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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • De RUG is een grote organisatie waardoor sommige processen niet makkelijk te veranderen zijn (in 3 reviews)

  • Het Zernike campus zelf is erg saai, slecht eten, en er gebeurd niet echt veel buiten (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Zernike Institute. Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
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    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Fast-growing dynamic envinronment. Wonderful city.

    Cons

    Cafeteria facilities can be improved


  2. "The University is a centre of outstanding research."

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The different research groups perform high quality science and there are a lot of possibilities for collaborations.

    Cons

    Due to its location in Groningen the University is a bit isolated in regard to traveling. The nearest main airport is 3 hours away.


  3. "Freindly University"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative and open environment, nice people, good salary

    Cons

    Quite small city, no close holidays options


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  5. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the uni has a very good enviroment. every one is friendly and tries to helps each other. the city is small and full of students.

    Cons

    dutch weather. way up in the north.


  6. "Working Environment."

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It enables teachers, especially when teaching groups larger than 100 students, to interact with students through modern, easily available and often low cost tools/technology. It enables interactive, formative assessment of the student’s level of understanding of the courses subjects. From the teachers who participated in interviews for this evaluation, 4 out of 6 believe that students who attended flipped classrooms and were well prepared, had a better understanding of the material and a deeper learning experience. In three cases an increase in pass rate has been found.

    Cons

    However, some limitations to this effect have been found in these evaluations. Working with an activating teaching method during lectures is not the norm at our university. Most courses provide lectures that consist of a ‘traditional’ one way approach, where the teacher speaks and the students, passively, listen. When flipped classroom was implemented in a single course of the curriculum, and all other courses were taught in the ‘traditional’ way, students had a hard time switching and adapting to the more active teaching method

    Advice to Management

    Number of partner universities and research institutions shows how big are students' opportunities for exchanges and conducting research abroad.


  7. "very nice University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time

    Pros

    nice and open colleagues, international environment, challenging topics with cutting-edge research, kind and supporting professors good interaction and collaboration between research groups

    Cons

    currently construction work everywhere on the campus; weekend work might be required (which obviously is the case for every PhD phase)

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it might come in handy when the management of the building listened to people when changing things that affect everyone's daily life - changing the door pass policy without knowing how to solve special issues is such a case. Also, just because google offers certain services does not mean that a university should use them to remain hip and sexy.


  8. "RuG review"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful conditions, great facilities, great location in a great city, there's a lot to do besides work., the salary for academic staff is standard so nothing to say there.

    Cons

    HR is fine with simple cases but is not the most competent out there for complicated cases. The building Nijenborgh 4 is old but a new one is being built, so it's good. A major downside is canteen and food, they are horrible and expensive. See my advice below.

    Advice to Management

    Completely restructure the canteen, start serving proper food (not only sandwiches), search for government funding for student meals. Allow private companies (McDonalds, Doner Kebab, Chinese restaurants, etc. etc) offer food at the Zernike campus: let competition go and establish the prices.


  9. "Good place to do a PhD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time

    Pros

    It depends on what department you're in, but in general PhD conditions are very nice. If you're properly employed PhD candidate (not a bursary PhD) you get a decent salary, and office, access to all the university libraries, a lot of training possibilities, funding to go to conferences, end-of-the-year bonus, a lot of holidays, and a lot of freedom to work on your project.

    Cons

    Sometimes salaries for the same positions don't match across departments. Teaching loads might be big in some cases, but it's possible to adjust it.
    Most of cons is related not with the university, but to Dutch bureaucracy and that everything important is in Dutch.


  10. "Department of Artificial Intelligence"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning environment, very supportive supervisors, excellent work/life balance, good salary for pursing a PhD, flexible working environment

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities, limited number of international employees


  11. "Generally good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very friendly working environment, nice place to do research

    Cons

    not really very international but can be accepted

    Advice to Management

    generally good, but sometimes be inefficient to make some decision



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