Wageningen University & Research is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation.
‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’
That is the mission of Wageningen University & Research. A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.
The strength of Wageningen University & Research lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes and the university. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach.
The scientific quality of Wageningen University & Research is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes.
The domain of Wageningen University & Research consists of three related core areas:
Food and food production
Health, lifestyle and livelihood
‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.’
This is Wageningen UR’s mission. Wageningen UR is a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. They do not just develop top-quality expertise; they also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide. That is why they do fundamental research all over the world. And finally, they also train professionals who, in the near and distant future, will discover breakthroughs in science and technology.
The world is changing radically. The world’s population is growing while the population of the western world is aging. The pressure on land use is increasing, thus giving less environmentally damaging forms of food producing more chance. The climate is changing and fossil fuels become scarcer, which offers the possibility of utilising profitable sustainable alternatives. And there is the growing need for healthy, versatile, adequate and safe food.
For the urgent challenges within their domain there are no clear-cut solutions. Therefore they cherish the close collaboration that exists between the natural and social sciences at Wageningen UR. But they also look beyond their own domain, by applying their developed knowledge in the domain of 'healthy food and living conditions' elsewhere as well.
In the coming years they want to further expand their leading position in this field. They want to do this in close collaboration with governmental organisations, commercial businesses, fellow institutions and universities at home and abroad. They want to stay ahead of the game internationally, to join financial forces with third parties, to share knowledge and to find sustainable solutions to the challenges that the world is facing. That is the infinite ambition of Wageningen UR.