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Groningen is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. It is also the capital city of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. There are around 185,000 residents by far.Groningen has been called the "World Cycling City".Although Groningen is not a large city, it does have an important role as the main urban center of this part of the country, particularly in the fields of music and other arts, education, and business. The large number of students living in Groningen also contributes to a diverse cultural scene for a city of its size.

The University of Groningen (in Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) has a rich academic tradition which dates back to 1614. After the University of Leiden, it is the oldest university located in the Netherlands. The university educated the first female student and the first astronaut in the history of the country, the first president of the European Bank and a Nobel prize winner. They share their academic roots with around 200,000 people, who were either students, teachers or researchers at the university.

Hanzehogeschool Groningen is organised in 17 different colleges where similar studies are grouped. The colleges each have a dean who is responsible for daily management as well as lecturer teams who guide the basic education process.