Good practices

Community Service Learning (CSL) activities can take many forms. Within the VU a number of ongoing programs or projects illustrate how the VU interprets social involvement as a university. These projects vary from ICT-assistance for farmers in Africa, to construing the ideas of Gandhi and Mandela to University education. The VU is proud of the selfless effort of student and teachers demonstrate in the field of CSL.

Two examples of these good practices are SERVUS and ICT4D-W4RA.

The Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education originated from an active group of researchers and practitioners at amongst others the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Greenleaf Centre Europe and THT Consulting. As an initiative of the School of Business and Economics, SERVUS focuses social awareness within entrepreneurship and developing space for other the grow. They actively promote Servant –Leadership amongst the next generation of leaders and business practitioners.

MSc students in Computer Science, Artificial intelligence and Information Science can take the course ICT4D, or ICT for Development. During this class students analyze issues that arise for farmers in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Students are challenged to develop a piece of software, which could be of benefit to these famers. A select amount of pilot are tested in Africa through “Web Alliance for Regreening in Africa (W4RA).