‘Our students develop critical thinking skills in preparation for responsible positions in society’
Our educational vision
Quality, connection and personal contact are central to our educational vision. This has a positive impact on development opportunities for our students and on their well-being. Our students learn from one another and take responsibility for the learning of their fellow students.
Personal and connected
Our teaching focuses on the individual. We want every student on campus to develop fully. At the start of their programme, we provide sufficient structure to help them find their way at our university. As they progress, we offer increasing flexibility: the programme is increasingly tailored to the learning questions of the developing students. Contact between lecturer and student and among students themselves is an essential part of their studies. Mentoring helps each student acquire growing academic and professional independence.
An international focus and regional roots
Radboud University is an internationally oriented university with strong roots in the region. Our university welcomes students from different backgrounds, countries and cultures and offers equal opportunities for all. Radboud University is committed to making sure everyone on campus feels at home.
We respond to new developments. Face-to-face contact in a digital world.
Bachelor’s programmes: developing critical thinking
Our bachelor’s students build a solid foundation within their chosen programme for the next stage of their studies. In the bachelor’s programme, they experience the depth that is part of an academic discipline. This forms the core of their academic training. From that foundation, they are able to converse effectively with experts from other disciplines. Our university gives them ample opportunity to do so. Each bachelor’s programme offers room for electives, which students can also select from outside their own discipline. In addition, all students receive philosophy training and come into contact with sustainability issues within their own discipline. All students have an opportunity to gain international learning experience and we encourage extra-curricular activities in, for example, work on boards, sport, culture and entrepreneurship. This helps them to develop critical thinking skills in preparation for taking up responsible positions in society.
Master’s programmes: a growing ambition to continue learning
Alongside programmes offering in-depth knowledge of the discipline, we offer our master’s students interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary programmes. There they learn to deal with questions from academia and from society that demand a broader, interdisciplinary approach. Our master’s programmes have a distinctive profile that distinguishes them from programmes at other institutions at home and abroad. These programmes, and in particular our special research master’s programmes, are closely tied to our research. In this way, students receive the best possible preparation for an academic career.
All our master’s programmes meet the needs of a rapidly changing society, which calls for motivated, creative and versatile professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills, and a desire to keep learning. In this way we are enhancing our students’ future prospects. We maintain active relationships – internationally, nationally and regionally – with companies and institutions that offer internship places that are of interest to our students.
Our doors are open. We embrace broad perspectives on the world.