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Radboud University is a student-oriented research university. Its teaching is geared to students as actively participating members of the academic community. The University also educates students to be critical, independently-minded and engaged individuals, who will eventually assume responsible positions in society with their own views regarding both science and society. The University does not regard students as ‘consumers of education’ but as individuals who accept an active role and responsibility in both their academic education and personal development.
Radboud University’s research contributes explicitly and conscientiously to expanding the limits of knowledge in the interests of society as a whole. Not only do research results contribute to international scientific debate and the increase of knowledge, they are also important for national and regional development. Radboud University has a good reputation for generating spin-offs.
The mutual exchange between the city and the University can be heard in the intellectual debates which, in a university city such as Nijmegen, are particularly lively. This intellectual life is part of Nijmegen’s atmosphere and certainly contributes to making the city and the region a more attractive place to live.