Zernike Campus is one of the two locations of Campus Groningen. Campus Groningen is the center for innovation, research and activity in the Northern Netherlands. Campus Groningen is one of the largest and most important campuses in the Netherlands with almost 200 companies, three knowledge institutions (RUG, UMCG and Hanze University), over 45,000 students and a total of over 20,000 jobs.
Campus Groningen is one of the oldest campuses in the Netherlands. Zernike Campus came into being at the end of the 1960’s, on the northern edge of the city of Groningen. The first buildings on the campus were dedicated to research and education in natural sciences and technology of the University of Groningen (RUG). Subsequently, knowledge-intensive companies and spin-offs from the university were established there. This created an ecosystem for intensive public-private cooperation with knowledge institutions, numerous companies and facilities such as the Innolab Chemie Groningen and the Zernike NanoLab Groningen. The Zernike Campus has a clear profile with a focus on energy, chemistry, life sciences and big data. For the approximately 150 companies, the high-tech facilities and the possibilities for collaboration form an excellent breeding ground for their products and services.
In less than six years, Campus Groningen has grown from a start-up campus to one of the largest mature campuses of national importance by 2018. In addition, Campus Groningen is the fastest growing campus in the Netherlands and the second largest campus in terms of total employment.