Utrecht University is a research university comprising seven faculties, which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 9th in Europe and 47th worldwide.
The Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education of Utrecht University aims to understand and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science at all levels. On the national level, FIsme is recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as national centre of expertise for mathematics education, and also as partner in the national expert centres for teacher training in mathematics and science. These aim to disseminate findings from educational research and curriculum innovation in the fields of primary and secondary education. In addition, the institute is largely involved in activities that are supported by the government through the Platform Bèta Techniek.