Easier to get to than Yantai
The University of Groningen seems to increasingly want to turn into a university for the entire North of the Netherlands, an ambition that underpins the new University Campus Fryslân (that is failing to attract enough students).
Now, both the Province of Drenthe and the university have said that Emmen could be next, reports RTV Drenthe.
The branch would be specialised in the field of ‘bio-based chemistry’, and should lead to a greater supply of educated graduates. At the moment, Emmen’s chemical industries are suffering from a shortage of staff. The branch may also keep more young people in the region, and attract more international students.
Deputy Cees Bijl (PvdA) has said that the satellite could come forth in the next eight years.
“The University of Groningen wants to set up a knowledge center for Green Chemistry in Emmen together with the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. I hope this will provide a continuous learning path from Drenthe College to NHL Stenden and then to the University of Groningen. This has to go together with activities of the industry, which is fully engaged in research to make the chemical industry greener”, says deputy Bijl to RTV Drenthe.