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Utrecht University is an internationally renowned top research university conducting fundamental and applied research covering a wide variety of scientific disciplines; from infectious diseases and human rights to climate research and cultural history.

This diversity has inspired multi-disciplinary research collaborations with partners both from inside and outside the University. Regionally, as well as nationally and internationally, Utrecht University collaborates with universities, knowledge institutions and industry. These partnerships foster innovative research and contribute to economic development and the solution of social problems.

As a large and multifaceted international knowledge centre of academic and scientific excellence, the University’s core mission is to:

  • educate young people
  • train new generations of researchers
  • produce academics who have both specialist knowledge and professional skills
  • conduct groundbreaking research
  • address social issues and work towards solving them

Commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence are Utrecht University’s core values. The University fosters its academic community through investment in staff and students.

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Epigenetics is how behavior and environment affect gene expression. Iryna Dobytchina/iStock via Getty Images Plus

ALS is only 50% genetic – identifying DNA regions affected by lifestyle and environmental risk factors could help pinpoint avenues for treatment

Genetic modifications to DNA regions involved in metabolism, cholesterol and immunity may play a role in ALS disease progression.
Le président français, Emmanuel Macron, à droite, et le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, à l’Élysée, à Paris, en novembre. Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

La France souhaite améliorer ses relations avec l’Afrique, mais elle s’y prend mal

L'approche de Macron à l'égard de la politique africaine s'inspire des stratégies des années 50 en raison notamment des similutudes avec la période qui a suivi la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Dutch defence minister, Ank Bijleveld, and air force colonel Peter Tankink briefing journalists about a raid on an car factory in Hawija in November 2015 in which more than 70 civilians were killed. EPA-EFE/Lex van Lieshout

Collateral damage: crushing the myths of accuracy and accountability in modern warfare

Western militaries all too often try to hide the fact of civilian casualties as they spoil the popular narrative of a “clean” war.
Epidemiologists in protective suits collecting a dead bird from the sea beach in the course of the spreading of the bird flu, Germany. blickwinkel / Alamy Stock Photo

Bird flu outbreaks in Europe: what you need to know

Each year in spring and summer, waterbirds mingle on their breeding grounds in Siberia and mix their flu viruses, creating new variants they then bring to Europe, Asia and Africa.
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore at the Elysee Palace, in Paris in November. Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

France wants to fix its relations with Africa. But it’s going about it the wrong way

Macron’s approach to Africa policy emulates the 1950’s strategies. Why? A big part of the answer can be found in the fact that today’s global circumstances are similar to those of post-World War II.

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