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About Tilburg University

Serving and enhancing society to help citizens. That is what drives us. It was the opinion of Tilburg University’s founding father, Martinus Cobbenhagen, that those who want to understand society should be actively and consciously involved in it.

Understanding Society

This philosophy is still at the basis of what our university wants to contribute. Under the motto of ‘Understanding society’, its more than 1,500 employees develop knowledge, transfer it to others, and bring people from various disciplines and organizations together. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. Our focus areas are economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology.

students in 2020

3,711 international students

Bachelors & Masters

of which 35 in English

Alumni since 1927

+8,900  international

Responsible and entrepreneurial individuals

More than 19,000 students of 132 nationalities study here and we train them to become TiU-shaped professionals: responsible and enterprising thinkers, driven by solidarity, a sense of responsibility, and empathy, able to have impact in an innovative way and to give direction to a rapidly changing society.

Read more about our educational profile


Tilburg University has a culture of cooperation and co-creation, at local, regional, national and international level. We connect our own activities with those of other educational institutes, the business community, governments and civil society organisations and with our alumni at home and abroad. We seek the connection between the various disciplines in order to find solutions for the major issues that we as a society face.

Are you interested in working with us, for example through a research assignment, graduation project or internship?

See the possibilities on the web page about collaboration


In order to maximise our contribution to society, we have set up an impact program, focusing on the following three themes: Empowering a Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing and Creating Value from Data. Are you interested in working with us on the impact program, or would you like to know more about these themes?

Visit the website about our Impact Program

Facts and Figures

How many diplomas have been awarded? How many Bachelor and Master students are studying with us? How many programs do we offer?

See the facts and figures of 2020

We are Tilburg University

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