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Internationalisation: Cooperation

International cooperation is of great importance to VU Amsterdam. We put this to use in various ways.


VU Amsterdam is the proud co-founder of the Aurora network, a consortium of research intensive universities deeply committed to the social impact of our activities, and with a history of engagement with our communities. Originated from this network we are now part of the Aurora Alliance, an Erasmus+ selected European Universities Initiative. Our vision is to use academic excellence in education and research to influence societal change. We do this by learning for societal impact, engaging several communities and striving to be pioneers in sustainability. By using our educational concepts in the Alliance, such as Community Service Learning and Entrepreneurship, we try to work together and strengthen each other’s inspirational educational environments.


The Centre for International Cooperation of VU Amsterdam initiates, facilitates, and co-implements projects in capacity building, research collaboration and education with a strong commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. CIS-VU has a vast international cooperation network, that includes academic institutions, government institutions, NGOs and small and medium enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Their programmes focus on Food and Nutrition and Sustainable Land Management; ICT for Development; Conflict Resolution and Mediation; Good Governance & Democratisation and Security & Rule of Law. CIS-VU adheres to an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach in serving its role as a central hub, where research meets practice.


International business is all about partnerships and networks: “your network determines who you are”. Our international position and profile are partly determined by our choice of exchange partners. VU Amsterdam aims to build a portfolio of research universities that offer good education and are preferably in the top 200 of the most important international rankings.


Receiving foreign delegations/visitors VU Amsterdam regularly welcomes representatives from various organisational levels of foreign partner institutions. Examples include:

  • administrative missions involving members of the Executive Board or the Faculty Board
  • visits from strategic partners or networks or the International Offices of one of our exchange partners
  • individual visitors coming to see our researchers
  • partners such as the recruitment agencies the university uses to recruit new students. 

If you wish to visit, please contact our VU International Office via and mention: 

  • the name of your organisation
  • the aim of your visit
  • the status of existing collaborations
  • the period you wish to visit
  • the members and the positions of the delegation