The year 2021 in figures


(1927-2021): 82,826

International alumni: 9,021

138 nationalities

Degrees in 2021

  • PhD degrees: 112

  • Master’s degrees 3,751

  • Bachelor’s degrees 2,168

  • Post-Master’s degrees 51


Number of donors in 2021: 1,423

Total number of donors since the establishment of the University Fund in 2008: 5,898

Donations in 2021:

  • < €500: 1,352

  • €500 - €2,000: 55

  • >€2,000: 16

  • Largest donation: €100,000

Total donations in 2021: €441,227

  • Phone campaigns: €151,092

  • Have a Seat: €16,289

  • Christmas fundraiser: €801

  • Other: €273,045

More than 2,600 hours spent by 305 volunteers

  • Members of boards and committees: 115

  • Mentors: 260

  • Number of Coaches/Career Café coaches: 46

Data according to alumni database on April 1, 2022

Despite the coronavirus crisis, many of our alumni volunteered their services for the University in 2021, and some of them did so in more ways than one. For example, alumni contribute as coaches or mentors, members of the Alumni Panel take part in our research by replying to surveys, and alumni give us feedback and volunteer to give guest lectures for our students. Many alumni also work in alumni associations and student recruitment, among other things.

Tilburg University

By deepening our understanding of the inner workings of society, Tilburg University strives to contribute to social progress. Using our connections with partners in society at large, we conduct high-quality research that focuses on a number of challenging strategic themes, including Empowering a Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data. These three themes are reflected in our overarching theme: the Digital Society. We innovate by conducting research, by learning, and by understanding. Understanding Society. Tilburg University was founded in 1927 and has contributed to monodisciplinary as well as multidisciplinary research and education in the humanities and social sciences. Our students develop the knowledge, skills and character needed to face the challenges of the 21st century. We educate them to become responsible and enterprising thinkers who are prepared for leadership roles in the society of the future. We accomplish this by providing high-quality academic education on an international green campus.