The University of Groningen (RUG) has a long academic tradition extending back to 1614, which makes Groningen the oldest University in the Netherlands after Leiden. Numerous talented people have studied or worked at the University in a variety of disciplines during the 396 years of its existence, including a Nobel Prize winner, the first female University student in the Netherlands, the first female lecturer, and the first Dutch astronaut. Every year more than 4,300 research publications go to print and an average of 260 PhD students are awarded their PhD degree.
The research group of Software Engineering and Architecture (SEARCH) was founded in 1999 and the three faculty members (Paris Avgeriou, Jan Bosch (hon.) and Michael Stal (hon.)) are internationally acclaimed in the field of Software Architecture, especially in Product Line Engineering and Architecture Knowledge. The group is working on numerous research projects together with the Dutch and European industry for software-intensive systems. It is also responsible for the Computing Science M.Sc. variant on Software Engineering and Distributed Systems.
(Extracted from FPP of PROMES, approved by Paris Avgeriou on 2013-01-29)