Social awareness and communal involvement are core values of the Vrije Universiteit. One of the means we add a concrete dimension to this values is the implementation of a central Community Service Learning program (CSL). In 2014 we started this university-wide project with the aim of integrating CSL activities in the educational program of the VU.
Through CSL students deploy their academic skills to solve societal issues and problems. We collaborate with key partners in civil society. At the moment, the VU organizes a number of successful ongoing projects in the field of CSL. You can find examples of these projects under "Good Practices".
In the academic year 2015-16, five CSL pilot projects have been started. These are focused on one of the four areas in which CSL can be applied, namely: Research aimed at consultation in social issues, societal outreach or medical care-internships, mentoring and role models for upcoming students and entrepreneurship and advisory activities towards partners in civil society. These pilots will be evaluated and the results will be used to continue integrating more CSL activities into the curricula of the VU.