VU Amsterdam takes responsibility for people and the planet by delivering value-driven education, research and knowledge transfer. We help students and professionals develop expertise and A Broader Mind. Research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is done both within and across disciplines. As free thinkers with a focus on diversity, purpose and compassion, our students and staff have a deep connection with one another while being fully engaged with society as a whole. We work together towards a sustainable, liveable and fair world. We take responsibility in our academic education and research, as well as in our operations. Sustainability is therefore a priority area.
Multidisciplinary campus university
VU Amsterdam is a broad university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences and medical sciences. Our education and research are closely linked, and 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.
Partnerships and Networks
We are a proud member (and one of the founders) of the Aurora European University Alliance. We also have a partnership with University of Twente in education, research and valorisation. In the region we work closely together with the City of Amsterdam, healthcare organisations, businesses, universities of applied sciences and the University of Amsterdam. Within Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) we work with 13 Dutch universities to strengthen the higher education sector.
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.