University College Tilburg established
On July 3, Tilburg University announced that it is transforming its top-ranked Bachelor’s program in Liberal Arts and Sciences into a full-fledged University College. The first students will be welcomed to University College Tilburg on September 1, 2016. The internationally oriented University College Tilburg will feature a curriculum taught entirely in English. The college will reflect Tilburg University’s profile as a specialist university focused on people and society.
Press release July 3, 2015
The university will offer student housing in Tilburg, but students who prefer to live elsewhere will still be welcome at University College Tilburg. The college will build on the foundations of a proven degree program and make use of Tilburg University’s well-equipped campus. This means that students will be able to enjoy a liberal arts and sciences education at University College Tilburg without facing higher tuition fees.
An Advisory Board will be appointed for University College Tilburg, under the chairmanship of Mr. Hans Adriaansens, the founding Dean of University College Utrecht, the first of the Dutch university colleges, and of the University College Roosevelt in Middelburg. Prof. Alkeline van Lenning will be the Dean of University College Tilburg. She is currently in charge of the Bachelor’s program in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Koen Becking, President of the Executive Board of Tilburg University, sees University College Tilburg as a fine addition to the institution. “More and more high school students in the Netherlands are looking for an internationally oriented undergraduate experience, and moreover one which combines in-depth studies with a comprehensive approach, and which emphasizes the skills and competencies they will need both now and well into the future. We can meet that need. Liberal Arts and Sciences has proven its worth many times over, and we are now building on these inherent qualities.”