves blind at our individual interests, but instead realise that we have a calling, one that brings great joy to our existence, and that is to make others happy.” (Titus Brandsma)

How I see Radboud University

Staff and students talk about how they experience Radboud University's identity.

Looking across borders
Portrait picture of Guillén Fernández
Guillén Fernández Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and director of the Donders Centre for Medical Neuroscience until the end of 2022 Read Guillén's story
Coming together despite differences
Portrait picture of Rizka Simons
Rizka Simons Student Law and management Read Rizka's story
At the heart of society
Portrait picture of Richard Spithoff
Richard Spithoff Student Public Administration and Theology Read Richard's story
Warm approach, hard system
Portrait picture of Harriët Reker
Harriët Reker Policy officer, consultant, coach and trainer (HR – Expert Centre Development)   Read Harriët's story

Special institutes, centres and associations

Radboud University's special identity gives students, staff and alumni the opportunity to develop in special ways. This happens in the various institutes, centres and associations that make up the wider Radboud community.  

Catholic Documentation Centre (KDC)

The Catholic Documentation Centre (KDC) conducts research on Catholic heritage and the history of Catholicism, thereby helping to preserve the Catholic roots of Radboud University.  


Radboud Reflects

Radboud Reflects organises public lectures on social and scientific themes, with a focus on religion, ethics, philosophy and theology – in keeping with the university’s Catholic intellectual tradition. 

Radboud Reflects

Radboud Honours Academy

The Radboud Honours Academy  offers motivated students the opportunity to delve deeper into scientific issues of social importance. Since 1923 the RHA has contributed to the university's special ambition: to offer academic programmes that help young adults make a meaningful contribution to Dutch society. 

Radboud Honours Academy

Titus Brandsma Institute

In the spirit of its namesake, canonised former Rector Magnificus Titus Brandsma, the Titus Brandsma Institute  researches how Christian mysticism and spirituality can be of value in contemporary society and culture.

Titus Brandsma Institute

Institute for Eastern Christianity

The Institute for Eastern Christianity  focuses on deepening and disseminating knowledge about Eastern Christianity, both within and outside the university.

Institute for Eastern Christianity

Laudato Si'-Institute

With an eye for integral ecology, the Laudato Si'-Institute  connects and stimulates sustainability initiatives at Radboud University. 

Laudato Si'-Institute

University Chaplaincy

Rooted in the Christian tradition, the University Chaplaincy  supports students in their search for meaning and inspiration. 

University Chaplaincy

Ideological students associations

Ideological students associations include: C.S.F.R. Quo Vadis, Ichtus Nijmegen, Katholieke Studenten Nijmegen (Catholic Students in Nijmegen), Moslimstudentenvereniging Nijmegen (Muslim Student Association Nijmegen), Nijmeegse Studentenvereniging de Navigators (Nijmegen Student Association The Navigators) and Vereniging Gereformeerde Studenten Nijmegen Thesaurum Quaeritans (Thesaurum Quaeritans Association for Reformed Students in Nijmegen). 

Overview of Ideological students associations


Do you have questions? Or do you have any ideas about the identity of the Radboud University? Please contact us.