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Utrecht University is a university in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. Established March 26, 1636, it had an enrollment of 30,449 students in 2012, and employed 5,295 faculty and staff. In 2011, 485 PhD degrees were awarded and 7,773 scientific articles were published. The 2013 budget of the university was €765 million.

The university is rated as the best university in the Netherlands by the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2013, and ranked as the 13th best university in Europe and the 52nd best university of the world.

Utrecht University motto

The university's motto is "Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos," which means "Sun of Justice, shine upon us." This motto was gleaned from a literal Latin Bible translation of Malachi 4:2. (Rutgers University, having a historical connection with Utrecht University, uses a modified version of this motto.) 


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Library Resource
Articles et Livres
septembre, 2015
Éthiopie, Afrique, Afrique orientale

Soil erosion forms one of the main causes of land degradation in third world countries. The subject of this research was the inuence of land use and land use change on soil erosion in the upper Genale catchment, Southern Ethiopia. A land use classification was implemented for Landsat satellite images from 1985, 1993, 2003 and 2015. Using a hydro- logical model of the catchment, created with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), an erosion model was developed. The results of an erosion survey, which focused on diferent land uses, were used for calibration and validation.

Library Resource
Articles et Livres
septembre, 2015
Éthiopie, Afrique, Afrique orientale

Research was done in the upper part of the Genale River basin in the Sidama Zone, Ethiopia. The research focussed on answering the question whether coffee-based agroforestry could ve an impact on the local hydrology. Discharge data, land use data and soil data was collected in the field and from literature and together put into a SWAT model to investigate the hydrological cycle of the basin. Several scenarios were created in which the amount of coffee in the area was altered.


In the Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (LG MSD), the Netherlands government, Dutch companies, Dutch financial institutions, Dutch civil society organizations and Dutch knowledge institutes work together to achieve better land governance in line with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of national food security (VGGTs). Participants in the LG MSD contribute to the development of learning trajectories/ cases as well as dialogue sessions with decision makers.

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