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Science with a conscience

Since its foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has stood for scientific and value-driven education, research and knowledge transfer. We are free thinkers with expertise and A Broader Mind. And we work together to build a better world for people and the planet.

Research university with a focus on society
The world is facing major challenges, while there are growing divisions within society. This calls for science with a conscience. With our expertise, open mindedness, enterprising spirit and multidisciplinary approach, we work on developing sustainable solutions that impact society. We focus on four profile themes: Connected World, Governance for Society, Human Health and Life Sciences, and Science for Sustainability.

Unique and multidisciplinary university
VU Amsterdam is a unique university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences and medical sciences. Our education and research are closely linked. We combine our top position in research with a strong social orientation, which has resulted in an excellent international reputation. Our education and research are distinctly multidisciplinary. This is reinforced by the fact that our faculties are all located on one campus. We are a true campus university in the heart of the Zuidas Knowledge District, sharing its excellent national and international position and accessibility.

VU Amsterdam in numbers

Total students

  • 31761

Number of Bachelor's students

  • 19736

Number of Master's students

  • 12025

Total number of programmes

  • 145

Total PhD defences

  • 358

Number of employees

  • 6506

Our identity

A Broader Mind

At VU Amsterdam, you don't just only become something, but you also become someone. Students, scientists and employees develop themselves academically, socially and personally.

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This is VU Amsterdam

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