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Our Vision, Mission, Strategy and Core Values

Our Mission

Radboud University contributes to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. We choose our path based on current scientific questions and societal challenges. Staff and students care about their environment and each other.

Our Vision

Radboud University is a unique university that emerged from the Catholic emancipation movement at the start of the twentieth century. In accordance with this tradition, staff members and students feel connected to each other, to society, and to the world; it is not just about the individual, but about caring for each other and the world around us. We do that because we want to leave the world better than we found it. We want to make a difference.

Our Strategy

Our 2019 strategy, ‘A significant impact’, describes how we put our mission and vision into practice.

Research and teaching are closely interlinked at Radboud University. Our researchers and students explore and expand the boundaries of knowledge and skills and give meaning to them. We stimulate the development of students into knowledgeable, committed, critical and self-confident graduates who go on to take up responsible positions in society. We are active across many fields of academic endeavour, and we ask questions about the relationship between science, society and meaning.

In addition, we offer space for open discussion on social and ethical issues.

We stand for the freedom of education and research; independent and accessible. We encourage an open intellectual climate in which we inspire and challenge one another, a climate in which the talents and abilities of all individuals can flourish. Through rigorous, honest and transparent academic endeavour, we push the boundaries of our knowledge. We have the courage and responsibility to continually subject our findings and ideas to critical review. We reflect on our own actions and offer space for reflection to others.

The strategy can be summarised in six goals:

  1. Our research is of high academic and internationally recognised quality, based on cooperation and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge.

  2. Quality, commitment and personal contact in our education ensure that students develop into critically-minded graduates who go on to take up responsible positions in society.

  3. We take a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach that allows us to contribute to solving diverse social issues.

  4. We are an inclusive university where staff and students inspire and challenge each other, and we invest in the continuous development of staff and students.

  5. Our (digital) campus is a sustainable place that is conducive to studying, working (together) and meeting each other.

  6. We are committed to maintaining a strong and balanced financial position to ensure the continuity of education and research, including support.

Our Core Values

Radboud University’s core values underpin our mission, vision and strategy. These core values guide everything we do.


  • our students and employees are connected to each other and the world around them;

  • our research and education;

  • our fields of academic endeavour;

  • our modern university is connected with our tradition, which has its roots in the Catholic emancipation movement.


  • about the world;

  • about others;

  • about ourselves.


  • about our thinking;

  • about our actions;

  • about public debate and the world around us.