November 29, 2018

Today, the Utrecht municipal council elected to officially change the name of the district 'De Uithof' to 'Utrecht Science Park'. Utrecht Science Park is one of the most competitive regions in Europe and is the largest Science Park in the Netherlands. This new name is more in keeping with the district's international image, immediately clarifies what type of district this is and establishes a direct link to the city and region of Utrecht.

Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, HU University of Applied Sciences, the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, the Hubrecht and Westerdijk Institutes, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), SSH Student Housing and businesses such as Danone Nutricia Research, Genmab, Merus and GenDX are extremely pleased with the implementation of the name change. The Province of Utrecht, neighbouring municipalities De Bilt, Bunnik, Zeist, Houten and Nieuwegein, and the Economic Board of Utrecht support the renaming of the district as well.

'Together with area partners, surrounding municipalities and the province, we are pleased that the Utrecht Municipal Council has decided to officially rename the district "De Uithof" to "Utrecht Science Park". This name change will serve to literally and figuratively put Utrecht Science Park on the map. We appreciate this show of support from the municipal council. Here, institutes and world-class companies cooperate intensively in order to find new solutions for healthier and more sustainable living,' according to Jan Henk van der Velden, director and board member of the Utrecht Science Park Foundation.

Renaming the district
The name change will be implemented once the council's decision comes into force. Various municipalities, the province and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management will adjust signposting leading to the district. The names of public transport destinations will be updated as well. Most area partners are already using the term 'Utrecht Science Park' in their communication to students, staff, patients and visitors to the area.

The development of Utrecht Science Park
A number of leading research and development companies as well as knowledge institutions have settled at Utrecht Science Park in recent years, including Danone Nutricia Research and the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. Especially in the last decade, Utrecht Science Park has expanded into a district where education and science go hand in hand with top-notch health care and world-class businesses. At the Park, knowledge institutions, research institutions and research and development companies cooperate intensively in order to find new solutions for longer and healthier lives, now and in the future. Thanks to these developments, the district has become the heart of one of the most competitive regions in Europe and is now the largest Science Park in the Netherlands.

The name 'De Uithof' will continue to exist in the area
Area partners support the submitted motion to incorporate the name 'Uithof' into the Utrecht Science Park district in some way. Possibilities for appropriately realising this idea will be explored in consultation with the area partners.