Radboud University's Coat of Arms
The university’s coat of arms was designed by the Utrecht goldsmiths Jan Eloy and Leo Brom for the opening of the university in 1923 and has served as the university’s trademark ever since.
The centre of the coat of arms depicts the Holy Ghost and his seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. The silver cross on the red field represents the coat of arms of the archdiocese of Utrecht, symbolising the Dutch Catholic community. The coat of arms is adorned with a golden crown and cross. The crown is said to have been worn by Emperor Charles. This reference to the Emperor reflects the close bond between the university and the city of Nijmegen. The heraldic device, in dei nomine feliciter - happily in God's name, is the blessing of Willibrord, the first bishop of Utrecht.