About us

Mission and vision

The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) is the oldest and largest of the Dutch academic institutes abroad. For more than a century, the KNIR has been committed to high-quality research and interdisciplinary education in the humanities, and served as a bridge between Dutch universities and the academic world in Italy.

The KNIR offers courses for students in every subject area and at every level, and provides scholarships and accommodation in Rome for outstanding students and researchers in a range of disciplines.

Housed in a beautiful stately villa and boasting a unique library collection and a diverse programme of conferences, lectures and cultural activities, the KNIR is truly the gateway to the Eternal City for Dutch students and researchers eager to immerse themselves in an international academic setting.

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The KNIR’s mission is to meet the following challenges:

  • Diversification and interdisciplinarity
  • Quality assurance and development
  • Internationalization
  • Social embedding
  • Sustainability

The KNIR is a dynamic, financially healthy institute which lives up to the expectations of universities’ investments. It is together with the universities that sustainability of the Institute is guarenteed and strengthened.

All the above challenges are present in the strategic plan entitled Visie, ambitie en strategieplan 2013-2017: Campus of Excellence.