The main objective of the Eric Bleumink Fund, established on 23 May 2000, is to provide financial support to Master’s students from the poorest developing countries who wish to pursue a Master’s degree (see Appendix 1 for the names of these countries). This initiative will not only improve the cooperation between the University of Groningen and universities in developing countries but will also raise the level of academic expertise in these countries.
The University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) was founded in 1614. Since then its growth and development have reflected changing views and social developments. The University’s image has gradually changed: where once it was a fortress of stored knowledge, it is now an institution with its doors wide open to society.