The University of Groningen (1614) is a research university with a global outlook. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years: the University is in the top 100 of the most influential ranking lists. It holds currently 30,000 students and 5500 staff members from home and abroad. Talent is nurtured, enabling the University to bridge the gap between science and society. The University is committed to actively collaborating with the social partners, with a special focus on the research themes Healthy Aging, Energy and Sustainable Society. It is distinguished by the close link the University has forged between research and teaching, a bond that does justice to their interdependence. Students from every continent prepare themselves in Groningen for their international career paths. As an institution facilitating academic research and teaching, the University works at the forefront in its respective fields. The University undertakes its cooperative relationships on the basis of openness and equality. In these relationships, the University is socially involved, purposeful and creative. The University stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues and is clear and convincing in such debates. It houses the International Tuning Academy which results from the Tuning Educational Structures in the World projects launched in 2000. Tuning has drawn attention to the importance of involving all stakeholders, including employers and graduates, in the process of curriculum design and implementation. The University is – together with the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, co-ordinator of the Tuning Educational Structures in the World projects and co-founder of the International Tuning Academy.