Radboud University contributes to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all.

Who are we?

Radboud University is a private university that owes its origins to the Catholic emancipation movement that was active at the start of the twentieth century. The university’s staff members and students feel connected to each other, to society, and to the world around them. We focus our attention on taking care of each other and the world around us and we are committed to equal rights for social and cultural minorities. We want to make a difference and, to this end, we are guided by academic issues and social challenges.

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How do we achieve this?

At our university, research and education go hand in hand. We encourage our students to become skilled, committed, critical and self-conscious academics who will go on to assume responsible positions from which they will be able to competently shape society. We are active across a wide range of joint academic disciplines and we continue to ask questions about the relationship between knowledge, society and the meaning of life. We also offer scope for open discussion on social and ethical issues.

We promote educational quality and freedom and endorse research that is both independent and accessible. We foster an open intellectual climate, in which we inspire and challenge each other and where each individual’s personal qualities are able to flourish. In accordance with careful, honest and transparent scientific practice, we push the boundaries of our knowledge. This subsequently provides us with the courage and responsibility to critically review our findings and ideas. We reflect on our own actions and offer room for reflection.

Core values Radboud University

Our core values are: Connectedness - Curiosity - Reflectiveness.


We are connected to:

  • Our students and staff members;
  • Our research and education;
  • Our academic disciplines;
  • The world around us;
  • And, as a modern university, we are connected to our tradition, which has its roots in the catholic emancipation movement.


We are curious about:

  • The world around us;
  • Others;
  • Ourselves;
  • Knowledge development.


We reflect on:

  • Our thoughts;
  • Our actions;
  • Public debate;
  • The meaning of the knowledge that we acquire.