The university is currently working to set up a branch campus in Yantai, China. This will be called the University of Groningen Yantai (UGY). This university will mirror the structure of the University of Groningen (UG). The programmes that will be taught there will be exactly the same as at the UG. Staff and students will be offered the possibility to go abroad to this university.
For students this branch campus can offer an interesting possibility to go abroad as the programmes are exactly the same. It is quite possible that some professors will switch between UG and UGY, this will have an effect on the study here in Groningen.
The first prepatory year in Yantai is set to start on September 1, 2017. In 2018 the first degree programmes will be introduced. Currently the programmes that are planned to start in 2018 are: BSc Chemistry, BSc Industrial Engineering & Management, BSc Life Science & Technology (Molecular Life Science Track), BSc Mathematics, MSc Chemical Engineering and MSc Biomedical Engineering.
The current state of affairs is that the proposal for UGY has been submitted to the Chinese authorities. They will give a yes, yes with conditions or no. The proposal will soon also be submitted to the Dutch authorities. When both authorities agree, the Board of the University will give the final go/no-go. This is supposed to happen somewhere around the summer.
On November 25 2015 the design of the Zernikeborg was presented to the public, on November 18th 2016 it was revealed that the building will be named the Feringa Building to honour the UG's latest Nobel Prize winner: Prof. Dr. Ben L. Feringa. The 3D impression of the building can be found here. The Feringaborg is the building that will replace the Nijenborgh 4, a building that has been the home of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics and many other studies since 1965.
Construction will take place in two phases. The first phase consists of setting up the left part of the Feringaborg on parking P5 (up to September 2018). There will be a connection made with the Nijenborgh 4 at building NB 5116. After the first phase is done, the first institutes will move to the new building. Then the first part of Nijenborgh 4 will be demolished and the second part of the Feringaborg will be constructed in its place (September 2019 – April 2021). After finishing the Feringaborg all institutes and education will move and Nijenborgh 4 will be demolished. This final stage is planned to finish in March 2022.