The amazing work of the university, which spanned more than three centuries, continued through its alumni and successors.

Sadly, the university was disbanded by Napoleon in 1811, along with the Universities of Harderwijk and Utrecht.

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Unlike Utrecht, Franeker and Harderwijk did not get their university back. As compensation, an Athenaeum illustre was established in 1815 , but that institution did not last long, in part because it was not authorized to confer doctoral degrees.

By royal decree of 25 February 1843, the Rijksatheneum in Franeker was finally abolished.

The library of the former University and Academy was transferred to the Province of Frieslandand thus formed the basic collection of the Provincial Library of Friesland , founded in 1852. [6]

Occasionally, academic promotions take place in Franeker : PhD students from the University of Groningen who defend their thesis on a topic that is related to Friesland or who have a connection with Friesland, may defend their thesis in the Franeker Martini Church.

Today, the academic legacy of the university also continues and has been revived through the Academie van Franeker and the Euler-Franeker Memorial University.


Cornelis van Bynkershoek

Cornelis van Bynkershoek, (born May 29, 1673, Middelburg, Zeeland, Neth.—died April 16, 1743, The Hague), Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines. Bynkershoek studied law at

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