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Utrecht University (Universiteit Utrecht in Dutch) is a university in Utrechtmarker, The Netherlandsmarker. It is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. It is rated as the best university of the Netherlands, 11th best university in Europe, and 52nd best in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Established March 26, 1636, it had an enrollment of 29,082 students in 2008, and employed 8,614 faculty and staff, 570 of which are full professors. In 2004, 358 Ph.D. degrees were awarded and 7,010 scientific articles were published. The 2008 budget of the university was 715 million.

The university's motto is "Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos," which means "Sun of Justice, shine upon us."

Utrecht University is led by the University Board, consisting of Yvonne van Rooy (president), prof.dr. Hans Stoof (rector magnificus) and Hans Amman.

The university consists of seven faculties: There are three interfaculty units:

The two large faculties of Humanities and Law are situated in the inner city of Utrecht. The other five faculties and most of the administrative services are located in De Uithofmarker, a campus area in the outskirts of the city. University College is situated in the former Kromhout Kazerne, which used to be a Dutch military base.

Notable alumni and faculty

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Utrecht University counts a number of distinguished scholars among its alumni and faculty, including several Nobel Prize laureates:

International acclaim

On the 2009 THE–QS World University Rankings list, the University of Utrecht was ranked inside the top 150 for the sixth consecutive year, and inside the top 100 for the fourth consecutive year.
Year Rank (Change)
2004 120
2005 120 ( )
2006 95 ( 25)
2007 89 ( 6)
2008 67 ( 22)
2009 70 ( 3)


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