Mission & Vision

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is one of the top-ranked universities in the world. According to influential university rankings and citation indexes, the university ranks world’s best in the field of Agriculture & Forestry.

Mission, vision and domain of Wageningen University & Research

To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.

This is the mission of Wageningen University & Research, a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living environment’. It is driven by the desire to understand and to contribute to the world’s challenges and the transitions that lie before us where the entire chain of knowledge is encompassed: from curiosity-driven fundamental research to science-based practical knowledge to create solutions that have impact. This means that the research very often is interdisciplinary, including collaboration with societal partners.

In our domain of healthy food and living environment, we distinguish three related, partly overlapping core areas:

  1. Food, feed and bio-based production
  2. Natural resources and living environment
  3. Society and well-being

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Vision of the PhD Programme

The WGS vision for the PhD programme at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) serves as a guideline for further development of policies and practices for the coming years, as part of the ongoing process of improving, adapting and organising the PhD programme. In the document the response to new developments and challenges while simultaneously safeguarding our current strengths is described.